Solar Bears game decided in shootout

first_img TAGSOrlando Solar Bears Previous articleVice President to speak at March for LifeNext articleIn defense of journalists in Apopka and everywhere Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Anatomy of Fear LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Orlando Solar Bears (21-15-4-2) came away with their first shootout victory of the season as they topped the Allen Americans (26-15-2-2) by a 4-3 score on Thursday night at the ARS.com Rink at Amway Center.Click here for the box score.Mason Marchment opened the scoring for Orlando in the first period after Darik Angeli’s wrap-around attempt at the blocker side of Jamie Murray bounced out toward the top of the crease, allowing Marchment to shovel the puck into the net at 14:33.Alex Gacek gave the Solar Bears a 2-0 lead when Joe Perry made his way down the left side and snapped a shot that deflected off of Murray’s blocker, providing Gacek with the opportunity to fire the rebound past the goaltender at 17:46.Greger Hanson got Allen on the board in the second period when he redirected a centering feed from Chad Costello over the shoulder of Ryan Massa at 7:45.Hanson then tallied his second of the game during a 5-on-3 Americans power play, as Costello sent a cross-ice pass through the crease, and Hanson jammed the puck into the net at the back door at 17:27.Gacek recorded his second of the night in the third period when Ty Stanton made his way toward the net at the right circle only to have Murray poke the puck away, but Gacek pounced on the loose puck and fired it past the goalie at 6:24 to give Orlando a 3-2 edge.Nikolas Brouillard had a chance to extend the lead to two goals when he teamed up with Patrick Watling for a 2-on-0 break, but as Watling slid a pass to Brouillard at his right, Murray managed went post-to-post to make a brilliant glove save at 11:45.The Americans scored again on the power play to make it 3-3 when Costello dished the puck at the slot to Eric Roy, who fired it past Massa at 15:50.At the end of regulation, the game went to overtime, but neither team found the back of the net, sending the contest to a shootout.After the Solar Bears elected to shoot first, Austin Block and Gacek scored in the first two rounds, giving Massa a chance to win the game, but Hanson converted for Allen, giving Marchment a chance to play the role of hero for Orlando in the third round – the forward confidently skated in on Murray before picking up speed and snapped a shot past the goaltender to secure the victory.Massa picked up the win with 22 saves on 25 shots against; Murray took the shootout loss with 43 stops on 46 shots against.Three Stars:1) Alex Gacek – ORL2) Greger Hanson – ALN3) Ty Stanton – ORLNEXT HOME GAME:Solar Bears vs. Allen Americans – Sunday, Jan. 29 – 1:30 p.m. – UCF vs. UF game following Solar Bears gameSingle-game tickets are now on sale at the Amway Center box office and ticketmaster.com. Full and half-season ticket plans are now available by visiting OrlandoSolarBearsHockey.com. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herelast_img read more

Philanthropy advisor dies

first_imgPhilanthropy advisor dies  43 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Irishman Ray Murphy, who has died at the age of 54, was a key advisor to the Atlantic Philanthropy’s predecessor in Ireland, Tara, and more recently a senior advisor to one of the largest foundations in the USA, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. Before joining Mott, Ray worked for seven years as senior consultant for Tara Consultants, with responsibility for grant making in Ireland, Britain, central Europe and Russia. His work led to Atlantic Philanthropies’ huge investment in Irish universities over the years.He was also involved in the formation of the Irish Tax Reform Group and Clan Credo and was a board member of Philanthropy Ireland. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Tagged with: Ireland Howard Lake | 17 April 2007 | News Ray was also a member of a wide range of community development and voluntary boards in the USA and Europe.last_img read more

Phonepay Plus releases charity market text donation stats for 2011

first_imgPhonepay Plus releases charity market text donation stats for 2011 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 2 May 2012 | News  30 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Phonepay Plus, the regulator of premium SMS (which includes text donations), has today released its annual survey results.Charity text donations were one of the big successes of 2011, generating £45.5 million worth of revenues for charities. In the review’s consumer survey, just under 13% of consumers had donated to charity using text in the past six months, with younger people much more likely to donate this way – just under 28% for 25-34 year-olds and just under 24% for 25-34 year-olds.Phonepay Plus (PPP) has an accurate picture of the UK market because it is funded by a subsidy on each premium rate transaction. The consumer stats are part of an annual survey although this is the first to cover text donation.Text donations were first introduced as an identifiable product in August 2009 when the 70 numbers were introduced although 2011 was really the first full year of 100% payouts to charity from service providers like Vir2 (www.vir2.co.uk).www.phonepayplus.org.uk Tagged with: Digital mobile Research / statistics About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Study of 9 sectors shows charity workers least happy working from home

first_img Tagged with: Research / statistics  837 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 “It sounds like productivity and happiness are on the up when people work from home. Perhaps when the worst of the pandemic is over, companies will look at a flexible solution, allowing employees to have the best of both worlds; the convenience of working from home a few days a week, combined with the sociability of being back in the office for the rest of it.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 A survey of workers in nine sectors shows charity workers to be the least happy at working from home. Melanie May | 14 May 2021 | News The average rating for charity workers was 4.3 out of 10. Those working in law were also at the lower end of the scale at 4.9. IT and tech workers were the happiest, at 7 out of 10. Advertisement Study of 9 sectors shows charity workers least happy working from home The national average working from home (WFH) happiness rating was 6.6 out of 10 according to insolvency practitioners Hudson Weir. It questioned 3500 people across charity, education, property, tech, advertising, media, law, banking, and IT. Hasib Howlader from Hudson Weir said: In terms of region, workers in the South East and the East Midlands were happiest WFH, scoring 7.1/10, and 7/10 respectively. Least happy were Northern Ireland and the North East, both at 6.2/10. Overall, the survey also shows that over half of employees (66%) say they put in more hours of work each day when WFH than they do in their physical workplace. And over half (54%) take fewer breaks than they would if they were at the office. The longest employees said they go without setting foot outside their front door is 3.6 days in a row. Fewer take sick days however – 85% said they took less while WFH. About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

Another journalist killed in Mosul, Iraq’s second-most dangerous city for the press

first_img Help by sharing this information February 15, 2021 Find out more Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” IraqMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts to go further December 16, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Iraq News November 8, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Another journalist killed in Mosul, Iraq’s second-most dangerous city for the press Newscenter_img IraqMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan News RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Reporters Without Borders said it was appalled today by the news of the killing of Ahmed Hussein Al Maliki, an Iraqi journalist working for a local newspaper, whose body was found yesterday in the northern city of Mosul. He had been shot, probably not long before his body was discovered.“He is the fifth journalist to be murdered since the start of the year in Mosul, where journalists have been deliberately targeted in recent months and where there are reasons for thinking the situation will not improve in the coming months,” the press freedom organisation said.Maliki was kidnapped by insurgents as he was leaving an Internet café in a northern district of the city just over two months ago. No group ever claimed responsibility for his abduction.Married and with children, Maliki was the 74th journalist to be killed in Iraq since the start of the war. The newspaper he worked for, Tall Afar (Today), is an independent weekly covering local news in Mosul, a mainly Sunni city 400 km north of Baghdad. December 28, 2020 Find out more News Organisation last_img read more

Pasadena’s Weekly COVID-19 Infection Rate Reaches Lowest Level in 11 Weeks

first_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Subscribe Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Pasadena’s Weekly COVID-19 Infection Rate Reaches Lowest Level in 11 Weeks 3 new fatalities reported on Monday By BRIAN DAY and CITY NEWS SERVICE Published on Monday, February 8, 2021 | 6:05 pm EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Make a comment STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News Business News 16 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it center_img Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News More Cool Stuff Average daily COVID-19 cases detected in Pasadena, represented by the blue line in this graph, declined to 35.3 on Feb. 8, 2021, which was the lowest rate reported since Nov. 21, according to city data.New COVID-19 infections in Pasadena continued trending down on Monday, as officials reported 35 new additional cases of the virus, along with three fatalities.The average number of daily cases detected in the city declined to 35.3, Pasadena spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.It was the lowest weekly average recorded in Pasadena since Nov. 21, according to city data.But three new deaths were attributed to the virus on Monday, Derderian said. One of the victims lived in a care facility, while the other two were members of the larger community.No problems were reported with respect to problems with large gatherings during Sunday’s Super Bowl game, she said.“Fortunately, no complaints or visible violations throughout the city were attributed to the Super Bowl,” according to Derderian. “The case numbers in the next few weeks will show if people gathered.”Huntington Hospital reported treating 129 COVID-19 patients on Monday, with 26 being housed in intensive care units.Los Angeles County was also continuing to see a drop in case numbers, with 2,741 new infections reported Monday, although early week figures tend to be artificially low due to weekend reporting lags. Those new infections lifted the countywide case numbers since the pandemic began nearly a year ago to 1,149,064.L.A. County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer said the county has also confirmed a fifth case of the coronavirus variant first detected in the United Kingdom. That variant is not considered more dangerous or deadly, but it is transmitted much more easily.Health officials also reported 93 additional deaths due to COVID-19, raising the overall death toll to 18,135.According to state figures, there were 4,079 people hospitalized in the county due to COVID-19 as of Monday, roughly half the number of people seen in early January at the height of the winter surge. There were 1,193 patients in intensive care units due to the virus.Dr. Christina Ghaly, director of the county Department of Health Services, noted the “slow but steady” decline in hospital populations and said hospitals are no longer diverting ambulances at the excessive levels they were a month ago. Hospitals are also beginning to resume the scheduling of surgical procedures that had to be put on hold under a state order that was finally lifted last week.But Ghaly warned that some hospitals are still feeling the impacts of the surge, and while ICU space is improving, some medical centers are still overwhelmed with ICU patients, who require more attention and more specialized care.She urged anyone who thinks they need medical care to seek it.“We don’t want people to delay medical care if needed,’” she said.At the state level, officials reported 10,414 new infections and 208 additional fatalities on Monday, bringing California’s totals to 3,346,340 cases of the virus and 44,140 deaths.The statewide average positivity rate over the prior week had declined to 5%, while the 14-day rate was recorded at 5.8%.As of Monday, L.A. County represented 34% of California’s COVID-19 infections and 41% of the state’s fatalities. 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Amazon Donates $15 Million to Code.org to Create New Equity-Minded Advanced Placement Computer Science…

first_imgLocal NewsBusiness WhatsApp Facebook TAGS  Twitter Pinterest Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img Amazon Donates $15 Million to Code.org to Create New Equity-Minded Advanced Placement Computer Science Curriculum to Help High School Students in Underserved Communities Excel in Tech SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 24, 2021– Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced a $15 million donation from Amazon Future Engineer to nonprofit Code.org to support the development and launch of a new equity-minded Advanced Placement computer science programming curriculum. The new curriculum will teach students the same tools and concepts as the existing AP Computer Science A (AP CSA) course, and it will be built inclusively to take into account the unique cultural perspectives, interests, and experiences of Black, Latino, Native American (BLNA), and other minority students. By using a research-backed and culturally responsive approach to teaching in the curriculum, Code.org and Amazon Future Engineer hope to increase equitable access, participation, and achievement in computer science (CS) among high school students of all backgrounds and encourage more BLNA students to pursue careers in engineering. For many students, taking AP CSA is an opportunity to earn a college credit equal to a first semester college CS course—a critical step in a student’s CS journey for long-term success. For example, Black students who take the AP CSA course are seven times more likely to study CS in college, according to the College Board, which administers the AP program. However, while Black students made up 15% of the U.S. student body in 2020, they comprised only 3.5% of exam takers—down from 3.9% in 2019 and largely flat for the years prior. Additionally, only 14% of the 70,000 students who took the AP CSA exam in 2020 were from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups* and only 25% of students identified as female, according to Code.org. To make AP CSA more equitable and accessible to all, Code.org will design the new curriculum to incorporate students’ diverse interests and experiences into CS concepts. The goal is to empower students to investigate real-world concerns during class activities. Additionally, open-ended projects will enable students to demonstrate mastery of concepts that make no assumptions about their cultural backgrounds or life experiences. Students will also develop and model valuable, real-world career skills, such as conducting code reviews, tracing code segments, reading documentation, and writing code, with both the user and other developers in mind. Through firsthand experiences, students will ultimately be able to envision themselves as capable software engineers. “Since its inception, our Amazon Future Engineer program has worked to ensure more students have the resources and skills they need to build their best futures,” said Jeff Wilke, former CEO Worldwide Consumer, Amazon. “With our donation to Code.org, we hope that even more students—from a wider variety of backgrounds—will be inspired and prepared to pursue computer science in high school, college, and beyond.” “We are excited to develop a much-needed AP-level programming curriculum to inspire, engage, and prepare a more diverse population of students in high school computer science,” said Hadi Partovi, CEO and Founder of Code.org. “With our experience of designing CS curricula that break records in student participation and diversity, we are confident of the curriculum’s potential impact, and we are grateful for Amazon’s generous support to make it possible.” State education leaders in Georgia, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania have pledged to expand AP CSA during the 2021-2022 school year. Code.org will supply the curriculum and professional development workshops needed to offer the curriculum to all participating schools, ensuring all interested students will have a trained teacher to prepare them for the year-end exam administered by the College Board. Additionally, each state has committed to requiring all of its high schools in their states to offer computer science. Teachers and others interested in the program can sign up to receive news and updates as the curriculum development progresses. Code.org will make the new AP CSA curriculum available for all schools nationwide for the 2022-2023 school year. “The Georgia Department of Education is committed to transforming computer science education from an elective available for a few students, to a foundational educational discipline accessible to all,” said Richard Woods, Georgia State School Superintendent. “This new AP Computer Science A curriculum will be designed to inspire, support, and prepare students from all backgrounds who want to pursue a CS path.” In addition to working with states, Code.org is forming both an Education Advisory Council—composed of representatives from nonprofits, colleges, and universities, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities—and an Industry Advisory Council with representatives from a variety of employers. These councils will provide feedback in the development process to ensure the new AP CSA curriculum best prepares students for the next step in their education and careers. The $15 million donation from Amazon Future Engineer, paid over three years, will also help Code.org enhance student awareness around academic and career pathways in computer science. The nonprofit will also use the funding to provide tools to help students succeed in college-level computer science classes and beyond. Amazon Future Engineer is Amazon’s signature CS program intended to inspire and educate students from underserved communities and groups currently underrepresented in tech to pursue careers in computer science. In addition, AWS is the strategic cloud solution that powers the Code.org platform for this new curriculum and other offerings like Hour of Code tutorials, ensuring millions of students across the world can learn uninterrupted using advance, secure cloud computing technologies. Amazon’s partnership with Code.org is only one part of the company’s ongoing work to support education and racial equality initiatives in communities across the country. Recently, the company donated $10 million to organizations that are working to bring about social justice and improve the lives of Black and African Americans. Recipients are selected with the help of Amazon’s Black Employee Network (BEN) and include groups focused on fighting systemic racism through the legal system as well as those dedicated to expanding educational and economic opportunity for Black communities. Amazon followed its donation with an employee match program that garnered an additional $17 million, meaning the organizations received a total of $27 million from the Amazon community. In addition, Amazon teamed up with musician Pharrell Williams, his education equity nonprofit YELLOW, and the Georgia Institute of Technology last month to announce an ongoing collaboration called “ Your Voice is Power ” to encourage middle and high school students to share their voice about the importance of racial justice and equity while learning to code new music remixes. About Amazon Future Engineer At Amazon, we believe in the power of computer science to unleash creativity and unlock human potential. We also know that while talent and passion is spread across all young people, opportunity is not. That is why we created Amazon Future Engineer: our signature computer science education program designed to offer all young people the chance to build their best future. Amazon Future Engineer is a childhood to career program, offering programming that starts with primary school and continues through secondary into career. Amazon Future Engineer inspires and educates millions of students globally, including hundreds of thousands of students in the U.S. each year. Students explore computer science through school curriculum and project based learning using code to make music, program robots, and solve problems. Amazon Future Engineer also awards 100 students each year with four-year, $40,000 scholarships and paid internships at Amazon, and celebrates teachers with professional development and $25,000 Teacher of the Year Awards. Amazon Future Engineer is part of Amazon’s $50 million commitment to STEM and computer science education. The program is available in the U.S., UK, Canada, and France. About Amazon Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews. *URG or underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, by Code.org’s definition, refers to students from marginalized racial/ethnic groups underrepresented in computer science including students who are Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx, Native American/Alaskan, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander. See more at code.org/diversity. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210224005596/en/ CONTACT: Amazon.com, Inc. Media Hotline [email protected] www.amazon.com/pr KEYWORD: WASHINGTON OKLAHOMA OHIO GEORGIA NEW MEXICO PENNSYLVANIA UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: OTHER PHILANTHROPY CONSUMER ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING CONSUMER TEENS CHILDREN OTHER TECHNOLOGY PHILANTHROPY AUDIO/VIDEO OTHER EDUCATION UNIVERSITY SOFTWARE FUND RAISING PRIMARY/SECONDARY FOUNDATION EDUCATION OTHER CONSUMER HARDWARE SOURCE: Amazon Copyright Business Wire 2021. 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Listen very carefully…

first_imgListen very carefully…On 1 Oct 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Most of a manager’s work time is spent in communication activity, yet mostmanagers have never received any training in this skill. Sandra Collins looksat ways to help you be a better listenerListening is more than just hearing. At any given moment, we are bombardedwith numerous sounds – often too many to pay attention to and some that wewould just as soon ignore. Thus, the first step in listening is selecting thesounds we want to pay attention to. We then interpret those sounds and assignmeaning to them. Finally, the listening process then requires that we respondto what we’ve heard and remember it. When we think about being a good listener, we usually refer to listening toa spoken message. The benefits of listening well are myriad: you often learnmore, avoid misunderstandings, and make better decisions. You can betterunderstand a problem and are more effective at resolving conflict than poorlisteners. Good listeners have the edge at building relationships. Good listeners enjoy stronger relationships because of the effect that beinglistened to has on others. The Buddha offered this wisdom: “At the bottomof things, most people want to be understood and appreciated.” People whoare listened to feel affirmed – like they matter and deserve attention. Theyexperience reduced stress, less frustration, more trust, and more satisfaction.In short, when we listen to others, we communicate our appreciation of them. Atan organisational level, effective listening means higher levels of employeesatisfaction and increased loyalty and trust. For instance, the US Departmentof Labor reports that 46 per cent of people who quit their jobs in the US do sobecause they feel unappreciated. Mirroring the benefits of listening well are the costs associated withlistening poorly. Simple misunderstandings frequently result from ineffectivelistening. Poor listeners often miss opportunities by failing to pay attentionwhen the opportunities are presented. Not listening well in the workplace canlead to mistakes that cause productivity losses, and problems with bothinternal and external relationships. Two primary barriers to effective listening are distraction and disinterest.In today’s fast-paced work environment, listeners are distracted – maybebecause they are trying to multitask. However, it is difficult to trulyconcentrate on two things at once. If you are listening to someone on the phonewhile reading your e-mail, you probably aren’t being truly effective at eithertask. Straightening your desk, or sorting your post may be almost automaticbehaviours that don’t require much mental effort and could be easily performedwhile listening. But it’s not a good way to listen on an interpersonal level.The problem is the effect on the speaker. Even if the listener catches everyword the speaker says, the speaker won’t feel that the listener finds him/herinteresting or important enough to deserve undivided attention. Even over thephone, multitasking can affect a satisfactory interaction – background noisesof paper shuffling or keystroking can communicate that the listener is notpaying complete attention to the conversation Disinterest, on the other hand, manifests itself in several different ways:lack of eye contact or leaning away from a speaker convey a lack of interest inwhat is being said as well in as the person saying it. Some listeners are moreinterested in directing an interaction to what they want to say than attendingto what is being said. Even listeners who are interested in the speaker’ssubject matter may be focused on what they will say next. These people showtheir impatience non-verbally or repeatedly interrupt us as we speak. At times when listeners want to refocus an interaction on themselves, theydo so by topping the speaker’s story. If you talk about saving your department$5,000, this person will have saved his department $7,000; if you share aprocedural change that would make a process more efficient, he will havethought of it years ago. This sort or responding makes speakers feel like theyshould just be quiet. Tangential response Good listening requires feedback that furthers the interaction. A tangentialresponse – which is related to, but is definitely off the topic – clearlycommunicates that listeners have not been really trying to relate to thespeaker. They may appear to be paying attention, but they are not reallyinvolved in what is being said. A tangential response is another way ofwresting control of the conversation’s direction to one that better suits thelistener. Sometimes a response is not even tangentially related to what hasbeen said. You may be talking about a meeting you just attended and thelistener responds with a comment about where to go for lunch. A completelyunrelated response tells the speaker that the subject matter is not worthwhileand redirects the interaction rather than furthering it. It is possible to respond in a relevant way, but still shut down aninteraction. Responses that are on topic, but don’t meet speakers’ needs can befrustrating and lead them to exit an interaction. Differences in communicationstyle, personality, perceptions of a situation, and even gender can unwittinglylead to this type of response. For example, women often complain that when theytalk to a man about a problem, the man responds to them by offering solutions.When men hear this complaint, they are often surprised and a little bewildered.What they don’t know is that women often seek simply an ear and some empathy.Men frequently misinterpret the purpose for the woman’s disclosure and theirwell-intentioned feedback terminates the interaction, leaving both partiesdissatisfied. So what causes poor listening habits? Broadly, ability and motivation.Ability barriers include things that make it difficult for the listener to hearthe speaker, like a noisy room or a cell phone with poor reception. Abilitybarriers can also refer to things that make understanding a speaker difficult,such as a language barrier, a lack of familiarity with a subject, or fatigue.In addition, ability barriers include a lack of basic skills associated withlistening. For example, a person with poor social skills may exhibitinappropriate non-verbal behaviours while listening because they don’t know anybetter. Overcoming barriers Overcoming ability barriers requires recognising and addressing theproblem’s source. That could be as easy as moving to a quiet location or usinga different phone. Preparing for an interaction is important too, byfamiliarising yourself with a topic and acquiring any background knowledge thatwill make it easier to follow a speaker. Reading over the agenda before apresentation or learning a little about a person before a meeting provideslisteners with a framework for understanding what is said. Overcoming motivation barriers can be more difficult. When something is excitingto us, we are naturally motivated to listen attentively. The problem, orcourse, is that we must all listen to information that may be important, butnot all that exciting or interesting. How then do we motivate ourselves to listen to information that we do notfind naturally engaging? First, know yourself. Know what things you finddifficult to listen to. Maybe you tend to tune out very technical information,or perhaps you avoid listening to really emotional speakers. Some people don’tlike to hear about politics or religion and tune out when they hear certaintrigger words like ‘liberal’ or ‘sin’. Recognise how your beliefs, attitudes,and values affect your listening. It can be difficult to listen to somethingthat we strongly disagree with, but remember that listening well does not meanthat you agree with what is being said. Also, to be able to listen well toinformation you have no natural interest in, make it more important to you.People listen most effectively to information that is about them in some way. Have a listening goal. If you establish a listening goal for yourself beforean interaction, you give yourself added motivation to listen in an effectiveway. We often establish goals for other communication activities. Withspeaking, for example, we may think to ourselves before an interaction that weare going to inform people, persuade them, reward them, or work something outwith them. We think of the best way to say what we want to say in order to getthe result we want. But most of us rarely have listening goals in mind when weenter an interaction. Listening goals take many forms and some are more appropriate than others indifferent situations. You can have the goal of listening to learn, listening todecide, listening to build relationships, listening to support another person,or listening to resolve a conflict, among others. How you listen and how yourespond will be shaped by your listening goal. For example, if you have a goalof listening to learn, you may ask a lot of clarifying questions, you may takenotes, and you may repeat back what you’ve heard as closely as possible to besure you heard it correctly. This type of listening and responding would beinappropriate if your goal is listening to support another person. In thatcase, you may ask questions that encourage the person to disclose more, but youwould definitely not take notes, and you may repeat back your interpretation ofthe other person is feeling, rather than parrot back what was said. An Argentine proverb says: “Who speaks, sows; who listens, reaps.”Listening is something that we all do, and do well at times, but couldcertainly do better. The authorSandra Collins has a doctorate insocial psychology and is a professor of management in the Mendoza College ofBusiness at the University of Notre Dame.Recommended readingListening: The Forgotten Skill, byMadelyn Burley-Allen. Published by John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1995The Zen of Listening, by Rebecca Z Shafir. Published byQuestBook, Wheaton Illinios, US, 2000last_img read more

Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association News

first_img SIGN UP Tags: Charmaine Bergman, Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association, CWHBA, breeding, Stallion Service Auction, Janice Tyndall, The Board of the Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association recently accepted the resignation of Charmaine Bergman as Chair due to health issues. Charmaine took office in 2015 and has led the organization during a period of difficult economic recovery and leaves her position with the CWHBA in its best financial situation ever; well positioned to embark on several important initiatives that have been in planning for the past two years.BC Chapter National Director, Janice Tyndall was appointed by the Board to replace Charmaine for the remainder of the two year term until 2022. Janice, who has been Secretary for the past several years, will be at the helm to guide the CWHBA through the implementation phase of our new website and the planned reopening of a CWHBA office, anticipated for sometime in 2021.The Board and members of the CWHBA thank Charmaine for her many years of service as Saskatchewan Chapter President, National Secretary, National Treasurer and of course as National Chair. We send our wishes for a speedy recovery and look forward to her continued engagement on the Board as Past Chair.2021 Stallion Service AuctionGet ready for this year’s Stallion Service Auction, February 21 – 27. It promises to be better than ever as owners are nominating their great stallions. Like last year there will be a number of non breeding items and of course lifetime memberships. Unique to our sale is the foal futurity program. Each stallion owner and successful bidder has a free entry into the local chapter Foal Futurity. It is funded by proceeds from the SSA.Your CWHBA registered foal, by a nominated stallion born the year following the SSA, will be eligible to compete in one Foal Futurity – held in each Province. The CWHBA is a reputable organization which is internationally recognized by the World Breeding Federation for Sport horses (WBFSH).• You have an opportunity to breed to some of the best breeding stallions around• Bids start at 50% of the advertised service fee with no buyer premium!• Anyone can register to bid• Your foal will be eligible to be registered with a reputable organization (the CWHBA!)• Your CWHBA registered foal will be eligible for a provincial foal futurity (registration application can be submitted at the Futurity competition)• Successful bidders have a complimentary nomination in a provincial foal futurity (registration application can be submitted at the Futurity competition)• Participating Stallion Owners have a complimentary nomination for one CWHBA foal in a provincial foal futurity (this is transferable)• CWHBA is recognized internationally by the World Breeding Federation and nationally by the APA, with our registrar at CLRCVisit the auction website often for updates.About the CWHBAThe Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association (CWHBA) was Incorporated, under the Canadian Live Stock Pedigree Act, in 1991. The association is a corporate union of breeders for the purpose of furthering warmblood horse breeding in Canada. The purpose of the association is:• to unite the breeders, owners and friends of Warmblood horses in Canada;• to maintain of the Stud Book of Canadian Warmblood horses including approved stallions, mares and foals;• to maintain a uniform breeding program of warmblood horses in Canada;• to promote breed shows and representation in exhibitions;• to provide information to breeders, owners and friends and generally encourage public understanding of the Canadian Warmblood horse.The breeding aim of the Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association is a medium sized, well bred Warmblood horse that is naturally talented to excel in Olympic and related equestrian sports – Dressage, Jumping, Driving, Eventing, Hunter.To see a list of CWHBA Stallions Activated for the 2021 Breeding Season click here.To access the January 2021 issue of the World Breeding News, click here. Email* 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.center_img Horse Sport Enews More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. 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Seeing the forest through the trees

first_imgAs a boy in Dayton, Ohio, James Reis used to beg his father to take him for Sunday walks around the local pond. He’d use his butterfly net and science books to learn about the plants and animals he encountered.Fast-forward to 2015, and Reis, then a budding photographer living in Jamaica Plain, was still taking nature walks on weekends, but in the Arnold Arboretum with his wife. He’d exchanged his butterfly net for a camera, but hadn’t stopped collecting elements of nature for closer observation.In 2016, he showed some of his photos to Sheryl White, the Arboretum’s coordinator of visitor engagement, who encouraged him to take more close-ups to set his work apart.Reis seemed to have an eye for microenvironments, White says. And as the muse of many a shutterbug, the Arboretum is already the frequent subject of landscape photos.Reis tightened his focus, and the resulting images comprise an exhibit called “Close and Closer” on display at the Arboretum through May 6. The following gallery is just a sampling of Reis’ camerawork.The photographer will be leading a walk and talk at the Arboretum on April 29.,“No two days are the same, between the angle of the sun, the weather. … While my lens is a frail approximation of eye and heart, it pulls me out the door, and into the delicate realms of plant, fungi, insect, and seed.” — James Reislast_img read more