Weight loss in incubating albatrosses and its implications for their energy and food requirements

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first_imgThe weight loss of incubating Black-browed Albatrosses (Diomedea melanophris) and Grey-headed Albatrosses (D. chrysostoma) was measured at Bird Island, South Georgia. The rate of weight loss did not differ significantly either between the sexes or between the species. The results suggest that these two species have the same metabolic requirements. The difference in the quality of their diet leads to estimates of daily food intake considerably higher for the Grey-headed than for the Black-browed albatross. This may have been a factor in the evolution of biennial breeding in the Grey-headed Albatross.last_img

Satellite tracking of wandering albatrosses (Diomedea exulans) in the South Atlantic

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first_imgThe movements of two wandering albatrosses, one of each sex, breeding at South Georgia, were tracked using satellite telemetry, particularly to assess whether such birds could be at risk from longline fishing operations in the subtropics. Full details of the performance (number and quality of uplinks) of the Toyocom transmitters are provided, together with data on flight speeds and night and daytime travel by the albatrosses. The female, tracked for seventeen days—covering three foraging trips totalling 13951 km – had a much more northerly distribution than the male, which made two trips to sea during the same period and travelled a minimum distance of 9280 km. On one trip the female frequented the area off Brazil known to be used for longline fisheries. The distributional differences between the sexes support earlier suggestions, based on at-sea observations, that the observed high mortality rates of South Georgian females could be due to a greater likelihood of incidental mortality in longline fishing. These results also show that the presence of females off Brazil can include birds still rearing chicks, rather than simply representing post-breeding dispersal.last_img read more

Reproductive biology of two species of holothurian from the deep-sea order Elasipoda, on the Antarctic continental shelf

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first_imgAntarctic shallow-water and deep-sea echinoderms are known to have seasonal gametogenic cycles linked to seasonal pulses of phytodetritus produced in surface waters. We suggest that phytodetritus reaching the Antarctic continental shelf may persist for longer timescales than in shallow OF deep waters as a result of the low temperatures, low flow velocities, and the relatively short descent. If this food source remains available for extended periods throughout the year, Antarctic continental shelf megabenthos may not entrain seasonal gametogenic periodicity. To explore the reproductive response of the elpidiid holothurians, Protelpidia murrayi and Peniagone vignoni, a seasonal series of samples were taken on the West Antarctic Peninsula (WAP) at depths of 550-600 m between November 1999 and March 2001. Gonad indices were measured, and gonad tissues were analysed using histological and image analysis techniques. Oocyte size-frequency distributions were constructed from measurements of oocyte diameter, and analysed to describe reproductive patterns. Histological analyses of gonads tissue from P. murrayi suggest that gametogenesis is synchronised and seasonal, with spawning occurring between March and June. The onset of vitellogenesis appears to be initiated and synchronised by the arrival of the phytodetritus pulse. While, oocyte size-frequency distributions of P. vignoni suggest that oogenesis is synchronous between individuals, and infer a seasonal variation in gametogenic intensity, with an increase in production of vitellogenic oocytes that may be associated with an increase in food supply. The seasonal series of oocyte size-frequency distributions suggests that spawning commenced during October and November. We propose that both P. murrayi and P. vignoni have opportunistic reproductive patterns. In P. murrayi, the distinct gametogenic response to the summer Antarctic-shelf food pulse may be well adapted to any trophic regime with a pulsed food supply. In contrast P. vignoni produces mature gametes all year round but capitalises on higher summer food flux by increasing the intensity of gamete production during this time. Therefore, although these species continue to feed during the austral winter and may gain sufficient energy to maintain basal metabolism and limited reproductive development, energetically more costly activities, such as high rates of vitellogenesis, may be reserved for the summer months when higher quality of food is available.last_img read more

CO Ophthalmic Technician

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first_imgGeneralSummary:This position is locatedin a satellite office with multiple functions and minimal staff.The job requires multi-tasking in order to complete a variety oftasks.Working with faculty, ClinicManager and Clinic Supervisor, this position’s primary role is toprovide technician/clinical support tophysicians.Secondary responsibilitiesinclude limited administrative duties such as responding tomessages from patients and physicians and assisting with patientrequests for refills, forms completion and priorauthorizations.Duties andResponsibilities:OPHTHALMIC TECHNICIAN -CLINICAL:Records patient history including chief complaint,information on ocular history, past surgeries, medical condition,medications taken, allergies, learning assessment, falls risk andfamily history.Checks pupil response to light by shining light intoeye and watching speed with which pupils constrict; checks forafferent pupillary defect.Measures central visual field using AmslerGrid.Instills eye drops under physicians’direction.Measures and records distance and near visualacuity.Measures and records intraocular pressure usingapplanation tonometry (i.e. Goldman tonometer), pneumatictonometry, or Schiotz-type indentationtonometer.Performs Humphrey visual field testing; referspatients for further testing whereappropriate.Performs OCT’sPerforms IOL Master measurements to prepare patientsfor cataract surgeryPerforms PentacammeasurementsPerforms accuraterefractions.Tests color vision, depth perception(stereopsis).Screens for presence of ocular motilitydisorders.Uses slit lamp to examine eyesurface.Performs special testing like Bright field AcuityTesting; otential Acuity Meter; andpachymetry.Performs basic maintenance or repair of clinicalequipment.Compiles and enters data for clinical studies; mayparticipate in other clinical researchprojects.Teaches patients how toinsert and remove contact lenses correctly, and proper handlingtechniques.Performs ultrasound scansby measuring the axial length of the eye using various A-Scanultrasound units. Recognizing difficult scans and adjusting unit asneeded in patient with high myopia, high hyperopia, poor fixationnystagmus retinal detachments, corneal problems, and intraocularlenses already in place.Performs accuratekeratometry readings adjusting keratometer reading ifunobtainable.Calculates intraocularlens power using various formulas to fit patient’s needs andsituations, either manually or by computer.Takes fundus photos asneeded.Assist with in officeproceduresResponsible for exam roomsupply maintenanceEnsure medication expiration dates arecurrentResponsible formaintaining and sterilization of instrumentsDisinfect and maintain examinationroomsUnderstand and practice the fundamentals of microbialcontrolMaintains refrigeratorlogs, sharps container, etc.Is familiar with JCAHOrequirements and ensures clinic practice is in compliance withregulations.OPHTHALMIC TECHNICIAN –NONCLINICAL:Duties may include, but are not limited to thefollowing:Responsible for epic in-basket messages (clinicalsupport pool) and patient questionsProcess refill requests,Prior authorizations for upcoming in officeproceduresPrior authorizations formedicationsProvide support to front desk staff by assisting intriage scheduled appointments, respond to patients’ clinicalquestions and explain technician related concerns to front deskstaffManaging and ordering medications for intraviteralinjectionsAssist with tracking and processing of forms request(ie MVA, disability, FLMA)Provide input on templates/schedules to maximizepatient flow and physician efficiency.Maintain general medical knowledge of ocular anatomyand physiology, systemic diseases, ocular diseases and ocularemergencies.Maintain required (COA) ophthalmic techniciancertificationThis position is alsoresponsible for other duties as assigned.Qualifications:Education:High School Diploma/GED.Must obtain Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) from JointCommission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO)within 18 months of start date. Must maintain certification whileemployed at Wilmer. Familiarity with ophthalmic and general medicalterminology. Maintain current CPR certification.Certification:Certification as a COA, COT orCOMTExperience:• One (1) years of relatedophthalmic experience.• Prior experience in aclinical office setting as an ophthalmictechnician.• Experience with surgicalcoordination preferred.Special Knowledge,Skills, And Abilities Required:Solid knowledge of ocularanatomy (including anterior and posterior portions ofeye).Working knowledge of ophthalmic medications, andknowledge of allergic reaction to drugs.Knowledge of the following ophthalmic equipment:projector, trial lenses, phoropter, various tonometers, lensometer,slit lamp, Bright Field Acuity Tester, and Potential AcuityMeter.Classified Title: COOphthalmic TechnicianWorking Title: CO Ophthalmic Technician ​​​​​Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CEStarting Salary Range: $53,404-$60,694Employee group: Full TimeSchedule: Mon-Fri 8:30-5Exempt Status: Non-ExemptLocation: 48-MD:JH at BethesdaDepartment name: 10003315-SOM Oph SatellitesPersonnel area: School of MedicineThe successfulcandidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employmentbackground check.If you are interested inapplying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University andrequire special assistance or accommodation during any part of thepre-employment process, please contact the HR Business ServicesOffice [email protected] For TTY users, call via MarylandRelay or dial 711.The followingadditional provisions may apply depending on which campus you willwork. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“theflu”) season, as a condition of employment, The Johns HopkinsInstitutions require all employees who provide ongoing services topatients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have anannual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical orreligious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result intermination of employment.The pre-employmentphysical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, workingwith research subjects, or involving community contact requiresdocumentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles),Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B anddocumentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria,pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of havingtwo (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibodystatus to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests forimmunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in thepre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provideresults of blood tests or immunization documentation from their ownhealth care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseaseswill be given at no cost in our Occupational Healthoffice.Equal OpportunityEmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is theLawLearn more:https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/employers/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf Johns Hopkins University Apply(This will open in a new window from which you will be automatically redirected to an external site after 5 seconds) Maryland, United States Salary Not Specified Twitter Similar jobs LinkedIn Administrative Not specified Full Time jobs in Bethesda More searches like this Share Save CO Ophthalmic Technician JH atBethesda Maryland, United States You need to sign in or create an account to save CO Ophthalmic Technician Maryland, United States Johns Hopkins University Salary Not Specified CO Ophthalmic Technician Assistant You need to sign in or create an account to save Save CO Ophthalmic Technician Assistant Save CO Ophthalmic Technician Assistant Salary Not Specified Student Affairs Not specified Full Time jobs in Bethesda The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdfImportant legal informationhttp://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfm Facebook CO Ophthalmic Technician Assistant Johns Hopkins University You need to sign in or create an account to save Health Services Not specified Full Time jobs in Bethesdalast_img read more

DCS Case Featuring Sex With Case Manager Reversed

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first_imgDave Stafford for www.theindianalawyer.comFor the second time in less than a week, Indiana trial courts and the Department of Child Services have been chastised for denying due process in termination of parental rights cases. This time, the matter involves a DCS case manager who had a sexual relationship with a case client among a host of troubling facts.Reversing and remanding a case to Spencer Circuit Court, the Indiana Court of Appeals on Tuesday dealt with the latest in a string of cases in which DCS acknowledged a lack of due process. The COA concluded the case was marked by “egregious behavior” of DCS employees and “unusual and alarming circumstances.”In the case In the Matter of the Termination of the Parent-Child Relationship of C.M.S.T., T.M., & M.M. (Children) and A.S. (Mother) and R.T. (Father); et al. v. The Indiana Department of Child Services, 18A-JT-530, mother A.S. and father R.T. had their parental rights terminated. But on appeal, DCS conceded as it has in multiple recent cases that the parents’ due process rights had been violated.DCS became involved in the instant case in March 2015, after a report that mother and father were involved in a domestic violence-related altercation and that mother used methamphetamine. Children T.M. and C.M.S.T were removed from their care, adjudicated children in need of services and placed in foster care. Mother and father were ordered to participate in services.DCS’s “egregious behavior” began in October 2015, when former family case manager Marilyn Neal filed a false report saying that father “went to [C.M.S.T.’s] school, made a scene, and tried to take [C.M.S.T.],” according to the record. Neal was fired, another case manager briefly handled the matter, then was replaced by family case manager Megan Ginanni, who was also working with Father on a CHINS case for one of his other children.“At some point during her time working on the case, FCM Ginanni and Father began exchanging Facebook messages, which became sexually explicit in nature. FCM Ginanni and Father also engaged in a sexual relationship. Father testified FCM Ginanni would give him advanced notice of drug screens and told him he did not need to continue engaging in certain services. Father testified FCM Ginanni told him he ‘would get reunified [with C.M.S.T.] and she would live with me and she was gonna (sic) help me get [Father’s other child] as well,’” Judge Melissa May wrote.DCS ultimately fired Ginanni due to her inappropriate relationship. During this time, Mother had been compliant with services until she self-reported meth use in September 2016, after which her children were again removed. Mother contacted DCS in December 2016 to ask for help finding an inpatient drug treatment facility.The record also shows the trial court denied grandparental motions to intervene seeking to have the children placed with maternal grandparents, but there is no explanation in the record why their motion was denied.  The same month as the grandparents’ motion was denied, termination of parental rights hearings began, and the court terminated mother and father’s parental rights five months later.In June, though, facing this appeal, DCS conceded the parents’ due process rights had been violated in the termination process, but the Court of Appeals denied DCS’s motion to remand.“We cannot agree that the egregious behavior of some of the DCS employees did not contribute to Mother’s and Father’s non-compliance with some services,” May wrote. “Father’s testimony that FCM Ginanni told him to discontinue services and seemingly accelerated the visitation and home placement schedule for C.M.S.T., while denying similar escalation of visitation to Mother is just one of many instances that lead us to believe the chaotic and unprofessional handling of this case violated Mother’s and Father’s due process rights. The State concedes this violation of due process.”The COA appended to its decision an order of July 9 that it also appended to another termination of parental rights reversal last week. The order formally admonishes DCS “for its failure to afford litigants through this state the due process they are owed,” citing multiple cases.“We join in those sentiments, especially considering the multiple due processes and ethical violations present in this case,” May concluded.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

bakery food manufacturer of the year

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first_imgADM Milling is delighted to sponsor Bakery Food Manufacturer of the Year for the seventh time. This year, we are looking for businesses that represent all corners of the food baking industry. Whether they are businesses that have grown from traditional craft bakery roots to become excellent specialist bakeries or large bakery manufacturers with a strong market presence – all are encouraged to enter.The award is open to all bakery and bakery food manufacturing businesses. You do not have to be a customer of ADM to enter. Whether it is breads, pies, pizzas, pastries, snack foods, biscuits or cakes, all entrants will have one thing in common – they must strive to produce exceptional baked goods.Judges will be assessing entries in terms of product quality, operational standards, innovation, investment, marketing initiatives and measurable success in their market place. Melanie Somerville, ADM marketing manager, says: “We recognise the challenge the current climate presents to the industry. We are looking for entrants who have displayed exceptional achievements throughout the past year on issues such as response to changing market conditions, trends and product innovation.”ADM is the UK’s largest independent flour miller with mills strategically located around the country. From these mills, national sales coverage supplies white, brown, wholemeal and speciality flours and an extensive range of bakery mixes and ingredients to the bakery food manufacturing sectors.Somerville adds: “The Bakery Food Manufacturer of the Year award is about recognising excellence and innovation. At ADM, continual innovation is essential, whether it’s product development at our state-of-the art technical centre with some of the most advanced analytical bakery plant equipment in the industry, round-the-clock customer service or adding value through free marketing support including the milling industry’s only online ordering facility www.4flour.co.uk. We work with our customers to help them meet today’s demands and envisage tomorrow’s needs.”She adds: “This award not only recognises excellence and achievements but rewards businesses that distinguish themselves from others in the industry.”Is this your company? If so, ADM urges you to enter and looks forward to receiving your application.—-=== Nick Ringer, MD of Crantock Bakery in Cornwall, won last year’s award. ===”The whole team was very proud to get national recognition for all our hard work. It was a very positive evening, both in terms of morale for the management team, but also for entertaining and networking with key customers. The award gives us something to hang our hat on, which reflects our drive for quality products and services. We have highlighted the win extensively in our marketing materials – on our letterheads, website, point-of-sale material, brochures and on the side of our vans. We are even rebranding our reception to highlight the award. It has definitely given us a higher profile and impresses potential customers. In today’s economic climate, it’s a big help.”last_img read more

Vandemoortele buys Italian bakery products firm

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first_imgEuropean frozen bakery producer Vandemoortele has acquired Lanterna-Agritech (LAG), a producer of frozen focaccia and bread in Italy.The acquisition was made in a move to strengthen its bakery products business in Italy, and extend its range with Italian ciabatta and focaccia.Jules Noten, chief executive of Vandemoortele, said: “We are impressed by the passion for the product and by the strong performance of LAG in the Italian market. We see clear opportunities for further growth.”Agritech acquired Lanterna in 2012, where the companies’ combined entity became LAG.Jean Vandemoortele, chairman of Vandemoortele, said: “This acquisition is fully in line with the growth strategy of Vandemoortele.”Both parties have confirmed that the closing of the transaction is the end of 2015.LAG currently employs around 300 people and has three production operations around Italy.last_img read more

Galaxy cupcake platter hits Asda shelves

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first_imgMars has expanded its cake range with a Galaxy cupcake platter.Each platter contains 12 Galaxy chocolate cupcakes, which comprise a light chocolate sponge and creamy frosting, with three different variants – one topped with mini Galaxy Ripples, one with Galaxy Counters and one with white chocolate curls on top.They’re available in Asda with an rsp of £8 per platter.It comes a month after Mars Chocolate Drinks & Treats expanded its celebration cake range with five new products including a Galaxy Triple Chocolate cake, Maltesers Buttons cake and a Skittles Rainbow Celebration Cake.There have been several cupcake platters launched in the past year or so with ties to established chocolate brands. Premier Foods, for example, expanded its Cadbury range by taking Oreo and Freddo into the format for the first time in March last year, while cake manufacturer BBF teamed up with Nestlé Professional to launch Rolo cupcakes in October.last_img read more

Phish Debuts “Sand” & “Heavy Things” At The Gorge, On This Day In 1999 [Full Show Audio]

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first_img19 years ago today, during the second night of a two-night stand at George, WA’s iconic concert venue The Gorge Amphitheatre, Phish debuted two songs (both previously performed by Trey Anastasio Band) that remain staples of their live shows to this day. First, towards the end of the first set, the band broke out “Heavy Things”. By the end of that tour, “Heavy Things” had become a setlist fixture, and is still one of the few Phish songs to receive some semblance of radio popularity. It was also the song that the band chose to have broadcast on national TV from their Y2k blowout at Big Cypress.Arguably the more exciting of the two debuts came during the second set, when the band segued out of a set-opening “Wolfman’s Brother” into TAB favorite “Sand”. The song entered the Phish repertoire with a bang, as Trey laid into the song’s infectious groove with a full-on hose assault, clocking in at over 18 minutes long. You can listen to the “Sand” Phish debut at the Gorge below:The full show audio can also be streamed below, for those in need of a good funky way to end this Sunday, and the full Phish.net setlist is posted as well.Setlist: Phish at The Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA – 9/11/1999Set 1: Tube > Funky Bitch > Limb By Limb, Dogs Stole Things, Punch You In the Eye, Billy Breathes, Heavy Things[1], Guyute > FreeSet 2: Wolfman’s Brother -> Sand[1], Meatstick -> Maze, Prince Caspian > Harry Hood[2]Encore: When the Circus Comes[1] Phish debut.[2] Concluded with an atypical, repetitive ending.Trey teased Long Tall Glasses in Limb By Limb. Heavy Things and Sand made their Phish debuts at this show. Hood concluded with an atypical, repetitive ending.last_img read more

Former director of computer services, Lewis Law dies, at 77

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first_imgLewis (Lew) Law, 77, former director of computer services for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), died in Belmont on Feb. 14 after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for many years.Law was born and educated in England, graduating with a B.Sc. in physics from the University of Birmingham in 1953. After working with the British Civil Service in Malvern for five years, he and his wife, Margaret, whom he had married in 1957, decided to explore the other side of the Atlantic. Initially, they spent two years in Hamilton, Ontario, where Law worked on radar systems for Canadian Westinghouse. In January 1961, the two moved to Cambridge, Mass., intending to stay two more years. Those two years quickly turned into 49.Upon moving to Cambridge, Law joined the staff of the Cambridge Electron Accelerator, a joint Harvard-Massachusetts Institute of Technology project. In 1963, he was made head of the electronics group, working on projects to keep the accelerator competitive with new technology.In 1972, Law received a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern University, and a year later he became director of technical services in the newly built Harvard University Science Center, turning it into a working building for lectures, laboratories, and classrooms.During the early 1970s, Law became increasingly involved with computer hardware. Along with assistant professor of computer science Chuck Prenner, he introduced the then very new UNIX operating system to Harvard, making the University one of the first places to use the system outside of Bell Laboratories, where it had been developed as an in-house system. He was also one of the five founding members of USENIX, the UNIX users group, which is now a nationwide organization. He was a valued member of the USENIX board until 1986.In 1975, Law was instrumental in initiating the first undergraduate time-sharing system at Harvard. This system, which allows more than one user to use a computer system from multiple terminals, it was based on a PDP-11/45 machine, with 10 teletype machines used as terminals. This system was the forerunner of today’s extensive operation in FAS. When the drive to network computers began, he was involved in the creation of FASNET, a network that included the Science Center, most of the Harvard science departments, and the Harvard Law School. This network enabled students to work with their instructors online and heralded the introduction of e-mail to FAS.By 1977, Law was made associate director of the Science Center and in 1984 the title changed to director of computer operations for FAS. In 1988, the position was upgraded to director of computer services. Law retired in 1992.Outside of Harvard, Law’s avocations were sailing, both dinghy racing and large boat cruising, skiing, and skating.He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Margaret, two sisters and a brother, in England.last_img read more