SIGN UP Horse Sport Enews 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. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Email* Jim Ifko of Calgary, AB, emerged the Western Division winner of the 2012 Jump Canada National Talent Squad Series while Susan Horn of Bolton, On, won the standings in the Eastern Division.In the Western Division, Ifko piloted Peninsula Vertigo, Marilyn Dawson-Dixon’s 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood Stallion, to a ninth place finish in the Talent Squad class at the Bow Valley Classic I, in Calgary, AB. The following week, the pair finished in third moving up the score board in the Talent Squad class at the Bow Valley Classic II, finishing in fourth place. Ifko and Peninsula Vertigo were also fourth in the Talent Squad qualifier at the Rocky Mountain Classic I held in Calgary, AB. They sealed their win in the Western Division with a victory in the Western Division Talent Squad Final held at RMSJ Classic II, finishing the season with a total of 32 points.“This season I felt the partnership strengthen between Vertigo and I,” said Ifko. “He is a small horse with a huge heart, and he just kept jumping better and fighting harder from one competition to the next. We really began to jell while gaining momentum throughout the series. This ultimately led to winning the Western Talent Squad Final, placing us at the top of the Western League.”“I wish to extend special thanks to Vertigo’s owner Marilyn Dawson-Dixon. It’s Marilyn’s continued support and encouragement that helped form our successful 2012 season,” continued Ifko.In the Eastern Division Talent Squad competition held at the Orangeville International in Orangeville, ON, Horn guided Zahara S, Kingsfield Farm’s 10-year-old Swedish Warmblood mare, to a second place finish. The duo also finished fourth in the Talent Squad class at the Angelstone National Phase 1, in Rockwood, ON, and secured their Eastern Division win with a first place finish at the Eastern Division Talent Squad Final held at the Canadian Show Jumping Tournament in Palgrave, ON. They finished the season with a total of 36 points.“I can’t say enough about Zahara S,” said Horn. “She’s such a game little mare. Even though our partnership is relatively new, we’ve worked very hard with my coach, Mac Cone, and a solid team is really developing.”Horn added, “The Talent Squad is such a fantastic developmental program for up and coming riders who need that stepping stone between the high junior/amateurs and the Grand Prix level. There are so many top level riders competing on our circuit who have come up through this program and, when I look at the list of past winners, it’s an honour to be included in such company. Thank you to Jump Canada and the dedicated sponsors and participants who make this program possible.”The top 10 riders from both the Eastern and Western Divisions are invited to go head-to-head in the Jump Canada National Talent Squad Championships, which will take place during the Royal Horse Show in Toronto, ON, from November 2-11, 2012.The Jump Canada Talent Squad Series is a means of recognizing up-and-coming riders who are preparing to enter the grand prix ranks and gives them a platform to demonstrate their ability to become future members of the Canadian Equestrian Team. For complete standings and criteria, please visit www.equinecanada.ca/jumpcanada. Tags: Jim Ifko, Jump Canada National Talent Squad Series, Susan Horn, Peninsula Vertigo, Zahara S, 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.
DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. AKRON, Ohio — The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has announced that Pierre Jambon has been named vice president of the company’s off-highway business. In his new role, Jambon will run Goodyear’s global aviation and off-the-road businesses as well as its North American racing and motorcycle/ATV businesses. He will report to Curt Andersson, president, North American Tire. At the same time, Goodyear has announced that John Cavanaugh is the new vice president of finance for global procurement. In that role, he will report to Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer Mark Purtilar and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Darren Wells. Cavanaugh had been vice president, off highway, since September 2008.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Since October 2006, Jambon served as general manager, global aviation, overseeing the development, manufacture and marketing of aviation tires for use as original equipment, replacement and military applications. Jambon’s successor as general manager, global aviation, will be announced later.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.
Flickr’s own search interface is relatively clunky compared to Yahoo Image Search and the filter settings on Flickr are hidden behind the advanced search feature which only appears after you have initiated a regular search. While this is also true for Yahoo Image Search, Yahoo remembers your settings between search sessions, which is quite a time-saver.There are also a number of third-party tools for searching CC-licensed images on Flickr, including compfight, one of our favorites, but few are as slick as Yahoo’s Image Search.As we reported earlier this year, most Flickr users choose the most restrictive licenses for their images, but with over 100 million CC-licensed images on Flickr, chances are that you will find a good picture with the right license for almost any occasion. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Yahoo Image Search got a nice update today that allows users to filter search results by Creative Commons (CC) license.For now, this search only includes CC-licensed images from Flickr, Yahoo’s own photo sharing service. The Yahoo Image Search interface actually turns out to be a very nice gateway to the CC-licensed image collection on Flickr, especially because the previews update immediately after you change a filter setting. Creative Commons licenses allows content creators to restrict and open up the use of their creations depending on the exact license they choose. Depending on the license, images, for example, can be remixed, used commercially, and shared freely with and without attribution. Tags:#news#Product Reviews#web#Yahoo Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market frederic lardinois Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
The Internet of Things (IoT) is accelerating at an impressive speed, forecasters predict 25 billion devices will be online by 2020, creating over $300 billion in opportunities for companies involved.Even with this considerable growth coming in the next five years, most enterprise folks still don’t understand or aren’t invested in the IoT revolution. Management consulting firm Bain & Company believe that’s due to misrepresentation on the definition of IoT.In a new report, Bain & Company cut the IoT pie into five slices, which it calls the “major emerging battlegrounds” that will define the industry:ConsumerApple, Google, Samsung, and other mobile leaders will extend their reach to customers by launching new products in the autonomous, robotic, and smart home categories. We are already seeing the battleground emerge, Samsung acquired SmartThings, Google acquired Nest Labs, and Apple launched HomeKit.The company able to create the most dynamic and useful system will be able to lock people further into the ecosystem. While it’s already hard to switch from iOS to Android, it’s going to be even harder when your Apple car doesn’t connect to an Android phone, or vice versa.Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)Called Industry 4.0 by the German Government, IIoT could be even bigger than the consumer market and provide huge opportunities for businesses to lower costs while improving demand and reach. Bain & Company see partnerships as the key player in IIoT. Businesses that are able to cooperate with tech firms might see the most advantages in the years to come.NetworkingNetworking giants like Nokia, Cisco, Ericsson, and Huawei are all looking at IoT as a massive opportunity to make more money. Industries will require real-time analytics of their network, and to get that they need super-fast Internet and a well designed network.It isn’t just industry that wants more networking resources, smart homes will require speeds much faster than what we currently have and more importantly, we will need to see better routers and networking to ensure that Wi-Fi is reaching every corner of the house at a reasonable speed.Real-time AnalyticsAnalytics in the IoT world will be more than the traditional providers, like IBM and SAP. Businesses will need dedicated cloud servers, from Amazon Web Services or Salesforce, to keep track of their entire IoT network and understand where they could save money.Bain & Company says partnerships between analytics and businesses could bring innovation into many areas, citing successful partnerships between Amazon and John Deere’s agriculture and IBM’s collaborative work with Medtronic on diabetes management.Autonomous driving and roboticsAutonomous cars, robots, drones, and other new technologies that provide humans with a greater level of autonomy will bring many advantages to the consumer and enterprise market. Drones are already being tested by Amazon and Google for deliveries and robots in Japan are taking over jobs as hotel guests. Uber has started testing its autonomous car in Pittsburgh, with the goal of swapping human drivers for computers, which may lower the cost of a taxi quite significantly. How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Tags:#analytics#Autonomous#Bain & Company#drones#IIoT#Internet of Things#IoT#networking#robots David Curry
CCH Tax Day ReportThe Vermont House of Representatives has passed a miscellaneous tax bill that includes a change to the starting point for calculating Vermont personal income tax, a federal conformity update for corporate and personal income tax purposes; an update to the due date for S corporation returns; additional sales and use tax notice requirements for noncollecting vendors; changes to the provision requiring use tax reporting on individual income tax returns; changes to the sales and use tax exemptions for aircraft and for aircraft parts, machinery, and equipment; extension or repeal for sunset dates on the health care claims tax and the clean water surcharge; and other changes.Income TaxesPersonal income tax starting point: For tax years after 2017, the bill would change the starting point for calculating Vermont personal income tax to federal adjusted gross income. A taxpayer would then subtract from federal adjusted gross income the deductions and exemptions that they are allowed to take for Vermont purposes. Currently, the starting point for Vermont personal income tax is federal taxable income and taxpayers are required to add back deductions they are not allowed to take. If enacted, this change would take effect on January 1, 2018 and apply starting with the 2018 tax year.IRC conformity: The bill passed by the House would also update the IRC conformity date for Vermont personal and corporate income tax purposes to the IRC as in effect for the 2016 tax year. The IRC conformity would take effect retroactively and apply to tax years beginning on and after January 1, 2016.S corporation returns: The legislation would update the due date for S corporation returns so that it is tied to and continues to align with the federal due date (March 15 for calendar year filers). Currently, the due date for the Vermont S corporation return is statutorily tied to the due date of the Vermont C corporation return.Sales and Use TaxesNoncollecting vendor notice requirements: The bill passed by the House provides that, on or before January 31 of each year, noncollecting vendors would be required to file a copy of the notice they will be required provide to certain purchasers indicating that sales or use tax is due on nonexempt purchases that the purchasers made from the vendor and that Vermont requires the purchaser to file a sales or use tax return. This notice requirement would apply only to noncollecting vendors who made $100,000 or more of sales into Vermont in the previous calendar year. [Note: “Noncollecting vendor” means a vendor that sells tangible personal property or services to purchasers who are not exempt from Vermont sales tax and that does not collect the tax. Also, the requirement of notifying purchasers is scheduled to take effect on the earlier of July 1, 2017, or beginning on the first day of the first quarter after the sales and use tax reporting requirements challenged in Direct Marketing Assoc. v. Brohl, 814 F.3d 1129 (10th Cir. 2016), are implemented by the state of Colorado.]Use tax reporting on individual income tax returns: The provision requiring reporting of use tax on individual income tax returns would be amended to provide that taxpayers would not be required to pay more than $500 for such use tax liability arising from total purchases of items with a purchase price of $1,000 or less. Also, the percentage-of-income amount that a taxpayer may elect to report as use tax, as shown on a table published by the Commissioner of Taxes, would be decreased to 0.1% adjusted gross income (currently, 0.2% of Vermont adjusted gross income) and the percentage amount would no longer be indexed annually. [Note: A taxpayer’s use tax liability arising from the purchase of each item with a purchase price in excess of $1,000 must be added to the table amount.]Aircraft exemptions: The sales and use tax exemption for commercial aircraft would be amended to exclude drones. In addition, the July 1, 2018 sunset date of the exemption for private aircraft parts, machinery, and equipment would be repealed. Also, parts, machinery, and equipment for drones would be excluded from the exemption.Other Tax ProvisionsSunset dates for health care claims tax and clean water surcharge: If enacted, the bill would extend the sunset date on the health care claims tax for one year, from July 1, 2017, to July 1, 2018. Additionally, the bill would repeal the sunset on the 0.2% clean water surcharge imposed on the value of property subject to the property transfer tax.Health Care Contribution Assessment: The bill, if enacted, would transfer responsibility for the administration of the Health Care Fund Contribution Assessment from the Department of Labor to the Department of Taxes. The assessment is a contribution for each full-time equivalent uncovered employee employed during that quarter in excess of four full-time equivalent employees. Under the bill, the amount of the contribution would be $158.77 for each full-time equivalent employee in excess of four. Beginning in calendar year 2018, the amount of the contribution would be adjusted by a percentage equal to any percentage change in premiums for the lowest-cost silver-level plan in the Vermont Health Benefit Exchange. Assessments would be determined on a calendar quarter basis, due and payable on or before the 25th day of the calendar month succeeding the close of each quarter.Department personnel security: The bill would also require the Vermont Commissioner of Taxes to establish a personnel security program that ensures initial background investigations for any prospective employee or contractor of the Department who will have access to federal tax information.H.B. 516, as passed by the Vermont House of Representatives on March 31, 2017
For an hour Arsenal were at least salvaging some pride against Bayern Munich, then the ceiling came crashing down as they exited the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday with a matching pair of 5-1 defeats against the merciless Bundesliga giants. (Latest Football stories)A second-half capitulation after captain Laurent Koscielny was sent off resulted in Arsenal conceding five goals for the first time at their Emirates Stadium as they suffered their worst home defeat in 19 years.Arsenal were attempting an unlikely comeback after their horror show in Munich last month and were making a decent fist of it when Theo Walcott smashed in after 20 minutes.But from the moment Koscielny was red-carded and Lewandowski converted the resulting penalty in the 55th minute, Arsenal’s belief ebbed and Carlo Ancelotti’s side ran amok with Arjen Robben, Douglas Costa and Arturo Vidal piling on the agony.By the end Bayern were threatening to surpass the 12-1 aggregate score they piled up against Sporting Lisbon in 2009 but had to be content with a 10-2 margin that sent an ominous warning to whoever they face in the quarter-finals.Reuters PhotoBefore kickoff some Arsenal fans staged a small protest calling for manager Arsene Wenger to end his 21-year reign at the club.Those calls will grow louder now after a seventh successive exit at the last-16 stage of the Champions League.Yet Wenger was belligerent afterwards, blaming referee Tasos Sidiropoulos for killing off his side with the sending off of skipper Koscielny, whose injury shortly after halftime in Munich prompted a similar Gunners collapse.advertisement”I felt that we produced a performance with spirit and pride that we wanted and after that the story finished badly,” Wenger told reporters. “The fact the end result will not highlight the quality of our performance is very disappointing.”Ancelotti, bidding to win the Champions League with a third club after triumphs with AC Milan and Real Madrid, had some sympathy for his under-fire former Premier League adversary.”Until the penalty it was a difficult game and Arsenal played very well,” he said. “It was a strange game. The result doesn’t reflect what happened on the pitch.”With Alexis Sanchez restored to the starting lineup after being dropped by Wenger against Liverpool there was a verve about Arsenal in the first half.When Walcott thumped a shot past Manuel Neuer from a tight angle and had a penalty appeal turned down after appearing to be tripped by Xabi Alonso, Bayern were rattled.Walcott hit the side-netting with another blast and Olivier Giroud headed against the post before the Frenchman headed an even better chance wastefully over just after halftime.Then it all went horribly wrong for the hosts.Lewandowski was shoved by Koscielny as he ran through in the 55th minute and Sidiropoulos, who had initially only shown a yellow to the defender, reached for his red card. Lewandowski sent David Ospina the wrong way from the spot.Robben then capitalised on a mistake by Sanchez to run through and put Bayern ahead before substitute Douglas Costa curled in a stunning third in the 78th minute.If it had been a boxing match the towel would have been thrown in but there was no hiding place and Vidal struck two late goals, both from close-range as the home defence went AWOL, to the unbridled glee of Bayern’s sizeable support.