Setback for Spanish Rivals in Morrissey ‘Major League’ Dispute

first_imgMore from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP The Spanish originators of a new jumping series have suffered a setback in their bid to keep monopoly control in the US. The FEI Tribunal has dismissed their appeal against the FEI’s approval of a rival series from US jumping promoters Morrissey Management Group (MMG).Spanish show organizers Daniel Entrecanales and Pablo Marquez had hired MMG to work with them in the US, but claim MMG went behind their backs and stole their idea. The Spaniards had previously filed a complaint against MMG for, among other things, copyright infringement in the Federal Court of the Southern District of Florida. This goes to trial in December. However, the FEI maintained that the Florida proceedings are irrelevant to the process of FEI competition format approvals. By approving MMG’s rival series the FEI was not “disapproving” the Spaniards’ original idea; there is an ample “pool” of horses and riders to service both series.The Appellants said that in 2011 they conceived a new show jumping format, styled after American sports leagues. They called it JumpingClash SL, spent nine years developing it and obtained copyright in 2012. The FEI was consulted throughout and approved the individual and team competition formats in 2019.The appellants felt that north America rather than Europe was the best region for launch. They renamed it National Equestrian League (NEL), and in October 2018 hired MMG to bring NEL to fruition.They all worked together till March 2020, when the Spanish discovered MMG had developed a competing series called Major League Show Jumping (MLSJ), bringing in partner Keean White of Angelstone Farms in Canada and sidelining the Spanish.Upon hearing MMG had submitted MLSJ for FEI board approval, the Spanish asked the FEI to refrain until the Florida proceedings were exhausted. This was denied, and in August 2020 the FEI approved MLSJ.The appellants felt they would suffer significant financial hardship and lodged an appeal (represented by Morgan Sports Law) last September. The FEI decision was “arbitrary and grossly erroneous,” by failing to comply with applicable FEI rules, regulations and policies; by not honouring FEI past practice or upholding the FEI’s ethics and values; and by not basing the decision on substantial, credible evidence.The appellants say the FEI’s mission is “to drive and develop equestrian sport globally in a modern, sustainable and structured manner with guaranteed integrity, athlete welfare, equal opportunity and a fair and ethical partnership with the horse.” Yet the MLSJ was produced through “unethical means” by falsely obtaining concepts and later claiming them for their own. The Spanish had no idea MMG were “disloyally working behind their backs.”The FEI argued that as a governing body their function is only to approve a series from a sporting and technical point of view.The FEI was not “disapproving” the NEL; it is “totally normal “ to have several competitions in various sports. Fifteen jumping series are currently approved by the FEI, based on compliance with sporting and technical requirements. If other organizers had the right to oppose new series, the Global Champions League and Global Champions Tour or Rolex Grand Slam would be entitled to appeal. This would restrict the market and itself be antitrust. The FEI highlighted its adherence to Belgian and European Competition Regulations after various claims for alleged infringements in 2018.Copyright issues were the sole responsibility of the appellants and it would be inappropriate for the FEI Tribunal to pre-empt the Florida courts. The appellants hadn’t found a single provision in the FEI rulebook that required copyright issues to be decided prior to FEI Board approval.The FEI also argued that each individual show would take place anyway. The MLSJ mostly links existing events so would not place additional demands on horses or create welfare concerns, as the appellants alleged.The Tribunal decision followed a hearing by video link. While Keean White and Matthew Morrissey appeared as witnesses for the FEI, the 35-page decision notice contains no detail about their early collaborations with the Spanish, or when or how MMG allegedly went behind their backs.The decision mostly centred around numerous complex legal points and the admissibility of evidence. The appellants also argued, unsuccessfully, that the FEI approval of MSJL was not valid as it took place during a videoconference (due to Covid) and not at one of the two “set” annual main in-person board meetings.Unusually, the FEI even claimed that its own Tribunal had no jurisdiction to hear this particular case, though that argument was rejected.In dismissing the appeal, the Tribunal upheld the FEI board decision to approve MLSJ and ordered each party to bear its own costs. The decision may be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) within 21 days. Tags: Keean White, Morrissey Management Group, National Equestrian League, Major League Show Jumping, JumpingClash SL, 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. Horse Sport Enews Email*last_img read more

Credit unions healthy or not? Find out from Tom Glatt’s CU HealthScore Report

first_imgYes, credit unions have been growing at a health rate the past couple years and lending has followed suit. All good news for the industry, for sure. But if you peel the proverbial onion back a few layers, what do we really see in regards to the health of credit unions?To find out, we invited Glatt Consulting’s Tom Glatt on the program to share his latest Credit Union HealthScore report for Q4 2014. Dovetailing on the good news, Tom tells us some unprecedented news from his more recent report, along with a few concerns of which we should be aware to keep credit unions on the path to enhanced success. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

DHS committee confirms Trump lost in a fraud-free election

first_imgThe impeached, two-time popular vote loser has been hiding in the White House for the past several days (with rare exception) as he contemplates how to face a country that literally danced in the streets at the news of his unseating. In the meantime, he’s been tweeting nonsense and firing people, while his lackeys attempt to delegitimize the election by filing nuisance lawsuits (including racist ones) in multiple states.  Control of the U.S. Senate is at stake. We need you to phonebank, textbank and do other crucial work necessary for Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock to win seats in Georgia. Click to find the activity best for you.- Advertisement – We’ve got one last shot at booting Senate Republicans from power in January. Please give $3 right now to send the GOP packing. Here’s the full statement:The members of Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council (GCC) Executive Committee – Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Assistant Director Bob Kolasky, U.S. Election Assistance Commission Chair Benjamin Hovland, National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) President Maggie Toulouse Oliver, National Association of State Election Directors (NASED) President Lori Augino, and Escambia County (Florida) Supervisor of Elections David Stafford – and the members of the Election Infrastructure Sector Coordinating Council (SCC) – Chair Brian Hancock (Unisyn Voting Solutions), Vice Chair Sam Derheimer (Hart InterCivic), Chris Wlaschin (Election Systems & Software), Ericka Haas (Electronic Registration Information Center), and Maria Bianchi (Democracy Works) – released the following statement:“The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history. Right now, across the country, election officials are reviewing and double checking the entire election process prior to finalizing the result.“When states have close elections, many will recount ballots. All of the states with close results in the 2020 presidential race have paper records of each vote, allowing the ability to go back and count each ballot if necessary. This is an added benefit for security and resilience. This process allows for the identification and correction of any mistakes or errors. There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.“Other security measures like pre-election testing, state certification of voting equipment, and the U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s (EAC) certification of voting equipment help to build additional confidence in the voting systems used in 2020.“While we know there are many unfounded claims and opportunities for misinformation about the process of our elections, we can assure you we have the utmost confidence in the security and integrity of our elections, and you should too. When you have questions, turn to elections officials as trusted voices as they administer elections.”The statement comes as a growing number of Republicans and prominent right-wingers—from Geraldo Rivera to at least five GOP senators—reluctantly admit that Donald Trump is indeed a one-term president.- Advertisement – x – Advertisement –last_img read more

Greensburg man arrested after altercation

first_imgGREENSBURG, Ind. — A Greensburg man was arrested after an altercation.According to police, Adam Howard was arrested on the charge of battery.Police say a woman’s father called police to report that his daughter had been hit by her boyfriend.When officers checked on the woman, she told them that she had been hit.She told police that she and Howard had an argument, and attempted to leave.When she tried to leave, police say that Howard grabbed her hair and slammed her head into the floor multiple times and took her cell phone and broke it over the back of her head.The officer requested EMS.Medics did not see injuries, but the woman informed them that she was 23 weeks pregnant.last_img read more

Home sweet hom: Wildcat returns to familiar links

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoThere is something that makes the University of Wisconsin special and different from other universities around the nation. The students here know it, and visitors can feel it when they step foot on campus.That is, perhaps, why Dan Woltman decided to transfer back to his home state and play golf here at UW.”It’s nice to be home,” Woltman said.Woltman, a native of Beaver Dam, some 40 miles northeast of Madison, spent his freshman year on a full golf scholarship at the University of Kentucky. Woltman received numerous scholarship offers during his senior year at Watertown Luther Prep, including one for Wisconsin, but chose to compete for the Wildcats of Kentucky.”Kentucky has been known as being a good golf school,” Woltman said. “I really thought Kentucky was the right choice for me, but after a year I realized it wasn’t.”Woltman spent much of this past summer not only working on his golf game, but also thinking about where he would take his skill to continue playing once the school year started.”I loved everything about Kentucky … except for the golf,” Woltman said. “I made a lot of friends down there. But things just didn’t mesh well with the coaches, and the guys on the team just seemed to be too different than me.”So Woltman made the choice to play for head coach Jim Schuman and the Badgers.”I’ve played with a lot of the guys on the team here since I was ten or eleven years old,” Woltman said. “We all started young with the junior tournaments. I played a lot with them this summer too. They all talked to me about transferring up here and playing here. The more they talked, the more I thought I could help turn around this program.”And what a turnaround it has been for the cardinal and white. So far this season, the Badgers have two tournament titles to go along with a fifth-place and third-place finish. According to Woltman, those tournament wins were the first for the program in two years.”Dan’s been a great addition to this team,” Schuman said. “He’s undoubtedly a great player. It helps that he’s such good friends with the guys on this team … it’s just a great fit for him.”Last season, Woltman helped Kentucky to a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. He finished the year ranked as the 134th best player according to Golf Week Magazine. Currently the magazine has him listed at 59th.He’s already got his name in the Wisconsin record books, holding the second-lowest 54-hole score when he carded a 14-under-par 202 as he took the individual title at the Mattaponi Springs Invitational earlier this fall.”Dan brings such a talent to this team,” Schuman said. “He’s won college titles, state and national junior titles. His skill and his winning attitude have been huge for us thus far this year.”With the success Woltman has had playing in junior tournaments and thus far in college, he is already thinking about the day when he will take his game to the professional level and compete on the PGA Tour.”I’ve thought about turning pro early,” Woltman said. “It all depends on what I feel that the time is right. When I feel that I can be competitive on the tour and make some money, that’s when I’ll make that decision and take the next step.”But for now, Woltman is just living the college dream.”I love it here at Wisconsin,” Woltman said. “I’m home and close to my family and so many of my friends.”Right now it just feels right to be a Badger.”last_img read more