Passive income investing: my 4 steps to go from £0 to £500 a month

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Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.center_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Passive income investing: my 4 steps to go from £0 to £500 a month “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Enter Your Email Address I really like it when I write myself a list of things to do. And if I need to do something, I like to have several steps I can follow to get the job done. I think this concept is helpful at breaking up large tasks into smaller ones. In fact, I think it can be applied very well when thinking about passive income investing when starting from scratch.Getting up and runningThe first step I’d take if I was making £0 in passive income a month is to simply get myself started. To begin with, I need to look at how much I can afford to invest each month in dividend stocks. I want to look at the end goal (making £500 a month from passive income investing). At the same time, I can’t reach this level for several years, so I want to focus on right now and how much I can put away. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Let’s say I decide on putting away £1,000 a month and can move on to step two. This involves deciding the kind of dividend yield I want to target. Usually, the higher the yield, the more risky the stock. I also need to think about the yield in relation to both the FTSE 100 average, and other passive income investing ideas. For example, the FTSE 100 average dividend yield at the moment is 3.13%. The highest individual yield is around 9%. So for step two, I’d probably decide to go for a target yield of around 6%. Going for the highest yield is risky as the company may be struggling with a falling share price, artificially pushing the yield up.Step three now involves looking at the different companies that fit the bill of giving me around a 6% dividend yield. In order to be a truly passive investment, ideally I want to be able to invest in a company and leave my money there for years to come. I don’t want to keep having to buy and sell due to dividend cuts or company-specific issues. This makes step three (that is, doing my homework on which businesses to invest in) very important.Passive income investing conclusionsAfter deciding and buying the group of stocks, there’s one final ongoing step in my passive income investing timeline. This involves ensuring I keep up my regular investments of £1,000 a month. It also involves reinvesting the dividends I receive, to enable me to get to my goal of £500 a month in dividend income quicker.So how long should it take me to go from £0 to £500 a month in income? Steps one-to-three can be done in a few days, depending on how much time I can devote to the research. Assuming I start investing the £1,000 in month one, I’ll get to my goal of averaging £500 a month in passive income around halfway through year seven.But I have to remember that my 6% growth isn’t guaranteed. Stocks can go down and. dividends can be cut. So I need to be prepared for it to take longer than seven years. At least I should be able to assume I won’t have to wait 30 years to achieve my goal.It’s also good for me to remember that although step four is ongoing, I can get up and running with passive income investing in a relatively short period of time. See all posts by Jonathan Smithlast_img read more

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Presiding Bishop tours Houston-area congregations, offers support in aftermath of…

first_img The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release Tags Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Collierville, TN Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Hopkinsville, KY TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Shreveport, LA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Associate Rector Columbus, GA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Tampa, FL Curate Diocese of Nebraska The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Washington, DC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Hurricane Harvey, Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Presiding Bishop Michael Curry talks with the Rev. Andy Parker, rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in west Houston, a church that sustained major damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Photo: Carol Barnwell[Episcopal Diocese of Texas] During Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s visit to the Diocese of Texas Jan. 30-31, clergy and church members shared stories of Hurricane Harvey’s epic flooding and aftermath.In some places, Harvey dropped more than 50 inches of rain in four days last August, and its impact was felt across 41 counties and a half million homes, with damages estimated at more than $190 billion.The storm that caused such historic flooding seemed hard to imagine this week in Houston as clear skies and mild temperatures greeted the presiding bishop and his team. Curry was joined by Sharon Jones, his executive coordinator; Episcopal Relief & Development Senior Vice President for Programs Abigail Nelson; and Geoffrey Smith, chief operating officer of the Episcopal Church.Once the debris is hauled away, things can seem pretty normal, until one walks into the nave of a church, looks through the studs to classrooms, offices and the parish hall beyond and has to be careful to avoid tripping over large bolts in the bare concrete floor that once secured the altar railing. Five months after Harvey, in many churches and thousands of homes there remains the odor of floodwaters, and mold still seeks a foothold.Episcopal Health Foundation made an early decision to deploy its resources into research, President and CEO Elena Marks told Curry at an early morning briefing on Jan. 30. The Health Foundation partnered with the Kaiser Foundation to survey the area affected by Harvey and map the storm’s impact to show where damage was concentrated and who was most affected.“It’s not just research and maps,’’ Marks emphasized. “We wanted to engage communities and are making presentations to groups doing relief work with the hope that they will use data to set their priorities.” The resulting maps and research already have been accessed more than 30,000 times.The research reveals some things that deserve a closer look. Shao-Chee Sim, vice president of applied research at the Episcopal Health Foundation, said of the 900,000 relief applications filed with Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, the approval rate for homeowners was 45 percent, while it was 36 percent for renters. In the upscale Memorial area of west Houston, 66 percent of the 2000 applications filed had been approved.Diocese of Texas Bishop Andy Doyle said the data will help Episcopalians and others provide a different kind of disaster response. “We want to leverage the research to help the most vulnerable, to have a long-term effect within these communities,” he said.East of Houston, the area of Beaumont, Orange and Port Arthur — known as the Golden Triangle — received more than 60 inches of rain during Harvey.Curry heard from the Rev. Keith Giblin, a federal judge and bi-vocational Episcopal priest, who serves St. Paul’s in Orange, where 86 percent of the homes were affected. Cut off from his congregation during the storm, Giblin navigated drainage ditches in Beaumont to rescue people in his aluminum fishing boat. He was among thousands of citizens who joined first responders to spend days and nights searching for people trapped in sometimes neck-deep water.“We had to drag the boats in places because the water could be 13 inches deep, sometimes four feet deep,” Giblin said. Submerged cars, floating clumps of fire ants, downed power lines and water moccasins plagued those who used boats, kayaks and pool floats to rescue victims.After the “utter chaos” of the flooding, Giblin said, St. Paul’s, which had water in the church, parish hall and offices, held services out in the yard for more than a month. “Serving together [through this disaster] has brought us all closer,” he said. “That’s what we do, we help each other.”Episcopal churches in Beaumont became distribution centers for water and cleaning supplies. The Rev. Tony Clark, rector of St. Mark’s, said after checking on the congregation and providing immediate relief to those in need, his vestry put the church gymnasium to good use for the community. “We were a warehouse, a hotel and a parking lot,” he said. “The thrift shop provided care packages. We warehoused supplies and hosted 75 Red Cross volunteers for several weeks in lieu of being a public shelter.”St. Stephen’s rector, the Rev. Stephen Balke, thanked Curry for the video he recorded after the storm to offer prayers and support. “We gathered to worship and put your video up. I can’t tell you how much that rallied our spirits,” he said.The congregation helped the more than two dozen parishioners whose homes were flooded and cooked for the entire community for weeks.“We stopped counting at 4,000 people served,” Balke said. “Every time our supplies ran low, another truck would pull up. It was a great blessing to say, ‘yes,’ when people needed help.”The Rev. Lacy Largent, in charge of spiritual care teams, emphasized that support from elsewhere was critical. She gave the example of Kate Hello, a teacher in Lemay, Missouri, who sent letters from her students.“I gave a letter to a man to read and he broke down in tears,” Largent said. “I apologized for upsetting him, but he said, ‘No! You helped me cry. I’m going to get my wife so you can help her cry.’”While trauma in the immediate aftermath of the flood ran deep, for many it has become more profound months later. “No one had flood insurance,” Giblin said. “This has never happened before and now we have senior citizens who can’t come back financially. They are using their Social Security checks to buy drywall.”The Rev. Pat Ritchie, deacon at St. Stephen’s, said she is seeing more family trauma today. People — children especially — are experiencing some post-traumatic shock. “When it rains now, kids want to know if Harvey is coming back. It’s a wound that is still there.”The process of rebuilding was compared to a marathon rather than a sprint, and Curry affirmed the Episcopal Church’s long-term support. “We are long-distance runners,” he said.During a stop at Trinity, Baytown, the presiding bishop heard from Senior Warden Robert Jordan and one couple he rescued.“I was in the water for five days doing search and rescue,” Jordan told Curry. He happened to be near church members Duane and Lois Luallin’s home of 40 years, when he learned the elderly couple needed help.Duane had fallen and was unable to get up, and 911 responders were overwhelmed. Jordan arrived in five minutes and ferried the Luallins to safety. He had them dry out and eat at his home, where they stayed for nearly a month before moving to an apartment.“You think the Lord left us? No, he was right there with us,” Lois Luallin said. “People brought boxes, packed things, took our wash and dry cleaning. We could not have done all that by ourselves.”Lois Luallin, left, tells Presiding Bishop Michael Curry how she and her husband, Duane, were rescued by Trinity Episcopal Church’s senior warden, Robert Jordan, in Baytown, as flood waters from Harvey rose in their home of 40 years. Photo: Carol BarnwellTrinity also fed first responders breakfast and provided food at all hours for anyone who was hungry.“Bishop Curry, you can be encouraged that the Jesus Movement is alive at Trinity,” said the Rev. Micki Rios, Trinity’s deacon.During the visit to Texas, Curry and his team also met with Hispanic clergy from the Iglesia Episcopal San Mateo in southwest Houston.The Rev. Janssen Gutiérrez, rector of San Mateo, had just begun his new job when Harvey took out four of the campus’s six buildings. The congregation of 300 to 400 worshipped in tents for two months and actually saw an increase in their numbers, Gutiérrez said.The Rev. Pedro Lopez, vicar of Iglesia San Pedro, in southeast Houston, described neighbors helping neighbors. “We became a food distributor for almost two months,” he said. “The church was central to helping people find what they needed. Thousands of people came.”Diocese of Texas Bishop Andy Doyle, right, looks on as cellphones are used to snap photos of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry posing with members of Iglesia Episcopal San Mateo. Photo: Carol BarnwellCurry thanked church members who had prepared a large breakfast of pupusas, plantains and homemade red beans on the second morning of his visit.He reminded them that Jesus always fed people before he would teach them.“During trying times, when the church is open to offer support, that’s feeding folks,” he said. “When you are helping people get their cars fixed so they can get to work, that’s feeding folks. Thank you for what you have done. I want to offer the love, affection and prayers of your brothers and sisters in the Episcopal Church. They stand ready to join you in the work of rebuilding.”Curry also toured St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in southwest Houston where the group was entertained briefly by several bagpipe students practicing in the courtyard. The church and school of 600 students were hit hard by flood waters for the third time in two years. Much of the school will be rebuilt as a result.The group concluded its tour of affected areas at Emmanuel Church, hosted by the rector, the Rev. Andy Parker. Emmanuel’s buildings are bare after the campus flooded when water from the reservoirs was released in the days after Harvey. Everything has been taken down to the studs, and the exterior will also be replaced.Members of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s team, Diocese of Texas staff, and members of Emmanuel and Temple Sinai gather to offer prayers at the conclusion of the presiding bishop’s pastoral visit to areas affected by Harvey. Photo: Carol BarnwellEmmanuel’s congregation continues to worship at nearby Temple Sinai where the sacredness of placing a temporary altar over the bema, from where to Torah is read, is not lost on anyone.“It’s been a blessing every week,” Rabbi Annie Belford said, although she admits some of her congregation wondered at having a cross in their sanctuary. “The partnership of the heart is incredible. It’s what we do for our neighbors.”Rabbi Annie Belford of Temple Sinai, left, and the Rev. Andy Parker, rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Houston, center, pose with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry during Curry’s visit to Emmanuel. Belford contacted Parker immediately after Emmanuel flooded during the release of water from Houston’s reservoirs last August to offer worship space at Temple Sinai. Photo: Carol BarnwellThat blessing goes both ways, Belford found. “In the course of all this, my mom was diagnosed with cancer, and the women of Emmanuel handmade her a quilt so she is sleeping every night wrapped in the prayers of Emmanuel Church.”The presiding bishop asked all of the people with whom he met what they wanted to tell fellow Episcopalians. To a person, everyone acknowledged that receiving prayers and support from others had kept them going.Lance Ferguson, newly elected senior warden at Emmanuel, said, “We’ve had help from around the world. We didn’t do it alone, and that’s been an eye-opener for people here. You can get through anything if you know you have support,” he said.Surveys done by Episcopal Relief & Development after Harvey showed that in just a few months, and with the financial support and supplies from Episcopalians throughout the country and the world, the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Texas had served more than 90,000 people affected by the storm.“We stand on your shoulders,” said Ritchie, St. Stephen’s deacon. “It’s the strength of the wider church that allows work to be done here.”Curry spoke encouraging words to the group gathered for worship at Emmanuel. “You, we, are not alone, even if it feels like it sometimes,” Curry said. “We were made for God and each other, and even in midst of hell there can be glimpses of heaven when we are not alone,” he said, noting the many times neighbors have come to the aid of neighbors during and after the waters of Harvey.Going forward, the church’s mission will pivot to restoration and rebuilding, and that will take much support, from Episcopal churches in the Diocese of Texas and beyond. The Rev. Stacy Stringer has been named director of hurricane recovery to oversee regional centers in the affected areas that will help coordinate rebuilding efforts, which are estimated to take two to three years.“We are so grateful for Bishop Curry’s pastoral visit and for the assurances of continued prayers and support from across the church that he brought,” Doyle, the diocese’s bishop, said. “We, too, continue to pray for our brothers and sisters who have been affected by hurricanes, fires and mud slides. It is in times such as these, that our community of believers shines the brightest.”– Carol Barnwell is director of communications for the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. Submit a Job Listing An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Smithfield, NC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Events Rector Knoxville, TN AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Presiding Bishop tours Houston-area congregations, offers support in aftermath of Hurricane Harvey Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Belleville, IL Featured Jobs & Calls This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Presiding Bishop Michael Curry Press Release Service 2017 Hurricanes, Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Albany, NY Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Martinsville, VA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ By Carol BarnwellPosted Feb 1, 2018 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Bath, NC last_img read more

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Fundraising manager launches leadership Web site

first_img Tagged with: Digital Management Fundraising Manager Martin Edwards has launched trustedleader.org, a free guide to leadership that focuses on how to build and maintain trust.Winning and maintaining the public’s trust is a concern exercising some of our political leaders right now. Fundraising manager Martin Edwards has therefore chosen an apposite time to launch his new leadership Web site that focuses on how tobuild and maintain trust. It is a a free, not-for-profit guide. It details how to manage and motivate people in the workplace, and importantly forfundraisers, how to reduce staff turnover and increase results. Featuresinclude the Six Keys to Trust (behavioural traits of trusted leaders); dailytips; and regular profiles of trusted leaders starting with Terry Waite andHome-Start’s Margaret Harrison. Advertisement Howard Lake | 24 September 2003 | News Fundraising manager launches leadership Web site 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  42 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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Dow AgroSceinces Profit Down in 2nd Quarter

first_img Dow AgroSceinces Sciences reported second quarter sales of $1.6 billion, down from $1.7 billion in the year-ago period. Sales were impacted by low crop commodity prices, high industry inventories and currency headwinds. Crop Protection volume was lower primarily due to reduced demand for generic herbicides and the AgroFresh divestiture, which more than offset new product innovations, including continued adoption of Spinetoram insecticide and Arylex™ herbicide. Seeds volume declined as double-digit growth in corn was more than offset by soft demand in sunflower and soybeans.EBITDA for the segment declined to $228 million from $255 million in the year-ago period. Operating EBITDA was $232 million, down from $269 million in the year-ago period, primarily reflecting the impact of prior period divestitures. Excluding the impact of these portfolio actions, year-to-date operating EBITDA was modestly lower compared to the first-half of 2015, as benefits from productivity improvements and proactive self-help mostly offset challenging macros.Equity losses for the segment were $11 million in the quarter. By Hoosier Ag Today – Jul 28, 2016 Home Indiana Agriculture News Dow AgroSceinces Profit Down in 2nd Quarter SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleMore Proof Cover Crops Boost YieldsNext articleYou’ve Got Mail from NASS Hoosier Ag Today Dow AgroSceinces Profit Down in 2nd Quarterlast_img read more

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Antarctic environmental change and biological responses

first_imgAntarctica and the surrounding Southern Ocean are facing complex environmental change. Their native biota has adapted to the region’s extreme conditions over many millions of years. This unique biota is now challenged by environmental change and the direct impacts of human activity. The terrestrial biota is characterized by considerable physiological and ecological flexibility and is expected to show increases in productivity, population sizes and ranges of individual species, and community complexity. However, the establishment of non-native organisms in both terrestrial and marine ecosystems may present an even greater threat than climate change itself. In the marine environment, much more limited response flexibility means that even small levels of warming are threatening. Changing sea ice has large impacts on ecosystem processes, while ocean acidification and coastal freshening are expected to have major impacts.last_img read more

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Connells profits rise from £50.2 million to £63.2 million

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Connells profits rise from £50.2 million to £63.2 million previous nextAgencies & PeopleConnells profits rise from £50.2 million to £63.2 millionConnells Group sees profits soar due to its “diverse offering and robust business model.”PROPERTYdrum4th March 20150527 Views The Connells Group has announced pre-tax profits of £63.2 million compared to £50.2 million last year, thanks in part to the Group’s decision to sell its shareholding in Zoopla Property Group plc following the successful flotation of Zoopla on the London Stock Exchange in June 2014.The result represents a 26 per cent increase in pre-tax profits for the year and a combined 77 per cent rise over the last three years.“Today’s results see another outstanding year for the Connells Group. The housing market which started off strongly, cooled significantly in the second half however, due to our diverse offering and robust business model, we were able to get the best out of the market,” said Connells CEO David Livesey (left).“We are reaping the benefits of prolonged investment particularly in mortgage services, surveying and lettings,” he continued. “Demand for rental property has soared and to take advantage of this we have grown our operations through a combination of organic growth, cold start openings and acquisitions.”pre-tax profits profits soar Connells group March 4, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

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Ward and Catoki Win $37,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate CSI5*

first_img 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 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. Horse Sport Enews On the opening day of week seven at the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), McLain Ward (USA) and Catoki, owned by Marilla van Beuren, Bob Russell, and McLain Ward, took home the title in the $37,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m CSI5* held in the International Arena on Wednesday, February 24, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC).WEF 7 features CSI5* competition sponsored by Lugano Diamonds, along with a concurrent CSI2* from February 24-28. The week continues with Thursday’s $73,000 Adequan® WEF Challenge Cup Round 7, the $37,000 Bainbridge Companies 1.45m Classic CSI5* and $37,000 Griffis Residential 1.45m Qualifier CSI2* on Friday, the $401,000 Lugano Diamonds Grand Prix CSI5* as part of “Saturday Night Lights,” and the $73,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic CSI5* and $50,000 Griffis Residential Grand Prix CSI2* on Sunday.Hunter competition will be highlighted on the grass Derby Field at Equestrian Village on Friday, February 26, in the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, with the professional section presented by Restylane and a junior/amateur section. Spectators can watch feature classes live and on demand for free using the livestream.Wednesday’s two-phase competition featured the work of course designers Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA) and Andy Christiansen (ECU), with 49 combinations contesting.Ward and the 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding by Catoki x Cartello B, raced to the finish line, leaving all the jumps up in a time of 28.86 seconds.“He’s a very fast horse,” said Ward. “He doesn’t actually have the biggest stride but his legs are moving very quick so that allows you to just do your round. You don’t have to do anything extreme; he’s just such a fast type. You’re not really pushing the envelope a lot, and that’s why he’s so consistently at the top of these classes.”Just one-tenth of a second behind was Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam with his ride for The Blue Buckle Group, Indra Van De Oude Heihoef, a 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare by Casantos x Action-Breaker, stopping the clock at 28.96 seconds. Meanwhile fellow Irishman Daniel Coyle found himself on the podium in third place with Amalia, a nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare by Arezzo Vdl x Kyacinthe owned by Ariel Grange, finishing in 29.02 secondsWard and Catoki have already had success during the winter circuit picking up a grand prix win during WEF Premiere week along with a second-place finish in the $37,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m CSI5* during WEF 5. While their success in the ring is proven, their preparation for the horse show is anything but conventional.“We just turn him out,” said Ward. “I never ride him between shows. He lunges a tiny bit on the day he shows but you can’t really do much with him but show. Once he starts jumping, he’s so eager, so aggressive, we just try to mellow him out and let him put a little weight on. He’s like a little racehorse. We try to just keep everything low key and trust that he knows his job when he competes.“He feels most days that he’s going to make a good effort,” Ward continued. “The warmup is interesting. He trots around like he could do the children’s hunter class; you can’t make him go, and as soon as you pick up the canter to the first jump, he’s kind of off to the races. We just try to manage that, not do very much, and stay out of his way.”As the page turns to the second half of the 2021 WEF, the caliber of competition in attendance this year remains at the highest level. With perhaps the most competitive group of riders at WEF to date, even Ward, currently ranked number 14 in the world, is feeling the heat.“The best in the world and more have funneled here right now,” he said. “We’re fantastically lucky that we’re able to be up and running and compete with all the precautions and people that are making it possible. We’re all very grateful. On one hand, it’s great to really push the envelope as far as the level of the sport and have the best [here]; but on the other hand, it’s hard to win and you’re really on the line all the time.”Earlier in the day, Lillie Keenan (USA) and Adelita, owned by Helen Signe Ostby, jumped into the winner’s circle, taking home top honors in the $1,000 Bainbridge Companies 1.40m Jumpers CSI5*. Keenan and the 2011 SSW mare by Candillo 3 x Acord II, captured the win with a double-clear effort over the two-phase course, finishing in 31.61 seconds.Final Results: $37,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m CSI5*1. CATOKI: 2009 Holsteiner gelding by Catoki x Cartello BMCLAIN WARD (USA), Marilla van Beuren, Bob Russell & McLain Ward: 0/0/28.862. INDRA VAN DE OUDE HEIHOEF: 2008 Belgian Warmblood mare by Casantos x Action-BreakerSHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), The Blue Buckle Group: 0/0/28.963. AMALIA: 2012 KWPN mare by Arezzo Vdl x KyacintheDANIEL COYLE (IRL), Ariel Grange: 0/0/29.024. IBELLE ASK: 2008 BWP mare by Verdi x Robin Des BruyeresYURI MANSUR (BRA), Stutteri Ask A/S: 0/0/30/425. MAESTRO VICA V/D ARK: 2012 BWP stallion by Lordanos x HearbreakerNATALIE DEAN (USA), Marigold Sporthorses, LLC: 0/0/30.486. H5 ELVARO: 2009 KWPN stallion by Calvaro F.c. x April Love MEDUARDO MENEZES (BRA), H5 Stables: 0/0/30.507. DICAS: 2009 Rheinlander gelding by Diarado x Cassini IMARGIE ENGLE (USA), Storm Ridge Capital LLC, Show Horses, Garber & Gladewinds Partners LLC: 0/0/32.998 . WARNIKE: 2010 NRPS mare by Eldorado Vd Zeshoek x VinginoJORDAN COYLE (IRL), Elan Farm: 0/0/33.109. CAZAAN: 2012 Holsteiner stallion by Casall x ClarimoLILLIE KEENAN (USA), Chansonette Farm, LLC: 0/0/33.2110. ORAFINA: 2012 Dutch Warmblood mare by For Fashion x CanturoKENT FARRINGTON (USA), Kent Farrington, LLC: 0/0/33.76 Tags: McLain Ward, show jumping, Winter Equestrian Festival, WEF 7, Catoki, Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m CSI5*, last_img read more

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EHV Relief Fund Established to Aid European Show Jumping Community

first_imgThe entire showjumping community has been devastated by the current linked outbreaks in Spain of the neurological form of EHV-1 that has impacted horses in 10 countries in mainland Europe. Through the hard work and dedication of many in our community, progress is clearly being made towards bringing the immediate situation under control. However, many riders and owners are facing severe financial hardship due to the costs of emergency veterinary treatment for their horses during the crisis.In order to provide support for those affected by these unforeseen and, in many cases, very substantial expenses, the EHV Relief Fund has been established. The brainchild of showjumping athletes Emile Hendrix, Peter Charles and Frederick Goltz, the Fund has the support of the FEI, European Equestrian Federation, International Jumping Riders Club, Jumping Owners Club and Equestrian Organisers. In addition, Riders Help Riders, the fundraising campaign set up by German event organiser and sports marketer Axel Milkau, has joined forces with the Fund. Collectively, this group have set themselves up as the Sponsors of the Fund.The mandate of the Fund is to provide financial support to riders and owners for the legitimate veterinary expenses resulting directly from the EHV-1 outbreaks in Spain. All proceeds raised by the Fund will be applied to this mission. Any administrative or other costs of the Fund will be borne by the Sponsors.Guidelines for the submission of funding requests will be published in due course, but the basic principle will be to:compile all applicable expenses;raise as much money as possible;allocate funds raised to cover the greatest percentage of the applicable expenses possible.The Sponsors have created an oversight committee to manage distribution of the funds based on this mandate. The Sponsors are committed to full transparency and the accounts of the Fund will be published when it is wound-up.“Despite these desperately distressing times, it has been heartwarming to see in practice what we all know to be true: that in our sport, the welfare of the horse comes first, no matter the circumstance”, Frederick Goltz said. “As part of that special community ethos, we would hope that the broader showjumping community will help to bear some of the costs, particularly in an environment made all the more difficult by Covid-19.”A total of €250,000 has already been pledged to the Fund, including monies committed by the Sponsors, other donors, and the very successful fundraising effort already undertaken by the Riders Help Riders team.“Thank you to those who have already joined our effort and we very much hope that everyone in the showjumping community will consider helping as much as they are able”, Peter Charles said.Questions about the Fund can be addressed to [email protected] can be paid directly to the dedicated bank account that has been set up through the FEI:Banque Cantonale VaudoisePlace St-François 141003 Lausanne – SwitzerlandAccount holder: Federation Equestre InternationaleIBAN: CH72 0076 7000 E536 6418 5Account: E 5366.41.85 EURBIC/Swift: BCVLCH2LXXXReference: EHV_relief_fundSponsors: Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI); European Equestrian Federation (EEF); International Jumping Riders Club (IJRC); Jumping Owners Club (JOC); Equestrian Organisers (EO); Riders Help Riders; Emile Hendrix; Peter Charles; Frederick Goltz. Tags: EHV-1, Peter Charles, Emile Hendrix, relief fund, Frederick Goltz, 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. Horse Sport Enews 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. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Email*last_img read more

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UK: Apache Gunships Practise Strike Power from Sea Aboard Newly-Refitted Helicopter Carrier

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today UK: Apache Gunships Practise Strike Power from Sea Aboard Newly-Refitted Helicopter Carrier View post tag: sea View post tag: Helicopter View post tag: Gunships UK: Apache Gunships Practise Strike Power from Sea Aboard Newly-Refitted Helicopter Carrier View post tag: power View post tag: Newly-Refitted View post tag: News by topic July 22, 2011 View post tag: Strike View post tag: Navy View post tag: Apache Apache helicopter pilots have found their sea legs on the unfamiliar setting of HMS Illustrious.The newly-refitted helicopter carrier – fresh from her £40m refit – has swapped Harrier jets for the imposing outlines of the Army gunships.Crews from 664 Squadron, 4 Regiment Army Air Corps, took the chance to bump neatly into position on Lusty’s flight deck during a week of exercises in the Channel, just days after the famous carrier returned to Portsmouth following her 18-month ‘exile’ in Rosyth.The Apaches are heavily in demand right now off Libya, where they’ve been repeatedly called upon to strike at government targets ashore from HMS Ocean.Illustrious will take over as the nation’s helicopter assault carrier from Ocean when the Mighty O enters refit, so there’s a demanding work-up ahead for Lusty.“It’s a fantastic training package for us to be operating Apaches in this way,” said Capt Jerry Kyd, Illustrious’ Commanding Officer.“It’s not the first time that Apaches have flown from a carrier – they’ve flown from Ark and obviously Ocean over the past five years.”“It’s very important that we can show we can integrate and offer that power projection to the government if they need it.”“It’s not our judgement that counts on the question of where we operate, but it is our job to be as ready as possible.”As well as seeing the thermostat plummet during a cool, wet British summer, army fliers used to Afghan heat have had to cope with high winds.One pilot from 664 Sqn, who did not want to be named for security reasons, said: “It’s very different from the desert but it should still be within our range of skills to fly from HMS Illustrious.”“The landing space is obviously smaller and it’s a moving target that we are returning to from our flights, but we are confident that we can manoeuvre in most weathers.”While Apaches were flying from her decks, amphibious assault personnel were working below on another of Lusty’s rarer roles.As a newly-converted helicopter carrier, the ship must be able to embark an assault group and deliver them complete with heavy Bergens to the flight deck.Capt Kyd said: “Illustrious has served as helicopter carrier before but we are now looking in more detail at the routes and processes we use to get troops ready to go.”“It’s very exciting to be working on varied roles at such a busy time – there are 750 naval and army personnel here doing a great job.”[mappress]Source: royalnavy, July 22, 2011; View post tag: Naval View post tag: Practise View post tag: Carrier View post tag: Aboard View post tag: UK Share this articlelast_img read more

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Oxfordshire could become the UK’s first smoke free county

first_imgOxfordshire County Council is preparing to launch the Oxfordshire Tobacco Control Alliance Tobacco Control Strategy Consultation on ‘No Smoking Day’ on Wednesday 11th March. According to a report to the Health Improvement Board, approximately 10 percent of the county’s population smokes regularly at the moment, equating to roughly 54,804 people. Last Thursday Oxfordshire’s Health Improvement Board discussed a plan to reduce the number of smokers in the county. The scheme has been proposed following concerns about the pressure smoking has been putting on the Oxfordshire economy.  The Council’s press office told Cherwell: “Representatives from the alliance will be attending and we are currently confirming interview availability for the day with key people from organisations such as: Oxford Health, Oxfordshire County Council, OUH [Oxford University Hospitals], and CCG [Clinical Commissioning Group]”. Action on Smoking and Health reports that smoking costs Oxfordshire residents £121.7m every year. This includes spending on healthcare, workplace productivity, social care and house fires. The report also states that 2,132 people died from smoking-related causes in Oxfordshire between 2012 and 2017. He said the new strategy had a ‘four pillared’ approach to reducing the number of smokers. These pillars will be: carrying on with existing prevention work, regulating and enforcing tobacco products, creating more smoke-free environments, and supporting smokers to quit. The Health Improvement Board is made up of members from Oxfordshire’s five district councils, the county council, Thames Valley Police, and local health organisations. Oxfordshire Tobacco Control Strategy outlines plans to become smoke free by 2025, becoming the first county in the UK to do so. Ansaf Azhar, Oxfordshire County Council’s director of public health, outlined the deep inequalities associated with who was smoking in Oxfordshire, stating that the poorest communities were hit the hardest by the health issues caused by the habit.last_img read more

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