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Temperature and starvation effects on the metabolism of the brachiopod,Terebratulina retusa(L.)

first_imgOxygen consumption and ammonia excretion rates were assessed for Terebratulina retusa (L.) held under 3 different regimes of temperature and food availability. These were: 5.6ˆC, no food (cold, starved); 5.8ˆC, food present (cold, fed) and 10.7ˆC food present (warm, fed), which simulated winter conditions, summer conditions and an intermediate treatment. Regressions of oxygen consumption on ash‐free dry weight (AFDW) had slopes which were not significantly different from each other and ranged from 0.953 to 0.999. A common slope of 0.976 was calculated and intercepts based on the common slope used to compare oxygen consumption in each treatment. The rise from cold, starved conditions to warm, fed was 24.5 per cent and this was significant (P 0.05) but the cold, fed result was 12.6 per cent higher than cold, starved. Therefore feeding and temperature probably account for equivalent proportions of the rise in metabolism from winter to summer. Ammonia production data were much more variable. Excretion rates of a 50 mg AFDW individual (in ng‐at NH3‐N.h‐1) were as follows: cold, starved: 30.2 cold, fed: 7.1; and warm, fed: 22.9. Oxygen to nitrogen (O:N) ratios reflected these results. Mean O:N ratios were: cold, starved: 8.0; cold, fed: 42.4; warm, fed: 16.3. This shows that the simulated winter group relied heavily on protein to fuel their metabolism, the simulated summer group were less dependent on protein and the intermediate group probably used lipids and carbohydrates to fuel metabolic demands. This possibly reflected a trade off between food supply and increased metabolism from treatment to treatment, demonstrating a flexibility which could have been a contributing factor in the ecological tolerance and geological longevity of some brachiopods.last_img read more

Purplebricks in Welsh hot water over ‘British’ For Sale boards

first_imgWelsh nationalists have slammed Purplebricks’ over its new signboards supporting the British Olympic team.The recently-launched For Sale boards, which have been called ‘embarrassing’, ‘two fingers to Welsh national aspirations’ and ‘adverts for the Tory party’, have unwittingly walked into the long-standing and fervent Welsh nationalism debate.Campaigners for the cause have criticised several of the agency’s new Team GB boards outside propertie for sale in the Gwynedd and largely Welsh speaking village of Morfa Nefyn on the Llyn Peninsula.Anger was expressed by campaigners on Twitter over two aspects of the boards – that they advertised propertyies as ‘ideal holiday cottages’ and that its design includes a Union Jack and a lion, the latter being a symbol of English rather than British sporting teams.Two fingersWriting in Welsh, Twitter campaigner @Dydd_Mair said: “Absolutely disappointing. Not only are they marketing a Morfa Nefyn house but they also marketing it with two fingers to us when doing it.”Another commentator, @Yr_Hen_Goes said: “A nightmare for our villages; we roar, we challenge it. #nywarewalesfor sale.”Others said: “@PurplebricksUK This leads to me never considering you as a company who I would sell/buy a house with.”“This is divisive and lacks any sort of understanding regarding the housing problems experienced in Welsh rural areas. #disappointing.” “Can you replace the offending boards with your previous ones (bilingually) whilst you wait for the more appropriate ones for Scotland and Wales please?”.In response Purplebricks wrote on Twitter that: “We’re sorry this has caused upset. To provide some context we’re supporting Team GB and their athletes following a year like no other ahead of the Olympics and we’ve commissioned several artists, who are also athletes to create these boards.”purplebricks Wales Purplebricks Olympic team Purplebricks sign board Purplebricks April 20, 2021Nigel Lewis4 commentsPossession Friend, Possession Friend Possession Friend 20th April 2021 at 12:02 pmV ery Amateur and ‘ Cras ‘ of Purplebricks, – what on earth were they thinking( Obviously Not thinking, nor aware of their environment )What a Faux PasLog in to ReplyDaniel Hamilton-Charlton, Director – Property Searches Direct Ltd Director – Property Searches Direct Ltd 20th April 2021 at 8:58 amIt’s not an England Flag. I could have sworn that the Union Jack represented England, Wales, Scotland and N Ireland. I would hope that the Welsh members of Team GB are happy to raise that flag during events, or am I missing something here? Every day’s a school day and I’m happy to learn something new.Log in to ReplyGraeme Edwards, Ravensworth Printing Services Ltd Ravensworth Printing Services Ltd 20th April 2021 at 8:56 amIt’s a shame these boards have been received in this way. Perhaps more context up front would have helped, however, I see no issue with them. The flag is the flag of the Union, and it is the British Olympic team.Log in to ReplyPossession Friend, Possession Friend Possession Friend 20th April 2021 at 12:04 pmIf a letting agent wants to do business in Scotland, they wouldn’t dream of putting up any flag other than the Scottish flag !I’m a great Unionist, but also that as England has its flag, so does Wales, Scotland and Ireland.Log in to ReplyWhat’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 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Purplebricks in Welsh hot water over ‘British’ For Sale boards previous nextAgencies & PeoplePurplebricks in Welsh hot water over ‘British’ For Sale boardsWelsh nationalists slam the estate agency after it erected Union Jack and lion-dominated board, supporting Olympic Team GB.Nigel Lewis20th April 20214 Comments858 Viewslast_img read more

Optometrist – Wilmer Eye Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Frederick, MD

first_imgThe Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School ofMedicine is seeking an optometrist to join the Wilmer Frederickpractice. This individual will work independently to provideprimary ocular evaluations for patients seeking vision services atThe Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Wilmer EyeInstitute at Frederick. Provide comprehensive care and performgeneral visual examinations and contact lens evaluations onpatients in need of evaluation for vision correction and performthe various skills associated with the practice of optometry.Perform visual examinations and contact lens evaluation on adultsand pediatric patients in need of evaluation for problems relatedto ocular irregularities, including but not limited to keratoconus,post-surgical vision impairments, aphakia and distortion secondaryto injury or pathology. Refer and/or work in consultation withvarious ophthalmological specialists to diagnose and treatcomplicated vision disorders. Refer patients to surgeons forsurgical interventions as needed. Dispense and educate patientsabout optometric materials prescribed for treatment for ocularconditions. Work in collaboration with the optical manager.• Examines patients having a full range of visual problems by usinga full field of optometry instruments and techniques.• Diagnoses refractive errors and prescribes glasses and contactsas needed.• Diagnoses and treats visual diseases, disorders, and deficienciesand prescribes treatment according to the laws of the State ofMaryland, District, or Commonwealth.• In the state or jurisdiction in which licensed or under thestanding orders of a physician, uses diagnostic pharmaceuticalagents to detect and diagnose ocular pathology. Uses examinationtechniques to determine ocular signs of systemic diseases andmedications.• Refers patients to other appropriate specialists as needed forfurther evaluation and treatment.• Participates in departmental and educational meetings includingpeer review activities within the department and medicalfacility.Experience• Minimum of one (1) year of experience or successful completion ofaccredited optometry residency program.Education• Graduation from an accredited school of Optometry required.• License in good standing in State of Maryland required.• National Provider Identification (NPI) required.Please submit your application files including a cover letter andcurriculum vitae via the “Apply Now” button.The Johns Hopkins University is committed to equal opportunity forits faculty, staff, and students. To that end, the university doesnot discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, marital status,pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age,disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity orexpression, veteran status or other legally protectedcharacteristic. The university is committed to providing qualifiedindividuals access to all academic and employment programs,benefits and activities on the basis of demonstrated ability,performance and merit without regard to personal factors that areirrelevant to the program involved.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: legal information read more

Oxford City Council improves workplace diversity

first_imgQuestions were raised by councillors at the meeting regarding the viability of the census data, with the current percentage of economic active members of the BAME community being recognised as far higher than the 2011 level, meaning the gap the Council must close is much larger. In other areas of diversity, thenumber of women employed in the Council workforce now stands at 59%, though they continue to be underrepresented at a higher management level; the number of BAMEemployees in senior positions alsoremains extremely small. In a Council meeting on November 13, the report’s recommendations on improving ethnic diversity and representation in the Council’s workforce were discussed. Nonetheless, this 13% proportion is still short of the percentage of economically active BAME persons in the City, with the 2011 census putting that figure at 18%. Nigel Chapman, cabinet memberfor safer communities and customer focused services, told the Oxford Mail: “These issues don’t get solve [sic] in a year or even ten years. The number of job applications from BAME communities has gone up.” “We have 91 staff members from BAME communities from the city; surely there must be 91 who could be trained over time to become leaders. We must make sure they are given every opportunity to do that.”center_img As a result of the recommendations of the Report, the Council has updated its Equalities Action Plan for 2018-21 in an attempt to improve workforce equality in the areas high-lighted in the report. He added: “We have to watch we don’t lose very talented staff from these communities.” Oxford City Council has published its annual Workforce Equality Report, suggesting that, while there is stillprogress to be made in regards toworkplace diversity in the Council, there have been significant improve-ments in the last year. Councillors noted that the propor-tion of Council employees from the BAME community had increasedfrom 1% to 13% over the last year,with the number of applications from the BAME community rising, along with the number of new starters.last_img read more

Humane Society of Ocean City Launches Renovation Project, Seeks Donations

first_imgVolunteer Paula Todd, left, and shelter worker Patty Young spend some time in the cat room. By Donald Wittkowski Little Max, a friendly, mixed-breed dog, has been working on his behavior with the Humane Society of Ocean City’s kennel director George Muller in hopes of impressing someone to adopt him.Statistically, Little Max has a very good chance of finding a new home. In 2016, the Humane Society had a 95 percent adoption rate.The no-kill shelter, an Ocean City institution since the 1960s, hopes to build on its success with a $200,000 renovation plan over the next 13 months to accommodate the growing demand for its services.Half of the cost is being funded by a $100,000 contribution from an anonymous donor. Michelle Chalmers, the Humane Society’s development director, said the shelter will hold a series of fundraisers and continue to rely on the generosity of the community to complete the rest of the financing.Chalmers noted that 93 cents out of every dollar donated to the shelter goes directly toward helping the animals.“We want to make sure that the animals are first and foremost,” she said.Michelle Chalmers, the Humane Society’s development director, says that 93 cents of every dollar donated to the shelter goes directly toward helping the animals.As a no-kill shelter, the Humane Society keeps the animals until they are adopted or simply allows them to stay permanently. There is no time limit on how long it takes to find the right home, the organization stresses.The renovation plan will help sustain the shelter’s mission. It is a multifaceted project that will improve the shelter’s veterinary services, create better facilities for the animals and provide an upgrade to the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system.A centerpiece of the shelter’s makeover is an expanded veterinary center. The veterinary center sees more than 2,000 clients per year, providing services ranging from routine wellness checks to surgery, including low-cost spaying and neutering.Bill Hollingsworth, the Humane Society’s executive director, said the shelter will expand the veterinary center’s exam rooms and plans to hire another veterinarian to work with Dr. Julie Moberg, the head vet.“We know that this area has been economically challenged since Hurricane Sandy. We want to ensure this community has affordable vet care without having to wait a long time for an appointment,” Hollingsworth said in a statement.Chalmers explained that the veterinary center is not limited to pet owners who live in Ocean City or Cape May County. It is open to residents and pets from all areas, she said. Although most of the clients are from Ocean City and the surrounding communities, some of them come from as far away as Philadelphia and Ocean County.Any proceeds from the veterinary center will help offset the cost of the shelter’s adoption facility, Hollingsworth said.The Humane Society, founded in 1964, has been at its current location on Shelter Road near the city’s airport since the 1980s.Currently, the shelter has 10 dogs and 115 cats. Some of the cats were feral and remain unadoptable, so they are permanent residents. The renovation plan includes buying 64 new stainless-steel cages for the cattery.The shelter is also planning to buy new dog kennels that are equipped with wheels, making them portable in the event the animals must be evacuated during a storm, Chalmers said.Plans for the shelter’s upgraded heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system include new duct work that will reduce the chances of disease spreading throughout the complex, Chalmers stated.The last part of the renovation project involves upgrades to the shelter’s “enrichment center,” a meet-and-greet area where people are introduced to the animals they are thinking about adopting.The enrichment center is also used for training and behavior modification. For instance, Little Max, a young, energetic, black-and-white dog, was learning some new tricks at the enrichment center under kennel director George Muller’s supervision while waiting for someone to adopt him.“He’s a great dog,” Muller said. “He should have no problem finding a new home.”George Muller, the kennel director, teaches some new tricks to Little Max, one of the dogs up for adoption.The Humane Society, located on Shelter Road, off Tennessee Avenue, was founded in 1964 and has been at its current spot near the city’s airport since the 1980s. In the past 10 years, the shelter has grown significantly, underscoring the need for the renovation project.“This is an expensive but necessary project for the HSOC,” Chalmers said. “But our animals’ health and well-being is our first and foremost priority. We are asking the public to consider sponsoring dog kennels and cat cages to help offset the cost.”For more information on how to make a donation, visit or call (609) 398-9500, ext. 4.last_img read more

Maple Leaf price-fixing inquiry continues

first_imgCanada Bread Company, the parent company of the UK’s biggest bagel supplier Maple Leaf, is continuing its investigation into allegations that an employee at its UK bakery operations, Maple Leaf Bakery, may have sought to influence the pricing of a competitor, Mr Bagel.These allegations have led to the suspension of the employee, while an investigation is carried out with the support of external legal counsel.Lynda Kuhn, senior vice president, communications and consumer affairs at Canada Bread told British Baker: “The investigation is continuing and there is nothing further to update at this time. We certainly see these as serious allegations and we’re treating them as such. We’re proceeding very quickly to understand the facts and would like to resolve the issue as soon as possible.”last_img read more

Cotton Demand Down

first_imgThe rapid spread of COVID-19 has severely impacted the global cotton supply chain. An unexpected reduction in cotton mill use data is observed across all of the major cotton spinning countries, including China, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Turkey and Vietnam.Cotton spinning in China fell by upwards of 90% during the height of the pandemic in that country in early March. The spinning industry in China has begun to recover now but, with the anticipation of a decline in consumer consumption of apparel, the recovery of the spinning industry is limited for the current marketing year.COVID-19 is spreading fast in Turkey, India and Pakistan. Like China, recent travel restrictions in India, Pakistan and Vietnam are likely to have similar impacts on their spinning industry.World retail sales of clothing and textiles have also plummeted. Many “non-essential” businesses, including apparel stores, are closed to slow down the spread of the virus. In addition, with the rising rate of global unemployment, consumers’ use of dispensable income on apparel is also likely to be limited.The forecast for the current year’s world cotton consumption dropped 6.4% (7.6 million bales) in April 2020 compared to March 2020. The current forecast of world cotton demand is at 111 million bales, while the world cotton supply is at a relatively high level of 122 million bales.Global ending stocks are also projected to increase at the third-highest level for the past decade at 91 million bales. With supply outpacing demand and rising global ending stocks, we have seen downward pressure on global cotton prices.U.S. cotton acreage is projected to be nearly unchanged at approximately 13.7 million acres in 2020 after a decline in 2019, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Prospective Plantings Report. However, the survey was conducted in early March and may not have captured the full effects of the decline in cotton prices since then.U.S. cotton exports are currently forecasted at 15 million bales, down 1.5 million bales from the April forecast. Since the China-U.S. trade dispute, the U.S. lost part of its cotton market share in China. Brazil and Australia have benefited from the loss of market opportunity for U.S. cotton in China.In the global export market, Brazil is becoming the largest competitor for U.S. cotton. U.S. ending stocks for the 2019-20 crop year are expected to increase to the highest ending stocks for the past decade at 6.7 million bales.The decline of global cotton demand, trade uncertainty, increased levels of global competition and economic recession due to the COVID-19 crisis all factor into continued downward pressure for U.S. cotton prices. July cotton futures for old crops closed at 55.84 cents per pound, and new crop December futures closed at 57.52 cents per pound on May 1.For more cotton news from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, go to read more

Contura tries again to offload Powder River Basin coal assets

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Casper Star Tribune:Coal company Contura Energy announced Wednesday it had reached a tentative deal with FM Coal to transfer ownership of two idling Wyoming coal mines, the latest development in a bankruptcy case that has rattled coal country for months.The agreement hinges on approval of a federal bankruptcy court and the board of Contura. But if successful, the sale could lead to the reopening of Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr coal mines under a new owner. Eagle Specialty Materials, an affiliate of FM Coal, would operate the mines and assume full liability for the thermal coal mines, including reclamation obligations.The pair of coal mines have been idling since July 1 when bankrupt coal operator Blackjewel filed for Chapter 11 and failed to secure necessary funding to keep the mines operational. The shutdown left hundreds of miners out of work.If the sale closes, Contura says it will pay the newcomer to the basin $90 million in cash. It will also pay Campbell County $13.5 million for unpaid ad valorem taxes. In exchange, Eagle Specialty Materials would settle certain outstanding debts to creditors and assume the $237 million in reclamation bonds associated with the mines.To Clark Williams-Derry, director of energy finance at the Sightline Institute, an environmental think tank, the failure of the mines’ bankrupt owner Blackjewel to secure a new owner nearly three months after the mines initial closure signals trouble for the Powder River Basin — a region where a dozen of Wyoming’s mines operate. “Contura is paying $90 million to walk away from a financial mess,” he said. “These two mines have been hot potatoes and you have to sweeten the pot with extra cash payments. This could signal trouble for the Powder River Basin.More: Contura finds new potential owner for idling Wyoming coal mines Contura tries again to offload Powder River Basin coal assetslast_img read more

Colombia Launches Operation Troy 3 against Criminal Gangs

first_img The Cauca valley is located in the south -(west) of Colombia; El Chocó, in the northwest. On 6 August, Colombian Defense Minister Rodrigo Rivera announced the implementation of Operation Troy 3, intended to combat criminal gangs in northwestern Valle del Cauca and southern El Chocó. The high-ranking official indicated that this new operation seeks to intensify all institutional efforts “to push back, neutralize, and cause the disappearance of that criminal threat.” Estimates are that this operation will be launched in three weeks. This was revealed at a security council meeting held in Roldanillo, Valle del Cauca, where it was explained that this institutional action will take place in the region encompassed by the municipalities of Buenaventura and Roldanillo in Valle del Cauca and Itsmina in El Chocó. “It’s a kind of triangle in which we’re seeing illicit crops, laboratories for producing cocaine, the presence of criminal gang structures and networks of hitmen and micro-traffickers, disrespecting the lives and the values of the good people who live in this region, motivating this reaction of joint and coordinated action by all of the country’s armed services and judicial institutions,” the minister said. Rivera added that the fight against drug trafficking and criminal gangs in the area will be strengthened with the presence of jungle commandos and a unit of mobile paramilitary police squads. Finally, he called on citizens to report crimes and trust the authorities, supplying information that can make it possible to identify the criminals who are assaulting and committing extortion against the region’s inhabitants. By Dialogo August 09, 2011last_img read more