What It Takes To Become An Equestrian

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What It Takes to Become an Equestrian


Ryan Collins

Horseback riding is one of the most thrilling sports of all time. Nothing beats being on a horse and racing towards the finish line, but being an equestrian is not just that. If you decide to become an equestrian, youll not only discover the joy and pride of horseback riding; you enter a life of adventure, and you get to feel the adrenaline rush all the time.

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To become a professional equestrian is not easy. It has a lot of physical, mental and emotional requisites that you first have to meet, as these qualities prove to be essential in each and every match that you are going to face. You have to be physically fit, and as well have the control and balance as you are going to handle not a machine for racing, but a live creature that has its own mind too. You also have to be focused and determined-entertaining distractions will only make you fall off the horse. But more than the attitude, theirs is another aspect of being an equestrian that you have to work on: having the bond with horses. It can be very difficult on your end if you are not capable of handling the horse you are going to ride on. This is because in professional horse racing matches, you are subject to riding different horses depending on the stable youre associated with. Indeed, most professional equestrians already have their own horses to race with, but if youre just starting out you have to be accustomed do riding different horses during the start of your career. Therefore, you should know how to work with your horse and take charge whenever it starts acting up. Becoming an equestrian is also a bit expensive; the sport remains to be for individuals who can afford to buy their own horses. However, you can also get high chances of becoming a professional equestrian by working in the stables. If you are highly interested in horses and would want to pursue the path towards becoming an equestrian, then it is best that you search for equine scholarships. There are boarding schools that offer special equine scholarships to well-qualified students, and these can ease your financial burden when pursuing your dream. There are also special horse racing scholarships awarded to sons and daughters of horsemen and horsewomen; you may likewise check them out to see if you are qualified for the grant. There are a lot equine associations that you may want to join in. These organizations are comprised of both professional equestrians and horse racing enthusiasts, and you will definitely learn a lot from them. If you are already starting to train with horses, then you may also want to be active in these associations, or in online equine communities such as forums and e-groups, as they can provide you with tips and tricks in improving your game.

The author has been an active equestrian in Sweden for the past several years now. He believes that a successful equestrian or


as its called in Sweden must spend years taking care of horses or


in Swedish, making them more capable of riding fast and smooth during a race.

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Eurovision ’73 winner Anne Marie David discusses her four-decade career and the Contest, past and present

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Monday, February 16, 2009

In the 1970s, she was one of the most popular female vocalists in France, and became well-known internationally. Anne Marie David, from Arles in the south of France, parlayed her initial success from playing Mary Magdalene in the French production of Jesus Christ Superstar into taking home the “grand prix” at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1973. Her winning song, “Tu te reconnaîtras” (You will recognize yourself), became a Europe-wide hit that spring.

At the height of her popularity, David perfomed world tours, and even lived abroad in Turkey for a time. In 1979, she tried once again to win the Eurovision, and placed a respectable third. Her song “Je suis l’enfant soleil” (I’m a child of the sun) became similarly popular across France and in the Francophone nations.

As time went on, however, her place in the French music scene became less certain. Touring the world had taken a personal toll, and David decided to retire from music completely in 1987. However, with the help of her fan base, she was coaxed out of retirement in 2003 and is returning to a part of her life that she tried to leave, but never left her. Celebrating four decades in the music scene, David is looking forward to adventurous new projects and a newfound zest for life.

Anne Marie David corresponded with Wikinews’ Mike Halterman about her eventful career, her personal anecdotes regarding living abroad, her successes in past Eurovision contests and her grievances with the way the show is produced today. This is the second in a series of interviews with past Eurovision contestants, which will be published sporadically in the lead-up to mid-May’s next contest in Moscow.

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New Zealand medical student funding to be reviewed

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Monday, February 20, 2006

The New Zealand government has announced that it will be reviewing funding for medical and dentistry students at Otago and Auckland Universities to certify the institutions’ standards and help staff retention.

The dean of Auckland University’s Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, Professor Iain Martin says the review “can’t come soon enough”.

The Medical Students Association welcomes the review. It says that it has been worried about student debt for years “High debt encourages too many graduates overseas, or into high paying areas of practice at the expense of areas like general practice”

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Australian refugee contractor accused of breaching its duty of care

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Friday, December 30, 2005

The Australian Centre for Languages, a company which has a multi-million dollar contract with the Australian government to provide refugee services, has been accused of breaching its duty of care following the death of a chronically ill child and allegations of failing to provide three women in their care with food.

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Know More About The Online Casino Gaming 92

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Casino gaming has taken a boom since past few years. There are various reasons for this enhanced interest in online casino gaming all around the world. This facility not only provides convenience to play your favorite casino games without moving anywhere out but you can also enjoy it with your friends at any weekend and make the celebration big. Apart from this, you can save your transportation money by playing it online at your computer only. You can avail various benefits by playing an online casino game. On registration, you can also get free online bonus which can be used to play any game of your choice at these casinos. This facility also improves the chances of winning better money. If you are new for casino website, it would be better for you to go through the terms set by every individual casino website so that you may know the conditions in which you can win good money without any problem. This would also help you in understanding the rules for winning any amount at any event. You should remember to create your casino account with utmost care and provide the best details about your bank account and credit and debit cards to it so that you may get the winning cash as soon as possible. Most of the accounts are banned or put on hold due to verification or confirmation purpose which delays the process. After successful registration with the online casino, it is necessary to take a demo for any game so that you may check the efficiency and working procedure of the website. Demo games help you in making a better understanding about any game. You can play a demo game in which you will not lose or earn any money but this procedure would surely help you in making a better understanding. If you are a new gambler, it would be better to lean the gaming rules which are different for every game. You can learn these rules through these websites online as it is mandatory for them to provide the rule list to the gamblers. Some of the casino websites also provide initial lessons to their new members for better understanding. Now that you are aware of online casino sites and things related to it, you can start playing on it and earn money even though you are a newbie.

Cleveland, Ohio clinic performs US’s first face transplant

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

A team of eight transplant surgeons in Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, USA, led by reconstructive surgeon Dr. Maria Siemionow, age 58, have successfully performed the first almost total face transplant in the US, and the fourth globally, on a woman so horribly disfigured due to trauma, that cost her an eye. Two weeks ago Dr. Siemionow, in a 23-hour marathon surgery, replaced 80 percent of her face, by transplanting or grafting bone, nerve, blood vessels, muscles and skin harvested from a female donor’s cadaver.

The Clinic surgeons, in Wednesday’s news conference, described the details of the transplant but upon request, the team did not publish her name, age and cause of injury nor the donor’s identity. The patient’s family desired the reason for her transplant to remain confidential. The Los Angeles Times reported that the patient “had no upper jaw, nose, cheeks or lower eyelids and was unable to eat, talk, smile, smell or breathe on her own.” The clinic’s dermatology and plastic surgery chair, Francis Papay, described the nine hours phase of the procedure: “We transferred the skin, all the facial muscles in the upper face and mid-face, the upper lip, all of the nose, most of the sinuses around the nose, the upper jaw including the teeth, the facial nerve.” Thereafter, another team spent three hours sewing the woman’s blood vessels to that of the donor’s face to restore blood circulation, making the graft a success.

The New York Times reported that “three partial face transplants have been performed since 2005, two in France and one in China, all using facial tissue from a dead donor with permission from their families.” “Only the forehead, upper eyelids, lower lip, lower teeth and jaw are hers, the rest of her face comes from a cadaver; she could not eat on her own or breathe without a hole in her windpipe. About 77 square inches of tissue were transplanted from the donor,” it further described the details of the medical marvel. The patient, however, must take lifetime immunosuppressive drugs, also called antirejection drugs, which do not guarantee success. The transplant team said that in case of failure, it would replace the part with a skin graft taken from her own body.

Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, a Brigham and Women’s Hospital surgeon praised the recent medical development. “There are patients who can benefit tremendously from this. It’s great that it happened,” he said.

Leading bioethicist Arthur Caplan of the University of Pennsylvania withheld judgment on the Cleveland transplant amid grave concerns on the post-operation results. “The biggest ethical problem is dealing with failure — if your face rejects. It would be a living hell. If your face is falling off and you can’t eat and you can’t breathe and you’re suffering in a terrible manner that can’t be reversed, you need to put on the table assistance in dying. There are patients who can benefit tremendously from this. It’s great that it happened,” he said.

Dr Alex Clarke, of the Royal Free Hospital had praised the Clinic for its contribution to medicine. “It is a real step forward for people who have severe disfigurement and this operation has been done by a team who have really prepared and worked towards this for a number of years. These transplants have proven that the technical difficulties can be overcome and psychologically the patients are doing well. They have all have reacted positively and have begun to do things they were not able to before. All the things people thought were barriers to this kind of operations have been overcome,” she said.

The first partial face transplant surgery on a living human was performed on Isabelle Dinoire on November 27 2005, when she was 38, by Professor Bernard Devauchelle, assisted by Professor Jean-Michel Dubernard in Amiens, France. Her Labrador dog mauled her in May 2005. A triangle of face tissue including the nose and mouth was taken from a brain-dead female donor and grafted onto the patient. Scientists elsewhere have performed scalp and ear transplants. However, the claim is the first for a mouth and nose transplant. Experts say the mouth and nose are the most difficult parts of the face to transplant.

In 2004, the same Cleveland Clinic, became the first institution to approve this surgery and test it on cadavers. In October 2006, surgeon Peter Butler at London‘s Royal Free Hospital in the UK was given permission by the NHS ethics board to carry out a full face transplant. His team will select four adult patients (children cannot be selected due to concerns over consent), with operations being carried out at six month intervals. In March 2008, the treatment of 30-year-old neurofibromatosis victim Pascal Coler of France ended after having received what his doctors call the worlds first successful full face transplant.

Ethical concerns, psychological impact, problems relating to immunosuppression and consequences of technical failure have prevented teams from performing face transplant operations in the past, even though it has been technically possible to carry out such procedures for years.

Mr Iain Hutchison, of Barts and the London Hospital, warned of several problems with face transplants, such as blood vessels in the donated tissue clotting and immunosuppressants failing or increasing the patient’s risk of cancer. He also pointed out ethical issues with the fact that the procedure requires a “beating heart donor”. The transplant is carried out while the donor is brain dead, but still alive by use of a ventilator.

According to Stephen Wigmore, chair of British Transplantation Society’s ethics committee, it is unknown to what extent facial expressions will function in the long term. He said that it is not certain whether a patient could be left worse off in the case of a face transplant failing.

Mr Michael Earley, a member of the Royal College of Surgeon‘s facial transplantation working party, commented that if successful, the transplant would be “a major breakthrough in facial reconstruction” and “a major step forward for the facially disfigured.”

In Wednesday’s conference, Siemionow said “we know that there are so many patients there in their homes where they are hiding from society because they are afraid to walk to the grocery stores, they are afraid to go the the street.” “Our patient was called names and was humiliated. We very much hope that for this very special group of patients there is a hope that someday they will be able to go comfortably from their houses and enjoy the things we take for granted,” she added.

In response to the medical breakthrough, a British medical group led by Royal Free Hospital’s lead surgeon Dr Peter Butler, said they will finish the world’s first full face transplant within a year. “We hope to make an announcement about a full-face operation in the next 12 months. This latest operation shows how facial transplantation can help a particular group of the most severely facially injured people. These are people who would otherwise live a terrible twilight life, shut away from public gaze,” he said.

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Author Amy Scobee recounts abuse as Scientology executive

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Wikinews interviewed author Amy Scobee about her book Scientology – Abuse at the Top, and asked her about her experiences working as an executive within the organization. Scobee joined the organization at age 14, and worked at Scientology’s international management headquarters for several years before leaving in 2005. She served as a Scientology executive in multiple high-ranking positions, working out of the international headquarters of Scientology known as “Gold Base”, located in Gilman Hot Springs near Hemet, California.

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Major explosions at UK oil depot

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Sunday, December 11, 2005

A series of large explosions have occurred close to Hemel Hempstead Hertfordshire, UK. The source of the explosions has been confirmed as the Hertfordshire Oil Storage Terminal (HOSL), Hemel Hempstead, known locally as the Buncefield complex. Up to 150 fire fighters are reported to be at the scene with 10 fire appliances and 1 specialist foamer.

The first ‘blast’ was heard near Hemel Hempstead on Sunday 11 Dec at 6 am. Further smaller explosions followed at 6:24am , 6:26am, 6:30am. BBC News 24 reported an additional, fourth large explosion. Hertfordshire Police Constabulary are currently treating the explosion as an accident.

Reports say the explosion, which registered 2.4 on the Richter scale, was heard as far away as Oxford, and Whitehall, Central London which is 60km (38 miles) away. Eyewitness statements report that the explosion was heard from at least 160km (100 miles) away and as far away as France and The Netherlands. Pilots reported noticing the blast from the North Sea and the West Country area of the UK. The M1 motorway which runs close by has been closed in both directions near the blast which is causing travel chaos as other roads become congested.

Malcom Stewart, a BBC News24 eyewitness who is a tanker driver for the site has reported that the site supplies several oil companies and is a joint operation between Total UK and Texaco, it is also used by BP, Shell and the British Pipeline association. The complex is not a refinery but a storage facility for refined petroleum awaiting distribution to airports and filling stations. The eyewitness reports that the depot has approximately 20 tanks which can hold about 3 million gallons (11 million litres or 70,000 barrels) each. Another News24 eyewitness has just reported that he has seen at least 5 of these tanks on fire.

The depot operates on a 24 hour basis and is split into 2 parts – aviation fuel and domestic fuel. A number of eyewitnesses have reported on UK news that the aviation fuel side appears to be the part of the site that has been affected.

Local authorities were not immediately available for comment but there have been reports of casualties.

Some reports on live television state that, “Several other neighbours said they did see a plane go into the depot.” BBC News 24 were also discussing the idea a possible plane crash as the cause of the explosions. Hertfordshire police have now gone on the record to say that there is no plane involved (BBC News24).

The police have issued a contact number 0800 096 0095 and asked that people do not call the emergency services in Hertfordshire directly unless it is an emergency.

In addition to being an oil storage depot, it is a major hub on the UK oil pipeline network with pipelines to Killingholme Lindsey Oil Refinery (LOR), Humberside (10 inch), Merseyside (10 and 12 inch), Coryton on the Thames Estuary (14 inch) and Heathrow (6 and 8 inch) and Gatwick airports radiating from it.

The disaster is believed to be the worst explosion at a petrochemical plant in the UK since the Flixborough disaster of 1974.Hertfordshire’s Chief Fire Officer Roy Wilsher said: “This is possibly the largest incident of its kind in peacetime Europe.”

A firefighting press officer said that they are stock piling foam from neighboring regions for a prolonged attach which they hope will stop the spread of the fire, however, the inferno itself will have to burn out which could take between 24 hours and a few days.

Despite the authorities saying that there is no need to panic buy petrol, filling stations have had above average queues since this morning and some small garages have ran out.

Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has visited the scene.

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How To Add Audio Elements To Your Website

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By Matt Bacak

Are you interested in creating a multimedia Internet marketing campaign? Have you decided that adding audio and video features to your website will help improve your sales conversion rate? If so, then congratulate yourself for taking a step forward into the future of Internet marketing. You are on the cutting edge of Internet marketing.

Now the question still remains – How do you add audio to your website? Do you picture a studio full of audio professionals that know an intricate mix of commands to create the audio files? Erase that complicated scenario from your mind. Creating audio elements is in fact very simple and you can do it from the comfort of your own home or office.

Answer these questions before we go into the specifics of creating audio files for your website.

Do you know how to type a paragraph in Microsoft Word or other word processing program?

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Do you know how to highlight a word, sentence, or paragraph in Microsoft Word or other word processing program?

Do you know how to delete a word, sentence, or paragraph in Microsoft Word or other word processing program?

If you answered yes to these questions then you already have what it takes to create and edit audio files. Don’t worry if you answered no to these questions because you can acquire these skills quickly.

The first task is to fill your office or home with the proper tools for audio recording. You need to invest in a microphone (preferably of high studio quality), computer, and quiet room. These are three basic necessities you need to get started.

Next you will need to verify that you have an interface that will connect your microphone with your computer. Most new computers have audio capabilities built in. If your computer is older you can consult with a computer technician at your local computer store.

Now it is time to actually record your audio message. You can use software called Sony Sound Forge. Sony Sound Forge enables you to create CD tracks and web audio files. You can even capture audio from an analog source and digitize it onto CDs and MP3s.

You should use the MP3 format when creating audio files. This is the accepted format in 98% of the world. Therefore you know most customers will be able to hear the audio.

The basic steps to creating a MP3 audio file are to hit the record button, mark spots where you make a mistake, and edit out these mistakes through the delete option. Sony Sound Forge has a free trial offer and also provides tutorials on how to use their software.

You can also integrate music and sound effects into your audio file. Make sure, however, that you select music that is royalty free. You can search for this type of music by typing royalty free music and buy out music in Google.

Adding audio to your Internet marketing campaign has never been easier. Take a giant leap above your competition by adding audio to your website. You can create an intimate web experience for customers which can lead to immediate and future sales.

About the Author: Matt Bacak became “#1 Best Selling Author” in just a few short hours. Recent Entrepreneur Magazines e-Biz radio show host is turning Authors, Speakers, and Experts into Overnight Success Stories. Discover The Secrets




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NHL: Penguins to remain in Pittsburgh

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell announced Tuesday morning that a deal had been struck between state and local officials and the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey franchise. The Penguins organization will formally announce the deal tonight, prior to the Penguins game against the Buffalo Sabres at the Mellon Arena. The deal will ensure that the Penguins will remain in the city with a 30 year lease on a new arena to be built in downtown Pittsburgh. The framework of the deal was constructed in an emergency meeting last Thursday in Philadelphia, when both government and franchise officials indicated that progress had been made, with the details laid out over the weekend. With the new deal, the Penguins organization would be expected to pay $3.8 million per year, as well as $7.5 million per year from both Don Barden, owner of Majestic Star Casino, and the state economic development fund. The Penguins organization has also been given the option of building a parking garage on property of the Pittsburgh Sports Authority between Centre and Fifth avenues, by contributing $500,000 per year.

The new arena is expected to cost approximately $290 million, and should be completed and ready to host hockey games by 2009. The Penguins will sign a temporary lease to keep the team at Mellon Arena until the new building is finished.

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