Riders from five different nations claimed gold at the FEI European Jumping Championships for Children, Juniors and Young Riders 2015 which drew to a close at Wiener Neustadt in Austria yesterday. Germany scooped both the Junior and Children’s team titles while Belgium topped the Young Riders team event.Sweden’s Ebba Larsson was crowned individual Young Rider champion, Camille Conde Ferreira took Junior Individual gold for France and Ireland’s Jennifer Kuehnle stood on the top step of the podium in the Children’s individual Championship.Young RidersThe Belgians were untouchable for the Young Riders team title when Jonas Vervoort and his 10-year-old gelding Delight 50 were the only ones to fault in either round, making a single mistake each time out for the discard. Michael van den Bosch (Atilja), Boy-Adrian van Gelderen (B Cool) and Pieter Clemens (Quality ll) all jumped clear. Clemens, who was on the silver medal winning team at the FEI Junior European Jumping Championships at Ebreichsdorf in Austria three years ago, is a cousin of the Philippaerts twins, Nicola and Olivier, who compete in the Belgian senior squad. The generational theme was prominent once again at this year’s fixture, with many of the young competitors following in the footsteps of close, and extended, family.Germany, Ireland and Great Britain, all lying second with eight faults on the board, were left to battle it out in a third-round jump-off for silver and bronze. And the medals were decided by the clock in the end, when all three nations stayed clear. Germany’s Kaya Luthi (Pret a Tour), Niklas Krieg (Carella), Guido Klatte (Qinghai) and Maurice Tebbel (Chacco’s Son) posted the fastest combined time of 110.83 to take the silver while the Ireland’s Eoin McMahon (Prophan), Michael G Duffy (Felix), Jonathan Gordon (Fellini) and Michael Duffy (Miss Untouchable) were two seconds adrift when clinching bronze. The British were also foot-perfect, but missed the podium by almost three seconds. Silver medallists Krieg and Tebbel were members of Germany’s gold medal winning Young Riders’ side last year.A total of 14 nations fielded teams and 78 riders from 22 countries battled it out for the individual medals.The Belgians had to settle for the minor placings in the individual championship in which Sweden’s Ebba Larsson and the KWPN gelding, Waterford, reigned supreme. Larsson, who will turn 20 next weekend, finished 11th in the first qualifier won by fellow-Swede Elina Petersson (Canasta Z), and then sixth in the second individual competition which also decided the team medals.She was the only one to jump double-clear on the Swedish team that finished eighth, and when she produced yet another double-clear yesterday with her 12-year-old horse which is by Coolcorran Cool Diamond, the stallion ridden to great success by Irish Chef d’Equipe Robert Splaine, then she finished well ahead of Germany’s Kaya Luthi who took silver medal spot with Pret a Tour for the second year in a row and Guido Klatte who claimed bronze with Qinghai.JuniorsThe Germans had it all their own way in the Junior team championship however, winning outright with an eight-fault scoreline after the first two rounds. They shared the lead with the defending champions from Britain and Irish at the halfway stage on zero, but were obliged to add eight faults when Christoph Maack (Dyleen), Philip Houston (Kannella) and Leonie Kreig (Champerlo) all returned four-fault results second time out. Theresa Ripke’s double-clear with Calmado meant they could drop one of the single errors however, so with gold already in their grasp they watched from the sidelines as the Irish and British, each carrying 12 faults, battled it out for the other two sets of medals.And the Irish rallied brilliantly, Philip Carey who picked up 20 faults over the first two rounds staying clear this time out with Belle Rock while Susan Fitzpatrick (Cavalino) and Anna Carway (Ajaccio) were also fault-free. Fourth-line rider, Cormac Hanley (Caracter), didn’t need to return to the ring and Carway was the only competitor to produce three clear rounds in the team event.Pathfinder, Faye Adams (Zozo CL), made no mistake against the clock for Great Britain, but single errors from Harry Charles (Vivaldi du Dom), 16-year-old son of London 2012 Olympic team gold medallist Peter Charles, and from 2014 Children’s individual champion Robert Murphy (Del Fuego) added eight more to the British tally to leave them on 20 and with no reason for anchor rider and 2014 team gold medallist Millie Allen (Balou Star) to run, because the podium placings were already settled.It was Camille Conde Ferreira, a member of the fifth-placed French side, who claimed the individual Junior title with Pirole de la Chatre. The 16-year-old, who won team gold and individual bronze in the Children’s Championship at Vejar de la Frontera, Spain in 2013, finished ninth on the opening day when Switzerland’s Emilie Paillot came out on top with Caja. Conde Ferreira then jumped double-clear in the team competition and yesterday won through despite a pole down in the closing stages. And British team members scooped both of the other two medals, Harry Charles snatching the silver ahead of Millie Allen in bronze.ChildrenRiders carried their results from the first individual qualifier into the Children’s team event in which Germany won through once again ahead of Britain in silver and Poland in bronze.Britain, Italy and France shared the lead when starting the team competition on a zero score, and the French looked really strong when adding nothing more to their scoreline at the end of the first round. Round two was limited to the top 10 of the 21 competing nations, and it was here that the French lost their grip when putting eight faults on the board.Carrying just a single time fault, the Germans were lying in wait. Beeke Carstensen (Venetzia) – a member of the 2014 bronze medal winning German side – Hannes Ahlmann (Sunsalve) and Calvin Bockmann (Carvella Z) all went clear in the second round when Roth Britt’s four faults with Casablanca 84 was the drop-score and they finished on an unassailable single penalty point to take the gold. The British snatched silver when India Bussey (Westwinds Ego), Hallie Lunn (Brookwood Supersonic), Oliver Fletcher (Little Business) and Lottie Tutt (Babylon) completed with four faults and that left Poland and Italy to jump-off for bronze.The Italians had collected one time-fault in the opening round of the team competition and then added four more, so they were on level pegging with the Polish side who stayed clear in both rounds of the team competition but had to carry five faults from first individual qualifier. And it was a clear-cut result, Dalia Lehmann (Quitoki), Wiktoria Glowacka (Aronia), Filip Lewicki (Codetia VDL) and Aleksandra Boklo (Dragon) collecting just four faults in the jump-off score while the Italians collected 12 to miss the podium.Ireland’s Jennifer Kuehnle and Chaitanya 2 went into a four-way jump-off against Germany’s Carstensen, Bockmann and Piet Menke (Cesha Old) for the individual title. And the 13-year-old Irish girl showed the rest a clean pair of heels when posting a time of 34.07 seconds that pinned Bockmann into silver and Menke into bronze. Carstensen was unfortunately eliminated.Both of the top two riders are multi-talented, also competing in the discipline of Eventing, and 14-year-old Bockmann has every reason to celebrate his summer as his Jumping silver medal comes just two weeks after he earned individual gold at the FEI European Eventings Championships 2015 in Malmo, Sweden.ResultsFEI European Jumping Championships for Children, Juniors and Young Riders 2015:Young Rider Team Championship: GOLD – Belgium 0 faults: Delight 50 (Jonas Vervoort) 4/4, Atilja (Michael van den Bosch) 0/0, Be Cool (Boy-Adrian van Gelderen) 0/0, Quality ll (Pieter Clemens) 0/0; SILVER – Germany 8 faults/J-Off 0/110.83: Pret a Tout (Kaya Luthi) 0/4/4, Carella 5 (Niklas Krieg) 0/4/0, Qinghai (Guido Klatte) 0/4/0, Chacco’s Son (Maurice Tebbel) 0/0/0; BRONZE – Ireland 8 faults/J-Off 0/112.99: Prophan (Eoin McMahon) 4/16/0, Felix (Michael G Duffy) 0/8/0, Miss Untouchable (Michael Duffy) 0/0/0, Felini (Jonathan Gordon) 0/0/4.Young Rider Individual Championship: GOLD – Waterford (Ebba Larsson) SWE 2.60; SILVER – Pret a Tout (Kaya Luthi) GER 6.10; BRONZE – Qinghai (Guido Klatte) GER 7.57.Junior Team Championship: GOLD – Germany 8 faults: Dyleen (Christoph Maack) 0/4, Calmado (Theresa Ripke) 0/0, Kannella (Philip Houston (Kannella) 4/4, Champerlo (Leonie Krieg) 0/4; SILVER – Ireland 12 faults/J-Off 0/115.02; Belle Rock (Philip Carey) 4/16/0, Cavalino (Susan Fitzpatrick) 0/4/0, Ajaccio (Anna Carway) 0/0/0, Caracter (Cormac Hanley) 0/8/DNS; BRONZE – Great Britain 20 faults/J-Off 8/115.14; Zozo CL (Faye Adams) 0/4/0, Vivaldi du Dom (Harry Charles) 0/4/4, Del Fuego (Robert Murphy) 4/8/4, Balou Star (Millie Allen) 0/4/DNS.Junior Individual Championship: GOLD – Pirole de la Chatre (Camille Conde Ferreira) FRA 6.94; SILVER – Vivaldi du Dom (Harry Charles) GBR 7.50; BRONZE – Balou Star (Millie Allen) GBR 9.67.Children’s Team Championship: GOLD – Germany 1 fault: Venetzia (Beeke Carstensen) 0/0/0, Sunsalve (Hannes Ahlmann) 1,0/0, Casablanca 84 (Britt Roth) 15,0/4, Carvella Z (Calvin Bockmann) 0/0/0; SILVER – Great Britain 4 faults: Westwinds Ego (India Bussey) 0/8/0, Brookwood Supersonic (Hallie Lunn) 0/4/0, Little Business (Oliver Fletcher) 1,0,0, Babylon (Lottie tutt) 0/0/4: BRONZE – Poland 5 faults/J-Off 4/105.35: Quitoki (Dalia Lehmann) 0/0/0, Aronia (Wiktoria Glowacka) 1/08, Codetia VDL (Filip Lewicki) 4/4/0, Dragon (Aleksandra Bolko) 6/0/0.Children’s Individual Championship: GOLD – Chaitanya 2 (Jennifer Kuehnle) IRL 0/0/0 34.07: SILVER – Carvella Z (Calvin Bockmann) 0/0/0 35.34: BRONZE – Cesha Old (Piet Menke) GER 0/0/0 37.08. 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SIGN UP 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 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. Four new inductees were welcomed into the Jump Canada Hall of Fame at the 11th annual Induction Ceremony and Gala, presented by BMO Financial Group, held Sunday evening, November 4, 2018, at the Liberty Grand in Toronto, ON.The following four inductees were celebrated in front of family, friends, and peers as part of a black-tie gala:Builder (Individual) – Lou CarpenterHunter Horse – Big SecretOfficial – Robert JolicoeurTeam – 1970 World Championship gold medal teamThe Jump Canada Hall of Fame Gala is an annual favourite highlighted by tribute videos commemorating each inductee’s contributions to the Canadian hunter/jumper industry. Friends, coaches, teammates, and family members presented the distinct Hall of Fame awards to this year’s inductees, making for a very special evening recalling great memories and accomplishments in the sport. Induction and acceptance speeches ran the gamut from factual to humorous to poignant.“We enjoyed a spectacular night of memories, story telling, and friendship,” said Mark Samuel, Chairman of the Jump Canada Hall of Fame committee. “Next year, I hope to encourage more next generation athletes, officials, and volunteers to attend and connect with their proud legacy and be inspired to achieve their own greatness.”The Jump Canada Hall of Fame was created in 2006 to recognize outstanding contributions to hunter/jumper sport. Including the class of 2018, 57 champions have now been welcomed into the Hall of Fame, including 21 horses and ponies, 29 humans, six organizations, and five teams.With BMO Financial Group’s generous commitment to continue supporting the Jump Canada Hall of Fame Gala, nominations are now being accepted for 2019 induction. For more information and to submit a nomination, please contact Stefanie Krysiak at tel: 613 287-1515 ext. 101 or email [email protected] Jump Canada Hall of Fame committee is comprised of Mark Samuel (Chairman), Jennifer Anstey, Evie Frisque, Muffie Guthrie, Bobbie Reber, Phil Rozon, Jennifer Ward, and Nancy Wetmore. Tags: Jump Canada Hall of Fame Gala, Lou Carpenter, Big Secret, Robert Jolicoeur, 1970 World Championship gold medal team, 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. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition!
DanHenson1/iStockBy MATT GUTMAN and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(BOULDER, Colo.) — The 21-year-old accused of gunning down 10 people at a Boulder, Colorado, grocery store has been moved to a facility outside the county due to potential threats, according to authorities.Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa was first put on suicide watch when he was processed at the Boulder County Jail this week, which is protocol for high-profile suspects, Boulder County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Carrie Haverfield told ABC News.But correctional officers there heard “rumblings” of threats against Alissa, so deputies took “proactive precautions” to ensure Alissa’s safety by moving him to an undisclosed facility, Haverfield said.It’s unclear whether Alissa remains on suicide watch, but Haverfield said he is in “protective custody.”Alissa, of Arvada, Colorado, was taken into custody about 50 minutes after the Monday afternoon shooting was reported. He spent one night in the hospital for a leg wound before being booked into jail on Tuesday.He was charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder as well as one count of attempted murder for allegedly shooting at a police officer who was not hurt.At a court appearance Thursday, prosecutors said additional charges are expected in the next few weeks.Defense attorneys said in court that more time is needed to assess Alissa’s mental health. He was held without bail and the judge ordered a status conference to take place in about 60 to 90 days.A possible motive has not been released.One of the 10 people killed was Boulder police officer Eric Talley, who was the first member of law enforcement to arrive at the scene. Talley’s handcuffs were used to transport Alissa to jail, Boulder police said.“Though this was a small gesture, we hope it is the start of the healing process that so many of us need at this time,” the police department tweeted.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Seems like Bubba Wallace is already having a pretty good week. Does that mean he’ll pull off a win this weekend at Michigan International Speedway, a track where some of NASCAR’s younger drivers like Daniel Suarez, Erik Jones and Chase Elliott have had success?We shall see, but in the meantime check out the pure emotion the Richard Petty Motorsports driver shows as he rides the waves. It’s almost like the joy he had after a second-place finish in this year’s Daytona 500.
Vermont Busness Magazine On September 9, 2016, the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) awarded the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets $500,000 to develop a Vermont State Produce Safety Program. The award will support Vermont in its collaboration with FDA to cooperatively implement the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. The $500,000 is the first award of a planned five-year, $3.625 million investment in Vermont’s program by FDA, pending congressional budget allocation.This award will allow the Vermont Agency of Agriculture to prepare a multi-year plan for a comprehensive produce safety program; establish a Vermont produce farm inventory; develop a strategy for outreach, education, and technical assistance to all Vermont farms that grow covered produce; and develop an inspectional program for farms that must comply with the rule. The Agency will work closely with local organizations, such as the Vermont Farm Bureau, University of Vermont Extension, and other state agencies throughout the Northeast on program development and implementation of outreach, education and technical assistance. “Vermont’s fruit and vegetable growers are an essential part of our local agricultural economy,” said Governor Peter Shumlin. “These funds will enable Vermont to build a produce safety program that protects consumer health, while also addressing the needs of our local, small-scale producers.”In addition to this award, Vermont has been selected as a pilot state to assess producer readiness for compliance with the Produce Safety Rule through an on-farm readiness review program that will provide education and technical assistance to growers beginning during the 2017 growing season. “Vermont Farm Bureau looks forward to working with Vermont Agency of Agriculture on FSMA rule implementation,” said Vermont Farm Bureau President Joe Tisbert and owner/operator of Valley Dream Farm in Cambridge, Vermont. “We commend FDA for choosing Vermont as one of the pilot states for developing on-farm education and technical assistance to help producers comply with the Produce Safety Rule.”The Vermont Agency of Agriculture and Secretary Chuck Ross have played key roles in the development of the final FSMA Produce Safety Rule and FDA’s approach to educating before and while regulating. This ongoing effort to order to ensure an implementation strategy that is feasible for small-scale diversified agriculture in Vermont and New England reflects the Agency’s commitment to protecting the Vermont brand and its reputation for quality.“FSMA represents an important nationwide investment in food safety,” said Secretary of Agriculture, Chuck Ross. “My agency colleagues and I have worked closely with the FDA since 2011 to ensure that these new food safety rules are not only effective in reducing foodborne illness, but can also be realistically and successfully implemented by diversified and small-scale producers, like many of the farms throughout Vermont and New England. This initial award will allow us to begin building a comprehensive produce safety program that meets the needs of Vermont producers and prioritizes education before and during regulation.” The FSMA Produce Safety Rule was finalized in November 2015 and impacts farms and other businesses that grow, harvest, pack, or hold fresh produce. Larger growers will need to comply with the rule in 2018, while smaller growers have additional time to come into compliance.FDA awarded a total of $21.8 million to 42 states in Federal fiscal year 2016 to begin implementing the Produce Safety Rule. Vermont will receive the maximum amount for which it could apply based on the number of farms growing fresh fruits and vegetables covered by the rule. To view FDA’s news release for the award, visit http://go.usa.gov/xKeuH(link is external).For more information about FSMA and Produce Safety in Vermont, please visit: http://go.usa.gov/xKeu6(link is external) and http://go.usa.gov/xKeuF(link is external) (case sensitive URLs).Source: Vermont Agency of Agriculture. 10.3.2016. The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets facilitates, supports and encourages the growth and viability of agriculture in Vermont while protecting the working landscape, human health, animal health, plant health, consumers and the environment. www.Agriculture.Vermont.Gov(link is external)
Related Polar has announced a strategic partnership with i-tri, a community-based program ‘fostering personal empowerment through triathlon training for middle-school girls.’Through this partnership, i-tri girls will train with Polar heart rate monitors to incorporate the technology component of STEM learning into their curriculum. Polar adds that the data-based training will educate girls on the physics and biology of their bodies during exercise while providing real-time, personal data to continue training motivation and boost self-esteem.As a part of i-tri’s integrated STEM-based curriculum, The Science of Triathlon, the girls will also be part of a study to determine the effects of technology on their training process.“Polar’s partnership with i-tri is a major step in empowering adolescent girls to be active and understanding from a young age how real-time data is a reflection of what goes on inside our bodies,” said Tom Fowler, President of Polar US.“We believe that data is a major motivating factor for athletes of all ages, and we look forward to further promoting that inspiration and providing resources to help. Introducing an active lifestyle early is key for encouraging healthy habits throughout adulthood, and we support i-tri’s mission of personal empowerment through sports, science and education.”Since its formation in 2010, i-tri has reported educational gains, specifically in science, from girls who were in the program. With the Polar partnership, girls can take their learning a step further by analyzing their own data. By giving girls a goal of completing a triathlon, i-tri notes that it is also boosting confidence by giving them the physical and mental tools to achieve that goal.“Because of their long-standing history of accuracy, Polar was the clear choice when we decided to partner with a sports technology company,” said i-tri Founder and Executive Director, Theresa Roden.“After training for and completing my first triathlon in my thirties, I saw more than just a physical transformation – I saw the way it positively affected me from an emotional and self-esteem standpoint, and I wanted to create a community to foster those same goals for girls in their formative years.“We are confident that the technologies Polar offers will help do exactly that while also helping to create the next generation of engineers and scientists in the process.”www.itrigirls.org/polarwww.polar.com
Bishop Miege sophomore Josh Early goes up for a dunk in practice on Monday. Early will start today against St. Thomas Aquinas with the absence of senior Francesco Badocchi.Winter break is supposed to be a time where teams become better because all they have to focus on is basketball instead of academics.But Bishop Miege coach Rick Zych isn’t sure his team improved during the two-week break. The Stags have practiced only 28 times since the season began on Nov. 14, and only four times over break.The Kansas State High School Activities Association forces teams to take five days of practice off during winter break. This year it was Dec. 23-28.“We can’t get everybody here,” Zych said. “We’ve had guys out of town. I don’t know if we’re any better, honestly, than we were. I think we’ve taken a step back; 28 practices and three games, we get tired of beating up on each other. We just need to get in the rhythm of playing two or three times a week.”In addition, KSHSAA doesn’t allow teams to play any games. However, schools that are a mile to the east of Miege — in Missouri — have the ability to play in holiday tournaments.But, that’s a discussion for another time. The Stags will start to play two or three times a week beginning tonight against rival St. Thomas Aquinas, who comes in undefeated like Miege.The Saints ended the first half of their season with an 80-78 three-overtime thriller against St. James.Miege will be without leading scorer Francesco Badocchi, who is averaging 15.7 points per game. Zych said Badocchi, whose family lives in Italy, is still there as he deals with illness.Sophomore Josh Early will get the start in Badocchi’s place with Joe Pedrotti and Joe Gleason seeing time as well.Those three won’t be Badocchi, but Zych hopes they can help fill the void. Zych said they need to stay within their game. He added they’d start on a lot of teams in the metro.“I’m going to do the best I can do,” Early said. “I’m going to do what my abilities allow me to do.”This is the first of two matchups between the Stags and the Saints and this one won’t count toward the Eastern Kansas League Standings, which means the game at Aquinas counts.“We don’t control that, the athletic directors do,” Zych said. “We go over 20 days without a home game in late January and early February. We have to take advantage of our home games.“It’s fun to play at home, but the really good teams win on the road and we’ve taken pride in that.”
Robinson, who was a storied wrestler before his coaching career, wrestled for Oklahoma State and had a 20-15 record as a collegiate wrestler. Robinson won two national championships each in Greco-Roman wrestling and freestyle wrestling after college. He qualified for the 1972 Olympics in Munich. Before he qualified for the Olympics and after he graduated from Oklahoma State, he joined the military, where he served in Vietnam for one year as an Army Ranger. Robinson’s coaching career began in 1976 as an assistant coach at the University of Iowa. Robinson coached at Iowa for nine seasons and the team won seven national championships over that period. Robinson, who had been Minnesota’s coach since 1986, was also inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and named National Coach of the Year three times during his time at the University. He was named Big Ten Coach of the Year seven times. Although Robinson has had his share of successes at Minnesota, he continually sparked controversy while head coach. In 2009 Robinson was investigated and cleared in an internal investigation — triggered by a Minnesota Daily investigation — for allegedly violating NCAA rules by buying from and selling real estate to current and former wrestlers. Investigators didn’t find evidence of NCAA violations..Robinson was also a vocal critic of Title IX, the federal law that bars gender-based discrimination. He filed a gender discrimination complaint against the University in 2004 and was reprimanded by the University in 2001 for using school resources to campaign against Title IX. He allegedly forced wrestlers at his wrestling camp to write anti-Title IX letters to elected officials. Two university investigations, three national championships and a hall of fame induction later, the historic Gophers head coach finished his career at the University with victories on the mat and controversy off of it.“Given your conduct, your refusal to obey my directive and your failure to accept responsibility for your actions, you can no longer continue in your position as Head Coach,” Coyle said in a termination letter to Robinson. “I have an obligation to act in the interests of the entire Department, all of our student athletes, as well as the broader University community.” J Robinson fired after controversial, storied careerRobinson’s handling of an alleged prescription drug ring on his team ends his historic and controversial 30-year run as Minnesota’s wrestling coach. Liam James DoyleFormer Gophers wrestling head coach J Robinson addresses his team on Jan. 20. Jack WhiteSeptember 8, 2016Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintJ Robinson, the embattled former Gophers wrestling head coach of 30 years, was fired Wednesday following a University of Minnesota investigation that faulted his handling of an alleged prescription drug problem among more than a dozen student-athletes on his team. Robinson was placed on paid administrative leave in June after allegations surfaced that Gophers wrestlers were using and selling the prescription drug, Xanax. Though authorities declined to press criminal charges, Robinson’s contract was terminated after the University’s internal investigation found he mishandled a drug problem on his team. “I’m terminating coach Robinson’s contract because he was not forthcoming with superiors for reporting his suspicions about selling and abusing prescription medication,” athletic director Mark Coyle said at a Wednesday afternoon press conference. “I have a great deal of respect for coach Robinson and what he’s accomplished during his 30 years at the University of Minnesota. That respect cannot excuse his conduct in this instance.”Robinson will not receive a buyout, Coyle said. Brandon Eggum, who was named the team’s acting head coach in August, was named the interim head coach for the upcoming season. Despite the allegations — which came amid a down year for the team — the longtime coach will also be remembered for turning the Gophers wrestling program into a national powerhouse.Robinson coached the Gophers to all three of their national championships and coached 14 individual national champions. Wrestlers have received 124 All-America honors under Robinson. Several of the best wrestlers in NCAA history wrestled for Minnesota under Robinson — he coached Brock Lesnar to an individual national championship at heavyweight in 2000. Lesnar wrestled professionally in the Ultimate Fighting Championship as recent as this year.He also coached former Minnesota Athlete of the Year Tony Nelson. Nelson won a national championship in 2012 and was runner-up in 2013. “[Robinson did] a hell of a job here,” said Gophers football head coach Tracy Claeys Wednesday. “[Robinson] won a lot of wrestling matches … I think he’s well respected and just so happens that it didn’t end on a good note. But he’s done an awful lot of good things for the University of Minnesota, but the sun will come up tomorrow and both sides will move on.”
MERS infects 2 more in Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia reported two more MERS-CoV cases, according to an update to its week 44 epidemiologic report today.Neither of the patients had contact with camels, a factor known to raise the risk of contracting MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus). One patient is a 62-year-old man from the city of Omluj in Tabuk region in the northwest, and the other is a 53-year-old man from Riyadh in the central part of the country.Both are hospitalized and thought to have primary exposure, meaning the virus probably wasn’t transmitted from another patient.Since the first human cases were detected in 2012, at least 2,266 MERS-CoV cases have been reported, at least 803 of them fatal. Most of the cases have been reported in Saudi Arabia.Oct 31 Saudi MOH report Maternal-fetal transmission found in 26% of Zika pregnanciesA new prospective cohort study conducted in French Guiana found that, in cases of maternal Zika virus infection, 26% of fetuses became congenitally infected. Of those, 21% suffered severe complications at birth, and 14% did not survive until birth. The study was published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).The study was conducted at the French Guiana Western Hospital Center during the 2016 Zika epidemic. The hospital admitted 1,690 pregnant women from Jan 1 through Jul 15, 2016, and tested all for Zika.A total of 498 pregnant women tested positive for the virus, and 305 fetuses were included in the study. Seventy-six fetuses tested positive for Zika via testing of the umbilical cord, or placenta, amniotic fluid, cerebrospinal fluid, urine, or blood. Of the 76 fetuses, 34 were asymptomatic at birth, 15 had mild or moderate symptoms of congenital Zika syndrome (CZS), 16 had severe complications, and 11 suffered fetal loss.The authors said only 13% (approximately one in eight) of all fetuses born to mothers positive for Zika virus presented with “severe adverse outcomes.” This rate is similar to other congenital illnesses, including cytomegalovirus infection.”The burden of CZS might be lower than initially described in South America and may not differ from other congenital infections,” the authors concluded. Oct 31 BMJ study Flu elevated in parts of South Asia, Southeast Asia, rising elsewhereFlu in the Southern Hemisphere, which is nearing the end of its season, continued to decline, and though overall activity in the Northern Hemisphere is still at interseasonal levels, activity is starting to increase in Europe and North America, the World Health Organization (WHO) said this week, based on data from the first half of October.In southern Asia, flu remain elevated, mainly due to the 2009 H1N1 virus, and in Nepal, detections of H3N2 and influenza B increased, the WHO said. Flu activity also rose in some Southeast Asian countries, such as Laos, where 2009 H1N1 is the dominant strain, and Myanmar, where health officials are mainly seeing H3N2 and influenza B.Globally, of viruses that tested positive for flu in the first part of October, 84.2% were influenza A and 15.8% were influenza B. Of subtyped influenza A viruses, 80.1% were the 2009 H1N1 strain.Oct 29 WHO global flu update Study highlights role for blood tests for enterovirus in childrenTesting blood for enteroviruses is helpful for diagnosing young children with fever without a source of sepsis-like syndrome, according to a study of French pediatric patients over two seasons, a research team reported yesterday in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.Enteroviruses are a frequent cause of acute meningitis and increasingly implicated in sepsis-like disease and with fevers without a known source. Though testing cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is the gold standard for diagnosis, researchers wanted to assess polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing for the virus in blood.The group’s prospective observational study included newborns, infants, and children ages 2 through 16 from 35 French pediatric and emergency departments at 16 hospitals. The study enrolled 822 patients with fever without a source, sepsis-like syndrome, or suspected meningitis who underwent enterovirus testing in blood and in CSF from June through October of 2015 and 2016.Overall, enterovirus was detected in 357 (43%) of children, which included 191 (54%) who had positive blood and CSF samples, 45 (13%) with a positive blood test but negative in CSF, and 40 (11%) with positive blood findings but no CSF available for testing. Only 81 children (23%) whose CSF was positive for enterovirus had negative findings in blood sample testing.The researchers said the findings suggest that adding blood testing, or using it when CSF isn’t available, significantly increases yield, detecting 24% of infections that wouldn’t have been diagnosed otherwise. Testing positivity, however, varied by age, with blood-test-positives more frequent in children ages 2 and younger. In older children with suspected meningitis, enterovirus detection was more frequent in CSF than in blood.In a commentary in the same issue, two experts from the department of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Colorado said blood isn’t routinely tested and isn’t included in many clinical guidelines for managing febrile children, but the study findings suggest that it can contribute to the diagnostic assessment of young children with unknown fever or sepsis-like syndrome, including when CSF isn’t available for testing.They said enterovirus testing is most cost-effective during seasonal circulation and that ideally, results should be available quickly, which can help clinician avoid unnecessary antibiotic prescribing. “The novel information contained in this article should be incorporated into future guidelines for febrile neonates and infants with fever without source, by including recommendations for blood PCR testing for enteroviruses,” they wrote.Oct 30 Lancet Infect Dis abstract Oct 30 Lancet Infect Dis commentary
The World Health Organization (WHO) today detailed eight more MERS-CoV cases in Oman, some of which—including two fatalities—are part of a second illness cluster, and others apparently part of an earlier cluster.Meanwhile, over the weekend and through today, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health (MOH) reported four more MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) cases, mostly from Riyadh.Two health workers among latest Oman patientsLast month, Oman reported a cluster of five MERS-CoV patients in Al Batinah North governorate, all of them women from the same family.Today’s WHO update notes four more cases from Al Batinah North, and all are in women ages 30 to 77 who had secondary exposure, meaning they likely contracted the virus from another patient. One is a healthcare worker with an asymptomatic infection, and two of the other women are likewise asymptomatic. The fourth is hospitalized.The new cluster includes four men ages 30 to 68 from Ash Sharqiyah South governorate, which is in northeastern Oman, and three are considered secondary cases, though one also had exposure to camels. The source isn’t known for the fourth patient. The 30-year-old man is a healthcare worker.All four of the men have or had symptoms, with onsets ranging from Jan 27 to Feb 10. Two died from their infections.Whole-genome sequencing is under way to better clarify transmission patterns, and the agriculture ministry is investigating dromedary camel farms of one of the patients, and test results are pending. Also, the health ministry has stepped up infection prevention and control measures in emergency departments, particularly in triage areas.The WHO warned that infection prevention and control measures are critical for preventing the spread of MERS-CoV in healthcare settings, especially because the early phase of symptoms consists of nonspecific symptoms. The agency recommends standard precautions for all patients, droplet precautions for those with acute infection, contact precautions and eye protection in those with probable and confirmed cases, and airborne precautions when performing aerosol-generating procedures.As of Feb 21, health officials have identified and screened 69 contacts of the Al Batinah North patients and 57 contacts of the South Sharqiyah patients.The new illnesses boost the number of MERS-CoV cases in Oman this year to 13. Since its first case in 2013, the country has reported 24 cases, 7 of them fatal. Globally, the WHO has received reports of 2,357 MERS-CoV infections since 2012, 820 of them fatal. The vast majority are from Saudi Arabia.Saudi Arabia reports 4 more casesSaudi Arabian MOH, meanwhile, reported four new MERS-CoV cases, three of them in Riyadh, according to epidemiologic updates.Two of the Riyadh patients are women ages 39 and 55 who are listed as secondary MERS cases, suggesting possible household or healthcare exposure, according to the ministry’s epidemiologic week 10 report. Neither woman reported recent camel contact.The third patient from Riyadh is a 62-year-old man who had contact with camels and is listed as a primary case, the MOH said in an update to its epidemiologic week 9 report. He is currently hospitalized.The fourth new case involves a 61-year-old man from Al Duwadimi in central Saudi Arabia about 120 miles west of Riyadh who is listed as a secondary case-patient, meaning he was likely exposed by a sick person. The MOH noted his case today in its epi week 10 update.The latest infections push Saudi Arabia’s MERS-CoV total so far this year to 87, which includes 51 from Wadi ad-Dawasir, where a large hospital outbreak was recently reported, along with some illnesses linked to camel exposure.See also:Mar 4 WHO statementMar 3-4 Saudi MOH epidemiologic week 10 reportMar 2 Saudi MOH epidemiologic week 9 report