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Thoroughbred racing

Thoroughbred horse racing is a sport and industry involving the racing and hound racing of Thoroughbred horses. It is governed by different national bodies. There are two forms of the sport: flat racing and jump racing, called National Hunt racing in the UK and steeplechasing in the US. Jump racing can be further divided into steeplechasing. Traditionally racehorses have been owned by wealthy individuals, it has become common in the last few decades for horses to be owned by syndicates or partnerships. Notable examples include the 2005 Epsom Derby winner Motivator, owned by the Royal Ascot Racing Club, 2003 Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide, owned by a group of 10 partners organized as Sackatoga Stable. 2008 Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown, owned by IEAH stables, a horse racing hedgefund organization. Most race horses were bred and raced by their owners. Beginning after World War II, the commercial breeding industry became more important in North America and Australasia, with the result that a substantial portion of Thoroughbreds are now sold by their breeders, either at public auction or through private sales.

Additionally, owners may acquire Thoroughbreds by "claiming" them out of a race. A horse runs in the unique colours of its owner; these colours must be registered under the national governing bodies and no two owners may have the same colours. The rights to certain colour arrangements are valuable in the same way that distinctive car registration numbers are of value, it is said. If an owner has more than one horse running in the same race some slight variant in colours is used or the race club colours may be used; the horse owner pays a monthly retainer or, in North America, a "day rate" to his or her trainer, together with fees for use of the training center or gallops and farrier fees and other expenses such as mortality insurance premiums, stakes entry fees and jockeys' fees. The typical cost of owning a race horse in training for one year is in the order of £15,000 in the United Kingdom and as much as $35,000 at major race tracks in North America; the facilities available to trainers vary enormously.

Some trainers pay to use other trainers' gallops. Other trainers have every conceivable training asset, it is a feature of racing that a modest establishment holds its own against the bigger players in a top race. This is true of national hunt racing. In 1976, Canadian Bound became the first Thoroughbred yearling racehorse to be sold for more than US$1 million when he was purchased at the Keeneland July sale by Canadians, Ted Burnett and John Sikura Jr. Racing is governed on an All-Ireland basis, with two bodies sharing organising responsibility; the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board is the rulemaking and enforcement body, whilst Horse Racing Ireland governs and promotes racing. In 2013, Ireland exported more than 4,800 Thoroughbreds to 37 countries worldwide with a total value in excess of €205 million; this is double the number of horses exported annually from the U. S. In Great Britain, Thoroughbred horse racing is governed by the British Horseracing Authority which makes and enforces the rules, issues licences or permits to trainers and jockeys, runs the races through their race course officials.

The Jockey Club in the UK has been released from its regulatory function but still performs various supporting roles. A significant part of the BHA's work relates to the disciplining of trainers and jockeys, including appeals from decisions made by the course stewards. Disciplinary enquiries relate to the running of a horse, for example: failure to run a horse on its merits, interference with other runners, excessive use of the whip; the emergence of internet betting exchanges has created opportunities for the public to lay horses and this development has been associated with some high-profile disciplinary proceedings. In order to run under rules a horse must be registered at Weatherbys as a Thoroughbred, it must reside permanently at the yard of a trainer licensed by the BHA or a permit holder. The horse's owner or owners must be registered as owners. Thoroughbred racing is governed on a state-by-state basis in Australia; the Australian Turf Club administers racing in New South Wales, the Victoria Racing Club is the responsible entity in Victoria, the Brisbane Racing Club was an amalgamation in 2009 of the Queensland Turf Club and Brisbane Racing Club, administers racing in Queensland.

Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne is home to the Melbourne Cup, the richest "two-mile" handicap in the world, one of the richest turf races. The race is held on the first Tuesday in November during the Spring Racing Carnival, is publicised in Australia as "the race that stops a nation". Regulation and control of racing in the United States is fragmented. A state government entity in each American state that conducts racing will license owners and others involved in the industry, set racing dates, enforce drug restrictions and other rules. Pedigree matters and the registration of racing colors, are the province of The Jockey Club, which maintains the American Stud Book and approves the names of all Thoroughbreds; the National Steeplechase Association is the official sanctioning body of American steeplechase horse racing. Regulation of horse racing in Canada is under the Jockey Club of Canada. There are a few racing venues across Canada, but the major events are in

Robin Beard

Robin Leo Beard Jr. was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Tennessee's 6th congressional district, who served from 1973 to 1983. Beard was born in Tennessee, he was educated at Montgomery Bell Academy and graduated from Vanderbilt University, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He was a former colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. In 1970, Beard was appointed Tennessee personnel commissioner by newly elected Republican Governor Winfield Dunn. In 1972, he entered the GOP primary for the newly reconfigured 6th Congressional District; the district had been redrawn by the state legislature, which shifted several Republican-trending portions near Memphis into the Sixth and removed several solidly Democratic areas. In November, Beard defeated Anderson by twelve percentage points. Beard's victory was not considered an upset, given the more Republican bent of the redrawn district. Beard worked this district well over the next decade, building up a large following in a district where most of the living residents had never been represented by a Republican before.

Proving just how Republican this district had become at the national level, Beard was reelected in 1974 with 56.6 percent of the vote as Republicans across the country were turned out of office due to anger over Watergate. In 1976, Beard faced former Senator Ross Bass, who had represented the 6th from 1955 to 1964. However, Bass found himself running in territory that he did not know and did not know him, lost by 29 points. Beard took over 74 percent of the vote in 1978, was unopposed in 1980. Beard did not run for a sixth term in the 1982 elections, opting instead to run for the Republican nomination to oppose freshman Democratic Senator Jim Sasser. While Beard won the primary, he lost in a massive 20-point landslide; the Republicans would not win another statewide race until 1994, when they captured the governorship and both Senate seats. Beard was appointed as a NATO deputy secretary-general in Belgium from 1984 to 1987, from 1992 to 1995. Beard ran a Washington, D. C.-based import-export business and was at one time a resident of Virginia.

Beard retired to Charleston County, South Carolina, where he ran for a seat on the county school board in 2006 Beard died from a brain tumor in Isle of Palms, South Carolina. His funeral was held at the Huguenot Church in South Carolina. Appearances on C-SPAN

UtiliVisor

UtiliVisor is a held energy advisory firm based New York, NY that installs and invoices utility submeters and improves the efficiency of HVAC equipment through monitoring for hospitals and Class A office space. UtiliVisor uses its utility metering and remote reading systems to collect data on HVAC systems and air handlers for large buildings such as hospitals and Class A office space. In January 2008 Emcor announced the release of EMCOR360, a facilities management product powered by utiliVisor software. EMCOR360 uses the utiliVisor platform to monitor energy data from HVAC systems. EMCOR360 Certified Energy Managers make recommendations to the facility's operating engineers to improve system performance and conserve energy. UtiliVisor meters and performs plant analysis on several high-profile porfolios and properties including: Hartz Mountain Industries 1 New York Plaza Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Texas Woman's University George Bush Intercontinental Airport New York Presbyterian Hospital Minillas Government Center (Monitoring Honeywell's performance contract- part of the Green Puerto Rico initiative The Setai Fifth Avenue utiliVisor

Ráth Chairn

Ráth Chairn is a small village and Gaeltacht in County Meath, Ireland. It is about 55 km northwest of Dublin. Ráth Chairn Gaeltacht was founded in 1935 when 41 families from Conamara were settled on land acquired by the Irish Land Commission; each family was provided with a Land Commission house and a farm of 8.9 hectares, a sow and basic implements. A further 11 families joined the original settlers in 1935. In all, 443 people moved from Connemara to the Ráth Chairn area. In 1967 Ráth Chairn received official recognition following a local campaign. Today, the nearby village of Baile Ghib make up the Meath Gaeltacht. A cooperative was formed in 1973. Ráth Chairn has since grown into a village with a Catholic church, community hall for dramas, Corchumann Ráth Chairn and RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, sports facilities, an all-Irish primary and secondary school, a library and a pub. Several facilities in Ráth Chairn host children and adults wishing to learn Irish, residential Irish language courses, Coláiste na bhFiann, are run for teenagers in the summer months.

The Ráth Chairn "colony" was a social experiment to redress the 17th-century ethnic cleansing of Ireland, having been moved there under Cromwell’s draconian action ‘To hell or Connaught’. The colonists were poor farmers from Connemara and Kerry, who were planted by the government in order to save the Irish language and traditions. In 1935, the first batch of families from the Connemara Gaeltacht moved east to Ráth Chairn to live on land acquired by the Land Commission; the initiative promised potential migrants a higher quality of life, greater crop yields than Connemara and newly built homes. The proposal aimed to stop the decline of the Irish language by creating an Irish-speaking community in a new location. For the most part, when the migrants arrived, they were welcomed into a county where the ethos of the romantic Gaelic revival was in full swing. However, resentment manifested itself in local newspapers, that the migrants were given the land in preference to the local farmers; the Meath Chronicle reported on April 27, 1935 that a local Meath resident was arrested for threatening the life of a Land Commission employee but was released without charge and secondhand accounts report that a migrant women was harassed by gangs and told "to quit talking that gibberish here".

Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh, television personality Ciarán Ó Cofaigh and producer Darach Ó Catháin, sean-nós singer Liam Mac Cóil, novelist and essayist Sibéal Ní Chasaide, sean-nós singer

Une Tempête

Une Tempête is a 1969 play by Aimé Césaire. It is an adaptation of Shakespeare's The Tempest from a postcolonial perspective; the play was first performed at the Festival d'Hammamet in Tunisia under the direction of Jean-Marie Serreau. It played in Avignon and Paris. Césaire uses all of the characters from Shakespeare's version, but he specifies that Prospero is a white master, while Ariel is a mulatto and Caliban is a black slave; these characters are the focus of the play as Césaire foregrounds issues of race and decolonization. The action in the play follows that of Shakespeare's play, though Césaire emphasizes the importance of the people who inhabited the island before the arrival of Prospero and his daughter Miranda: Caliban and Ariel. Both have been enslaved by Prospero, though Caliban was the ruler of the island before Prospero's arrival. Caliban and Ariel react differently to their situation. Caliban favors revolution over Ariel's non-violence, rejects his name as the imposition of Prospero's colonizing language, desiring to be called X.

He complains stridently about his enslavement and regrets not being powerful enough to challenge the reign of Prospero. Ariel, contents himself with asking Prospero to consider giving him independence. At the end of the play, Prospero grants Ariel his freedom, but retains control of the island and of Caliban; this is a notable departure from Shakespeare's version, in which Prospero leaves the island with his daughter and the men who were shipwrecked there at the beginning of the play. Césaire, Aimé. Une tempête. Collection Théâtre, 22. Paris, France: Éditions du Seuil. ISBN 9782020314312. OCLC 9435845. "A Tempest by Aimé Césaire: A Curriculum Guide for Postcolonial Educators"

The Robot Scientist's Daughter

The Robot Scientist's Daughter is a book of poetry by Jeannine Hall Gailey, published by Mayapple Press in 2015. This collection, Gailey's fourth, deals with ecological issues, with a specific focus on the potential dangers of the nuclear industry, set against the backdrop of growing up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, in the 1970s. "The poems that make up this collection move in a controlled way between fact and fiction and fantasy, giving readers glimpses into the secret world surrounding ORNL in which Gailey grew up, at the same time as they tell the story of a fictional Robot Scientist's Daughter, transformed by that world into something other, something monstrous." Won second place in the 2016 Elgin Awards for full-length poetry books published in 2014 and 2015. Semifinalist in the 2015 Goodreads Choice Awards in the Poetry category. Critical reviews of The Robot Scientist's Daughter have appeared in the following literary publications: Escape Into Life Poetry International The Rumpus San Francisco Book Review Savvy Verse & Wit The Seattle Times Strange Horizons Tweetspeak Mayapple Press Web site Jeannine Hall Gailey's Web site The Robot Scientist's Daughter page on Amazon.com