The Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association (CWHBA) is proud to sponsor National Performance Awards for registered Canadian Warmblood horses competing in recognized competition. Horses must be registered as Canadian Warmblood; Studbook entered mares / stallions may accumulate points towards Achievement Awards.Awards are given in Dressage, Jumper, Eventing, Hunter and Driving. There are three levels of performance in each discipline for Year End Awards, based on Equestrian Canada and/or USA Equestrian standards. Join us in congratulating these Year End and Achievement Award recipients.Year End Award WinnersLifetime Achievement AwardFPH Findley (Zazou)Cabardino x FPH Jazzy Lady, JumarsOwner/Rider: Courtney Thomas, NSBreeder: Julie Fulton, NSDressage Year End AwardsLevel I: Roulette IIRoutinier x Latte III, LancasterOwner/Rider: Kayla Andrusiw, ABBreeder: Amanda Pidborocynski, ABLevel 2: TuxedoTramino x Dayo, BoraksOwner/Breeder/Rider:Lindsay Joyce, BCHunter Year End AwardsLevel I: Imajacres LionheartLordanos x Free Lahsa TY, Freedom ZOwner/Breeder: Ingrid Matthiessen, QCLevel 2: Electric V2 (Lieben)Zeno H2 x Cadence, VagantOwner: Shirley Mawson, SKBreeder: Sigma Warmbloods, ABJumper Year End Awards:Level 2: DonndiegoDonner Bube x Airaminta, ZodiakOwner/Rider: Madison Ricard, ABBreeder: Cynthia Adams, ABLevel 3: Overcast (Iron Man)Orlando x Nova, Ninja MagicOwner/Breeder: Holly Erith, NSRider: Jennifer SarsfieldEventing Year End AwardsLevel 1: Southern AttractionTramino x Southern Temptation, KingstonOwner/Breeder: Mirrabook Farms, BCRider/Lessor: Brook Gamble, BCLevel 2: HeirloomHadrian x Star-Lynx, LynxOwner/Rider: Chelan Kozak, BCBreeder: Sandra Corsan, BCElite Mare AwardGLORY W (11 points)AB-[CAN]APPR1258-94 MMGauguin de Lully x Melanie, Mark’s Pretender xxOwner: Sigma Warmbloods / Amber Astill-DudleySpecial MentionIt is with great sadness that we mourn the sudden passing of Christina Tann in early April 2017. Chris was a valued member of our Awards Committee, our US representative and a good friend to the Warmblood horse. We extend our condolences to her husband, family and many friends. RIP Chris.Achievement Award winner – Levels 1 & 2 DressageAleroArkansas x Mazurka, Major Won xxOwner: Chris Tann, WABreeder: Charlotte Sanford, SKFind all results including 2016 Achievement Awards, USDF winners, and Mare Production Premiums on our website ‘Awards Page’. Also on that page, the Nominations form and Results reporting form. Awards Rules, Regulations and Results Tags: CWHBA, The Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association, SIGN UP We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Email* Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Horse Sport Enews More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.
Aurora University seeks talented adjunct faculty who are passionateabout teaching and learning. Adjunct faculty are qualifiedpart-time instructors offered teaching opportunities based oncourse demand and staffing.Aurora University is searching for a qualified instructor to teacha graduate-level MPA course on Public Policy and Analysis at itsMain Campus in Aurora, Illinois on Tuesday mornings from June 1 toAugust 3, 2021.While a terminal degree is preferred, a master’s degree in arelated field is required. Industry experience and college-levelteaching experience preferred.Please email resume or curriculum vitae, plus cover letter statingthe specific areas you are interested in teaching to:[email protected] Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
One story dominated front pages across the Continent Wednesday morning: U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement and reimpose sanctions on Tehran. Britain’s Daily Telegraph led with a quote from Trump’s televised address in which he announced the decision: “When I make promises, I keep them.” Spain’s El País reported that in “break[ing] the nuclear pact with Iran,” Trump has unleashed “general rage.” And Germany’s Der Tagesspiegel said Trump’s decision “shock[ed] the world.”Several papers focused on the global ramifications of the decision: France’s Le Figaro reported that “Trump’s choice puts Middle East stability at risk,” the Guardian said the move has prompted “fears of a new Gulf crisis,” and Belgium’s Le Soir wrote that “Trump wants to bring Iran to its knees.” De Morgen, one of Belgium’s Flemish newspapers, went with a more neutral headline, saying mildly that “Trump is worrying Europe.”Italy’s Corriere della Sera and La Repubblica led with the photo of Trump holding up the signed document reinstating the Iran sanctions, which could have implications for European companies through “secondary sanctions,” which punish entities in other countries if they do business with Iran. La Repubblica’s headline: “Trump scratches the Iran deal: on with the tough sanctions.”
Tony-winning Broadway hit Dear Evan Hansen is adding stage alum Phoenix Best to the cast. The talented actress will take over the role of Alana Beck beginning on March 13, replacing original cast member Kristolyn Lloyd, who will play her final performance on March 11.”I’m so thankful to be a part of this show, to tell this story and to work with so many amazing artists!,” Best told Broadway.com in an exclusive statement.Best made her Broadway debut in the Tony-winning revival of The Color Purple. She was also seen as Eponine on the North American tour of Les Misérables.The current Dear Evan Hansen cast also includes Taylor Trensch, 2017 Tony winner Rachel Bay Jones, 2017 Tony nominee Mike Faist, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Michael Park, Laura Dreyfuss and Will Roland.The winner of six 2017 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Dear Evan Hansen features a Tony-winning book by Steven Levenson, a Tony-winning score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and direction by four-time Tony nominee Greif. Phoenix Best(Photo: Nathan Johnson) from $89.00 View Comments Star Files Dear Evan Hansen Related Shows Phoenix Best
Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims as expected fell dramatically last week as holiday hiring picked up. Volatility is typical this time of year. Claims also remain lower than at the same time last year, as they have been for most weeks in 2017. Holiday hiring will see a reverse after Christmas, when claims typically spike again. For the week of December 9, 2017, there were 586 claims, 293 fewer than than they were last week and 80 fewer than they were a year ago. Altogether 4,161 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 766 from a week ago, and 940 fewer than a year ago.For UI claims last week, by industry Construction accounted for the most claims (39 percent of the total), while Manufacturing claims increased and Service claims, usually the highest, fell to only 37 percent, with a big decrease in total claims (from 404 the previous week to only 217 last week).The Department processed 0 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08).Vermont’s unemployment rate for October was 2.9 percent. This reflects no change from the revised September rate (2.9 percent), as all the major indicators improved. SEE STORY.The Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund, which is a state savings account to pay for unemployment insurance claims, fell by $751,087 last week, but is up $81,240,824 from the same time last year, as claims have fallen. It now stands at $386,119,133. During the Great Recession, the Trust Fund fell into deficit and the state had to borrow money from the federal government to cover claims.On July 1, 2017, the state reduced taxable rates for individual employers according to their experience rating. The rate reduction cut the highest UI tax rate from 8.4 percent to 7.7 percent, and the lowest rate from 1.3 percent to 1.1 percent. Additionally, July 1 marked the sunset of a provision that required claimants to wait one week between the time they were determined eligible for benefits to when they could collect those benefits.The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)NOTE: Employment (nonfarm payroll) – A count of all persons who worked full- or part-time or received pay from a nonagricultural employer for any part of the pay period which included the 12th of the month. Because this count comes from a survey of employers, persons who work for two different companies would be counted twice. Therefore, nonfarm payroll employment is really a count of the number of jobs, rather than the number of persons employed. Persons may receive pay from a job if they are temporarily absent due to illness, bad weather, vacation, or labor-management dispute. This count is based on where the jobs are located, regardless of where the workers reside, and is therefore sometimes referred to as employment “by place of work.” Nonfarm payroll employment data are collected and compiled based on the Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey, conducted by the Vermont Department of Labor. This count was formerly referred to as nonagricultural wage and salary employment.
3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by. Alexander C. KaufmanA Wall Street investor told Bloomberg TV Tuesday that Walmart is renting out space to banks that “exploit” the working poor.The investor, Christopher Grisanti, co-founder of Grisanti Capital Management, said many of the independently-operated banks located in the retailer’s stores take advantage of cash-strapped consumers with nowhere else to turn. They allow poor Americans to overdraw their checking accounts and then subsequently charge overdraft fees.“What’s happening in Walmart is you have these independently-owned branches that are exploiting a niche that’s been exploited for the last 100 years… the working poor, frankly, that can’t get credit elsewhere and can’t cash their checks,” he told Bloomberg TV’s Tom Keene.Grisanti was discussing an investigation published Sunday in Wall Street Journal that the five banks with the most Walmart branches all crack the same top 10 list: banks that earn the most off overdraft fees in total. The five banks are Fort Sill National, First Convenience, Academy, Woodforest National and City National Bank and Trust Company. continue reading »
The New York Times: In recent years, a trend has emerged in the behavioral sciences toward shorter and more rapidly published journal articles. These articles are often only a third the length of a standard paper, often describe only a single study and tend to include smaller data sets. Shorter formats are promoted by many journals, and limits on article length are stringent — in many cases as low as 2,000 words.This shift is partly a result of the pressure that academics now feel to generate measurable output. According to the cold calculus of “publish or perish,” in which success is often gauged by counting citations, three short articles can be preferable to a single longer one.Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >
More than a century ago, Pavlov figured out that dogs fed after hearing a bell eventually began to salivate when they heard the ring. A Johns Hopkins University-led research team has now figured out a key aspect of why.In the current issue of the journal Neuron, neuroscientist Alfredo Kirkwood settles a long-running debate in neurology: Precisely what happens in the brain when we learn? In other words, neurologically speaking, how did Pavlov’s dogs learn to associate a ringing bell with the delayed reward that followed? For decades, scientists have had a working theory, but Kirkwood’s team is now the first to prove it.“If you’re trying to train a dog to sit, the initial neural stimuli, the command, is gone almost instantly — it lasts as long as the word ‘Sit,’” said Kirkwood, a professor with the university’s Zanvyl Krieger Mind/Brain Institute. “Before the reward comes, the dog’s brain has already turned to other things. The mystery was, ‘How does the brain link an action that’s over in a fraction of a second with a reward that doesn’t come until much later?’” LinkedIn Share on Facebook Email The working theory — which Kirkwood’s team has validated — is that invisible “eligibility traces” effectively tag the neural synapses activated by the stimuli so that it can be cemented as true learning with the eventual arrival of a reward.In the case of a dog learning to sit, when the dog gets a treat or a reward, neuromodulators like dopamine flood the dog’s brain with “good feelings.” Though the brain has long since processed the “Sit” command, eligibility traces respond to the neuromodulators, prompting a lasting synaptic change: learning.The team was able to prove the theory by isolating cells in the visual cortex of a mouse. When they stimulated the axon of one cell with an electrical impulse, they sparked a response in another cell. By doing this repeatedly, they mimicked the synaptic response between two cells as they process a stimulus and create an eligibility trace. When the researchers later flooded the cells with neuromodulators, simulating the arrival of a delayed reward, the response between the cells strengthened or weakened, showing the cells had “learned” and were able to do so because of the eligibility trace.“This is the basis of how we learn things through reward,” Kirkwood said, “a fundamental aspect of learning.”In addition to a greater understanding of the mechanics of learning, these findings could enhance teaching methods and lead to treatments for cognitive problems. Pinterest Share Share on Twitter
Share Email Share on Facebook “This prompted me to start investigating why, and media portrayals of mental illness seemed like a good place to start. Most people learn about mental illness through the media, whether it be news stories or fictional portrayals in movies, and it seems many of these portrayals are harmful. ‘Joker’ represented the perfect opportunity to investigate the impact of fictional portrayals,” explained Scarf, who is a senior lecturer at the University of Otago.The researchers randomly assigned 164 adults to watch either “Joker” or the movie “Terminator: Dark Fate.” Before and after watching their assigned movie, the participants completed an assessment of prejudice towards people with mental illness. The assessment asked the participants how much they agreed with statements such as “I would feel unsafe being around someone who is mentally ill” and “The behaviour of people with mental illness is unpredictable.”After controlling for age, sex, and history of mental illness, Scarf and his colleagues found that watching “Joker” was associated with an increase in prejudice towards those with mental illness. Scarf hopes the study highlights that “news stories and fictional portrayals of people with mental illness are typically negative and can impact how we view people with mental illness.”“One question I have been thinking about is whether we can reduce the impact of movies like the ‘Joker.’ I don’t favour banning these types of movies so methods to mitigate the impact could be really important,” Scarf told PsyPost.“I am not sure what form these might take but could involve presenting viewers with some facts following the movie (e.g., that most people with mental illness are not violent), making it clear that the portrayal in the movie is a work of fiction, etc. Another option would be for Hollywood to balance out how they portray mental illness, making sure they also put out movies that provide a more positive and realistic depiction of people struggling with mental illness.”The study, “Association of Viewing the Films Joker or Terminator: Dark Fate With Prejudice Toward Individuals With Mental Illness“, was authored by Damian Scarf, Hannah Zimmerman, Taylor Winter, Hannah Boden, Sarah Graham, Benjamin C. Riordan, and John A. Hunter. Share on Twitter LinkedIn Pinterest New research provides evidence that watching the 2019 movie “Joker” is associated with an increase in prejudice toward people with mental illness. The findings have been published in JAMA Network Open.“A couple of years ago I was looking at some social survey data collected in New Zealand, where I am based,” said study author Damian Scarf. “One of the questions people were asked was ‘how would you feel if you had a new neighbour who…’ followed by things like ‘was a different ethnicity to you’, ‘was a different religion to you’, etc.”“The question was also asked with respect to having a neighbour with a mental illness. While most people were comfortable living next to someone who was a different ethnicity or religion, only about 50% of people were comfortable living next to someone with a mental illness.”
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