Stable isotopes demonstrate intraspecific variation in habitat use and trophic level of non‐breeding albatrosses

first_imgThe non‐breeding period is critical for restoration of body condition and self‐maintenance in albatrosses, yet detailed information on diet and distribution during this stage of the annual cycle is lacking for many species. Here, we use stable isotope values of body feathers (δ13C, δ15N) to infer habitat use and trophic level of non‐breeding adult Grey‐headed Albatrosses Thalassarche chrysostoma (n = 194) from South Georgia. Specifically, we: (1) investigate intrinsic drivers (sex, age, previous breeding outcome) of variation in habitat use and trophic level; (2) quantify variation among feathers of the same birds; and (3) examine potential carry‐over effects of habitat use and trophic level during the non‐breeding period on subsequent breeding outcome. In agreement with previous tracking studies, δ13C values of individual feathers indicate that non‐breeding Grey‐headed Albatrosses from South Georgia foraged across a range of oceanic habitats, but mostly in subantarctic waters, between the Antarctic Polar Front and Subtropical Front. Sex differences were subtle but statistically significant, and overlap in the core isotopic niche areas was high (62%); however, males exhibited slightly lower δ13C and higher δ15N values than females, indicating that males forage at higher latitudes and at a higher trophic level. Neither age nor previous breeding outcome influenced stable isotope values, and we found no evidence of carry‐over effects of non‐breeding habitat use or trophic level on subsequent breeding outcome. Repeatability among feathers of the same individual was moderate in δ13C and low in δ15N. This cross‐sectional study demonstrates high variability in the foraging and migration strategies of this albatross population.last_img read more

Milford Star QB Bryson Barnes Receives Offer From Western Illinois University

first_img Tags: Bryson Barnes/Milford High/Western Illinois Leathernecks FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMACOMB, Ill.-In information released Sunday, Milford High School star senior quarterback Bryson Barnes confirmed he has received his first FCS offer from the Western Illinois Leathernecks of the Missouri Valley Conference.On his Twitter account, Barnes confirmed Western Illinois co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach David Rocco offered him a scholarship to the Macomb, Ill.-based school.Barnes, who also stars defensively as a strong safety and has also excelled in baseball, basketball and wrestling in his career, has thrown for 10,835 yards and 133 scores in his career for the Tigers.Barnes and his Milford teammates are in action Saturday afternoon in the 2-A state semifinals at Orem High School against Millard in a game that can be heard on KSVC-AM 980 and 100.5 FM or online at Brad James November 4, 2019 /Sports News – Local Milford Star QB Bryson Barnes Receives Offer From Western Illinois University Written bylast_img read more

Commentary: With Sarah Sanders’ Departure, The Media Office Has Officially Closed

first_imgCommentary: With Sarah Sanders’ Departure, The Media Office Has Officially ClosedJune 19, 2019  By Michael LeppertMichaelLeppert.comSarah Huckabee Sanders is leaving her job as White House press secretary at the end of the month.What will President Donald Trump do without his top spokesperson? Will White House press briefings end without her?That was a trick question. Press briefings already have ended. Arguably, they ended in a traditional sense so long ago, we have already gotten used to simply knowing less about what is happening with the daily grind of the administration. Even the president’s public schedule is an almost daily laugher. For example, the president has not had any documentable activity on his schedule before 11:00 AM since his departure from Ireland on June 7.Whoops, let me correct that. He did leave to play golf before 11:00 last Saturday and Sunday. Otherwise, his mornings are occupied by “In-House Pool Call Time.” Americans have learned what that means: watching television and tweeting about it.This week was a banner one for the White House messaging team. On Tuesday, Trump responded to reports that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had executed his own half brother for being an informant to the CIA. The American president said: “I wouldn’t let that happen under my auspices.” Putting aside Trump’s odd use of the word “auspices,” it certainly appeared that he was committing to Kim that he would not allow the CIA to spy on North Korea.It’s the kind of comment a spokesperson would normally need to explain, walk back or spin. Of course, “normal” certainly is not what it used to be.Trump’s best strategy for saying something as outrageous as siding with one of our nation’s most dangerous national security threats over our own top intelligence agency is to say something else that may be even more incredible.On Wednesday, the American president said in a video interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, that he may not contact the FBI if a foreign power attempted to give him dirt on a political opponent. FBI director Chris Wray, testified to Congress just last month as to how that contact should be made. Trump first said “there isn’t anything wrong with listening,” to such information from a foreign power, and then went on to say in response to Wray that “the FBI director is wrong.”To recap this episode, America has been listening to Trump repeat the phrase “no collusion” incessantly for the last two years.  The Mueller investigation on that very behavior concluded in March. The U.S. House of Representatives is considering impeaching Trump for his behavior related directly to it. And now he is announcing his openness to collude, violate his constitutional oath and break clear and indisputable campaign finance laws.Whew!These are the kinds of comments that could cause a spokesperson’s head to explode. They are indefensible on an epic scale. So, how does the Trump team respond to the barrage of questions and condemnations of his words? The spokespeople are silent, and the president tweets out his expected doubling down on why his whims are right and our rule of law is wrong.Republicans in Washington are cringing. They should be. Like Sanders, virtually the entire group of GOP members of congress have also become spokespeople for Trump over the last two years. When the president says outlandish things like he has this week the party formerly known as the Grand Old Party now behaves as if they must go along with it.They can’t just quit like Sanders has.Wait a minute: yes, they can!There will be life after Trump in American politics. I enthusiastically look forward to reacquainting myself with the politicians who have fallen in line with Trump’s madness. Will they pretend they didn’t? Will they return to conservative or, dare I say, American values?Whatever his followers choose in the future, life after Trump will be equally fascinating to me. But for Sanders, her exit from her job at the end of June also appears to be her beginning. Suggestions that she return to Arkansas and prepare for a 2022 gubernatorial run were raised on Thursday. I assume a platform in that campaign will sound like a combination of her two dads: Former Gov. Mike Huckabee, and her soon to be workplace one.When asked if she regretted not having more press conferences, Sanders said no, and that she still believes they have been the most accessible White House ever. Anderson Cooper of CNN responded to that Thursday night with, “She may be leaving, but she’s still lying.”Thank you for your service, Sarah. Good luck, and Godspeed.FOOTNOTE: Michael Leppert is a public and governmental affairs consultant in Indianapolis and writes his thoughts about politics, government and anything else that strikes him at MichaelLeppert.comPrint Friendly, PDF & EmailFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Scientists Are Working On A New Way To Reverse Hearing Loss

first_imgRoughly one-third of senior adult citizens suffer from moderate hearing loss. With more people choosing to attend live concerts without the use of ear protection, and with more emphasis on volume than on clarity, that number of people detrimentally effected by sound will likely increase. However, according to a new study reported by the Atlantic, we might be able to reverse the effects of hearing loss.As the Atlantic explains the matter,We owe our hearing to a tiny field of swaying cilia deep in the skull. Four rows of hair cells sprout in the snail-shaped cochlea of the inner ear, which is filled with fluid. Sound vibrations cause them to bend, opening pores that activate electrical signals bound for the brain. We are born with 15,000 hair cells in each ear, but unlike skin or other cell types, they do not turn over or replenish themselves. Loss of these hair cells over time accounts for much of the age-related hearing loss around the world, as well as that caused by too much loud noise. A loud sound can permanently bend or physically prune a fragile hair cell, rendering it ineffective.This does not ring true for all animals, however. While animals like birds and reptiles have “notch inhibitor” class molecules, which stimulates regrowth in sensory hair cells after destruction of hearing, humans and other mammals do not, which is why our hearing loss is currently more permanent. This new study suggests that a treatment could potentially act as the missing notch inhibitor and cause the lost hair cells to regrow and multiply in a semi-natural state. The article explains, “Each hair cell responds best to a particular frequency of sound — they are arranged in order of frequency along the cochlea — so scientists can pinpoint the effect of these new cells on hearing. When regenerated hair cells were then grown in the cochlea of mice, the pitches corresponding to their placement were better detected by the animals.”In 2013, Dr. Albert Edge led a team of researchers to grow and regenerate hair cells in the cochlea of mice, which allowed the rodent to increasingly detect different kinds of sounds. The team noticed the similarities between the side effects of dementia treatment and in treating deafness, which brought them to testing the mice’s response — which proved successful.Dr. Edge’s company Audion Therapeutics is moving forward with this method by planning the same attempt on humans. They are using compounds developed by pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and are teaming up with Frequency Therapeutics for the human clinical trials to develop the treatment, using either a tube or piece of foam in the middle ear to similarly stimulate the regrowth of hair cells that were once damaged by sound in the human ears.Projects like these have no proposed trajectory of time or success, and may take years to see developments in the theory. However, we’re moving in the right direction, and hopefully those who spent their early years scoping out the rail closest to the bass amp will be able to hear again one day. Though, you should still always take care of your ears![Photo Credit: Phillippe Wojazer / Reuters][via The Atlantic]last_img read more

Diversity dialogue

first_imgOn the surface, the desire for diversity in the office might seem to contradict the need for organizational unity. But Harvard’s associate chief diversity officer said he believes a diverse workforce is actually good for business.“Everything we know about diversity is that it leads to greater productivity, greater success rates, greater creativity around the workplace,” said Norm Jones, associate chief diversity officer in the Office of the Assistant to the President for Institutional and Diversity Equity. “Our efforts [at Harvard] around affirming identity are valuable for recruiting and retaining people.”Jones spoke about that value during a panel discussion Thursday titled “Diversity Across the Spectrum: Further Reflections on the Continuum of Inclusion.” The discussion was part of a broader series of initiatives focused on advancing staff diversity within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), and was attended by FAS faculty and staff. It included practical advice from a panel of experts on interacting within a diverse workforce.According to Jones, managers send important signals to employees by using inclusive language on signs, forms, and in conversation.“How we socialize in the workplace underscores who does and doesn’t matter,” he said.Supervisors should embrace differences in their offices and encourage open conversations, said Emelyn dela Pena, the College’s assistant dean of student life for equity, diversity, and inclusion.“We bring our whole selves into the workplace,” said dela Pena, who moderated the talk. “Opening up a conversation [about differences] creates an atmosphere where I feel I matter enough to talk about myself in this environment.”Indeed, conversations can get awkward and reflect outdated attitudes. Panelist David Stevens, executive director of the Massachusetts Councils on Aging, said that in the future, people are likely to work into their 70s.“How many of you think 75 is too old for sex, or that an old person is not good enough for the workforce?” he asked. “You need to check yourself any time you say something like that.”It also will be important to accommodate people of different capabilities. Older workers are just one example, Stevens said, but an example who prove it can be done. He pointed to a Harvard Business School (HBS) study showing a team of older workers who initially finished tasks slower than the younger ones, but after several simple job accommodations, caught up to and surpassed their juniors.Similarly, simple and thoughtful steps can make a difference to transgender employees and job applicants, said Van Bailey, director of the Office of BGLTQ Student Life at Harvard. Access to gender-neutral restrooms and application forms is respectful. So is referring to a person by the gender preferred he or she prefers ― even if that causes uneasiness.“A couple of minutes of your discomfort is nothing compared to my discomfort for a lifetime,” Bailey said.Building a diverse and inclusive environment is a lifelong endeavor, Jones said. “You never arrive, you never hit a ceiling, and it’s work we all have to do every day. … You can’t just check the diversity box.”Mary Thomas, director of disability services in the Office of the Assistant to the President for Institutional and Diversity Equity, said diversity is a key to the future of the productive workplace.“It’s all of the people who aren’t in the room [today], making it matter to them, that’s the trick,” Thomas said. “We have to figure out how get new faces at the table.”Andrea Kelton-Harris, senior human resources consultant at FAS, introduced the panel, which was held at the Forum Room at the Lamont Library.The diversity initiative within FAS includes recruitment efforts, the Career Plus career coaching and competency initiative aimed at building a diverse talent pipeline, Year Up internships that offers six-month stints to talented urban young adults, the Administrative Fellowship Program, and the FAS Diversity Dialogue Series.Chris Ciotti, associate dean for human resources, said that future dialogue series speakers will include David Livermore, an authority on cultural intelligence; Mark E. Fowler, managing director of programs for the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding; and Amy C. Edmondson, the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at HBS.last_img read more

BizKid$ co-creator shows kids how to turn $100 into $1,000,000

first_imgIf you can teach a kid how to turn $100 into $1,000,000, they’re all ears. Well, that’s the intention of BizKid$ Co-creator Jeannine Glista, as she and fellow authors James McKenna and Matt Fontane have published a new kids financial education book entitled: How to Turn $100 into $1,000,000: Earn! Invest! Save!.This book is not some get-rich-quick, pyramid scheme. It’s a guide teaching kids how to budget and invest properly when they’re young so they can have a solid foundation of sound financial habits as they grow older — ultimately becoming, yes, millionaires or just financially stable.So, naturally, we invited Jeannine on the show to give us the details of her book, why she and her peers wrote it, key pieces of advice, and how can credit unions step up and help — especially when a majority of elementary, middle, and high schools nationwide not offering financial education classes. We also wanted to know what’s up with the disco ball hanging from the ceiling in the background.So check it out and let us know what you think — and pick up the book! continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

8 other groups eligible for credit union membership

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The NCUA can be pretty restrictive about who’s eligible to join federal credit unions. That’s why it may surprise you how many groups are automatically allowed to be added to your field of membership. A number of persons, by virtue of their close relationship to a common bond group, may be included, at the charter applicant’s option, in the field of membership. Here are eight “affinity” rules that NCUA automatically approves to be added to your charter:Spouses of persons who died while within the field of membership of this credit unionNote that the deceased spouse doesn’t have to have been a member, they just have to have been eligible for membership at the time of their death. continue reading »last_img read more

Syria jihadist-regime clashes leave 41 fighters dead

first_imgAn Al-Qaeda offshoot led an offensive Monday against regime forces in northwest Syria, sparking clashes that left 19 pro-government fighters and 22 jihadists dead, a war monitor said.”Jihadist factions led by Hurras al-Deen launched an assault on two villages in Sahl al-Ghab,” a region of the central province of Hama, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.They briefly seized the villages of Al-Fatatra and Al-Manara, Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said. Topics : The offensive was launched from within the Idlib region, which is controlled by jihadists and rebels and is the last bastion of resistance to Damascus after nine years of devastating civil war.A truce reached on March 6 has largely stemmed fighting in the region, which President Bashar al-Assad has vowed to fully retake.Hurras al-Deen is a relatively small but powerful armed group led by Al-Qaeda loyalists.It is a rival of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, an alliance of Islamist factions dominated by former members of Al-Qaeda’s ex-Syria affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra — although the two groups cooperate at times.The Idlib truce brokered by regime ally Russia and rebel backer Turkey has largely kept Syrian and Russian warplanes out of the region’s skies.The calm came as the novel coronavirus pandemic spread across the Middle East.Aid groups had warned that an outbreak of the COVID-19 illness in the Idlib region could cause a humanitarian disaster of previously unseen proportions.center_img But regime forces took them back just hours later amid Russian air strikes and intense shelling, the Britain-based monitor said.Abdel Rahman said the clashes left 19 government soldiers and 22 jihadists dead.The country’s official SANA news agency also reported the attack on “two Syrian army positions,” saying it involved “explosive-rigged vehicles and suicide bombers”.Citing a military source, it said the situation was now under control after the jihadists were forced to pull out under regime fire.  last_img read more

Pension funds less tough on tobacco than insurers: survey

first_imgIt suggested the difference was attributable to the fact that many insurers also sell healthcare policies and have adjusted their investment policies accordingly.VBDO found that six pension funds had blacklisted investments in tobacco firms. They include the €185bn healthcare scheme PFZW, which ceased investing in cigarette manufacturers in 2013.The occupational schemes for general practitioners (SPH) and medical consultants (SPMS) have also halted investing in tobacco.The large metal schemes PMT and PME, when asked, indicated that they didn’t have a tobacco policy, although PME said it would introduce one soon.The €22bn multi-sector pension fund PGB also said it would come up with a policy, following a survey suggesting that just 17% of its participants supported tobacco investments.The €382bn civil service scheme ABP and the €54bn pension fund for the building sector (BpfBOUW) said they invested in tobacco companies “as the sale of cigarettes is still legal in the Netherlands”.The €5bn pension fund PNO Media made clear that it had launched a survey to find out how its participants perceived tobacco investments.According to VBDO, which didn’t publish the names of the investors participating in the survey, nine of the 11 interviewed insurers did not invest in tobacco.VBDO and the Heart Foundation rejected the often cited point that smoking is a free choice, arguing that many smokers have difficulties to quit the habit because of their physical addiction.They also contended that excluding tobacco investments doesn’t negatively affect returns.In their opinion, tobacco investments don’t have a future “as governments increasingly curb smoking and the worldwide number of smokers has been decreasing for years”. Dutch insurers have much stronger exclusion policies on tobacco industry investments than the country’s pension funds, a survey has revealed.The study, conducted by the Association of Investors in Sustainable Development (VBDO) and commissioned by the Heart Foundation found that an increasing number of pension funds were looking into the issue.VBDO said 55 institutional investors took part in the survey, including 30 pension funds with combined assets of €800bn, and 11 insurers.According to the VBDO, more than two-thirds of pension funds didn’t have a policy in place for tobacco investments, compared to 10% of insurers.last_img read more

Danz Catz take second place in national competition

first_imgBrookville, In. — The Franklin County High School Dancz Catz earned second place at a national competition at Northern Kentucky University recently for their Pom, Open and Kick routines.The team is made up of captain Ashlin Sacksteder, co-captain Sarah Wewe, co-captain Gracie Graf, Kendra Hunter, Emma Metcalf, Brylee Pace, Allie Routh, Jaylee Cregar, Brianna Meyers, McKenna Metz, Chloe Cowen, Regan Barker, Halee Barker and Macie Fohl. The coaches of the team are Erin Bath, Alex Kirkindall and Kamryn Schell.last_img read more