Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! 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. Email* Horse Sport Enews 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. SIGN UP Rebecca Broussard, one of the most loyal supporters of Eventing in the United States, passed away at her home in Montana on 24 December 2010 after losing her battle against cancer.Born in Jeanerette, Louisiana on February 17, 1942, Becky Broussard was one of the best known “behind-the-scenes” names in US Eventing, owning top horses for Phillip Dutton, Karen O’Connor, Cathy Wieschoff, Amy Tryon and Ralph Hill, among others. She was also the founder of The Event at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana, which began in 2002 and now includes an FEI World Cup™ qualifier. The Event, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, attracts riders from across the US.Becky had long talked about her love of helping riders in the West compete on the world stage and her vision also included plans to bring riders from Europe to Montana in the future. She provided financial support for US riders to travel to Strzegom (POL) for the 2009 HSBC FEI World Cup™ final and, last summer, helped organise a historic flight of 18 horses from the East Coast, including many Olympians, to compete at The Event at Rebecca Farm.She was deeply committed to all aspects of education, but Eventing in particular benefitted from her generosity both to the US Eventing Association (USEA) Adult Riders’ education scheme, which she supported through the Le Samurai Fund, and the North American Young Riders’ and Juniors’ Championships, which she sponsored for many years.In recent months, Becky had turned her attention to the educational development of the next generation of riders aiming for the US team. It was her greatest desire that a grant be created to assist these riders in attaining the skills and experience required for success at the top level. To honour that wish, a fund has been established in memory of Becky Broussard to benefit talented riders on the USEF Developing Riders List. The fund will be administered by the USEA Endowment Trust and grants will be awarded annually to successful candidates.She was a board member of the US Equestrian Team, a Trustee on the Endowment Foundation of the USEA, as well as a member of the Board of Governors and Executive Committee for the USEA. She also served on the Governor’s Advisory Council for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ and was a member of the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation’s International Council.Becky Broussard is survived by her husband Jerome, daughters Rebecca and Sarah, grandchildren Lorraine and Raymond Nicholson, Tommye and Alexander Kelly, brothers Barry Shaw and John Chaney, sisters Rosemary Thomas and Mildred Shaw, uncle Pat Neff, nieces Jamie Horton, Marcus Shaw, Sam, Emma and Grace Thomas.“My mom touched the Eventing careers of so many riders”, her daughter Sarah Broussard-Kelly said. “She will truly be missed, but she has left behind a legacy that will live on forever. Not only at The Event at Rebecca Farm, but through all of the lives that she has touched that will keep her and her memory alive. ”The USEF Pegasus Medal of Honor for 2010 for Becky Broussard’s service to the sport will be awarded posthumously at the USEF’s Annual Meeting at the end of January. The Medal of Honor will be collected by Jerome Broussard and daughter Sarah Broussard-Kelly, who is a member of the USEF Safety Committee. Tags: Rebecca Broussard,
Sidewalk Labs CEO Dan Doctoroff with a rendering of Alphabet’s project in Toronto (top) and Hudson Yards (bottom). (Credit: Sidewalk Labs and Twitter)Alphabet, Google’s parent company, may look to Hudson Yards as a model for how to finance an 800-acre urban hub along a downtrodden part of Toronto’s waterfront.Sidewalk Labs, a Google sister company, is exploring options that could include selling bonds backed by tax revenue and development charges from the commercial site, Bloomberg reported. The model could be similar to part of the $25 billion plan for Hudson Yards: Investors funded about $3 billion worth of special-purpose Hudson Yards Infrastructure Corp. bonds that went to the development of the 7 subway line and other infrastructure.“We devised this approach, which said, we’ll go to bondholders and get them to put up the money on the hope that there would be development in the area,” CEO Dan Doctoroff told Bloomberg. “We will devote all of those incremental tax revenues and some other related revenue streams to the payment of debt service on the bond.”ADVERTISEMENTDoctoroff, who spearheaded Hudson Yards’ development as a deputy mayor, says the area has the same need for a light-rail link to the Toronto development. The bonds would be issued by a special purpose corporation, he said.The company is controversially also weighing a proposal to take a cut of property taxes, development charges and increased land values in the project to help cover infrastructure costs that could total $4.5 billion over the next 30 years.Sidewalk Labs plans to submit an official proposal in the next three months or so, the report said. It includes first revitalizing a 12-acre neighborhood, called Quayside, which would include a new Google campus.The firm has held some “very preliminary” conversations on financing with several pension funds across Canada and is working with a number of investment banks. [Bloomberg] — Meenal Vamburkar This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now
TC Kevin Rooney has revoked the licence of Diamond Travel until changes have been madeThe licence held by deceased Sheffield-based Michael Kinsley, trading as Diamond Travel, has been revoked and an application by his wife to take over the business refused by Traffic Commissioner (TC) Kevin Rooney, because it had been run for nine months by an operator who had lost his repute.In revoking the existing licence and refusing the new application, the TC said that it was a complete mess. The licence was being run by Graham Lemmons, who had lost his repute as an operator. The accounts and insurance were in his name. The vehicles had been operated illegally all the way through as the person paying the drivers did not hold the licence and there was no Transport Manager (TM) in place.For Wendy Kinsley, who was seeking a three-vehicle national licence, Paul Carless said that she had not seen the nominated TM Dean MacDonald for nine months and it was accepted there had been no active nominated TM for that time. However, she had had the benefit of the help of the proposed TM John Proctor.The TC said that a lot of things needed to be done to straighten things out before a further application could be madeAfter the TC commented that one of the issues was who was running the business, Mrs Kinsley said that she would be responsible for running it. After her husband died Mr MacDonald did not want to continue as TM but he did not let her know. She was in full time employment with the Education Authority, but if the licence was granted she would cut down her hours. Mr Proctor had been helping her out but she had not been paying him so far. She intended to reduce the business and make it more manageable. She had previously helped her husband in the business and had seen a lot of how not to do it and denied that she was a front for Mr Lemmings, saying it had been her husband’s business and she wanted to carry it on.Asked about missing tachograph charts, she said a lot of it was down to one driver who refused to hand them in, saying that he didn’t need to as he was self employed. She had four drivers at the moment, all of whom were self employed and paid their own tax and national insurance. The TC commented that that was just a tax scam.Mr Lemmings said that he had not attended the Public Inquiry into his previous restricted licence as he could not get time off to attend and had felt he was not going to use it anyway. When he came back to Sheffield Mrs Kinsley was in a state and he wanted to help. He said he would run the licence until she decided what she wanted to do. He had just been helping the widow of a friend. He paid all the wages. The business address and the bank account were his. The intention was that everything would be swapped over.In his decision, the TC said that a lot of things needed to be done to straighten things out before a further application could be made and he felt it appropriate that the vehicles would be off the road for some weeks.
David McCluskey is a partner at Peters & Peters Last week, the first corporate prosecution under the much-heralded Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 ended with a fine of £385,000 against Cotswold Geotechnical Holdings. This followed its conviction for corporate manslaughter at Winchester Crown Court two days earlier. The Crown Prosecution Service has said that it is considering other cases which may lead to proceedings. It is sincerely to be hoped that such cases are not in the mould of Cotswold Geotechnical, otherwise the new act will have begun not with a bang, but with a whimper. When the draft bill was introduced in March 2005, following the Law Commission’s 1996 report which proposed the reform, a major claim made on behalf of what ultimately became the 2007 act was that it would be ‘P&O proof’. In other words, if the Zeebrugge ferry disaster or something similar were to recur, the company would be convicted of the proposed new offence. The perceived problem with the old law (and the reason behind the abandonment of the prosecution of P&O) was the so-called ‘identification principle’, which in the context of corporate manslaughter meant that, before a company could be convicted of manslaughter, a ‘directing mind’ – an individual or individuals at the top of the corporate hierarchy – had to be found guilty of manslaughter first. The new law departed significantly from the Law Commission’s proposals by requiring a ‘substantial element’ of the breach of duty that consists in the offence to be ‘the way its activities are managed or organised by senior management’. Such senior management are then defined as those who play significant roles in making decisions about how the company’s activities are organised, or those who actually manage or organise those activities. It scarcely needs to be said that terms such as ‘substantial element’, ‘senior management’, and ‘significant role’, arguably diminish the act’s intended departure from the identification principle. The CPS has resisted overplaying the significance of the Cotswold Geotechnical conviction in the context of prosecution for corporate manslaughter as a whole, and rightly so. The nature of that case is such that it unfortunately tells us nothing whatsoever about how these new principles operate. Cotswold Geotechnical is a company employing just eight individuals. Its director was both in overall control of the way the company managed its affairs and present on site shortly before the tragic accident happened. As such these facts bear a startling resemblance to the first conviction of a company for manslaughter under the old law, in December 1994. Kite and OLL Ltd, a ‘one-man band’ company, was convicted at Winchester Crown Court following the conviction of its managing director and sole owner, Mr Kite. While Mr Eaton, the director of Cotswold Geotechnical, was originally charged with manslaughter, those charges were stayed after he was ruled unfit to stand trial. Notwithstanding that, it appears that a prosecution of Cotswold Geotechnical might have been just as successful under the old law. The true test of the new legislation will come with a prosecution of a large company which has multiple directors and which already purports to have compliant health and safety procedures. Not only will such companies have greater resources at their disposal to fight any such prosecution, they will already have invested substantial time and money in health and safety compliance, and in consequence will be much better placed to argue that the accident – whatever it might be – was indeed a tragic accident which did not arise out of a relevant breach of the company’s. If the Cotswold Geotechnical conviction is to be a historical footnote then it is as a sentencing guide rather than a guide to a successful prosecution. The fine imposed, to be paid over 10 years, was substantially more than the reported annual turnover of the company, said to be in a ‘parlous financial state’. Even so, the fine is below the recommended starting point of £500,000 set by the Sentencing Guidelines Council (SGC). The SGC had recommended that too much of a fixed correlation between turnover and fine as a percentage thereof could provide a perverse incentive to manipulation of corporate structure. Having said that, the judge, in passing sentence, remarked that if the fine caused the company to go into liquidation then that was an outcome ‘unfortunate but unavoidable’.
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Match – Shinsuke Nakamura vs AJ Styles for the World Heavyweight ChampionshipSummary – Two words, DREAM MATCH! I don’t know a single wrestling fan alive not excited for this one. AJ Styles has been the best overall male performer of the last two years. The fans have been behind him and he has shown time and time again just how well rounded he is. My only question about Styles is how injured is he really? Hopefully not enough to take away from this match.Shinsuke Nakamura came into the WWE with a large ground swell of fan support. It worked for him in NXT but he has struggled a bit on the main roster. That aside, there is no taking away from his Bell to Bell skill set, and the continued fan support.The crowd at the Royal Rumble exploded for his victory and the WWE appears to be behind him. With Styles having a history of playing the heel, combined with the fan support of Nakamura, it appears this one may be headed in the direction of Nakamura.No matter who wins this match, the fans will be treated to an instant classic. Not since the days of HBK vs Bret Hart, or Ricky The Dragon Steamboat vs The Macho Man have so many people been this excited for one match. Again, these guys earned it and will deliver!Prediction – Shinsuke Nakamura wins the World Heavyweight ChampionshipReason – Nakamura will not work as a heel, AJ Styles will. Simple solution, Nakamura wins in a 25 minute show stealing classic, both men hug afterwards and then Styles attacks him on either Smackdown or the next PPV.Three things to remember about this one. Shinsuke Nakamura will win the belt. AJ Styles will turn heel soon after and odds are this is the best match of the night. Vince McKee Related TopicsAJ StylesShinsuke NakamuraWrestlemania 34WWE