The re-accreditation followed a complete review of all racing operations at the facility that received its initial alliance accreditation in June 2009. During the latest Alliance inspection of Betfair Hollywood Park, best practices were identified in virtually every primary area of focus of the alliance, according to an NTRA release. In the area of injury reporting and prevention, best practices identified included participation in the Equine Injury Database; pre-race and post-race veterinary examination protocols of the California Horse Racing Board regulatory and track veterinarians; the California Post Mortem Program; and veterinarians’ list protocols of the CHRB. In areas intended to create a safer racing environment, best practices cited at Hollywood included toe grab, cushion crop and safety helmet regulation and enforcement; starting gate padding and protocols for its manning and removal; equine ambulance equipment and protocols; rider medical care and ambulance support; protocols in case of catastrophic injury; fire safety preparedness; infectious disease management and prevention protocols; and ensuring practicing veterinarians are on the grounds when horses are present.
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Hollywood bowing to China’s clout
Photograph by: Francois Duhamel , AP Coming soon to a theatre near you: Chinaas Communist Party. From demanding changes in plot lines that denigrate the Chinese leadership to dampening lurid depictions of sex and violence, Beijing is having increasing success in pressuring Hollywood into deleting movie content Chinese authorities find objectionable. Itas even getting U.S. studios to sanction alternative versions of films specially tailored for Chinese audiences, such as Iron Man 3, which debuts in theatres around the world later this week. The Chinese version features local heartthrob Fan Bingbing a absent from the version showing elsewhere a and lengthy clips of Chinese scenery that local audiences love. Thereas no secret to whatas driving Hollywoodas China policy, which has burst on the scene with meteor-like intensity in the past year.
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