Horse Massage Therapist Allowed To Pursue Dream Thanks To New Bill

After months of deliberation, the Nebraska state legislature officially created the Equine Massage Practitioner Registry through bill LB596. This was great news for horse therapists across the state. Even though Columbus resident, Dawn Hatcher, received her license to become a horse massage therapist, she still wasn’t able to pursue her dream. Before the passage of bill LB596, it wasn’t easy to practice as an equine massage therapist in Nebraska. While 87% of people see massage as a benefit to overall health and wellness in people, this same extension wasn’t offered to horses without a number of fences to jump over. Some equine massage therapists had to work in the presence of a veterinary practitioner. Others had to have an animal therapy license or a certification as a human massage therapist to perform their work on horses. So even though Dawn became a certified horse massage practitioner after three months of online schooling from the Midwest Natural Healing for Animals in Indiana, she was unable to unleash her entrepreneurial spirit. Legislation like LB596 not only helps create new careers in communities statewide, but it sends a very positive message about Nebraska nationally, that our lawmakers see the value in creating an environment where unique, entrepreneurial ideas can take root,” says Adam Weinberg, the communications and outreach director for the Platt Institute. Her current business is doing well and she’s been getting a number of requests from the surrounding areas. Farm horses and athletic horses alike get injured in similar ways to humans and need more than just a pill to heal their bodies. Every year, about seven million people pick up a harness to ride a horse, either for work, recreation, or sport. Horses work hard so we don’t have to. But giving them the care they deserve is hardly an easy task. There are a few alternative methods of supplying pain relief for horses. Massage therapy is just one option to alleviate pain in the inflamed joints and muscles of overworked horses. Another option is known as “Horse Needling.” Some have compared it to acupuncture to humans, though the horse is much larger. As such, so is the needle. A horse needler or licensed veterinarian will insert a two-inch long needle into the horse’s skin in order to trigger the release of endorphins. These endorphins spread throughout the horse’s body and work to reduce the pain levels in the affected joints. Supposedly, it can help with basic injuries or chronic conditions like arthritis, a common condition in hardworking horses. Another alternative form of horse therapy is pulsed electromagnetic field therapy. In this practice, a number of tubes are set...

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Possible Landmark Designation Coming to Boston’s Iconic Citgo Sign
Oct16

Possible Landmark Designation Coming to Boston’s Iconic Citgo Sign

Citgo Petroleum Corporation is a United States-based refiner, transporter, and marketer of transportation fuels, petrochemicals, lubricants, and other industrial products. It’s been one of the most recognizable brands across the oil and gasoline sector and has been in operation since 1910. Now, though the company remains successful, its branding and image could be at risk in certain parts of the country. Nearly 85% of people surveyed agreed or strongly agreed that signs can convey the personality or character of the business itself. One of the most iconic images located across Boston’s skyline has been the Citgo sign. According to Curbed Boston, the sign could soon be drastically altered. The Boston Landmarks Commission will hold a hearing regarding the fate of Kenmore Square’s famed Citgo sign. If the vote is passed and the sign is labeled a historic landmark, the Citgo sign will remain untouched. If not, the new owners can do with it what they please. “The sign has become a cultural symbol to the people of Greater Boston that goes far beyond gasoline,” stated a Landmarks Commission 51-page report, citing its status as Boston’s “only surviving ‘spectacular’ neon sign.” In 2016, developer Related Beal purchased several buildings in the area from Boston University, including 660 Beacon Street, where the 60-foot-by-60-foot Citgo sign has stood strong since 1965. Additionally, Related Beal does not support landmarking the sign because they believe the regulations tied to preserving the sign could create a so-called protection zone to preserve views of it, as well, meaning that new developments in the future might not be able to go up if they interrupt views of the sign. The hearing won’t produce a final decision, however, as Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the City Council would still have to approve any landmark designations. The Boston Preservation Alliance, a community group, has collected 16,000 signatures in favor of a landmark designation for the...

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New Racing Series For Women Will Ease Path To Formula One
Oct16

New Racing Series For Women Will Ease Path To Formula One

A push for women to break the glass ceiling of racing will begin next year. The new W Series will be an international motorsport series for women that aims to find the female Formula One champion. Over the past two decades women have had success on a national stage in the top levels of Nascar and IndyCar racing. In contrast, the international stage has been devoid of women since 1976, when Lella Lombardi started a Formula One race. Men tend to dominate the industry in all aspects, including driving, maintenance, and vehicle creation. Catherine Bond Muir, a British sports lawyer and corporate financier, conceived the W Series three years ago while she was on maternity leave. According to Muir, other sports that allow men and women to compete equally simultaneously run segregated events. These events are meant to give women the opportunity to increase their numbers of participants and get their foot in the door of the major events that men can more easily enter. The W Series will be free for women to enter. It will begin in May 2019 and consist of 30-minute races on the most famous European circuits, many of which have hosted Formula One grand prix for decades. In future series, the races will expand to North America, Asia, and Australia. Participating racers will driver the Tatuus model, which is often used in Formula Three races. Formula Three is considered a stepping stone to Formula One. Modern Formula One vehicles can accelerate to 62 mph in under two seconds and hit a top speed of over 200 mph. When compared to a vehicle that can drive on any roadway, these vehicles reach intense speeds. While still impressive, the 2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe can go 60 mph in just over five seconds with a top speed of 151 mph. The racers in the W Series will be able to build up to Formula One speeds when using the Tatuus model, and they will also receive a monetary prize to help them get to Formula One. The total prize fund for the W Series will be $1.5 million and the overall winner will receive $500,000. The remaining prize money will be awarded to nearly all participants. There will be an estimated 20 drivers racing and the money will be distributed down to 18th place in the final placements. According to David Coulthard, winner of 13 grands prix in Formula One, female drivers tend to hit the glass ceiling at the Formula Three level due to a lack of funding, not a lack of talent. The prize money is meant to boost that funding for talented female drivers around the...

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