Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Commissioner of Labor, Lindsay Kurrle, announced the appointment of long-time Department of Labor employee David Lahr as the new Workforce Development Division Director. Lahr first joined state government over 30 years ago, and has been working in various leadership capacities in workforce development since then. A Norwich University Adult Degree Graduate, Lahr has served for the last five years as the Assistant Director of the Workforce Development Division. During his time at the Department of Labor, Lahr was integral in two very large Workforce Development reorganizations that not only successfully mitigated federal cuts to the Division, but also produced the footprint the Department uses today to deliver training and assistance services to all Vermonters.“As we work to align statewide workforce, education, and economic development resources necessary to develop a vibrant economy where businesses can thrive and people want to work and live, it is critical that we have a leader who is innovative, creative, knowledgeable and motivated. David Lahr has the experience, leadership skills, and the energy we will need to be successful in reaching our goals. Vermonters deserve good jobs and businesses should be able to find employees with the skills they are seeking. I am confident that with David’s leadership we can achieve this.”“One of my priorities as Director of the Workforce Development Division is to make sure that Vermonters’ skills are matching with new technologies and the needs of businesses. I am also fully committed to ensuring that Vermonters who have generally been unengaged in skills training or skills upgrading, and those individuals who have been disenfranchised or face barriers, are able to participate in a successful Vermont economy,” said Lahr. VBM vermontbiz.comSource: DOL 6.14.2017
Share on Facebook Email Pinterest Share LinkedIn People are intuitive physicists, knowing from birth how objects under the influence of gravity are likely to fall, topple or roll. In a new study, scientists have found the brain cells apparently responsible for this innate wisdom.In a part of the brain responsible for recognizing color, texture and shape, Johns Hopkins University researchers found neurons that used large-scale environmental cues to infer the direction of gravity. The findings, forthcoming this month in the journal Current Biology, and just posted online, suggest these cells help humans orient themselves and predict how objects will behave.“Gravity is a strong ubiquitous force in our world,” said senior author Charles E. Connor, a professor of neuroscience and director of the university’s Zanvyl Krieger Mind/Brain Institute. “Our results show how the direction of gravity can be derived from visual cues, providing critical information about object physics as well as additional cues for maintaining posture and balance.” Share on Twitter Connor, along with lead author Siavash Vaziri, a former Johns Hopkins postdoctoral fellow, studied individual cells in the object area of the rhesus monkey brain, a remarkably close model for the organization and function of human vision. They measured responses of each cell to about 500 abstract three-dimensional shapes presented on a computer monitor. The shapes ranged from small objects to large landscapes and interiors.They found that a given cell would respond to many different stimuli, especially large planes and sharp, extended edges. What tied these stimuli together was their alignment in the same tilted rectilinear reference frame. These cells, sensitive to different tilts, could provide a continuous signal for the direction of gravity, even as a person constantly moves.These images used in the study provoked some of the strongest response from neurons that help the rhesus monkeys subjects understand the direction of gravity.In other words, Connor said, these neurons could help people understand which way is up.“The world does not appear to rotate when the head tilts left or right or gaze tilts up or down, even though the visual image changes dramatically,” he said. “That perceptual stability must depend on signals like these that provide a constant sense of how the visual environment is oriented.”The researchers’ initial discovery of cells sensitive to large-scale shape, reported in Neuron in 2014, was surprising because they found them in a brain region long regarded as dedicated exclusively to object vision. The new findings make sense of this anatomical juxtaposition, since knowing the gravitational reference frame is critical for predicting how objects will behave.“When we dive after a ball in tennis, the whole visual world tilts, but we maintain our sense of how the ball will fall and how to aim our next shot,” Connor said. “The visual cortex generates an incredibly rich understanding of object structure, materials, strength, elasticity, balance, and movement potential. These are the things that make us such expert intuitive physicists.”
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HAMILTON, Bermuda, (CMC) – The Bermuda Cricket Board (BCB) is seeking a new national cricket coach “to create a winning culture” following the departure of Clay Smith. Bermuda cricket has been in the doldrums since the national team reached the World Cup in the Caribbean in 2007, coached by former West Indies Test batsman Gus Logie.Reflecting the country’s fall in the international rankings, the post will be a part-time one only.The BCB, hit by a series of resignations in recent months, said in a release that it is “seeking a visionary with a proven and progressive approach to modern day cricket”.Applications close on December 28.The BCB said the new coach would be required to report to the chairman of its high performance committee, the successful candidate being able to “deliver sustained success in all conditions and formats while creating a winning culture and team capable of playing competitive cricket on the world stage”.Smith, who took over from Arnold Manders in December 2015, stood down in October, three months after his contract expired on July 7. Bermuda dropped to the lowest rung of international cricket in Malaysia last spring when they were relegated – along with Vanuatu – to theWorld Cricket League Division Five.Smith’s departure was followed by the resignation of the BCB’s chief executive Neil Speight after 13 years in the post.Vice-president Nyon Steede also handed in his resignation, while treasurer Gershon Gibbons stepped down earlier in the year.Meanwhile, having left the national team set-up, 47-year-old Smith has agreed to coach club side Flatts, newly promoted to the Premier Division, next season.
Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook QPR boss Harry Redknapp insists revenge will not be on his mind when his side host Tottenham this weekend.Saturday’s game is crucial for Rangers, who are bottom of the table and urgently need to build on their recent victory against Chelsea.And it will be the first time Redknapp has faced Spurs since they sacked him in June.AdChoices广告But he said: “I’m not one of those people who spend their life worrying about what’s happened. It’s another game and three points.“If we win, great. But what’s happened has happened – I had four great years at Spurs and loved it there. You move on. Life goes on. What’s done is done.”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