Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share Pinterest New research suggests that dog owners can shape the personality of their pets. The findings appear in the Journal of Research in Personality.“Our lab studies how people and their relationships change across the lifespan. In thinking about the pets we’ve had in our lives, we realized that they’ve changed pretty considerably too since we first adopted them. We also realized that dogs vary pretty dramatically in their personality and this might be important. So we went about empirically testing some of these ideas,” said William Chopik, an assistant professor of psychology at Michigan State University and lead author of the study. The researchers surveyed 1,681 dog owners about their pet’s personality, health and behavior. The dogs ranged in age from 1.5 weeks to 16 years old, and included 50 different breeds. The owners also answered a survey about their own personalities. LinkedIn Email “Dogs can and do change in their personalities across life. There are some things that owners do that might affect how they change over time. For example, training/obedience classes had the strongest effects on personality — dogs were more active/excitable and followed your orders more often,” Chopik told PsyPost.The researchers also found that dogs that were more active/excitable, younger, and female tended to have fewer chronic health conditions.The personality of the owners was also associated with the personality of their dogs. Those high in extraversion tended to have dogs that were more active/excitable, while owners high in agreeableness, conscientiousness, and open-mindedness tended to have dogs that were less fearful, more active/excitable, and less aggressive toward people and animals.More neurotic owners tended to have dogs that were more fearful and also less responsive to training.“We still don’t know entirely why dogs change. Our study was cross-sectional, so we only compared dogs of different ages rather than how their personalities change from before to after a life event (e.g., like being adopted). So there needs to be more studies doing that kind of research,” Chopik said.“There are tons of other ways that owners probably affect their dogs’ personalities, but we only looked at a few. Being active with your dog or playing with them regularly might affect their personalities too, but we just don’t know that yet.”The study, “Old dog, new tricks: Age differences in dog personality traits, associations with human personality traits, and links to important outcomes“, was authored by William J. Chopik and Jonathan R. Weaver.
Let’s just say they are stoked.Surfrider Foundation Eastern Long Island Chapter supporters gathered at Provisions in Sag Harbor Tuesday night for the launch of Strawless Summer — a campaign encouraging the rejection of plastic drinking straws in an effort to help the environment. Attendees snacked on vegan popcorn while watching a screening of the documentary, Straws, and then topped the night off with cocktails at Page. Share
The Hampton Classic Horse Show will not take place this summer, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a first in the show’s 45-year history.One of the leading equestrian events, originally scheduled to take place August 29 through September 5, the Bridgehampton show is one of the largest outdoor shows in the country.“It is difficult to express how disappointing this is for everyone,” Shanette Barth Cohen, the Classic’s executive director, said in a statement. “However, given the current situation and the uncertainty that lies ahead, our board reached the conclusion that there really is no other option. Naturally, the safety and well-being of our exhibitors, and everyone involved with the Classic, takes first priority and the board is unanimous in its belief that the wisest course of action is to put all our efforts and resources into ensuring that the Classic is able to return next year at the same high standard that everyone expects.”The horse show, a nonprofit in its own right, has given more than $2 million to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital over the last 44 years.The show not only draws top equestrians from around the country, but also local riders and fans of the sport, as well as shoppers to the high-end Boutique Garden. The show usually hosts more than 200 classes of competition for horses and riders, from leadline to the Sunday grand prix. The show also hosts a competition for riders with disabilities.This is the first time the show will not take place at all, though it has faced interruptions due to weather. “In 2011, we started on Wednesday, because of Hurricane Irene, but we were able to reschedule virtually every class to fit the full show into the shortened schedule,” Cohen said in an email.“I want to thank Longines, NetJets, Land Rover, Mane ‘n Tail, and Hermès and all our sponsors for their continued support,” Cohen said. “Without the ongoing support of our sponsors, patrons, and exhibitors, we would not be able to maintain the Classic as the world-class event that has come to mean so much to so many. On behalf of the board, I offer all our supporters our deepest thanks and appreciation.”firstname.lastname@example.org Share read more
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Otto Marine Limited, its 90% owned subsidiary, Go Marine Group Pty Ltd, has entered into a Memorandum of Agreement to sell seven vessels.The MoA, signed on 31st December 2013, is for the vessels known as GO 4 IT, GO Puriya, GO Shaula, Piparn, Yikara, Minotaur and Centaur to RSOV Marine Pte Ltd (the buyer) for an aggregate consideration of $10 million.Mr Yaw Chee Siew, the company’s Executive Chairman and controlling shareholder, owns a 29% interest in the issued and paid-up share capital of the buyer, with the remainder held by unrelated third party.The above transaction is not expected to have a material impact on the consolidated net tangible assets per share or earnings per share of the Company for the financial year ended 31 December 2013. [mappress]Press Release, January 3, 2014 read more
The future for the conveyancing market in England and Wales lies in partnerships between solicitors and estate agents to provide a one-stop shop for sellers, the new president of the E-Homebuying Forum has told the Gazette. Sir Bryan Carsberg, who is also a former director of the Office of Fair Trading, said he would like to see solicitors and estate working together, as they do in Scotland. Carsberg said he would also like to see estate agents regulated, so that customers know what standards to expect and have some form of redress when things go wrong. Carsberg said: ‘The Scottish system, where solicitors employ estate agents, works well.’ He added that customers would benefit from a one-stop shop if solicitors in England and Wales went into partnership with estate agents and others involved in the conveyancing process. ‘When you see the links that some solicitors and estate agents already have, multi-disciplinary partnerships are surely the next step? They are coming, but they are taking their time,’ he said. Carsberg said: ‘With the current arrangements, there’s a feeling that estate agents and solicitors are wary of each other. If they were working in the same firm they would be pulling in the same direction.’ He predicted solicitors would play a ‘big part in a new vigorous and competitive market’, and suggested preliminary and binding contracts between vendors and purchasers could be entered into at the offer and acceptance stage, which lawyers would be at the centre of. Law Society property spokesman Paul Marsh said: ‘I’d like to see solicitors taking advantage of all the opportunities open over the next two or three years to be able to sell property and give clients a one-stop shop.’ But he said the only way that will be achieved is for there to be the same degree of regulation for estate agents as there is for solicitors, which ‘means estate agents have to be regulated’. Richard Barnett, chairman of the Law Society’s conveyancing and land law committee and senior partner at volume conveyancing firm Barnetts, said: ‘A one-stop shop is a great idea. That’s what we already do, working in partnership with estate agents. The Legal Services Act will make the arrangements much easier.’ Marketing director at MDA SearchFlow David Kempster said: ‘Alternative business structures represent significant threats or opportunities, depending on the appetite to be reactive or proactive.’ ‘Online connected processes, including streamlined data and document management, will be key to protecting margins, and onward survival. An ABS structure, together with access to venture capital and a hybrid of skills in a group within the ABS, could form a potent mix, delivering local expertise to counter the national brand assault,’ he said. read more
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Tecnoil has been active in the energy market since 1973. Together with Tecnoil, Jumbo aims to further strengthen its position in the Brazilian Oil & Gas market, offering clients both innovative solutions in offshore installation as well as heavy lift transportation. Erik Kleijn, proposals and contracts manager, says, “Jumbo considers Brazil to be a growth market in heavy lift and offshore installation. Therefore it is important for Jumbo to work together with a local agency which understands and knows the Brazilian market. Tecnoil is such an agent.” For over 30 years Tecnoil has been successful and became a major player in the Brazilian energy market. Throughout its history, Tecnoil has gained the necessary experience and knowhow to keep up to date with the increasing challenges of the Brazilian market. All Tecnoil’s operations have a common base: creativeness, innovation and attention to details. Offshore and shipping activities increase rapidly in Brazil. Jumbo can add value in both markets, offering the highest standards in safety and reliability. With its two DP2 offshore heavy lift vessels Jumbo provides innovative services in upstream projects, especially deepwater projects. In addition Jumbo, with its fleet of 12 heavy lift vessels, offers total transport solutions for heavy lift cargo. The cooperation with Tecnoil draws on a strong focus on the oil and gas industry, but Jumbo can also provide services in other industries, such as mining and power generation. read more
The first project on Rhodes involved the transportation and installation of 20 diesel generators, six transformers, four fuel tanks and a number of containers full of associated equipment for a 15 MW plant.The second project required the delivery of seven diesel generators, one transformer, one fuel tank and a number of containers to a 5 MW power station on the island of Kos.Despite difficult financial circumstances in the country, Delta Maritime, which is a member of the Worldwide Project Consortium (WWPC) and Project Cargo Network (PCN), said that it is continuing business as normal. www.delta-maritime.netwww.wwpc.eu.comwww.projectcargonetwork.com
PROPOSALS to study the feasibility of a 1 520?mm gauge line to Bratislava were agreed last month by Slovakian Transport Minister Lubom?r Vazny and Russian Railways President Vladimir Yakunin, during a state visit to Moscow by Slovakian President Robert Fico.It is not clear whether the line would be a 300?km extension of the existing 1 520?mm gauge route that runs for about 100?km from the Ukrainian border near Uzhorod to Hasniska near Kosice, or a completely new alignment from another border crossing. Completion is envisaged by 2014, after which an extension to Wien is in prospect.At the moment US Steel Kosice runs its own iron ore and coal trains to Hasniska, but general merchandise handled by ZSSK Cargo is transhipped between broad gauge and standard gauge wagons at two locations: Cierna nad Tisou and Matovce. Criticising the k3bn proposal in Pre?ov on May 14, ?tefan Kuzma of the Slovak Democratic & Christian Union warned that around 1 400 jobs would be at stake if these facilities were to close.n read more