#LoveLaois: Remembering nine magical days for Laois teams in Croke Park

first_img Facebook Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival #LoveLaois: Remembering nine magical days for Laois teams in Croke Park TAGSLove Laois Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Council Electric Picnic Electric Picnic This piece originally appeared on LaoisToday in August 2020.As a county, we’re obviously not Kerry or Kilkenny or Dublin. We don’t have countless All Irelands to our name.But we have had some great days in Croke Park.From a Leinster U-21 hurling final in 1983, to the famous league win in 1986, Leinster final day in 2003, All Ireland success for ladies football and camogie, a couple of All Ireland minor final wins and last year’s Joe McDonagh Cup success, it makes for pleasant reading.No doubt it’ll bring back memories for those lucky enough to be there. Home Sport GAA #LoveLaois: Remembering nine magical days for Laois teams in Croke Park SportGAA It was Mick O’Dwyer’s first year as manager and Laois supporters duly invaded the pitch, ignoring the Croke Park pleas to stay where they were. Incredible scenes.Laois Captain Angela Casey lifts the cup after winning the 2001 All Ireland ladies football final2001 – Ladies win All Ireland football finalThe Laois ladies football team were among the best in the country throughout the 1980s and 1990s but they always fell just short in their bid to win an All Ireland.They finally got over the line in 2001 thanks to a thrilling win over Mayo in Croke Park, the winning point coming with the last kick of the ball from Mary Kirwan.The team was captained by Angela Casey and among the long-serving stars was the exceptional Sue Ramsbottom, who had lost six All Ireland finals prior to this one.Laois later went on to win a number of Leinster titles – but they haven’t played in Croke Park since.The Laois team that won the National League title in 19861986 – League gloryBefore 2003, the 1986 league final was the biggest outpouring of joy for Laois supporters in Croke Park.Laois had a fine football side in the 1980s and appeared in Leinster finals in 1981 and 1985 and had good knockout championship wins over Dublin and Meath during that time.In 1986 they made it to the league final having competed in Division 3 – and they recorded a memorable win over Monaghan, with Liam Irwin scoring six points from midfield on his way to an All Star award later that year.Despite hopes of a Leinster title, Laois then went and famously crashed out of the championship against Wicklow in Aughrim.The Laois team that won the All Ireland minor final in 19961996 – All Ireland minor joyThe Laois minors caught the imagination of GAA supporters in 1995 when they lost the Leinster final after a marathon three-game saga with Westmeath.But with many of the same players on board and captained by Martin Delaney from Portlaoise, they came back the following year and beat Wexford, Westmeath, Dublin, Donegal and then Kerry in a memorable final in Croke Park on a scoreline of 2-11 to 1-11.Many of those players went on to play senior with Laois for many years.Kieran Kelly lifts the All Ireland minor trophy – the Tom Markham Cup – after the 1997 final1997 – Minors triumph once moreTwelve months on from the famous first minor win, Laois came back and won it again.This time Ollie Phelan was the manager having replaced Gabriel Lawlor and he’d mostly a whole new crop of players.Beano McDonald and Stephen Kelly were the only two who’d played the previous years but Kieran Kelly was a good captain and it was the first many would see of future All Stars Tom Kelly and Joe Higgins.After a scare against Kilkenny, of all teams, in the early stages of Leinster, Laois qualified for the Leinster final where they beat Wicklow and then Mayo in the All Ireland semi-final.They then went and got the better of a Mickey Harte-managed Tyrone team in the final.Laois captain Niamh Dollard lifts the cup after the  2015 All Ireland junior camogie final2015 – Camogie successThe Laois camogie team suffered more than their fair share of disappointment before finally getting their hands on All Ireland silverware in 2015.They were beaten in the final in Croke Park in 2013 and 2014 but they got over the line in 2015 thanks to an eight-point win over Roscommon and first-half goals from Laura Marie Maher and Sarah Anne Fitzgerald.Niamh Dollard was captain and got the honour of lifting the trophy in the Hogan Stand.The Laois U-21 hurling team that won the Leinster final in Croke Park in 19831983 – Leinster U-21 hurling winLaois hurling games in Croke Park have been few and far between in recent years – wins even rarer. Final wins rarer again.In 1983, Laois won the Leinster U-21 hurling title there – the county’s first and only provincial title in the grade.They got the better of Wexford on a scoreline of 3-13 to 4-8. The team was captained by Pat O’Brien from Borris-in-Ossory and one of the selectors was Pat Delaney from Rathdowney who is now part of the backroom team.Laois were later beaten by Galway in the All Ireland semi-final in Ennis. A reunion for that team was held to mark the 25th anniversary of that success and they were honoured at county final day in 2008.The Laois footballers celebrate after their 2016 Division 4 league final win2018 – Division 4 league football final winOrdinarily, a Division 4 league title shouldn’t be the biggest thing in the world?But the Laois footballers had endured back to back relegations and morale was low when John Sugrue came in and took over the county team at the end of 2017.The 2018 league campaign in Division 4 started the healing process and the trip to London in Round 4 was a bonding experience for players, officials and supporter.On Easter Saturday, Laois did enough to see off Carlow on a bitingly cold day. Stephen Attride lifted the trophy afterwards and Laois have since reached a Leinster final, won promotion from Division 2 and been in the last 12 of the championship twice.That day in March 2018 wasn’t the biggest win of all – but it was a thoroughly enjoyable day in Croke Park nonetheless. Laois supporters generally haven’t had too many of them over the years.2019 – Joe McDonagh Cup triumph The most recent great day in Croke Park it was still one of the best days that Laois fans have enjoyed in Croke Park.Laois triumphed over Westmeath by 3-21 to 1-16 to claim the Joe McDonagh Cup on Leinster final day at the end of June. It completed a remarkable turnaround in the fortunes of Laois hurling under Eddie Brennan as he has taken a side who battled relegation in this competition last season to glory in the space of 12 months.The following week, Laois beat Dublin in O’Moore Park and went back to Croke Park two weeks later for an All Ireland quarter-final against Tipperary.SEE ALSO – The complete bluffer’s guide to hopping on the Laois hurling bandwagon Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date WhatsApp Previous articleJohn Whelan: Celebrating the great Jim Yorke, a photographer who excelled in a different eraNext articleCoronavirus: No further deaths and 320 new cases Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest By Steven Miller – 5th April 2021 Here’s hoping we have many more to come.2003 – Leinster football final gloryThe greatest day for Laois in living memory. Wins over Wexford, Offaly and Dublin put Laois into their first Leinster final in 12 years and they duly went and won their first title in 57 years thanks to a 2-13 to 1-13 win over Kildare. Twitter Twitter Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 monthslast_img read more

Rise in shareholder activism a negative for bondholders: Moody’s

first_imgJames Langton Catastrophe bond market gains momentum Shareholder activism is on the rise, and this is generally a negative for corporate credit quality, says Moody’s Investors Service in a new report. The rating agency says that shareholder activists are taking on an increasing number of companies, and larger companies, in campaigns that are typically focused on returning more value to shareholders. These efforts have usually been negative for credit quality, it notes. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related news When bond ratings slip, investors shrugcenter_img With bond yields low and rising, what is the price of safety? Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Bond In its report, Moody’s says hedge funds and other activist investors pursued 220 targets in 2013 in either proxy contests or public filings; and, this is up from 209 in 2012 and 179 in 2011. It notes that the tech sector continues to see the most shareholder activism, accounting for a quarter of all campaigns in 2013. “With their large cash balances, minimal debt levels and small, if any, dividend payments, technology companies will continue to be targeted by activist investors calling for more aggressive capital returns,” says Chris Plath, vice president and senior analyst at Moody’s. “Among the most vulnerable are companies with low valuations resulting from lagging performance or those that have valuable assets that can be sold-off or spun-out into a separate entity.” Other attractive sectors for activists include healthcare, energy and retail, it adds. Moody’s says that the primary reason for the increase in shareholder activism is “the lure of tremendous piles of cash” sitting on corporate balance sheets. Also, companies have access to inexpensive debt, “which makes it easier to leverage balance sheets to fund share buybacks, special dividends and other shareholder rewards,” it says. Additionally, Moody’s notes that the public perception of activists has become more positive in recent years, as they have gradually shed the image of “corporate raiders” that they had in the 1980s, and come to be seen more as agents of longer-term change for the good, albeit primarily for the benefit of shareholders much more than bondholders. “The majority of activists’ efforts are focused on advancing shareholder interests, which tend to be negative for bondholders, “says Plath. “There have been some instances where they have helped credit profiles by imposing greater financial and capital discipline or focused on a company’s corporate governance practices.” In addition to possibly adding leverage to fund these shareholder-friendly initiatives, the rating agency says that the increased activism can hurt credit quality “by encouraging potential targets to act preemptively” with share buybacks or special dividends designed to prevent activist campaigns.last_img read more

NASAA spotlights warning signs of financial abuse by guardians

first_img The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) on Monday released a new publication warning of possible financial abuse by guardians assigned to oversee financial matters of individuals no longer able to do so for themselves. Suspected signs of abuse include: James Langton Keywords Financial abuseCompanies North American Securities Administrators Association Reports of senior financial abuse rising: NASAA Facebook LinkedIn Twitter > transferring property to benefit the guardian; > taking personal payments and using or borrowing property from a protected individual without court permission; > authorizing frequent, unexplained cash withdrawals; and > making decisions that are not in the best interest of the person that’s supposed to be protected by the guardian. Incidents of suspected abuse should be reported to authorities, such as police, adult protective services, regulators, and other government agencies, NASAA says. “Through this resource, we hope to help focus attention on the warning signs of suspected guardian financial abuse,” says Joseph Borg, president of NASAA and Alabama Securities Commission director, in a statement.center_img AMF invites industry to combat elder abuse Reps have a role in combatting the opioid epidemic, regulators say Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related newslast_img read more

Crown Mountain Coking Coal Project – Participant Funding Available

first_imgCrown Mountain Coking Coal Project – Participant Funding Available From: Impact Assessment Agency of CanadaFunding provided by the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (the Agency) is now available to help the public and Indigenous groups participate in the federal environmental assessment for the proposed Crown Mountain Coking Coal Project, located in the Elk Valley, approximately 12 kilometres from the District of Sparwood, in southeastern British Columbia.Funding provided by the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (the Agency) is now available to help the public and Indigenous groups participate in the federal environmental assessment for the proposed Crown Mountain Coking Coal Project, located in the Elk Valley, approximately 12 kilometres from the District of Sparwood, in southeastern British Columbia.Funding is available for eligible individuals and groups to assist their participation in upcoming steps of the environmental assessment. These steps include reviewing and providing comments on the Environmental Impact Statement or its summary, the draft Environmental Assessment Report, and the potential environmental assessment conditions.Applications received by March 3, 2021, will be considered. Recipients and the amount of funding allocated will be posted later on the project’s webpage on the Canadian Impact Assessment Registry website.The Agency recognizes it is more challenging to undertake meaningful public engagement and Indigenous consultation in light of the circumstances arising from COVID-19. The Agency continues to assess the situation, adjust consultation activities and provide flexibility as needed in order to prioritize the health and safety of all Canadians and conduct meaningful engagement with interested groups.To apply for funding, complete the Application form – Environmental assessments undertaken by the Agency available on the Agency’s website at canada.ca/iaac under Funding Programs /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:British, Canada, coal, coronavirus, covid-19, Government, health and safety, Impact, Indigenous, project, Safety, websitelast_img read more

Simple innovations for chronic health issues could help millions

first_imgSimple innovations for chronic health issues could help millions Across Australia, innovations in healthcare are improving the lives of people with chronic health conditions such as diabetes and arthritis.However, while nearly ten million Australians, or around 40% of us, now live with chronic health conditions these successful innovative programs only benefit a small fraction.“There are many simple and inexpensive innovations that help people avoid hospital and enjoy a better quality of life,” Productivity Commissioner, Stephen King said.“But these innovations are localised — limited to one state or even one town. People only get access if they live in the right place,” he said.The report Innovations in care for chronic health conditions by the Productivity Commission highlights examples of services that successfully manage chronic health conditions.They include initiatives that send friendly SMS reminders to people to monitor their symptoms and make healthy choices, and programs that rearrange health service workflows so they can offer better support.“While the health system works well for most people, most of the time, its weaknesses are exposed when it comes to chronic health conditions,” Productivity Commissioner Richard Spencer said.“For example health services in one part of the country may not know what is happening in other areas, so great ideas are only partly adopted,” he said.Half of all hospital admissions are related to chronic health conditions. One of the programs the report looked at lowered admissions by 25%, by keeping in touch with patients and helping them address problems before they needed hospitalisation.With relatively small investments, such innovations could be expanded, benefitting more people. Governments have an appetite for change and are making progress but diffusion of new ideas could be much more effective.“Health system reform is often slow and piecemeal. Our report provides examples of services that found ways to improve care within the system we have now — they offer valuable and practical lessons for other parts of the health system,” Stephen King said.“If all of the good ideas identified by the report, and some of them were breathtakingly simple, were adopted across Australia, they could benefit millions of Australians,” he said.The Productivity Commission’s report on Innovations in care for chronic health conditions can be found at www.pc.gov.au. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:arthritis, Australia, chronic, Commission, Commissioner, diabetes, Government, health, health services, healthcare, healthy choices, hospital, Productivity Commission, quality, reformlast_img read more

New ACC Board Chair Appointed

first_imgNew ACC Board Chair Appointed Hon Carmel Sepuloni Minister for ACC Carmel Sepuloni is delighted to announce the appointment of Hon Steve Maharey CNZM, as a new member and chair successor for the board of ACC.He will commence as a member on 1 May 2021 and become Chair on the retirement of Dame Paula Rebstock on 31 July 2021, to allow for an orderly transition of leadership.“I would like to express my deep appreciation for the outstanding service, dedication, contribution and leadership of outgoing chair Dame Paula Rebstock who will retire after 10 years leading the Board,” says Carmel Sepuloni.“Dame Paula and the Board have overseen the much-needed transformation and modernisation of ACC’s culture, processes, information and technology. It has allowed ACC to make significant progress in improving how it delivers services to Kiwis in the 21st Century.“Under her leadership, Dame Paula has driven the Whāia Te Tika strategy to prioritise equality of ACC services for Māori, revamped ACC’s case management model to better meet the needs of claimaints, worked to provide greater support to victims of sexual abuse, and put in place a health services strategy to ensure injured New Zealanders recover faster.“She has made a valuable contribution in leading the deliberations of the Board. In particular, she stabilised ACC and rebuilt public confidence following a period in which it was focused on minimising the cost of the Scheme, instead of supporting injured New Zealanders.“Her replacement Steve Maharey is currently Chair of UCOL, Pharmac and Education New Zealand and was Vice Chancellor at Massey University. Prior to that he was a Senior Lecturer in Sociology, a City Councillor, an MP for 18 yesrs and a Senior Cabinet Minister holding a wide range of portfolios including Education, Social Development, Employment, Housing and Child, Youth and Family.“Steve has expressed to me how honoured he is to be taking the helm of the ACC Board, to contribute his experience to lead the future direction for this important and unique institution which all New Zealanders rely on.“The leadership of the ACC Board is an important role for the Crown and I’m confident Steve has the breadth of leadership experience to ably address the challenges facing ACC and to lead the corporation into the future.” said Carmel Sepuloni. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:ACC, Century, culture, education, employment, Government, health services, housing, leadership, Minister, New Zealand, retirement, sexual abuse, Social Development, technology, university, Youthlast_img read more

July 31 Final Day for Minimum Wage Submissions

first_imgJuly 31 Final Day for Minimum Wage Submissions LabourJuly 30, 2015Written by: Shari-Ann Palmer Story HighlightsThe Ministry of Labour and Social Security is reminding the public that July 31 is the final day for the submission of written proposals on the review of the national minimum wage and the minimum wage for industrial security guards.The proposals, comments and suggestions on whether the minimum wage should be increased, and the appropriate level of increase, are being requested for consideration by the Minimum Wage Advisory Commission (MWAC).Persons making submissions may be asked to appear before the MWAC to give support for their recommendations. The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is reminding the public that July 31 is the final day for the submission of written proposals on the review of the national minimum wage and the minimum wage for industrial security guards.The proposals, comments and suggestions on whether the minimum wage should be increased, and the appropriate level of increase, are being requested for consideration by the Minimum Wage Advisory Commission (MWAC).Persons making submissions may be asked to appear before the MWAC to give support for their recommendations.The minimum wage was last adjusted in January 2014 from $5,000 to $5,600 per 40-hour workweek, and from $7,320 to $8,198 per 40-hour workweek for industrial security guards.Chairman of the MWAC, Silvera Castro, in an interview with JIS News earlier this month, informed that consultations will begin in August and are expected to be completed in November this year.“After that [the consultations], the Commission will deliberate and make its assessment…looking at the economic situation that exists now,” he said. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Advertisementscenter_img RelatedMinistry’s Training Programme Propels Persons with Disabilities RelatedJPC Targets Youth As It Promotes Productivity Culture Related200 Residents of Hartford/Morass Lane Get Certificates of Possessionlast_img read more

Covid-19 Assessment Hub to be provided in Letterkenny

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Twitter Covid-19 Assessment Hub to be provided in Letterkenny Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest Google+ Facebook Google+ Facebook Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th center_img Pinterest WhatsApp Community Assessment Hubs are to be rolled out this week, starting today.They’ll provide enhanced community-based supports for people who’ve tested positive for Covid-19.There’ll be 12 to 15 of these hubs in place by the end of the week, with Letterkenny confirmed as one of the locations. On Saturday afternoon, there were 27 confirmed cases of Covid-19 being treated at Letterkenny University Hospital, four of them in Intensive Care .HSE chief operations officer, Anne O’Connor, says the assessment hubs will not provide a walk in service, and people with symptoms will have to contact their GP first…………..Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/07oconnor-virus.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Previous article81 confirmed Covid-19 cases in DonegalNext articleMore face masks could be made in Donegal – Sweeney News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 By News Highland – April 6, 2020 Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

News / Hapag-Lloyd to impose post-CNY rate hikes as blanked sailings slow the pace of price decline

first_imgWith a series of blanked sailings by the four major container shipping alliances, the pace of rate decline slowed. The SCFI’s Shanghai-North Europe component dropped by $38 per teu to $431 per teu, a decline of 8% – the smallest fall since October, although today’s rate level is still 59% below this time last year.On other trades, the Shanghai-Mediterranean leg dropped $34 to $454 per teu, a decline of 7%, the transpacific Shanghai-US west coast fell $67 per feu to $1,321, down just under 5%, and the Shanghai-US east coast leg fell $125 per feu to $2,341, a decline of 5%.Meanwhile, Alphaliner reported that the O3 alliance is set to increase capacity on its Asia-Mediterranean services, as it completes the transition of its AMC-1 service (marketed as the MEX2 by CMA CGM and AMX1 by China Shipping) to an ultra-large container vessel (ULCV) operation.“UASC is to complete the fleet upsizing of its AMC-1 service by replacing the last four 9,580 teu ships, chartered from UASC’s alliance partner, CSCL, with owned tonnage of 13,000-15,000 teu,” it said.This weekend, UASC will deploy the 14,993 teu Linha onto the AMC1 after it completes its final sailing on the O3’s FAL8 Asia-North Europe service, and will be followed by the Al Murabba in March and the similar-sized Al Mashrab later.In a clear sign of vessel cascading, all three will, in turn, be replaced by UASC’s new series of 19,870 teu newbuildings. By Gavin van Marle 05/02/2016 © Jdanne | Dreamstime.com – Stack of Containers, Harbour of Khor Fakkan, United Arab Emiratescenter_img Hapag-Lloyd today announced a new general rate increase (GRI) of $900 per teu on headhaul westbound Asia-North Europe and Asia-Mediterranean shipments for 1 March.The line also scheduled a transpacific GRI for 1 March of $540 per teu and $600 per feu.The announcement coincided with another week of declining freight rates on the major east-west deepsea trades.The Shanghai Containerised Freight Index (SCFI again headed south this week as the industry prepares for the two-week Chinese New Year holiday. This officially begins on Monday, but judging by scenes at Guangzhou railway station this week, hundreds of thousands of factory workers have already begun heading home.last_img read more

FEI Launches New Global Awards

first_img SIGN UP Horse Sport Enews Email* Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! The Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) is proud to announce the launch of the first ever FEI Awards set up to celebrate the equestrian community and pay tribute to the heroes of the sport.“The awards have been created to put the spotlight on all those who have contributed to the progress and excellence of equestrian sport,” said HRH Princess Haya, President of the FEI. “These awards will not only recognise the achievements and success of individuals and highlight the stars of today and tomorrow but they will also bring together all those involved in the sport around the world.”The FEI hopes that these awards and the surrounding ceremony will come to be seen as the ‘Oscars’ of the equestrian world.CategoriesThis year FEI Awards in five categories will be presented:– Athlete of the Year – to a rider, driver or vaulter who has shown exceptional sportsmanship and prowess;– Rising Star supported by HSBC – to a rider between the ages of 14 & 21 has not only demonstrated significant talent but also love of the sport, commitment and practice;– Development supported by Alltech – for a development project, individual or organisation that has shown exceptional skill, dedication and energy in expanding the sport.– Against All Odds – to celebrate a disabled rider of any age who has demonstrated that disability is no hindrance to sporting proficiency.– Groom of the Year – to the often uncelebrated yet important person who works behind the scenes.NominationsNominations are open to all the members of the equestrian community and will be done online through the dedicated website www.feiawards.org. Click now and nominate all those whose talent should be acknowledged and celebrated.The winners will be selected by an international judging panel chaired by the FEI President.Prize-giving ceremonyThe 2009 FEI Awards will be presented to the winning candidates on 21 November at the gala dinner held on the occasion of the annual FEI General Assembly. This year’s event will take place in the Danish capital Copenhagen. 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. More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more