Officials at Cheltenham will consult with the British Horseracing Authority to see if anything can be done to prevent a repeat of the light issues that affected the final race on Saturday’s card.The closing mares’ bumper was staged in murky conditions and following a thrilling finish, a dead heat was called between Harry Fry’s Ishkhara Lady and the Dan Skelton-trained Elle Est Belle.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – However, the dwindling light at the course made the official photo hard to read, prompting some outcry about the result on social media, and clerk of the course Simon Claisse is keen to avoid a repeat of the situation if possible.“The judge can only do so much in those conditions,” he said.“We’ll be looking to see if there’s anything we can do to help minimise the risk to stop these things happening.- Advertisement – He told Racing TV: “There are all sorts of factors to bear in mind and betting turnover increases throughout the afternoon. It’s not as simple as saying ‘why don’t you start earlier’.“We’ll take a look at it with the British Horseracing Authority in the weeks to come. If there’s anything we can do to reduce the risk of these things happening, we’ll certainly look at it.“The race times are set by the BHA, in conjunction with the racecourses, but if we started earlier, someone else would be going later, so you may end up just pushing the issue from one racecourse to another.” “Our race schedule is really based around ITV and we’re very lucky to have them here – it’s not the simple matter of starting earlier and getting the racing under way and finished before sunset.“At the minute the rules say 15 minutes before sundown, which was 4.18pm yesterday, so we were in plenty of time. It was just one of those unfortunate sets of circumstances when it turned very dark because of the heavy rain.”Claisse said there are a number of issues preventing them from just starting at an earlier time.- Advertisement –
Now, just a few weeks into studying at a private program, doctors say he is ready for a dog. Glendora resident Army Staff Sgt. Jarod Behee was also sent to the VA hospital in Palo Alto after being shot in the head by a sniper May 25, 2005. He had several surgeries for his brain injury at the Bethesda National Naval Medical Center in Maryland, then stagnated under the minimal care at the VA hospital, his wife said. She had to transfer him to a private facility and fight to keep his insurance coverage after VA doctors told her that Behee would never walk again. Now he runs. More than 3,200 American troops have been killed in Iraq since Operation Iraqi Freedom began four years ago, but Department of Defense figures show that more than seven times as many have been wounded, many severely. In those four years, 24,042 have been wounded in combat, including 13,357 listed as “Not Returned to Duty within 72 hours.” Among that group are the soldiers like Acosta and Behee, who lost their limbs or eyesight or pieces of skull. But when troops return home for medical care, many face dilapidated facilities, long delays, reduced insurance coverage and more. A task force to slash through the bureaucracy delaying veterans from getting services and benefits will be headed by Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson. “No task is more important to me,” he said in a press release. In another release, the VA provided a long list of commendations, pointing out that, despite recent complaints, it has also been applauded by scientists and reporters for its work helping veterans. Acosta conceded he has been happy with how the Long Beach and West Los Angeles VA centers have helped him get needed surgeries. However, once his gums healed over his nerve endings, he refused to return to the VA systems’ classes for the blind. Instead, he fought for months to get his military insurance to cover Junior Blind of America, the private program he now attends that will soon get him a seeing-eye dog. “It shouldn’t take a year to get this type of treatment,” Acosta said. “It’s senseless. I’ve been in the military for over 30 years, and I never expected to be treated like this.” Behee was “set up to fail” at the VA hospital, said his wife, Marissa. The traumatic-injury wing of the hospital was not up to Americans with Disabilities Act codes, and Behee was in a wheelchair. “The facility was atrocious … it was understaffed, underfunded, underequipped,” she said. “It wasn’t ADA-appropriate, so you couldn’t get a wheelchair up to the sink. “Jarod was supposed to try and do all his daily living activities, like brush his teeth, but there was no room to maneuver the wheelchair with the bed in there,” she said. She fumed as the hospital combined his physical and occupational therapies into a single session, and focused on helping him roll over in bed instead of challenging his brain to help it recover. At first, she didn’t even know she could get his insurance to cover a private facility. Once she did, she realized she was lucky that the Army hadn’t retired Jarod from active-duty military status yet. It was one time when slipping through the cracks worked in her favor – as long as the Army hadn’t yet decided that he would never be capable of active duty, his pay and insurance were not reduced. Jarod Behee was officially retired Feb. 20, nearly two years after being shot. The 28-year-old Behee now volunteers at the private facility’s outpatient gym three times a week. “The Army has phenomenal medical technology … so guys who once would have died are coming home,” Marissa said. “But they have to be able to take care of their recovery, too. If you’re going to save their lives, you need to also save their quality of life.” After shoddy conditions were revealed at parts of Walter Reed – spreading black mold, vermin infestations and insufficient staff – Nicholson, the Veterans Affairs secretary, ordered a broad review of the VA medical system to determine whether similar conditions exist among the VA’s 1,400 hospitals and clinics. Meanwhile, the Veterans Affairs’ system for handling disability claims is strained to its limit, and efforts to relieve backlogs won’t be enough to serve veterans returning from combat, officials from the Government Accountability Office said recently. In testimony to a House panel, the GAO described a system on the verge of crisis. A report by the GAO in early March noted that explosives cause 65 percent of soldiers’ injuries, and more than a quarter of those soldiers suffer brain trauma. With more than 24,000 injured, those percentages translate into more than 4,300 brain injuries. That’s why traumatic brain injuries like Behee’s are “the signature injury” of the Iraq war, according to the Wounded Warriors Project, which supports severely injured soldiers by providing them with everything from clothes and toothbrushes to one-legged skiing lessons and benefits counseling. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2730 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Army Sgt. Maj. Jesse Acosta of Santa Fe Springs lost his vision and his teeth in a bomb blast in Iraq on Jan. 16, 2006. The 30-year military veteran said he never expected to be hurt so badly – or to receive the poor care he did from a VA hospital. Acosta, 49, recuperated briefly at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., before being turned over, blind and with exposed nerves in his gum line, to Veterans Affairs care. At a VA hospital in Palo Alto, his mouth caused him too much pain to focus on what he was being taught about coping with blindness. The day they denied him a seeing-eye dog because he was learning too slowly was just one in a string of disappointments.
Donegal star Mark McHugh and Open Sea swimmer Anne Marie Ward will be among the special guests at this Thursday’s final leg of the Donegal Youth Council SPARKS Mental Health roadshow in Donegal Town.Mark McHugh will be special guest.The Donegal town leg of the “SPARKS” roadshow, which takes place in the Abbey Hotel, is an exciting new initiative in Donegal which has been running across the county over the last couple of months.The roadshow, which kicked off in Letterkenny on World Mental Health will has visited Stranorlar, Gweedore, Buncrana in recent weeks. Thursday’s event will work with 200 representatives from Abbey VS, Colaiste Colmcille, Magh Ene Bundoran, Colaiste Carraige and St Catherines from Killybegs.The Donegal Youth Council is a group of 36 young people aged 12-18 years, who identify issues and promote projects to improve the lives of young people in Donegal.Like the County Council they are selected from five electoral areas and represent the young people in their local areas.The roadshow offers information and advice on how to manage stress in your life during exam times and other difficult situations and how to be more aware of what supports you have around you and how you can be a support to others. The event has a strong focus on fun with a range of inspirational speakers, workshops and other activities, with a few surprises along the way.The roadshow has been developed using the model of the Mental Health 5 a day, which is internationally now recognised as 5 key areas you can focus on which can have a big effect on your health and wellbeing.The event will have input from a range of organisations, including Jigsaw, Donegal Youth Service, HSE Health Promotion, Foroige and Mental Health Ireland, with other guest speakers from the wider community who have each conquered their own personal challenges in life, such as Cycle Against Suicide Ambassador Orla O’Reilly.The Donegal Youth Council is funded by the Donegal County Council, HSE Health Promotion and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, and is co-ordinated at local level by the Donegal Youth Service.The SPARKS roadshow will kick off in the Abbey Hotel at 10am and runs until 3pm. MARK McHUGH TO BE SPECIAL GUEST AT FINAL SPARKS ROADSHOW was last modified: November 26th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Mark McHughSparks Roadshow
View comments Pagasa: Rain expected as LPA enters PAR A total of 24 titles are at stake in today’s round, which will feature the Teacher-Student and Pro-Am categories in both the Latin and Standard events.The multi-awarded pair of Rendon and Hayco will break the ice for Dancesports Team Cebu City’s quest for glory when they see action in the Latin Category’s Pro-Am C and Pro-Am B events of the competition.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPalace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spikeAside from Rendon, the other DTCC members who will start their bid are the pair of Romeo Jay Cialbo and Ma. Luzviminda Poitiers (Standard Teacher-Student). Jimmy Noel and Elizabeth Zets will also be under the spotlight when they compete in the Teachers-Student Latin C and Standard Teacher-Student C categories.Hayco will also see action in the Adult Latin Senior C category tomorrow afternoon with Davin Unabia as her partner. /Correspondent JADE S. VIOLETA SMC bags Bulacan airport project Pagasa: Rain expected as LPA enters PAR PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension LATEST STORIES What’s new in town: Eggplant parmigiana deep-dish pizza, tofu ‘kakigori,’ ‘kamias’-date sticky toffee pudding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next An adobo upgrade: Add rosemary MOST READ PM Boris Johnson visits Belfast as Brexit woes hurt UK economy Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements Sen. Pia Cayetano: Judge our clan based on performance Top Pinoy netters advance in PCA OPen MEMBERS of the Dancesports Team Cebu City (DTCC) will start their bid for glory today when the Asian Dance Sports Council’s 21st International Dance Teachers Association’s IDTA Cup formally unfolds at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Hong Kong.The DTCC, spearheaded by Crisaldo “Loloy” Rendon and DTCC director Eleonor O. Hayco, arrived in Hong Kong yesterday morning in time for the event’s formal opening later that night.ADVERTISEMENT