Grief, loss support groups serve as resource for members of tri-campus community

first_imgEditor’s Note: This is the third article in an investigative series on the accessibility and effectiveness of mental health resources available within the tri-campus community.Mourning the loss of a loved one can manifest in many ways, from missing classes for some to skipping meals for others. Grief and loss support groups in the tri-campus community have been established as an extension of mental health services for students during this time. The Notre Dame grief and loss support group is offered for any student who has recently lost a loved one, a parent, sibling, friend or other family member, in order to help them in whatever way they need to handle their grief. Tami Schmitz, associate director of pastoral care, said in an email that participants in the group find support from their peers so they can realize they are not alone. The group meets for four sessions over the duration of the semester, co-facilitated by a campus minister and counselor.Similarly, Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry, in conjunction with Health and Counseling, hosts a grief and loss support group for students throughout the year.The group is an informal, wide open experience for anybody who wants to come for whatever grief they are experiencing, said Regina Wilson, director of Campus Ministry and facilitator of the support group. Wilson emphasized that the group is not only for students who have had some kind of death in their life, but is also open to anybody who has experienced any kind of grief associated with struggle or trauma in their life. Making yourself vulnerable while grieving can be a challenge for many, like Madyson McDougal. The sophomore at Notre Dame said she found comfort in the support group while mourning the loss of her father earlier this year. “Personally, it was kind of hard to first say that I needed help just because of who I am,” McDougal said. “I quickly got really close to the people there, and I’m very glad that I did that. I got to talk about what I was feeling and just hear from other people and know that they’re feeling the same things.”McDougal said she talked to many individuals on campus, including her rector and counselors, but found the grief and loss support group to be the most meaningful regarding her mental health. Schmitz said religion and spirituality are often used as an anchor to cope with mortality.“Death and loss are some of the most challenging times, and we are there to accompany each student and give them a space to grieve while also offering the support and comfort that is part of our Catholic faith,” she said. “We know that during times of loss, our faith can be shaken, but we also know it often times helps us get through those times.”  Being a Catholic university, Catholicism is the base of the structure of the groups, but students of all faiths are welcome, Schmitz said.“The underlying purpose of the group is a belief in the resurrection,” she said. “The motto of the Congregation of Holy Cross is ‘Hail the Cross, Our Only Hope.’ What that means is that even in our darkest times, we can find hope and meaning.”Wilson said the group at Saint Mary’s is rooted in an idea that, as a people, we have a lot of things that affect us and our relationship with one another and with God. One of the more profound experiences that we have that affect our relationships with one another and God is death, Wilson said.“It helps us that there is hope,and that we experience that new stuff, and when we are together, and we can tell our stories, and we know that God is present,” she said.Wilson said she believes the ties between mental health, spirituality and grief are prevalent and under-discussed.“Grief is natural,” she said. “There’s a natural response to loss and it affects all aspects of our lives, affects our relationship with God.”Wilson said grief affects students’ ability to function physically, and also mentally, as students can have a hard time concentrating when feeling depressed or sad.“This group is a very holistic approach in the sense that it really invites people to sit together, to pray together to talk together,” she said. “It’s not the full healing process, but it attempts to be part of the healing process.”Schmitz said the loss of a loved one is among the most devastating things that can happen to people, especially students.“It can be a time of isolation and truly feeling like they are totally alone. Meeting other students who have similar losses provides some comfort,” she said. “I have seen beautiful friendships form out of the group. They also give each other practical tips on how to navigate issues such as going for the holidays or keeping up in classes or dealing with roommates. I often find the group space is simply ‘sacred’ and allows for lots of emotions, support and a sense of belonging.”Tags: Campus Ministry, Grief and Loss, Investigative Series, Mental health, mental health resources, Pastoral Care, Saint Mary’s Health and Counseling, Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry, support grouplast_img read more

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LGPS should shift to DC accrual, use DB assets for infrastructure – CPS

first_imgThe UK government should consider restructuring England’s local authority funds so that future accrual occurs within defined contribution (DC) schemes, shifting the legacy defined benefit to a pay-as-you-go system (PAYG), a think tank has suggested.Proposing that the current local government pension scheme (LGPS) model could be replaced with accrual in DC funds – such as the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) and its competitors – the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) backed the government’s current model of pooling assets into a limited number of vehicles dubbed British Wealth Funds (BWFs) by the chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.But a paper by research fellow Michael Johnson warned that the scale achieved by pooling would fail to address some of the system’s longer-term challenges, such as the funds becoming cashflow negative.The CPS paper also suggested the BWFs set up after a shift to PAYG could invest in infrastructure, being paid a premium by the Treasury for any projects they fund. “Thus,” Johnson argued, “the chancellor could combine deficit repair with an incentive to invest in infrastructure.“One might expect that, over time, given the Social Premium, the weaker BWFs (i.e. those with larger deficits) would be the more inclined to assume larger asset allocations to infrastructure.”The chief executive of the Pension Protection Fund, Alan Rubenstein, also suggested the idea of paying pension funds a premium for funding infrastructure projects during a presentation last year at the National Association of Pension Funds annual conference.Speaking in a personal capacity, Rubenstein suggested at the time that the bonds could pay a premium of 1 percentage point above the current UK yield.In his paper, Johnson suggested the shift towards a DC model would also allow local authority employees to take advantage of the liberalisation introduced in 2015, enabling the drawdown of pension assets from 55.He suggested, however, that in instances where assets were not drawn down prior to retirement, a new collective LGPS decumulation fund could be set up.The idea is similar to those floated for collective defined contribution by former pensions minister Steve Webb.The idea of shifting LGPS accrual to DC has been suggested by Johnson in the past.In a 2011 paper, he argued that NEST could be used as the basis for new DC pots.last_img read more

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Sugar sold ahead of Derby date

first_imgLeading Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby contender Sugar Boy has been sold to Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum. Press Association Prendergast said: “He has been sold to Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, but we will continue to train him for the Irish Derby. “That is what we’re focussing on and it would be absolutely great if he can go and win it. He’s in great form. “He’s been a great servant to us, we’ll be sorry to see him leave, but there will be no long faces as we do sell horses on.” The deal has been brokered by Blandford Bloodstock agent Stuart Boman, who did not want to disclose who the colt would be trained by after his Classic attempt on Saturday. Boman said: “I can confirm the horse has been sold to Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum. He will stay with Patrick Prendergast, who has done such a fantastic job with the horse, until after he runs in the Irish Derby. After that he will be transferred.” Asked which trainer he will be sent to, Boman said: “I would prefer not to say at this stage.” Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa has a long-standing association with leading South African trainer Mike de Kock and has also had horses in training in Britain with a number of handlers in recent years, including Mick Channon, Richard Fahey and Marco Botti. center_img The Authorized colt secured a determined victory in the Sandown Classic Trial on his most recent appearance for trainer Patrick Prendergast, notably having subsequent Epsom Derby second and third Libertarian and Galileo Rock among those behind. He will run for Prendergast in this weekend’s Classic, but will be switched to an unspecified trainer afterwards. last_img read more

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Tiger starts overseas expansion with Bali flights

first_imgTigerair Australia has announced its long-awaited expansion onto international routes with its first services to Denpasar, along with a deal that will enable Virgin Australia customers to burn Velocity frequent flyer points on Tiger’s new Bali services.Tigerair will take over Virgin’s services to Denpasar from Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth from March next year, leaving Virgin’s planes to continue flying to Bali from Sydney and Brisbane.However, Tigerair’s A320 jets don’t have the six-hour range to fly on the longest of its new routes (Melbourne-Denpasar), so they will be operated by Virgin’s 737-800s, repainted in Tiger colours but flown by Virgin pilots.Tiger chief executive Rob Sharp says it’s an interim arrangement that will precede a broader expansion onto international routes, most likely in the 2016-17 financial year.The routes Tiger is actively looking at include trans-Tasman services from Australia to New Zealand leisure destinations such as Queenstown and Rotorua.In the meantime, as part of the latest revamp, Virgin Australia will stop flying altogether to Phuket, Thailand, which it has served with five-a-week 737s from Perth after earlier axing services from Melbourne and Brisbane with its widebody 777-300ERs.Tigerair and its parent have a strict policy of total separation between the two brands, ruling out co-operative arrangements like the codeshares which Qantas undertakes with its subsidiary Jetstar.However, as part of today’s announcement, Tiger has relaxed the ban on interactivity with its parent by allowing Virgin customers to spend Velocity frequent flyer points to buy tickets on the new Tiger service to Bali – but not on Tiger flights to other destinations.And there’s no relaxation of the policy that Tiger flights can’t be used to accrue Velocity points.The new Bali services – daily from Melbourne, eight times a week from Perth and five days a week from Adelaide – will be operated by three Virgin 737-800 jets with a tight all-economy layout of 180 seats, compared with 176 seats on existing Virgin jets, with premium economy-style seating up front and in the overwing exit rows offering increased seat pitch of 86 to 99 centimetres (34 to 39 inches) per seat row.The premium seats will cost $40 on top of the one-way economy fare from Melbourne, $32 from Adelaide and $30 from Perth. Tiger is offering in an introductory discount economy seat sale for $89 one-way (from Perth), $99 (from Adelaide) and $129 (from Melbourne) between March and June next year.With the planes freed up by the changes in services to Bali and axing of Phuket, Virgin Australia will increase frequencies on trans-Tasman routes (Melbourne and Sydney to Christchurch and Brisbane to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin) and services from Brisbane to Honiara, Solomon Islands, Nadi, Fiji, and Apia, Western Samoa.The new services to Bali will also benefit from having Virgin’s already installed in-flight wifi, which can be used on passengers’ own devices – either free or paid, depending on the package, the airline says.Tigerair is on track to record its first full-year profit in Australia in the current financial year, with Virgin reporting Friday that its low-cost subsidiary cut its losses from $51 million to $9 million in the first six months of this year alone.CEO Rob Sharp says the airline is benefiting from the synergies it can use as part of the Virgin group, the introduction of airport bag drop services, roaming airport staff using iPads to speed up check-in and a massive increase in reliability, up from 75 per cent of flights arriving on-time in 2014 to 87.5 per cent in June this year, the latest month for which government figures are available.last_img read more

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German-South African ‘Year of Science’

first_img17 April 2012South Africa and Germany have launched a research co-operation initiative that aims to foster local skills development and innovation, while providing a platform for further joint ventures in science between the two countries.Speaking at the launch of the German-South African Year of Science in Cape Town on Monday, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said that while South Africa had made a significant contribution to technological innovation worldwide, the country remained heavily dependent on imported technology.For this reason, South Africa had been building science and engineering partnerships with a number of countries. In the case of Germany, this dated back to 1996, when the signing of a cooperation agreement led to the establishment of a joint research fund to support development projects in several sectors.Pandor said the German-South African Year of Science, an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology and Germany’s Ministry of Education and Research, would help both countries to attract more young people to the field.More than 200 applications were handed in by the science community of both countries during a recent call for proposals under the German-South African programme.41 initiatives to receive fundingOf these, 41 initiatives had been jointly agreed on and would receive funding.These include a collaboration between Bauhaus-Universitat Weimar and North West University on sustainable resource-based sanitation, and a project between the University of Pretoria and the Fachhochschule Kiel to finance a woman’s science conference.The Year would focus on several strategic areas, including climate change, human capital development, the bio-economy, megacities, astronomy, and health innovation.“Social innovation or innovation for development is a key component of our collaboration,” Pandor said. “Projects such as the Communal Water House of the Ikwezi local community in the Eastern Cape, intended to support management of water resources, is one such example.”Southern African centre for climate changePandor also thanked her Germany’s minister of education and research, Annette Schavan, for helping to set up the Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management – a joint initiative between Germany, South Africa and several other African countries.Schavan said the German-South African Year of Science aimed to pool both countries’ scientific capacity and strengthen existing research partnerships.She pointed out that money alone was not the most important thing when it came to boosting innovation and research, but that strong vocational training of students by business was essential.Companies had to be open to receiving new students for research-type positions, Schavan said, pointing out that the 600 German companies in South Africa were an ideal place for graduates to get good on-the-job training.Square Kilometre ArraySpeaking after her address, Pandor said she hoped that the decision as to who would host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope project would be made on the next expected date.The decision was delayed at the beginning of the month and a new date has been set for the middle of May.South Africa, allied with eight other African countries, is competing against Australia (allied with New Zealand) to host the €1.5-billion SKA, an instrument 50-100 times more sensitive and 10 000 times faster than any radio imaging telescope yet built.Pandor said if South Africa won the bid to host the SKA, it would turn the continent into a place of research, draw more youngster into science and innovation, and improve internet bandwidth for businesses.“If we have someone winning the Nobel science prize, because using the SKA in Africa they discovered who’s out there, and they get the prize because of the SKA, that would just be the cherry on the top,” she said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Minister Davies announces winners of the 2019 SA Premier Business Awards

first_imgThe Winners of the 6th Annual South African Premier Business Awards aimed at promoting and encouraging businesses across all sectors to embrace transformation were announced by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies announced in Sandton tonight. The Awards in different categories were presented by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), Proudly South African and Brand South Africa.In his keynote address Minister Davies said the awards were also aimed at encouraging    businesses to play their part in growing our economy and making South Africa a globally competitive nation.“While recognising excellence in business through an initiative of this stature, we will also ensure that we put our focus on those areas of business regulation that require amendments to improve enterprise and industrial development, fast-track economic transformation and equity, and protect consumers” said Davies.Davies added that the South African Premier Business Awards were about recognising and celebrating South Africa’s entrepreneurs and companies that invest in both human and technical resources in various activities, and produce quality products and services. He congratulated all the finalists and winners.The Acting Chief Marketing Officer of Brand South Africa, Ms Sithembile Ntombela congratulated the winners on their well-deserved awards.“These awards are an affirmation of your hard work and dedication towards the implementation of the country’s blueprint and advancing our global competitiveness. Once again, congratulation for your achievement to all the entrants and particularly the winners.” she said.The Chief Executive Officer of Proudly South African, Mr Eustace Mashimbye commended winners and entrants that are committed to local production and to increasing levels of localisation in their supply chain. The winners in various categories are:Black Industrialist AwardAfro-zonke Projects and InvestmentEnterprise Development AwardSaab Grintek Defence (Pty) LtdExporter AwardSaab Grintek Defence (Pty) LtdInvestor AwardCoega Development CorporationManufacturer AwardJ.BUNYAN TIMBERCRAFT CC T/A TIMBERCRAFTProudly South AfricanJane Massey Trading cRSAMadeSMME AwardEco SmartWomen-owned AwardCTE Investments (Pty) LtdPlay Your Part AwardIntercessor Army FranchisingYoung Entrepreneur AwardBathu Swag (Pty) Ltd Enquiries:Sidwell Medupe-Departmental SpokespersonTel: (012) 394 1650Mobile: 079 492 1774E-mail: [email protected] by: The Department of Trade and IndustryFollow us on Twitter: @the_dtilast_img read more

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Nikola Vucevic, Magic send Pacers reeling to 4th straight loss

first_imgOrlando Magic’s Nikola Vucevic, right, passes the ball as he is defended by Indiana Pacers’ Myles Turner (33) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)ORLANDO, Florida. — After making his first All-Star team earlier in the day, Nikola Vucevic delivered another solid performance for the Orlando Magic.Meanwhile, the Indiana Pacers are struggling without their own All-Star as Victor Oladipo recovers from knee surgery.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES TIP-INSPacers: Evans missed his third game with a sore back. He will join the team in Miami and hopes to play Saturday. … G Corey Joseph started his first game of the season. … After posting the NBA’s best record in December, the Pacers went 7-7 in January.Magic: F Jonathan Isaac had a career-high 13 rebounds. … Ross has made at least three 3-pointers in 24 games.UP NEXTPacers: At the Miami Heat on Saturday night.Magic: Home against the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer clinches spot as All-Star Game coach Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “I thought we played harder than in the previous games,” said Darren Collison, who had 16 points and 10 assists. “I thought we got back to ourselves tonight and we made up for missing some open shots. But we still had some inexcusable mental lapses down the stretch, including me. We have to figure out a way to get out of this slump.”The long-term loss of Oladipo and the short-term loss of Tyreke Evans were obviously weighing on the Pacers.“You’re talking about something you have developed over the course of a year and a half and all of a sudden, that piece is missing,” coach Nate McMillan said. “We’re not panicking, even though it seems like everybody else is.”Ross came off the bench and shot 11 of 18, including five 3-pointers. He made three steals in the fourth quarter.Vucevic scored six points while the Magic were taking an 11-0 lead. The Pacers erased that deficit quickly, but never went ahead until Collison drove for a layup and three-point play with 9:56 left in the third quarter. That came during a 17-4 run in which Turner scored 10 points, lifting Indiana to a 65-57 lead, its largest of the game.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Ross converted two straight steals into points to pull Orlando back in front early in the fourth, and Vucevic’s basket put the Magic ahead for good at 91-89 with 5:08 left.Augustin followed with a 3-pointer and clinched the victory for Orlando at the foul line.HONOREDVucevic was selected Thursday to his first All-Star Game in his eighth NBA season. He was chosen as an Eastern Conference reserve, becoming the Magic’s first All-Star since Dwight Howard in 2012.“This is really an emotional night for me,” Vucevic said. “It’s hard to describe when you put so much work into it for so many years and then it finally pays off. That is really satisfying. My teammates and coaches share just as much credit for this.”Vucevic is averaging 20.6 points and 12 rebounds per game.“He does it every single night, no matter what,” Augustin said. “That’s why he’s an All-Star. A lot of guys can’t do that every night.”STILL THE ONEOladipo was picked as an All-Star reserve even though he won’t be able to play in the game.“I talked to some coaches and they basically said they were going to vote the right way, and the right way was they felt he was an All-Star and they kept their word,” McMillan said. “They have a great deal of respect for how he plays and how this team has played this season.” Terrence Ross scored 13 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, Vucevic added 17 points and 10 rebounds, and the Magic beat Indiana 107-100 on Thursday night to hand the Pacers their fourth straight loss.“When you lose your best player,” Orlando coach Steve Clifford said, “your world changes.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesD.J. Augustin scored 20 points for the Magic, including nine straight free throws in the final 1:26. Orlando broke a four-game losing streak and snapped an eight-game skid against Indiana.Myles Turner had 27 points and seven rebounds for the Pacers, who haven’t won since Oladipo went down during a victory against Toronto on Jan. 23. It was their first loss at Orlando in almost five years. MOST READlast_img read more

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Bursitis of the shoulder

first_imgBursae are fluid-filled cavities located at tissue sites where tendons or muscles pass over bony prominences near joints. Their function is to facilitate movement and reduce friction between moving parts. When a bursa becomes infected, traumatized, or injured it is referred to as bursitis.Review Date:8/14/2011Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine; Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.last_img read more

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Can: Liverpool must go in hard on Man Utd

first_imgLiverpool Emre Can urges Liverpool players to go in hard on Man Utd Harry Sherlock Last updated 2 years ago 14:45 10/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Emre Can Liverpool Premier League Liverpool v Manchester United Manchester United The Germany international feels Jurgen Klopp’s men must show their tough side against the Red Devils and urges his team-mates to take their chances Emre Can has urged Liverpool’s players to go in “hard” on their Manchester United counterparts when the two rivals meet on Saturday.Jurgen Klopp’s side have not won since September 23, when they defeated Leicester City 3-2, and sit seventh in the Premier League table.Klopp’s Reds 9/5 for derby victory Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Jose Mourinho’s men, meanwhile, have yet to lose in the top-flight this season and are level on points at the top of the table with Manchester City.Can, subsequently, has called for the Reds to be tough in the tackle as they aim to put a dent in United’s title bid.Emre Can, Liverpool“It’s for Liverpool the city, the fans and for us,” the Germany midfielder, who opened his account at international level last Sunday, told Liverpool’s official club website.“It will be a very, very tough game because Manchester United have done very well this season so far. But we know we are strong too and we are really looking forward to the game.“We have to be hard in the tackles, we have to try to dominate the game and score the goals when we create chances. We will see what happens.“It’s always special to play at Anfield and now against Manchester United after a few weeks of not playing at Anfield. We are really excited and looking forward to the game and to play at Anfield again.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Trainers joust over King George chances of Bristol De Mai and Might Bite

first_imgKing George VI Chase Read more Nicky Henderson … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Horse racing tips Since you’re here… “Hello,” he said, pausing mid-flow. “I didn’t see Bristol De Mai hiding behind a corner there.” Shortly afterwards, when Henderson said he liked Nico de Boinville to “sit as still as you dare” for as long as possible on Might Bite, so as not to provoke that horse’s quirky nature, Twiston-Davies called out that Bristol De Mai would “get him racing very early”.“Well, that’s fine,” responded the unruffled Henderson. “We make the running if necessary but don’t have to.” He spoke of his horse’s “extraordinarily high cruising speed” and recalled his Cheltenham success in March. “At the top of the hill, he was only doing his own thing and everybody else was off the bridle. But it doesn’t mean he has to cruise in front.” Then, in the direction of Twiston-Davies: “I’m sure he’d be very happy to have a lead”.It was all quite good natured and the two then posed for jolly pictures with the King George trophy but it is only six months since they exchanged harsh words in a car park at Royal Ascot. As Twiston-Davies recalled: “Nicky got excited because he thought I was training Sprinter Sacre for a selling hurdle at Uttoxeter or something …”As the cameras clicked, the Gloucestershire man joked he may now supplement the thoroughly retired Sprinter Sacre for the King George. “He wouldn’t get the trip,” Henderson responded. “Oh yes he would,” said Twiston-Davies, confirming these two grand dames of jump racing were just indulging in a bit of pantomime.Jessica Harrington joined in by phone to say Sizing John will not be seen in Britain before the Cheltenham Gold Cup. If he runs anywhere over Christmas, it will be closer to home at Leopardstown, though the Kildare trainer seemed inclined to let the reigning Gold Cup hero rest until the new year. Joe Tizzard said his stable could now have three runners in the Boxing Day race, headed by last year’s winner, Thistlecrack. The race is now a viable option for Fox Norton, who is in the same ownership as Sizing John and is supposed to avoid clashing with that one. It is also, once more, the target for Cue Card, who was briefly touted for tomorrow’s rearranged Peterborough.“I’m not sure that two miles, five furlongs around Taunton would be ideal for him nowadays, whether he’d be quick enough for that,” Tizzard said of the Peterborough. “I think the owner is keen to go back and have another crack at a King George. We’ve been looking to find an easier option for him but there aren’t any.”But the unsentimental betting market rates Cue Card, the 2015 winner, as no better than a 40-1 shot this time around. Asked about which of the three was his best chance, Tizzard said: “There wouldn’t be much between Fox Norton and Thistlecrack.”More immediately, Twiston-Davies expects to use a new jockey aboard The New One at Cheltenham on Saturday, as his son, Sam, will probably not recover in time from a broken elbow. “The chances are looking very slim,” Twiston-Davies Jr said when asked if he would be ready for Saturday. Richard Johnson is on standby to ride The New One in the International Hurdle.Chris Cook’s tipsLingfield 12.00 Toriano 12.30 Haraz 1.00 Kohinoor Diamond 1.30 Mundersfield 2.00 Makaarim 2.30 Rakematiz 3.00 Ingleby Spring 3.30 BloodsweatandtearsWolverhampton 1.45 Something Lucky 2.15 Zenovia 2.45 Captain Bond 3.15 Joyful Dream 3.50 Cookie Ring 4.25 Frozen Lake 4.55 Lagenda 5.25 RowlestonerendezvuKempton 3.40 Azpeitita 4.10 Mr Gent 4.40 Tum Tum (nb) 5.10 Highbrow 5.40 Humbert 6.10 Vixen 6.40 Sunblazer (nap) 7.10 Bristol Missile Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Read more Horse racing Share on Facebook Topics Cue Card may head for restaged Peterborough rather than King George news Share via Email Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Share on LinkedIn Kempton The King George VI Chase may be a fortnight away but the next running of the great race seemed to take shape during a long, informative press conference at Lambourn on Tuesday. Sizing John was ruled out, Cue Card was ruled in and the trainers of the top two in the betting had a bit of verbal back-and-forth about the tactics they expect to employ.Nigel Twiston-Davies had already addressed the gathering on the Boxing Day prospects of his mighty grey, Bristol De Mai, and was quietly enjoying lunch on the fringes of the audience when his rival Nicky Henderson turned up. Henderson extolled the virtues of his Might Bite and suggested Bristol De Mai could have his limitations before realising that the other trainer was actually present. Support The Guardian Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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