LGCT Announces 2016 Dates

first_imgMexico City will join the Longines Global Champions Tour, incorporating the new Global Champions League, in 2016 as part of a spectacular calendar of 15 events.The new 2016 calendar sees the circuit make a further strategic expansion across the American continent with the addition of a spectacular new event in Mexico City. Mexico City will join the dynamic destinations of the world’s premier show jumping series, featuring at total of 15 events this year, including Miami Beach, Rome, Shanghai, Monaco and Doha.The new Global Champions League team competitions will take place at every Longines Global Champions Tour event. Olympic and World Champions will be in action every Friday, competing in teams made up of different nationalities in a unique new format. Top riders have predicted that the innovative new competitions will inject fresh excitement for fans and TV audiences worldwide with team rivalries, tactics and alliances energising the sport. The GCL has committed to adhering to the highest standards of horse welfare and integrity of competition, in keeping with the highly regarded equine care at all LGCT events.Teams competing in the new Global Champions League will be battling for a share of a €7.5 million prize purse, including an overall bonus to be shared at the end of the season in Doha, Qatar.Jan Tops, Founder and President of Longines Global Champions Tour, said: “It’s an extremely exciting time to be in show jumping and I look forward to welcoming Mexico City to our list of fantastic destinations worldwide in 2016. We will continue to invest in our sport to bring show jumping to wider audiences and to more cities around the world so that it is accessible to more and more people who can see the best athletes in action. Our expansion in the Americas will continue to grow our audience where there is a particularly strong interest in equestrian sport. This year will be fundamental in the progression of show jumping as we push the boundaries of innovation and development for our fans who watch on TV, online and as spectators.”The 2016 season will feature the greatest stars in the sport today. After a thrilling three-way battle for the 2015 championship, the new season is set to raise the competition bar again with top athletes including World Number One and two-time LGCT Champion Scott Brash (GBR), last year’s Champion of Champions Luciana Diniz (POR), four-time Olympic Gold medalist Ludger Beerbaum (GER), former European Champion Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (SWE) and two-time LGCT Champion Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS).2016 will see a total of 15 events, with further details for London or Paris to be confirmed shortly. 2015 saw positive growth for show jumping with more fans watching the sport, including over one million fans viewing LGCT events live on our online streaming platform over the course of the year. Combining world-class horses and athletes with a clear passion for show jumping, Longines Global Champions Tour events attract fans from all over the globe and high profile figures from the worlds of business, entertainment, sport and culture. The 2015 season saw increased TV distribution with more TV channels covering the events live including Eurosport and BeIN Sports, and major international networks including CNN, CNBC and Bloomberg featuring news and special highlights features. Building on this success, coverage of the 2016 season will again be distributed to more TV and online audiences across the world.THE 2016 CALENDARFor the second year in a row, Miami Beach, USA will be the spectacular launch pad kicking off from the 7th – 9th April. The world’s best horses and riders will again join the American calendar of art, fashion and music events that make Miami Beach one of the world’s most exciting destinations today. This first leg of the Tour will mark the debut of the revolutionary new Global Champions League team competition, running alongside all 2016 LGCT events.Hot on its heels, the show jumping action heads south to Mexico City which will make its debut at the grassy arena of Campo Marte on 14th – 16th April, welcoming new audiences to top sporting action and entertainment. Campo Marte is an equestrian venue located in the Avenue Paseo de la Reforma, next to the National Auditorium in Chapultepec Park, in Mexico City, which previously hosted Olympic Games dressage and individual jumping events.The diamond city of Antwerp, Belgium, returns for a third consecutive year from 20th – 23rd April. Shanghai, China, a new addition to the Tour in 2014, will host the 4th round of the 2016 Championship from 29th April – 1st May and has become one of the most prominent and popular equestrian events in Asia. As the season picks up speed, top action will again unfold at the dramatic floodlit outdoor arena next to the China Art Pavilion in Shanghai’s World Expo Park.The Tour then returns to Europe, beginning in Hamburg, Germany, on 4th – 7th May before moving to Madrid, Spain for 20th – 22nd May, which last year saw tens of thousands of fans watch Luciana Diniz claim the first of several Grand Prix victories.Next comes three events at a fast pace beginning with the iconic Chantilly from 26th – 29th May. The stunning French Riviera and Cannes is quick to follow from 9th – 11th June, before the ‘Formula One’ of show jumping pit-stops in glamorous Monaco from 23rd – 25th June for the 9th round of the season at the iconic Port Hercule.With the race for the Championship set to be at full gallop, July will see an event in Paris (1st – 3rd July) or London (22nd – 24th July). In the same month the Tour returns to the ever-popular Portuguese Riviera of Cascais, Estoril from 7th – 9th July for the next stage on the circuit. This will be followed by the stunning home event of the Tour at Tops International Arena in Valkenswaard, The Netherlands from 4th – 7th August.Following a sensational ‘standing room only’ debut in 2015, The Eternal City will once more host the best horses and riders in the world as Rome, Italy, takes place from 9th – 11th September, at the Stadio De Marmi ringed by magnificent marble statues. Historic Vienna, Austria, will see another hotly-contested battle as riders jostle for ranking points before the final leg during 15th – 18th September.State-of-the-art Al Shaqab in Qatar’s capital, Doha, will once more take centre stage for the high stakes championship climax from 3rd – 5th November as what promises to be an incredible 2016 season comes to a close. 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Martin Truex Jr., crew chief Cole Pearn to join Joe Gibbs Racing in 2019

first_imgMonster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. will drive for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2019, giving the longtime team owner a powerful four-car operation with multiple Monster Energy Series champions.Truex is leaving Furniture Row Racing after five seasons with the Denver, Colorado-based No. 78 organization. He’ll replace Daniel Suarez on the No. 19 team, bringing crew chief Cole Pearn along with him. Furniture Row announced in August it would shutter its operations at the end of the season, paving the way for Truex Jr. to become a marquee free agent.RELATED: Key players in ‘Silly Season’“Anytime you have an opportunity to bring two people of this caliber into your organization, it’s certainly an exciting time,” said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing, in a team release. “They obviously have developed a chemistry that has led to tremendous success, including a championship. We’ve gotten to know them well over the past few years through the alliance and having been part of the Toyota family. They both make us stronger as an organization.”JGR indicated that sponsorship plans for next season were still in progress and would be announced at a later date.Truex, 38, has four wins and four Busch Pole Awards this year for Furniture Row, which operates in partnership with JGR. His performance has placed him among the championship contenders heading into the Round of 8 finale this weekend at ISM Raceway in Phoenix.Truex will be Kyle Busch’s teammate in 2019, giving JGR a powerful 1-2 punch with two of the most recent Monster Energy Series champions. Erik Jones and Denny Hamlin complete the four-driver roster at JGR.All but two of Truex’s 19 Monster Energy Series wins have come with Furniture Row and team owner Barney Visser. The Furniture Row Racing owner issued a statement appreciative of Truex and Pearn’s efforts.“I want to personally thank Martin and Cole for their contributions in making Furniture Row Racing a championship-caliber team,” Visser said. “There’s no doubt in my mind that they will continue to be a winning driver/crew chief combination with Joe Gibbs Racing. They are outstanding representatives for NASCAR and I am proud to have been associated with them. But before Martin and Cole depart for a new endeavor we still have two races remaining, and hopefully we will be celebrating another championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway.”Pearn has been with Truex for all 17 of his Furniture Row victories, and the driver-crew chief pairing will remain intact next season.“Obviously to be able to make this transition and still be able to work alongside Cole is something that was very important to me,” Truex said in a release provided by the team. “There is also a real comfort level working with the JGR team and I wanted to stay in the Toyota family. We still have big goals for the remainder of this season, but it’s nice to know what we will be doing in 2019.”RELATED: All of Truex’s wins | Truex through the yearsTruex marched to his first title in NASCAR’s top division in 2017 by winning eight races, including the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He is also a two-time champion in what is now called the Xfinity Series, going back-to-back in 2004-05.Suarez’s tenure with Joe Gibbs Racing will end after two seasons in NASCAR’s top division. The Mexican-born driver made the transition to the Monster Energy Series after Carl Edwards’ departure in January 2017, moving up after claiming the Xfinity Series championship for JGR the previous season.Suarez climbed the NASCAR ladder through the Toyota Racing system and is now one of the sport’s top free agents for 2019. Gibbs, who oversaw much of his stock-car racing development, wished him well in a statement from the team.“We really appreciate everything Daniel has done for Joe Gibbs Racing over these past several years,” Gibbs said. “He has made the most of every opportunity from winning the championship in the Xfinity Series to making the jump into the Cup Series for us. We look forward to hearing about his plans going forward and know he continues to have a bright future in our sport.”last_img read more

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Displays of ethical conduct linked to abusive behavior in bosses

first_imgThe study, online in the Journal of Applied Psychology, is called “When ethical leader behavior breaks bad: How ethical behavior can turn abusive via ego depletion and moral licensing.” Moral licensing is a phenomenon in which people, after doing something good, feel they have earned the right to act in a negative manner.“Ironically, when leaders felt mentally fatigued and morally licensed after displays of ethical behavior, they were more likely to be abusive toward their subordinates on the next day,” said Johnson, an expert on the psychology of the workplace.Johnson and MSU students Szu-Han Lin and Jingjing Ma surveyed 172 supervisors over a several-day period in various industries including retail, education, manufacturing and health care. The goal: examine the consequences of ethical behavior for the leaders who exhibited it.Johnson said it’s not easy to be ethical, as it turns out. “Being ethical means leaders often have to suppress their own self-interest (they must do ‘what’s right’ as opposed to ‘what’s profitable’), and they have to monitor not only the performance outcomes of subordinates but also the means (to ensure that ethical/appropriate practices were followed).”Ethical behavior led to mental fatigue and moral licensing, and this led to leaders being more abusive to their workers. The abuse included ridiculing, insulting and expressing anger toward employees, giving them the silent treatment and reminding them of past mistakes or failures.To combat mental fatigue, Johnson said managers should build in time for breaks during the workday; get sufficient sleep; eat healthy and exercise; and unplug from work outside of the office (which includes shutting off the smart phone at night).Dealing with moral licensing is trickier, as there is not much research on the subject. However, Johnson suggested companies could consider formally requiring ethical behavior. “If such behavior is required, then it’s more difficult for people to feel they’ve earned credit for performing something that is mandatory,” he said. “A sense of moral license is more likely when people feel they voluntarily or freely exhibited the behavior.”Ethical behavior could also be formally rewarded with social praise or money. But the praise or bonus should come relatively soon after the ethical behavior in order to counteract the moral licensing, Johnson said. LinkedIn Share Share on Twitter Is your boss ethical? Does he or she do what’s right, as opposed to what’s profitable?If so, they may turn downright abusive the next day.New research on leader behavior by Russell Johnson, associate professor of management at Michigan State University, suggests ethical conduct leads to mental exhaustion and the “moral licensing” to lash out at employees.center_img Share on Facebook Email Pinterestlast_img read more

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Study finds women, older people more likely to embrace distancing

first_imgWith more than 36 million people diagnosed as having COVID-19 worldwide to date, physical distancing remains one of the most effective ways to prevent COVID-19 spread until the widespread distribution of effective vaccines, and two new studies demonstrate who is most likely to embrace the measure—most notably women, older people, and conscientious types.Individual compliance with government-issued recommendations for physical distancing and other restrictions varies widely, and policymakers are eager to identify strategies for future public health campaigns that encourage greater adherence. The two PLOS One studies examined compliance with COVID-19 restrictions, highlighting psychological motivations, barriers, and personality traits that affect individual decisions to abide by restrictions.Facilitators, barriers to distancingA survey of 2,013 adults (84% female) in North America and Europe examined rates of psychological motivations—factors that serve as facilitators or barriers—for physical (also called social) distancing compliance and rates of adherence among participants.Disseminated through social media from Mar 29 to Apr 16—the period of strict distancing regulations in North America and much of Europe—the online convenience survey queried respondents about factors that made it more or less likely for individuals to engage in physical distancing.Participants selected statements from a list of 55 phrases reflecting motivations related to distancing adherence, such as, “I want to avoid spreading the virus to others.” Statements included both internal factors, such as feeling a personal responsibility to protect the community, as well as external factors such as the ability to work remotely. Participants were also provided with a list of behaviors consistent with physical distancing recommendations and asked to rate each behavior on a frequency scale from 1 (never) to 4 (always).The researchers found that strong facilitators of physical distancing behavior included the closure of restaurants (endorsed by 95% of respondents) and community centers/recreational facilities (94%), followed by a desire to protect others (86%), self-protection (84%), responsibility for community protection (84%), and the ability to work remotely (51%).Top barriers to physical distancing included seeing many people on the streets in the respondent’s area of residence (31% endorsed), implementation of distancing policies in the workplace (26.3%), having friends or family who needed help running errands (25%), an inability to work remotely (16%), feeling stressed when alone (13%), and a lack of trust in government pandemic messages (12.7%). Of note, barriers reflecting misconceptions or conspiracy beliefs were endorsed by only 1% to 3% of respondents.While the study authors did not find perfect adherence for any of the distancing behaviors, avoiding crowded places showed the highest compliance, with 90.6% of respondents reporting that they always adhered. Adherence was also high for avoiding non-essential travel (90.5%); restaurants, bars, and coffee shops (88.8%); and non-essential gatherings (88.7%).Adherence to physical distancing behaviors varied by gender, with women twice as likely as men to avoid socializing in person (odds ratio [OR], 2.02; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.45 to 2.82) and 1.5 times as likely to maintain a safe distance in public (OR, 1.5; 95% CI, 1.11 to 2.03). Age was also a factor in compliance, with people 45 and older more than twice as likely to demonstrate social distancing compliance compared with younger respondents (OR, 2.27; 95% CI, 1.43 to 3.59 for ages 45 to 64; OR, 2.55; 95% CI, 1.32 to 4.95 for ages 65 and older).The study authors advocate for future health communications targeting men and younger individuals with messages focusing on self-protection and protection of the community as strong motivators that are associated with higher adherence.”In line with our findings that wanting to protect self, others, and the community were the strongest motivators associated with higher adherence to social distancing recommendations, it is important that these compassionate-focused and pro-social attitudes are kept at the center of future public health campaigns about social distancing,” the authors added.The study findings support research published earlier this week that showed women are more likely not only to embrace physical distancing but hand hygiene, mask wearing, and other preventive steps, as well.Personality and complianceThe second PLOS One study examined the association between personality and compliance with public health recommendations, finding certain personality traits related to higher compliance with guidelines. The study also highlights the potential to increase compliance with COVID-19 transmission mitigation guidelines by developing government messaging tailored to specific personality traits.The study sampled 8,549 Japanese citizens from 20 to 64 years of age from Mar 26 to Mar 28 in an effort to investigate whether five major personality traits—conscientiousness, agreeableness, openness to experience, extraversion (being outgoing), and emotional stability—are related to compliance with transmission mitigation behavioral guidelines.Respondents completed the Ten Item Personality Inventory to identify major personality traits and then were asked to rate their adherence to 21 pandemic mitigation behavioral guidelines on a five-point scale from 1 (very true) to 5 (not at all true).After controlling for gender, annual household income, education, marital status, and source of pandemic-related information, the study authors found that, of the five personality traits, extraversion negatively influences the tendency of people to comply with COVID-19 transmission mitigation behavioral guidelines. People rated high in conscientiousness were 31% more likely to adopt behavioral guidelines, followed by openness to experience and agreeableness (19% and 17% more likely, respectively), with emotional stability showing no positive or negative effect.The authors cite previous studies of human behavior that showed greater success when persuasion messages are targeted to individuals’ unique psychological characteristics. They say governments should tailor messaging to different personality traits to encourage compliance with public health guidelines.The authors also suggest that initiatives designed to trigger certain personality traits may improve compliance, pointing to evidence that messages of belonging and obligation have been shown to help develop conscientiousness.”We believe that this research not only supports prior work in highlighting the importance of pro-social messages, but also the importance of knowing the specific personality traits that may make individuals less likely to comply with COVID-19 transmission mitigation behavioral guidelines,” the study authors noted.last_img read more

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Danube – Montana 1: 4, goal by Cavalcante

first_img90+2′ Tournament: A group Stadium: Audience: 90+2′ End of the match.89′ Yellow card for Kolev.86′ GOAL FOR THE DANUBE! Nenov crosses from the corner. Cavalcante found the ball from the air in the penalty area and scored a beautiful goal.85′ Yordanov replaces Tsvetkov.85′ Krastev replaces Iliev.82′ GOOOL FOR MONTANA !!! Valeri Hristov made an excellent raid on the right and centered on the far post, where Atanas Iliev had no problem with his head to score the fourth goal for his team.79′ Tasev was replaced by Georgiev.76′ Rusanov broke to the right and found Cavalcante, who shot with his head from a few meters past the door.69′ GOOOL FOR MONTANA !!! Minkov scores! Tsvetkov found Minkov, who advanced and with a powerful blow with his right foot made Makenjiev helpless for the third time.67′ Milchev’s header goes past the door.64′ Yellow card for Isaevski.62′ Milchev centered in the penalty area, where Shterev tried to play with the ball, but was overtaken by Orlinov. The goalkeeper prevented a goal in his goal.59′ Yellow card for Dolapchiev.45′ Beginning of the second part.45+1′ End of the first part.43′ GOAL FOR MONTANA !!! Tony Tasev scores! Tsvetkov with an excellent pass led the wing behind the defense of the Danube. Tasev overcame Makenjiev and sent the ball into the goal for 0: 2. <br /> 42′ Ivaylo Lazarov tried a free kick that went high over the goal.38′ Shterev’s shot from the edge of the penalty area passes over the door.32′ Dolapchiev received an excellent pass behind the Montana defense. The attacker took the ball, but shot past the door.29′ Hristov replaces Petrov.28′ GOOOL FOR MONTANA !!! Vladimir Aitov scores! The midfielder scored with a header after a cross from the right. Initially, the goal was canceled because Tsonkov was in ambush, but he did not play with the ball. In the end, Kabakov pointed to the center. <br /> 23′ Hristov also tries his sight – high above the door.21′ Another shot by Baldjiiski from the edge of the penalty area. This time the ball went over the door of the Danube.20′ Tsvetkov centered from a corner on the first beam, where Aitov overtook an opponent and struck the goal.14′ Save Orlinov! Nenov made a nice breakthrough on the right and centered in the penalty area. Orlinov managed to kill the ball. The ball reached Lazarov, who struck, but the Montana goalkeeper intervened again and took a corner.6′ Atanas Iliev found Baldjiiski in front of the penalty area. The midfielder struck a blow, which Makenjiev saved.5′ First good opportunity in front of one of the two doors. Vladimir Aitov broke through the center and tried a shot from the edge of the penalty area, which passed over the door.1′ Start of the match. Today begins the long-awaited barrages in the First League. From 20:00 at the capital’s stadium “Slavia” will play the Danube, which took 12th place in the “group of masters” and the third place in the Second League Montana.In the Danube the problems are big and a loss can end the existence of the team. The players were ready to boycott today’s match, but at the last moment they received one salary each and decided to travel to Sofia and play for their honor and for the fans. After the victory against Tsarsko Selo, the temporary coach Tsvetomir Mladenov, who is in a similar situation for the second year, promised that his boys will do their best on the field. The team shows decent football and only the worse goal difference than Botev (Vratsa) during the regular season deprives it of direct salvation. Mladenov will be able to count on all the best for today’s clash. He tactically managed to keep some of his starters in the last match with Vratsa.Montana’s condition is an enigma. The team has not played an official match since March and played two controls with strong opponents in which it could not score. The loss of the champion of the Second League CSKA 1948 with 0: 1 can be called prestigious, as well as the zero draw with the resounding selection of Pirin.The fact that everything will be decided in one match promises a tense battle until the last minute. Since the Danube barrages were introduced, Montana has been a regular participant. The Danube is being saved for now, while Montana is still missing its chance to enter the elite.Lyudmil Kirov: It is hard and miserable on the Danube if it remains in the elite“I wish success to the players, I hope they keep their status”last_img read more

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UK government wants Premier League back “as soon as possible”

first_img(Reuters) – The U.K government’s cabinet minister responsible for sport said he has been in talks with the Premier League with the aim of getting football back on the field as quickly as possible. Speaking at a parliamentary questions session, Oliver Dowden, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary, said: “I personally have been in talks with the Premier League with a view to getting football up and running as soon as possible in order to support the whole football community.“But of course, any such moves would have to be consistent with public health guidance,” he said.The Premier League, which has been on hold since March 13, remains suspended until at least April 30 while lockdown measures are in place in the United Kingdom until May 7, when the government is set to review the current restrictions in place. But three London clubs, Arsenal, West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur, along with Brighton, have already re-opened their training grounds, allowing limited return to training while observing social distancing protocols.Those clubs say that players will only be using outdoor field facilities for individual work and will not take part in team activities.Premier League clubs will hold their latest conference call on Friday as they continue to evaluate various options for finishing the season but a re-start of matches is not expected until June at the earliest. Last week the league said it was “working through complex planning scenarios” and there are a number of practical hurdles that they face.With the ban on mass public gatherings likely to be one of the last restrictions to be removed, rescheduled games could be held behind closed doors, possibly at neutral venues.English cricket’s governing body, the ECB, has been given the leading role for all sport in the country, including soccer, in examining how to create ‘bio-secure’ venues, with the focus on stadiums with hotel facilities connected or nearby — to limit the need for extensive travel.last_img read more

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