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  • SMC panel examines Title IX implications

    first_imgSaint Mary’s Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO) held a panel regarding Title IX and the process of reporting sexual assault for both Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame campuses on Wednesday. Panelists included Saint Mary’s Title IX coordinator and college counsel Rich Nugent, Vice President for Student Affairs Karen Johnson and Notre Dame’s interim Title IX deputy coordinator for student respondent cases Annie Eaton.Susan Zhu Nugent said the Title IX process at Saint Mary’s has been improved this year. “This year, we are doing things differently,” Nugent said. “We are not doing investigations in house. We have engaged two local attorneys who have real excellent expertise in this area.” Nugent said Saint Mary’s students can report cases against Notre Dame students directly to the University, but he suggests they also notify the College to receive the full support and benefit of the resources offered. Johnson said this year the College has increased campus-wide training on the Title IX process and is in the processes of adding more training that includes LGBTQ-specific information.Eaton said the process at Notre Dame starts when she receives word of a case. She said she then reaches out to the complainant, and they discuss the situation. The complainant is then presented with all of the options and decides to proceed either with a legal case or with the University’s conduct process. She said the process then moves into investigations. Eaton said the University uses the same outside attorneys to investigate.“The investigators are not there to form an opinion about that case,” Eaton said. “They simply ask the facts. They collect evidence. … After that process is complete, they transcribe the interviews and they send it back to the deputy Title IX coordinator.”She said once the University receives the report, the complainant again has the power to choose how to proceed. If the complainant chooses not to move forward, the case moves to associate vice presidents for review. If the perpetrator is a repeat offender or is found to be a threat to the larger community, Eaton said, the school may take action against the offender without the complainant playing a role. The complainant has up to six months to decide whether or not to move forward with a conduct case. “Going through any kind of sexual trauma is difficult,” Eaton said. “Sometimes students are ready, sometimes [they] aren’t. So we give that time limit for a student to still be able to change their mind to move forward. “Even if the student experienced something a year ago but never [reported], and a year later decided they are ready, they can still do that. They can still do it four years later. As long as the respondent is still a student, we can move forward with the conduct process,” she said.Johnson said Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s work closely with these issues and are in communication with one another. She said her job is handling the appeals processes, helping with support and clarification of information and ensuring that students are treated respectfully and professionally throughout the process. Nugent said the College will not involve law enforcement or contact the parents of the student unless she specifically requests it. “One of the most important things for someone who has been sexually assaulted is to give them back the ability to make decisions,” Nugent said. “The only exception to that is possibly in that case where we hear the same name multiple times.”Johnson said the College has reached the compliant level of the Title IX process and is working on exceeding that level.“We’ve been growing and growing, and we’re not done growing,” she said. “We have a long way to go, and we have a lot of things to do. … We’ve been doing this for 10 years, but we can do it for 50 years, and we’ll still miss some things.”Nugent said the College is not content with where they are on the process, and it will continue to improve. He said the students’ well-being and access to resources is his top priority.Tags: BAVO, Belles Against Violence Office, sexual assault, Title IXlast_img read more

  • Senate meeting discusses new changes with Campus Dining leadership, tackles internal tensions over social justice, considers replacing Executive Programming Board

    first_imgThe Notre Dame student senate convened Thursday evening to hear from Campus Dining leadership about sustainability initiatives, menu enhancements and service format in Campus Dining operations this semester. Senior Rachel Ingal, student body president, also addressed internal tensions that came to a head with a Letter to the Editor, which criticized Student Government’s response to social justice issues.Senators also voted to pass an order regarding allocation of funds from the COVID-19 Response Financial Account and tabled an order to replace the Executive Programming Board with an Executive Committee.The meeting began with a presentation by Chris Abayasinghe, senior director of Campus Dining, Cheryl Bauer, director of Sourcing and Sustainability and Luigi Alberganti, director of student dining. Abayasinghe said Campus Dining has had to make many changes to adapt to public health regulations as well as students’ concerns.“This truly has been probably the most flexible and most pivoting of times,” he said. Some adjustments they have had to make focus on the disposable nature of containers, plastic bags and cutlery — all essential, nonetheless, to the take out format necessitated by the pandemic.Bauer announced a switch from compostable take out containers to mineral-filled polypropylene, which retain heat better, are sturdier and are manufactured in Minnesota.Campus Dining will also stop offering plastic bags Sept. 22 and single-use cutlery later on. They will sell BeeGreen reusable bags at Huddle Mart and the dining halls, and will give each student two stainless steel cutlery kits beginning Sept. 28. Student Government held a reusable cutlery giveaway Sept. 9  during which they distributed around 500 kits to students, junior Jackson Oxler, a member of the Department of Student Life and the Department of Sustainability, told The Observer.“It’s much easier to cut stainless versus the plastic and in these new containers, you are going to be able to cut inside of them … So it seems like a win-win all the way around,” Bauer said.Since COVID-19 regulations do not allow for drink refills, the single-use cups will still be used, according to Abayasinghe. “Over time, what we’re seeking is an actual replacement for the vessel itself,” he said.Other changes to dining operations include hiring more staff to serve students over 29,000 meals a day, according to Alberganti. Staff is also now serving food directly into the containers as students file past in line. Abayasinghe noted that new desserts have been introduced to the menu, such as red velvet cake, apple pie and Boston cream pie.After Campus Dining leadership’s presentation, senior Sarah Galbenski, student body vice president and chair of the student senate, opened with an executive announcement. She updated her peers on the first meeting of the University Committee on Women Faculty and Students (UCWFS) Thursday, which dealt with the new Title IX policies. The next meeting, she said, will take place Oct. 21 and focus on campus climate ahead of the November general election.After Galbenski’s announcement, Ingal referred to the aforementioned Letter to the Editor published in The Observer Thursday. Dillon Hall student leaders submitted the letter ahead of the meeting, asking for a more forceful, actionable response from Student Government in addressing private prison labor.After a student-led virtual strike for racial justice Aug. 31, the Student Senate passed order SS 2021-16, asking the University administration to continue engaging in dialogue with student organizations committed to racial justice and anti-racism. Senior Dillon Hall senator and one of the letter’s authors, Mike Dugan criticized the resolution.(Editor’s Note: Dugan is a former Observer news writer and Systems Administrator.)“Rather than taking a firm stance on specific issues of racial injustice that pertain to our campus community, however, the Senate simply voted to encourage administrators to continue to talk with students,” Dugan and other Dillon student leaders said in the letter. “We believe that the Senate could have and should have taken a stronger stance.”Specifically, the Dillon residents criticized Galbenski’s decision, as chair of the student senate, to not include a Senate Order in the agenda for the senate meeting.Dugan and senior Ricardo Pozas Garza, Club Coordination Council president, had drafted said order “to ensure that Student Union Organizations, and groups that receive funding from the Student Union, divest from companies that use prison labor and/or forced labor in order to obtain profit.”The letter’s authors also found fault with the rejection of their order, as they compared its contents with the other items in Thursday’s agenda.“None of these priorities carry the moral weight or urgency associated with ensuring that money collected from students in a mandatory fee is not spent in a socially irresponsible manner nor invested into companies that directly profit from human rights abuses,” they wrote.In her executive announcement at the senate meeting, Ingal vouched for Galbenski. She listed reasons why she had asked her to be student body vice president and the ways in which she said Galbenski has shown a commitment to racial justice and the student senate.The senate had received five resolutions this week, three of which carried over from the previous week. The two new resolutions could therefore not be included in Thursday’s agenda, Ingal said, and Galbenski reached out to the authors to explain why.While there is not a deadline requirement included in the senate bylaws, Galbenski has prepared a document with frequently asked questions for senators, in which she writes that, in order to be considered as “new business” in the week’s agenda, a piece of legislation must be submitted by Sunday. But Dugan and Pozas Garza’s order was not submitted until Monday, Galbenski told The Observer.“By no means did she deny debate time to a bill she didn’t support or refuse to hear this piece of legislation,” Ingal added.Chief of staff Aaron Benavides also spoke, characterizing the letter as “unbecoming of any member of the Student Union.” He cautioned against personal attacks, which he said might “distract us from the essential work that we must undertake.”(Editor’s Note: Benavides is a former Observer news writer.)Ten senators wrote a Letter to the Editor published Friday in response to the Dillon students’ letter, expressing their support for Galbenski and explaining the situation from their perspective.After the executive announcements, Benavides read an order presented by senior Grace Stephenson, Student Union treasurer and chairwoman of the Financial Management Board (FMB). Order SO 2021-07 would make $10,000 available from the Student Union COVID-19 Response Financial Account for allocation to Student Union organizations and special interest groups who apply. The order passed.The second order in the agenda was read over Zoom by senior Tiffany Pages-Sanchez, Judicial Council vice president of peer advocacy, on behalf of junior Matthew Bisner, Judicial Council president. Bisner authored the document but was not present for most of the meeting. The order, which passed, effectively made Audrey Feldman and Thomas Krapfl the First-Year Class Council Representatives for their respective dorms, Cavanaugh and Dunne Hall, since only one candidate had been received by the Judicial Council for both residence halls.Benavides then read SO 2021-09. The order proposed an amendment to the Constitution of the Undergraduate Student Body replacing the Executive Programming Board (EPB) with the Executive Committee. Per the order, the committee would “serve as a forum for the executive officers of the Student Union branches to communicate and collaborate on policy, programming, and other issues relevant to the Student Body and Student Union.”“Over the past several years, EPB has really lacked a focus or a purpose or any signs of duty,” Benavides said. “Nothing was really ever accomplished. We see that this group accomplishes more of what EPB was supposed to do, but it never really got off the ground.”During debate time, junior Thomas Davis II, Student Union parliamentarian, asked that the senate send the order to the Committee on the Constitution first, so they could approve the amendment. The order was ultimately tabled and referred to said committee.Tags: Campus DIning, Letter to the Editor, private prisons, student senatelast_img read more

  • Dairy farmers to host Northeast Dairy Summit Friday in Burlington

    first_imgDairy Farmers Working Together (DFWT) is hosting a Northeast Dairy Summit to address the crisis facing dairy farmers in our region and across the nation. Governor Douglas will give opening remarks.  Dairy farmers and leaders from across the nation, government officials and industry representatives will be in attendance.A panel comprised of dairy and agriculture representatives including Secretary of Agriculture Roger Allbee, Ray Souza of United Dairyman, Chuck Nicholson with Cornell University, John Myer of the Holstein Association and Calvin Covington from Southwest Milk, Inc., Rob Vandenheuvel of the Milk Producers Council of California, and Bob Naerebout and Jim Stewart of the Idaho Dairymen s Association will give presentations and answer questions.DFWT was formed three years ago to address national dairy policy issues and their impact on the volatile milk price system. This summit will be a sharing of ideas to explore options and design action steps.WHAT:  Northeast Dairy Summit WHEN: Friday, March 20, 2009Registration is free and begins at 8:30 a.m.Northeast Dairy Summit is from 9 a.m. NoonWHERE: Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center South Burlington Vermontlast_img read more

  • Help! My Husband Fishes Too Much

    first_imgDear Mountain Mama,My husband works all week. When the weekend rolls around, all he wants to do is go fly fishing. Before we got married, we used to go camping and hiking together. Now he fishes too much – can you help?Thanks,Fishing WidowDear Fishing Widow,Ever since I moved here two years ago, I’ve wondered why anyone would stand in cold water for hours on end only to release any fish caught. The look of utter contentment on any fly fisher’s face bewildered me even more.When a friend offered to take my fishing, it wasn’t the fish that excited me. Rather, the opportunity to see why he was so hooked on the river is what made me give up a Saturday afternoon to stand in the cold water beside him.It took seeing a trout move through the cold water, with a rod in hand to understand the magical river world fly fishers visit. Stepping into a river with waders on transforms a person. Fly fishing required me to become part of the river environment, anticipating a fish’s every movement. I started to notice individual fish, their habits and preferences.For that afternoon, casting was the start of a courtship based on a great respect for the river and love of trout. Hours passed without me thinking to look at my watch. I was entirely consumed with the where I was at that moment.Fishing Widow, the saying “if you can’t beat them, join them” seems applicable here. Have you ever given fly fishing a chance? Now I’m not proposing that you tag along with your fishing-obsessed husband next weekend. There’s no surer path to marital mishap than one spouse trying to teach another spouse anything, much less something as complicated as fly fishing.But what about going fly fishing with other fishing widows? There’s an international program called Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) where women of all ages, from all weekends come together for a weekend and learn outdoor skills, including fishing.So Fishing Widow, grab your waders and go get your fly on! Before you know it, you and your husband may be planning fly fishing camping trips.Yours,Mountain MamaGot a question for Mountain Mama? Send it herelast_img read more

  • Raising the bar because we just can’t help ourselves.

    first_imgWe’ve been best known for designing innovative sleeping bags featuring our Big Agnes Sleep System for over a decade. What could we possibly change about such a proven system? We think about gear a lot. We are constantly stressing about things like fabric strength, tent pole architecture, how to cut grams; it’s what keeps us awake at night. You may say we’re obsessed but that’s what keeps us fired up. In fact, it’s what we stand for at Big Agnes. So when we asked ourselves the question, “How can we make something great event better?” We went right to our original, the bag that started it all. We decided to find a way to make our System Bags even more like a comfy bed away from home.Bag-Pad-YouThe Big Ages System is different than the traditional sleeping bag on top of a sleeping pad. Instead, we unite the two. With our Big Agnes System, the pad slides into an integrated sleeve on the bottom of the bag. The System Bag setup provides a secure foundation and keeps you on the pad all night long. We wanted to make it even better. We recently started with the Classic Down series. Already super warm and easy to pack, the new design gives you more room to move and feels like a down comforter draped over your body, while the generous hood gives you more range of motion so that you can move unrestricted while staying hooded. What does all of this mean? It means you have room to sleep on your side! We also improved our Women’s Classic Series, which got a super cool facelift and a little extra insulation in the foot box. The Divide Ultralight Series was also updated so the gram counters are stoked as well. Regardless of which of the new bags you choose, they all were updated with DownTek™ water repellent insulation which maintains loft in moist conditions. The updated bags are even easier to care for and dry out.Lost Ranger 15 SideOur product team is constantly thinking, improving, and challenging the norm. How can we make it lighter, faster, stronger? At the end of the day, we wanted to be even more comfortable when snuggling up with Big Agnes. We do it all so we can sleep outside, so we can sleep in the dirt. We’re pretty proud of what we do, I guess you could say we sleep pretty well at night, especially in the dirt.last_img read more

  • How to achieve 6 million new members this year

    first_imgThe results are in! The NCUA has released its 2018 fourth-quarter call report, and the good news is nearly 5 million new members joined the CU movement last year (the exact figure reported was 4.9 million for all those who like to split hairs). This follows at least 10 years of steady membership growth, as indicated in the report, with 4.5 million new members joining in 2017. So what does that all mean? Well, we believe that we should all be working our hardest to beat those numbers this year. And we say aim high – if membership grew by almost 5 million last year and 4.5 million the year before that, then let’s go for 6 million this year. Yes, it will require some work and yes, every credit union will need to amp up their efforts. But we’re talking about strengthening the entire credit union community, and the stronger we can make it, the better it will be for all of us – including the new members who join. So if you’re on board to hit the collective goal of 6 million new members, here’s what your credit union can do to make that number a reality. Step Up Your Digital GameDigital and mobile need to be a key cornerstone of your brand. Why? Because banks are outperforming credit unions on the digital front, and consumers will stick with them because of it. Today, people don’t just want to easily bank on their devices and to have access to everything they need in the palm of their hand, they expect it. If you can’t offer that to potential members, they will happily find another institution that can – and it will be probably be a bank. This is not just a gut feeling. Late last year customer satisfaction results showed that banks had, for the first time ever, caught up to credit unions. This was largely attributed to the fact that the digital experience plays a much larger role in customer satisfaction levels and that banks, overall, do better. So if you’re going to commit to embracing 6 million new members this year, you must ensure your digital and mobile presence is exceptional.Promote the Advantages of Credit Unions OverallAll credit unions have great offers on loans or accounts that can’t be beat. While it’s important to promote these to consumers in an effort to sway them, you must also promote the overall advantages of joining a credit union. We’ve seen many credit unions make the mistake of assuming that everybody knows what a credit union is. But in actual fact many people don’t. Nor do they know how a credit union differs from a bank. Adding to this is the high numbers of people who, although familiar with credit unions, see them as small or inferior. So while an amazing short-term offer might capture the attention of a consumer, it’s often not enough to convince them to join – especially if they have no idea what you do or think you can’t be trusted!Wherever you can in your communications, be sure to showcase the advantages of credit unions over banks and other financial institutions. Remind your audiences why credit unions are different and why they are better. While a great rate or offer is a compelling hook to get people interested, it’s the overarching benefits that convince them to join and stay loyal in the long-term. Give The People What They WantCompare consumer engagement trends from today to just 10 years ago and you will see how much has changed. Expectations of what an organization or financial institution should be have evolved incredibly. To ensure your credit union can keep up and continue membership growth, you need to be able to give consumers what they want.When advertising your services, for example, don’t “sell” to your audiences, entertain them with content that encourages interaction. Consumers today don’t want to be hounded with sales messages, they want to have a two-way connection that feels authentic and focuses on them. Similarly, people don’t just want a friendly place to bank with lower fees, they want to learn how they can achieve their goals and dreams. Help them to make this happen with educational tools and resources. Educate and empower them on top of providing great financial services. Finally, be sure to frequently emphasize your community involvement. Today’s consumer prefers an organization that gives back. Any individual unhappy with their current institution’s lack of social responsibility will greatly value the credit union’s commitment to the community. Videos, regular social media updates, and campaigns centered around how you help the community will go a long way to persuading people to make the switch. Source: https://www.nafcu.org/newsroom/cu-membership-surpasses-116m-q4 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ben Prager Prior to forming Prager Creative, Ben worked with design studios, branding firms and advertising agencies to push great strategy and design for all his projects. His experience with all aspects … Web: www.pragercreative.com/creditunions Detailslast_img read more

  • PFZW drops hedge funds from strategic investment portfolio

    first_imgThe €156bn healthcare scheme PFZW has announced it will no longer invest in hedge funds as a strategic investment category, as the asset class no longer matches its new investment policy. It said it divested its 2.7% hedge fund allocation last year, adding the target strategic allocation for hedge funds to its equities holdings.The decision of the second-largest pension fund in the Netherlands followed a re-assessment of all asset classes for their sustainability, complexity, cost and contribution to PFZW’s objective of index-linking pensions.“The hedge fund investments did not match the criteria fully,” it said. In 2003, PFZW was one of the first Dutch pension funds to invest in hedge funds, chiefly to achieve greater diversification in its investment portfolio.Jan Willem van Oostveen, PFZW’s financial and investment policy manager, said complexity was major factor behind the scheme’s decision to drop hedge funds.“In our new investment policy, we agreed greater emphasis should be placed on controllability and intelligibility,” he said.“That’s why a complex asset class like hedge funds, which encompasses such diverse strategies, no longer sits well with PFZW.”He added that the high management costs of hedge funds also contributed to the pension fund’s decision.“With hedge funds, you can be certain of the high costs but uncertain about the returns,” he said.Van Oostveen further explained that, in PFZW’s opinion, hedge funds are no longer a sustainable fit for the portfolio, “given the high remuneration in the hedge fund sector, as well as the often limited concern of hedge funds for society and the environment”.Last September, Eduard van Gelderen, the new CIO at the €334bn civil service scheme ABP, said the pension fund was not considering divesting its 5% hedge funds allocation, due to the strength of its returns.However, Dutch pension funds’ hedge fund investments have fallen from 3.7% to 2.7% on average between 2009 and 2014, according to IPE sister publication Pensioen Pro.last_img read more

  • Vatican recalls Irish papal envoy after Cloyne report

    first_img Sharing is caring! Papal Nuncio Giuseppe Leanza has been called back to Rome to discuss the impact of the recent Cloyne ReportThe Vatican has recalled its special envoy in Ireland after a damning report on the Catholic Church’s handling of child abuse by priests.Papal Nuncio Giuseppe Leanza has been called back to Rome to discuss the impact of the recent Cloyne Report.It showed how allegations of sex abuse by priests in Cork had been covered up.The report led to angry condemnation of the Vatican by Prime Minister Enda Kenny in the Irish Parliament.In a blistering attack, Mr Kenny accused the church of putting its reputation ahead of child rape victims.Vice-director of the Vatican press office Father Ciro Benedettini said the nuncio’s recall “should be interpreted as an expression of the desire of the Holy See for serious and effective collaboration with the (Irish) government”.He added that it “denotes the seriousness of the situation and the Holy See’s desire to face it objectively and determinately.“Nor does it exclude some degree of surprise and disappointment at certain excessive reactions.”Irish Deputy Prime Minister Eamon Gilmore said the decision to recall the nuncio was a matter for the Holy See.“The government is awaiting the response of the Holy See to the recent report into the Catholic Diocese of Cloyne and it is to be expected that the Vatican would wish to consult in depth with the Nuncio on its response.”Messages of supportLast week, Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Irish parliament that the report into how allegations of sex abuse by priests in Cork had been covered up showed change was urgently needed.“The rape and torture of children were downplayed or ‘managed’ to uphold instead the primacy of the institution, its power, standing and ‘reputation’,” the taoiseach said last Wednesday.At the weekend, the prime minster said he had received thousands of messages of support from around the world – many were from the clergy, he said.He said this reflected the way people felt about the Catholic Church’s role on clerical child abuse.He told an audience at an annual cultural event in County Donegal at the weekend that the messages showed how people felt.Mr Kenny said he was “astounded” at the number of clergy who contacted him after his speech on the Cloyne Report.Mr Kenny received a standing ovation after he finished delivering the annual lecture at the opening session of the summer school.BBC News Share FaithLifestyle Vatican recalls Irish papal envoy after Cloyne report by: – July 26, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Share Share 21 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

  • Barca swoops for Nigerian whiz kid

    first_imgRelatedPosts Kluivert returns to Barca  Liverpool wants Karim Adeyemi  Ghana: Five coaches shortlisted for Black Stars job Barcelona are set “to make January swoop” for 17-year-old Salzburg wonderkid Karim Adeyemi to continue their youth revolution.The youngster, born in 2002, has scored five goals in nine Austrian second division games for the Salzburg side feeder club FC Liefering and has reportedly been personally requested by Patrick Kluivert, academy director of FC Barcelona.The German underage international, who has also assisted on four occasions, has been compared to current Blaugrana prospect Ansu Fati.Reports claimed that Barcelona have confirmed to them their interest in Adeyemi.They say the forward, who is of Nigerian origin, could cost nearly £7million after Salzburg already dished out £3 million to German club SpVgg Unterhaching to secure his services in 2018.The Catalan club view the sum as very high for a young teen but are convinced by his talents after Kluivert made club directors aware of him.Like Fati, he is a centre forward who can also play on the right and left, and has already impressed for Germany at under 16 and under 17 levels, scoring two times and three times respectively, in six and seven games.Despite playing for the feeder club, Adeyemi trains with the senior side before dropping back down to play in the second division.He would fit into the current “operacion futuro” – or operation future –  currently being undertaken at the Nou Camp.Ernesto Valverde has handed debuts to 14 La Masia graduates since taking over as first team coach in 2017 and has ramped up his renovation plan, partly due to injuries, this season.The former Bilbao boss has already deployed the likes of Ansu Fati, 16; Carles Perez, 21; Ronald Araujo, 19; and Jean-Clair Todibo, 19, this season – a clear statement of Barcelona’s intent to bring through top youth talents.Tags: Karim AdeyemiPatrick Kluivertlast_img read more

  • Slade powers to victory

    first_img The five-year-old was spotted cruising under Wayne Lordan with quarter of a mile to run as An Saighdiur did the hard work up front. The 5-2 chance quickened nicely when asked and while 11-8 favourite Maarek gave chase, Lordan’s mount ran out a ready two-length victor. Lynam, who had taken Sole Power out of the Temple Stakes at Haydock due to the ground, said: “He’s a very good colt, he’s a bit like his trainer – he had a bit of temperament, but he’s grown up better than I have. He’s behaving well at the gates now. “He’s been second and third in Group Ones and I’d love to win one with him. He’s a bit special as we bred him. “I was happy with his training coming here, I just thought with 10st on the ground the horse with the run (Maarek) might be the danger, but he won doing handstands. “He’ll go for the Diamond Jubilee (at Royal Ascot) now.” Slade Power thrilled Eddie Lynam in winning the Weatherbys Greenlands Stakes at the Curragh.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more