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Boluses: an effective method for assessing the proportions of cephalopods in the diet of albatrosses

first_imgThe method of collecting and analyzing boluses to characterize the cephalopod diet of albatrosses has been used in many diet studies. However, no study has validated this method. We compared boluses and stomach samples from Gray-headed Albatrosses (Thalassarche chrysostoma) and Black-browed Albatrosses (T. melanophris) to (1) study the consumption and diversity of cephalopods in these species, (2) investigate biases associated with each sampling method, and (3) estimate the number of samples needed to characterize these albatross’s cephalopod diet. We found that collection and analysis of boluses is a simple, efficient, and noninvasive method for assessing the cephalopod diet of these albatross species, but it is inadequate for characterizing the more easily digestible dietary components, such as fish and crustaceans. Both boluses and stomach samples showed that the two albatross species fed on cephalopods of similar sizes and from the same families (Ommastrephidae, Onychoteuthidae, and Cranchiidae). Furthermore, the main prey species (Martialia hyadesi, Kondakovia longimana, and Galiteuthis glacialis) and the total number of cephalopod species consumed (18–24 species) were the same for both albatrosses. To include all cephalopod species, using a sample-randomization technique, a minimum of 61 and 43 boluses were needed for Gray-headed and Black- browed albatrosses, respectively; but to adequately describe the diversity and size frequency of the main prey species, 82 and 371 boluses would be needed.last_img read more

Behavioural mapping of a pelagic seabird: combining multiple sensors and a hidden Markov model reveals the distribution of at-sea behaviour

first_imgThe use of miniature data loggers is rapidly increasing our understanding of the movements and habitat preferences of pelagic seabirds. However, objectively interpreting behavioural information from the large volumes of highly detailed data collected by such devices can be challenging. We combined three biologging technologies—global positioning system (GPS), saltwater immersion and time–depth recorders—to build a detailed picture of the at-sea behaviour of the Manx shearwater (Puffinus puffinus) during the breeding season. We used a hidden Markov model to explore discrete states within the combined GPS and immersion data, and found that behaviour could be organized into three principal activities representing (i) sustained direct flight, (ii) sitting on the sea surface, and (iii) foraging, comprising tortuous flight interspersed with periods of immersion. The additional logger data verified that the foraging activity corresponded well to the occurrence of diving. Applying this approach to a large tracking dataset revealed that birds from two different colonies foraged in local waters that were exclusive, but overlapped in one key area: the Irish Sea Front (ISF). We show that the allocation of time to each activity differed between colonies, with birds breeding furthest from the ISF spending the greatest proportion of time engaged in direct flight and the smallest proportion of time engaged in foraging activity. This type of analysis has considerable potential for application in future biologging studies and in other taxa.last_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 2/10/20

first_imgFebruary 10, 2020 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 2/10/20 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Sunday’s sports events:NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONBoston 112, Oklahoma City 111Philadelphia 118, Chicago 111Memphis 106, Washington 99Atlanta 140, New York 135 — 2OTUtah 114, Houston 113L.A. Clippers 133, Cleveland 92Portland 115, Miami 109NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUEDetroit 3, Boston 1Anaheim 3, Buffalo 2NY Rangers 4, Los Angeles 1Winnipeg 5, Chicago 2Colorado 3, Minnesota 2TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALLMarquette 76, Butler 57Houston 76, Wichita St. 43Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Would you take on the marketing of Britain’s ‘most haunted’ house?

first_imgHome » News » Marketing » Would you take on the marketing of Britain’s ‘most haunted’ house? previous nextMarketingWould you take on the marketing of Britain’s ‘most haunted’ house?Historic property that is said to the UK’s most haunted address is being promoted online by an Essex estate agency as a ghostly investment opportunity.Nigel Lewis14th June 201901,489 Views An Essex estate agency has taken on the sale of a two-bedroom historic house that has been described as the ‘most difficult property to sell in the UK’.Domus360 has begun marketing The Cage in St Osyth for offers in excess of £240,000 and is making no bones about its frightening past within the property’s online listings.The house is said to be the UK’s ‘most haunted’ and for at least 500 years was used as a medieval prison. It is where 13 women accused of witchcraft were held in 1582. At their trial three were found guilty and one, Ursula Kemp, was hanged.The house is only one of seven former medieval ‘cages’ left in the UK and its vendor Vanessa Mitchell says she has witnessed numerous paranormal events including a ghost tenant, satanic goat and blood spatters.Essex estate agencyShe fled the house in 2008 after living there for four years and has been trying to sell it ever since.Latest agency Domus360 has taken an unusual approach to the property’s marketing, adding a witches broom to the sales particular images and deliberately photographing the property in a ghostly light.“I think it’s going to be pretty impossible to sell the house to someone that wants to live normally inside,” Florent Lambert of Domus365 told The Mirror.She says the agency is hoping to sell the property as a horrific Airbnb opportunity or a “holiday cottage with a twist” which could be rented out to the significant number of US and Japanese tourists who are fans of the paranormal.Domus360 haunted houses Essex estate agent June 14, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

B&W NOG Scores Two US Naval Reactors Program Contracts

first_img Equipment & technology View post tag: contracts The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W) announced today that its subsidiary Babcock & Wilcox Nuclear Operations Group, Inc. (B&W NOG) has received two U.S. Naval Reactors Program contracts totaling approximately $36 million.The larger of the two awards, valued at approximately $32 million, is for the assembly of nuclear propulsion components for Virginia Class submarines. Work began in the fourth quarter of 2012 and will be performed at B&W’s Lynchburg, Va. facility over a four-year period.Under the second contract, worth approximately $4 million, B&W will procure long-lead materials related to the manufacture of nuclear components for Virginia Class submarines. “B&W is pleased to continue providing the U.S. Naval Reactors Program with products and services through these two new contracts,” said Peyton S. Baker, President of B&W NOG. “The role that B&W’s unique capabilities play in preparing and supporting the men and women who serve aboard the U.S. Navy’s nuclear fleet is a source of immense pride for our workforce.”B&W offers a complete range of nuclear components and services, including the manufacture of nuclear reactor components for U.S. Navy submarines and aircraft carriers, as well as other nuclear and non-nuclear R&D and component production. The company employs more than 3,900 people with operations in Virginia, Ohio, Indiana and a subsidiary in Tennessee.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 11, 2013 View post tag: Naval B&W NOG Scores Two US Naval Reactors Program Contracts View post tag: US View post tag: two February 11, 2013 View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: NOG Back to overview,Home naval-today B&W NOG Scores Two US Naval Reactors Program Contracts View post tag: program View post tag: scores Share this article View post tag: Reactors View post tag: B&Wlast_img read more

Clinical Assistant/Associate/Full Professor – General Pediatrics, Developmental and Behavioral

first_imgThe Department of Pediatrics at the University of Florida isseeking a board certified/eligible pediatrician at the ClinicalAssistant/Associate/Professor level to pursue a non-tenure trackcareer in the Division of General Pediatrics. Special strengths ofour program include diagnostic clinics targeting autism, attentiondeficit disorders, cerebral palsy, and early childhood development.We serve as a regional referral center for children withdevelopmental problems, as well as the center of the teachingprogram in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics for medicalstudents and pediatric residents.Applicants must have a M.D. degree and be licensed in or eligiblefor licensure in the State of Florida in pediatrics and be boardcertified/board eligible in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics orNeurodevelopmental Pediatrics.Application should include a cover letter, most recent curriculumvitae, and a list of three professional references with contactinformation or three letters of reference.For more information regarding faculty benefits, please visitCollege of Medicine Faculty Benefits .Review of applications will begin on December 9, 2019 and willcontinue until position is filled.Selected candidate will be required to provide an officialtranscript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript willnot be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued toStudent” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institutionoutside of the United States are required to be evaluated by aprofessional credentialing service provider approval by NationalAssociation of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can befound at http://naces.org/ .If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for thisposition, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to workin the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’sSunshine Law.The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination withrespect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,national origin, political opinions or affiliations, geneticinformation and veteran status in all aspects of employmentincluding recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, andtraining.last_img read more

Hood to join Patten in change of heads

first_imgNew Chancellor Chris Patten is to be joined by Dr John Hood, who has been nominated as the next Vice Chancellor, making him the first person in 900 years to hold the position from outside the University. Chris Patten was admitted as Chancellor of the University at a ceremony before this year’s Encaenia on 25 June. New Zealander Dr John Hood makes his way from a four year vice-chancellorship at the University of Auckland. A graduate of the University of Auckland, Dr Hood was an Oxford Rhodes Scholar at Worcester College in the late 1970s, where he gained an MPhil in Management Studies. He taught Civil Engineering at Auckland for several years. Dr. Hood said: “I am humbled to have been invited to lead Oxford, one of the world’s great universities. I expect that the greatest immediate challenge that Oxford will face in 2004 will result from UK national legislation following the White Paper that was published earlier this year.”ARCHIVE: 0th Week MT2003last_img read more

Nearly half of Britons are ‘Next Generation Users’

first_imgA new survey by the Oxford Internet Institute has revealed that nearly half of internet users in Britain are ‘Next Generation Users’, who routinely access the internet on the move using portable devices.The researchers defined ‘Next Generation Users’ as people who access the internet using smart phones, tablets, and readers, or own three or more computers. They found that 44 percent of Britons fall into this category which is more than double the proportion found in 2007.The study also looked at the type of people who were likely to use the internet in this way and found that annual income more than age determines who the Next Generation Users are likely to be.Among students, the research found that 52 percent were part of this ‘Next Generation’ which was almost identical to the 51 per cent of ‘employed’ internet users of all ages who were Next Generation Users too.Report author Professor William Dutton from the OII said, ‘There is too much focus on the sales of new products, like smart phones and tablets that miss the big picture captured by the Next Generation User.‘The rise of Next Generation Users is reshaping how people use the Internet. The internet has become a central part of their lives, particularly in how they inform and entertain themselves. These users are not just passive consumers either; they actively create content for others.’Co-author Dr Grant Blank from the OII said, ‘We have to think about more than simple access. How people make use of their access also matters a lot. Next Generation Users are changing lives for themselves and others through the use of multiple portable devices to stay connected with the internet, and this is creating a new style of interaction.’One ‘Next Generation User’ and second year Historian, Elle Costigan, commented, “I have recently broken my blackberry and I feel totally lost without constant internet access for Facebook and BBM.”Another second year Univ student who recently found himself literally lost on the way back from Lola Lo said, “after converting a good proportion of my student loan into Jagerbombs I sobered up in a cul-de-sac somewhere in the vicinity of Pembroke, and I’d probably still be there were it not for Steve Jobs.”The report also looked into other aspects of internet usage and found, perhaps unsurprisingly, that young people are much more likely to use the internet. 99 percent of people aged between 14 and 17 use the internet, compared with only one-third of people over the age of 65.Overall, internet use in Britain has grown from 59 per cent in 2003 to 73 per cent in 2011.Another key finding was that more women than men engaged in social networking. 63 percent of female internet users compared with 57 percent of men who accessed the internet.last_img read more

University funds hip hop classes for teens

first_imgThe university’s aim is to explore the effects of the arts and physical exercise on wellbeing and is being funded by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities. The findings will form part of a study being conducted by the Social Body Lab.  The lead researcher heading the project, Dr Bahar Tuncgenc, said: “Arts and physical activity can be very beneficial for improving social connectedness, reliance and self-esteem.  The classes will take place over five weeks and will explore all aspects of dance, from performance to improvisation and choreography. The programme will be led by the artistic director of Body Politic, Emma-Jane Greig.  “We want to find out whether engaging in our creative dance programme would promote young people’s wellbeing during these much-needed times, in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis.”  Oxford University and the dance company Body Politic have partnered to provide free dance classes for 11 to 16 year olds in the city.  The company was founded in Oxford in 2012 and aims to promote diverse communities by addressing the lack of representation of artists from Black and Asian backgrounds. It works to provide opportunities for young people from vulnerable and marginalised communities and to remove barriers to the arts sector. center_img The work of the group tries to connect evolutionary, psychological and behavioural sciences. Researchers are aiming to try and use their findings to improve wellbeing, health and life outcomes across a wide range of settings globally.  Oxford’s Social Body Lab, which is heading the research project, is part of the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology at the university. It was set up to explore links between social connection, group activity and health in relation to both everyday behaviour and culture. Research is conducted by academics and postgraduate students studying for an MSC degree in cognitive and evolutionary anthropology at the university and involves fieldwork as well as laboratory experiments.  Body Politics’ mission is built around outreach, artist development and producing theatre. Through dance, the group tries to help to improve the skills, confidence and employability of young people, while also producing “authentic, relevant and essential work”. In 2019 the company became the first female led independent hip hop group to tour outside of London.  The hope is that the hip-hop classes will help to support young people in Oxford who are currently out of the classroom and are “experiencing challenging times”.last_img read more

Gov. Holcomb orders all Indiana schools closed through May 1

first_imgMore information may be found at the ISDH website at in.gov/coronavirus/ and the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. Twitter Gov. Holcomb orders all Indiana schools closed through May 1 By 95.3 MNC – March 19, 2020 0 457 WhatsApp Previous articleSouth Bend, St. Joseph County under Travel Watch, more confirmed cases of COVID-19Next articleMichigan’s positive coronavirus tests more than doubled from Wednesday to Thursday 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. Google+ The state’s application to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was approved on Wednesday. This program provides targeted, low-interest loans of up to $2 million to help small businesses and nonprofits overcome the temporary loss of revenue as a result of coronavirus. See more at SBA.gov/Disaster.Unemployment Insurance BenefitsThe state will interpret Indiana’s unemployment laws to the broadest extent possible to cover Hoosiers who are out of work because of COVID-19.Benefits will be paid to individuals who file their initial unemployment claims late.The Department of Workforce Development will allow individuals to continue to accrue unemployment eligibility if they take work leave because of COVID-19.DWD will seek federal authorization to provide unemployment benefits for those who are not otherwise eligible for unemployment, such individuals who have recently started a job.For employers, DWD will not assess certain experience rate penalties because of employees who receive unemployment benefits because of COVID-19.HousingNo residential eviction proceedings or foreclosure actions may be initiated during the public health emergency. This does not relieve the individual of obligations to pay rent or mortgage payments.All public housing authorities are requested to extend deadlines for housing assistance recipients and required documentation to show eligibility for housing programs.The Indiana Department of Financial Institutions and Indiana Community Housing Development Authority are required to work with financial institutions to identify tools to help promote housing stability.Social ServicesParticipants in the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) and the Children’s Health Insurance Program are not required to make premium payments.Job search requirements are waived for those applying for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) benefits.The Family and Social Services Administration will seek a federal waiver to extend renewals for existing Medicaid and HIP recipients.Telehealth services for mental health, substance use disorder and prescribing for Medicaid covered services will be expanded.InsuranceThe commissioner of the state Department of Insurance will request that insurers institute a 60-day moratorium on policy cancellations for non-payment of premiums. This does not suspend a policyholder’s obligation to make payments.The commissioner will ask health insurers to cover COVID-19 testing without requiring prior authorization.The commissioner will request that health insurers not increase prices or coverage costs that involve medical care for COVID-19.Bureau of Motor VehiclesTo limit the number of in-branch transactions, late fees will be waived for several driver’s licenses and identification card renewals, vehicle registrations, titles, and certain other transactions.Other operational changes in branches are being instituted to provide for the safety of employees and customers in branches, such as spacing between terminals and limiting the number of customers in the lobby.VeteransRequirements have been relaxed for veterans to qualify for awards from the Military Family Relief Fund.Awards in excess of $2,500 may be approved by the IDVA director during the public health emergency.Health and Professional LicensingMental health professionals are permitted to practice via telemedicine.Advance Practice Registered Nurses are allowed to provide services in multiple locations.The state health commissioner may waive requirements of the nursing home certificate of need statute to respond to COVID-19 issues for long-term care facilities. Facebook Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb speaks during a news conference in the House chamber at the Statehouse, Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has taken additional unprecedented actions today to protect and support Hoosiers during the COVID-19 outbreak by signing executive orders that extend the closure of schools, provide economic relief and protections for individuals and businesses, and expand unemployment insurance benefits for those impacted by job loss.Below is a listening of the actions he detailed during his news conference on Thursday, March 19:“Every day we learn more about how to tackle this monster. We are being thoughtful about how to approach every action we are taking in this national public health emergency and putting Hoosiers’ health and safety first,” said Gov. Holcomb.Daily COVID-19 testing capacity in Indiana has expanded with the addition of a new partnership between the Indiana State Department of Health and Eli Lilly and Company, and at least one other entity has initiated testing this week. In the past 24 hours, about 200 tests have been completed.“As we increase the number of tests analyzed each day, no one should be caught off guard that the number of positive cases will increase,” said Dr. Kris Box, state health commissioner. “This will help us know where community spread is occurring in Indiana and help us mobilize resources in affected areas.”Here is a summary of covered actions. The Executive Orders, which contain additional actions, will be found at this link: https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htmState of Emergency ExtensionThe Governor will extend the current state of emergency an additional 30 days when it expires on April 5.K-12 schoolsAll K-12 public schools will remain closed until May 1. Non-public schools are also ordered closed. This date may be revised to extend through the end of the 2019-2020 school year if circumstances warrant.All-state mandated assessments will be canceled for the current academic year. The governor has contacted U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to share the state’s plan and also has asked the Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormick to pursue any federal waivers needed to cancel the requirements for accountability, chronic absenteeism and state-mandated assessments.EconomyThe state of Indiana will align with the federal government to delay state income tax payments from April 15 to July 15. The U.S. Treasury extended the deadline to pay federal income tax by 90 days.Penalties will be waived for 60 days for property tax paid after May 11. The state will work with counties that may experience cash flow stress because of the delay.The state will not immediately move forward with using $300 million in reserves to pay for several capital projects approved in the just-concluded legislative session and instead maintain flexibility to utilize the funds as needed for relief efforts and to maintain current services. The state will consider using bonding authority to move forward with the just-approved capital projects.Providers of essential utility services such as gas and electric, broadband, telecom, water and wastewater services are prohibited from discontinuing service to any customer during the public health emergency. Twitter Google+ CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Marketlast_img read more