Long-term variability in the abundance of Antarctic fur seals Arctocephalus gazella at Signy Island, South Orkneys

first_imgThe number of Antarctic fur seals Arctocephalus gazella hauled out at Signy Island in the South Orkneys was monitored annually between 1977 and 2008. Over the study period seal abundance showed a tenfold increase, from a minimum of 1,643 seals in 1978 to a maximum of 21,303 in 1994. The majority of individuals observed were young adult males, likely to be migrants from South Georgia, with small numbers of female seals and only 65 pups recorded during the survey period. Variability in counts showed a similar pattern to Laurie Island, also in the South Orkneys archipelago, suggesting a similar annual immigration of seals to these two islands. The date of first seal arrival was correlated with the date of fast-ice breakout at Factory Cove, Signy Island, and years in which break out was exceptionally late (> 21 December) corresponded with years of reduced seal abundance. While the presence of fast-ice during the early breeding season may currently inhibit the establishment of a major breeding population of fur seals at Signy Island, it is important that routine monitoring should continue, particularly in the light of current patterns of climate warming in the Antarctic.last_img read more

Pediatric Plastic Surgeon

first_imgThe Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Division of PediatricPlastic Surgery in St. Petersburg, Florida seeks a BC/BE plasticsurgeon with fellowship training in pediatric plastic surgery whowill be a full-time faculty member in the Department of Plastic andReconstructive Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School ofMedicine. The professional opportunity would involve participationin multidisciplinary clinics, resident education, and research aswell as building a community practice in pediatric plastic surgeryin the metropolitan Tampa Bay region.Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital is a 259-bed teachinghospital, ranked as a U.S. News & World Report BestChildren’s Hospital. We serve as the craniofacial/pediatric plasticsurgery rotation site for the University of South Florida plasticsurgery residency. We offer a competitive salary and benefitspackage including medical malpractice insurance (tail insurance),relocation assistance, paid vacation, paid time and expenses forCME, 403(B) retirement plan, pension plan, short and long-termdisability coverage and life insurance and health benefits.Interested individuals must be dedicated to academic plasticsurgery and expanding the scope of pediatric plastic surgeryavailable on the west coast of Florida. You will work within adynamic academic environment located in an expanding clinicalcampus in St. Petersburg within Johns Hopkins Medicine. There aremany opportunities and support to develop clinical, educational,and research interests. Applicants with interest in facialreanimation, peripheral nerve, pediatric microsurgery, migrainesurgery, hand surgery, transgender medicine, vascular anomalies,adolescent breast surgery, microtia, and other disciplines areencouraged to apply. Opportunities are available to care for adultpatients for transitional care and cosmetic surgery in addition toour pediatric practice.To confidentially learn more details, please contact:Sarah StephensAdministrative ManagerJohns Hopkins All Children’s [email protected] 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:https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdfImportant legal informationhttp://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfmlast_img read more

SNOOKER: CYMS ON ‘CUE’ AGAINST HOTLY TIPPED CREGGAN SIDE

first_imgCYMS SNOOKER NEWS:Results from this weeks CYMS teams: Monday 2nd NovGillens Fuels North West Premier Division:Limavady 2 -v- 4 CYMS ACYMS B 2 -v- 4 Shantallow HouseTuesday 3rd NovLeague Division 2:CYMS 3 -v- Over The Hill 2Wednesday 4th NovStation House Hotel Veterans’ LeagueSection One:CYMS A 3 -v- 1 Creggan ASection Two:CYMS B 2 -v- 2 Pilots RowShantallow House 3 -v- 1 CYMS CSNOOKER: Only €3 per hourMEMBERSHIP DETAILS & FEES:• Adults: €15• Juniors, Students (Student Card must be shown) & Senior Citizens: €7.50OPENING HOURS:• Monday – Friday: 4pm – 11.30pm• Saturday & Sunday: 5pm – 11.30pmAll new members welcomeSNOOKER: CYMS ON ‘CUE’ AGAINST HOTLY TIPPED CREGGAN SIDE was last modified: November 5th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:SnookerSportlast_img read more

Bellator 226 opponents named for Bell, Miller

first_imgWith a little over a month left to go before local professional MMA fighters Cass Bell and Tyson Miller enter the octagon at Bellator 226, the two now know who they will face.Bell (3-0-0), undefeated in three professional fights at the SAP in San Jose, where Bellator 226 takes up residence Sep. 7, will face Isiah Rocha in the 135-pound bantamweight division. Rocha won his professional debut against Vladimir Martinez via a first-round ground-and-pound at WFC 102 on April 5. He was 7-0-0 as an …last_img read more

Science in the spotlight

first_imgThe theme of this year’s Insite exhibitionwas the role of science and technology inthe developing world. (Image: Sci-Bono Discovery Centre) A scale model of the MeerKAT prototype telescope was on view at Insite 2008. (Image: Square Kilometre Array)Janine ErasmusThe International Science, Innovation and Technology Exhibition (Insite) 2008, an initiative of the national Department of Science and Technology (DST), is the Southern African region’s premier platform for developments on the science and technology front. The theme for this year’s event, the third edition, was the role of science, innovation and technology as key drivers of economic growth and development.The event ran concurrently with the world conference of the International Association of Science Parks, held in an African country for the first time. The conference was hosted by South Africa’s first fully-accredited science park, the Innovation Hub, and carried the theme The role of Science and Technology Parks in accelerating knowledge economy growth – contrasts between emerging and more developed economies.The international scientific body has announced that it plans to open an African chapter in the near future, as members from the continent continue to sign up in their numbers. Science parks are seen as significant contributors to building a culture of technology and entrepreneurship – an area that poses major challenges for many developing countries – because they stimulate and manage knowledge flow between universities, research institutions, and business.However, while the establishment of science parks could assist emerging countries to become more competitive in the global knowledge market, the high cost of establishing these was often a deterrent, especially for young economies.Addressing delegates at the conference, Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa praised government interventions, especially in the development of strategic economic infrastructure, for contributing to the growth of the Gauteng economy.“The Innovation Hub was launched as part of these interventions in April 2005,” said Shilowa. “It is Africa’s first science park aimed at nurturing and growing enterprises in the knowledge sector of the economy.”South Africa, and other developing African countries, hopes to participate more in the 21st century in terms of science and technology, said Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngquka, as this would ensure that economic growth had a beneficial impact on citizens.Embracing open sourceIn addition, Insite featured a strong focus on open source software, with a number of companies – including Microsoft – presenting their views on the way forward for the open source sector. The event also commemorated World Software Freedom Day, which was launched in 2004 with the aim of educating and boosting awareness among the global public of the benefits of using top-quality open source software, both at work and at home. Software Freedom Day fell on 20 September.In South Africa, the DST has embraced the open source platform and is currently migrating software already in use to the open source equivalent. The department will also only install new applications that are based on open standards. This is in line with national government’s grand policy to implement open source solutions, which was approved by Cabinet in early 2007.“We promote open source not only because we want to use high quality software and the latest technology,” said science and technology director-general Phil Mjwara, “but because it is an excellent platform for scientific computing. It gives scientists access to the tools they require to perform their work no matter what area they decide to specialise in. Therefore you will find open source software in our bio-chemistry projects our astronomy projects, and our HLT and access programmes.”The DST’s National Advisory Council on Innovation runs entirely on open source software, using Kubuntu Linux as the operating system as well as OpenOffice and Firefox for productivity. The DST also runs open source software on its web servers, firewalls, PABX, proxies, mail relays and network tools, among others.Speaking in July 2008 at the opening of the GovTech 2008 conference in Durban, Minister of Public Service and Administration Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi named open source software and open standards as key components of efficient IT in government. Moloketi is known for her support of the open source platform and said that government IT providers must not dismiss open standards.Sport and biofuels also a focusAnother focus area at Insite was the role that technology plays in sport, with the Science and Technology in Sport conference also taking place during Insite. Here, the role of sport and recreation in demystifying science and technology amongst youth was examined. The conference also spotlighted the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and opportunities for the national development of sport participation in previously disadvantaged communities.Topics of discussion included a strategy on uniting African broadcasters for 2010, and the creation of home-grown models for producing winning sports stars. Respected sports scientist Tim Noakes and former Springbok coach Jake White, who guided the national rugby team to their second world championship in 2007, were guest speakers.The Bio2Biz SA 2008 conference, highlighting the resurgence of biofuels, tackled the need for alternative sources of fuel versus the need to judiciously use the earth’s cultivatable land. South Africa, as a developing country, could benefit from the positive spin-offs derived from biofuel production, such as job creation, economic upliftment of rural communities, and a closer relationship between the first and second economies. The country’s draft biofuels legislation is, however, sensitive to the issue of food security as it advises against the use of essential food crops and productive land to make biofuel.A variety of exhibitorsExhibitors at the event included, among many others, Breadbin, marketers of the Freedom Toaster, Microsoft, Carl Zeiss, Robotics SA, the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, the Cradle of Humankind world heritage site, the office of science and technology in the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, and the Council for Geoscience. A model of the MeerKAT prototype telescope was also on display – this is part of the Karoo Array Telescope, which will be used in the core of the Square Kilometre Array telescope should South Africa win its bid to host the giant apparatus.The One Laptop Per Child project showed off the latest release of their low-cost laptop and demonstrated the machine’s capabilities.Insite 2008 also featured a strong international presence – the China pavilion showcased almost 40 exhibitors across a range of fields including medicine, nanotechnology, higher learning, science and technology exchange, research, agriculture, and engineering.A German pavilion featured the latest and best from this technology-savvy nation. A number of higher learning and research institutions were present, including the Universities of Stuttgart, Duisberg Essen, and Braunschweig/Wolfenbüttel, and the German Development Institute Bonn.Visitors to Insite were also treated to the Madrid pavilion, which hosted the Madrid Chamber of Commerce, PromoMadrid Desarrollo Internacional de Madrid SA, and the Madrid Region Parks and Clusters Network, a network of six science parks located in the region.Other major pavilions were hosted by Japan, the International Association of Science Parks, and Open Source for Business, which featured open source pioneers Red Hat, Novell, Obsidian, Sita and Sun Microsystems.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus on [email protected] articlesScience and technologyAfrican eyes on the universeUseful linksInsiteDepartment of Science and TechnologySci-Bono Discovery CentreInternational Association of Science Parks 2008 world conferenceBio2Biz conferenceSoftware Freedom Daylast_img read more

More low fares for GermanyÂ

first_imgPhoto: Ryanair Ryanair, Europe’s largest low-cost carrier, which has been operating to Germany for several years has earmarked the country as one of its focus growth markets. The expansion comes as the Irish airline is embarking on a major recruitment to support its ambitious fleet growth plans. Ryanair will take delivery of 50 new Boeing 737-800s in the next 12 months and increase its fleet from 355 Boeing single-aisle aircraft to over 500 in the next 5 years. The LCC’s orderbook includes 100 Boeing 737 MAX 200 aircraft, a variant based on the 737 MAX 8 that can accommodate up to 200 seats. Ryanair is launch customer of the type, and it has options to purchase another 100 737 MAX 200s in addition to the firm order for 100. Ryanair’s Chief People Officer Eddie Wilson says “2017 is set to be our busiest recruitment year to date, and we are continuing to invest heavily in talent for the future. Ryanair is now considered to be the ‘go-to’ airline for both cadet and direct entry hires, with our industry leading 5/4 roster for pilots. Both pilots and cabin crew have the opportunity to work on the youngest fleet in Europe as we take delivery of our new Boeing aircraft.Ryanair will be hiring 2,000 new cabin crew, 1,000 pilots and 250 aircraft engineers, as well as promoting over 300 first 0fficers on its command upgrade program across its 84-base European network. A range of new positions will also be created in IT, sales & marketing, digital experience, finance and commercial at Ryanair’s Dublin office, and also at its Travel Labs Poland subsidiary in Wroclaw.The Irish LCC is expecting to increase passenger numbers in Germany to 16 million in the current fiscal year ending March 2017, up from 10 million in the prior fiscal year. It is forecasting further growth of 16.7 million in the FY year through March 2018, but this could be a low estimate because several airports in the country are actively courting Ryanair to base aircraft at their infrastructure and open new routes, according to Chief Commercial Officer David O’Brien.  Germany is the European Union’s second largest air transport market, with some 194 million passengers travelling to/ from and within the country last year, recently released Eurostat data show. Germany is Europe’s second largest air travel market, after the UK. As part of its growth strategy for Germany, Ryanair is opening new bases in Hamburg and Nuremberg Nov. 2, expanding its route network at Cologne-Bonn airport and almost doubling the size of its base at Berlin Schönefeld airport. The LCC has added four new Boeing 737-800s to its Berlin base in September –nearly two months earlier than initially planned—elevating its based fleet to nine aircraft.It first began serving Berlin in May 2003, but only opened a base at Schönefeld in October 2015, with five aircraft operating 22 routes. With nine 737-800s based there and 45 routes offered this winter, the airport is Ryanair’s largest German base.  It will expand its summer 2017 schedule there by 40% year-over-year to 300 weekly flights and 46 destinations.The Irish LCC said it will offer 19 new summer destinations from Schönefeld in 2017: Belfast; Budapest, Bucharest and Timisoara in Romania; Catania, Italy; Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Santander and Seville in Spain; Lisbon; Manchester, England; Nis, Serbia; Podgorica and Rzeszow, Poland; Sofia, Bulgaria; Thessaloniki, Greece; Toulouse; and Vilnius, Lithuania. Most of these services will be continued from its winter schedule, which includes 16 new routes. Additionally, the airline will scale up some of its existing connections. Ryanair is targeting to increase its traffic through Schönefeld by 15% to 5.4 million passengers in 2017, by when it hopes to overtake EasyJet as the largest carrier at the airport. The Hamburg and Nuremberg bases will open in a couple of weeks, on November 2.  Hamburg will launch with two based 189-seat Boeing 737-800s and Nuremburg with one based aircraft but this will double in summer 2017 season. Next summer, Ryanair will add four new year-round routes to to Bari, Madrid, Palermo and Porto from Nuremberg as well as 5 new seasonal services to Budapest, Malta, Manchester, Milan and Rome, plus increased frequencies to London Stansted to a twice daily service.  It will operate 12 routes in total from this German airport and 56 weekly flights.    In Hamburg, the LCC will grow its operations by 180% next summer compared with the summer scheduled 2016. It will launch 2 new routes to Faro and Thessaloniki, 7 new summer services to Brussels, Dublin, Gran Canaria, London, Manchester, Milan and Sofia and extra flights to Palma. Ryanair will operate 95 weekly flights on 16 routes in total from Hamburg which it says will deliver 1.7 million customers per year.“There’s never been a better time to book a low fare flight on Ryanair,” Ryanair’s Chief Marketing Officer, Kenny Jacobs said. “As our recent guidance confirmed, Ryanair expects average fares to fall by between 10% to 12% in the 6 months to March 2017.”last_img read more

Sukhbir faces leadership challenge in Akali Dal

first_imgThe Shiromani Akali Dal is battling internal crisis as the party’s (Taksali) old guard has come out in the open against the top leadership. With senior leaders virtually revolting against its president, Sukhbir Singh Badal is now facing a leadership challenge.Facing criticism over issues, including pardon granted to Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim in a blasphemy case and the Kotkapura-Behbal Kalan police firing incidents of 2015, which followed the Bargari sacrilege, the Akali Dal is once again attempting to return to its core “panthic” agenda, political analysts have told The Hindu.Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, Member of Parliament from Khadoor Sahib who was expelled from the party last week, had hit out at Mr. Sukhbir and former Minister Bikram Singh Majithia, accusing them of deviating from the “panthic” agenda and causing an “irreparable damage to the party”. Mr. Brahmpura along with two other expelled leaders, Sewa Singh Sekhwan and Rattan Singh Ajnala, have announced that they would launch a new party keeping intact the original values and ideology of the “Akali Dal”.“The Akali Dal has come under the sway of the ‘Badal family’ in the past few years. Mr. Sukhbir’s (son of former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal) attempt to change the basic character of the party, making it catch-all party seeking vote in the name of the region (Punjab) instead of Sikh panth, has not gone down well with the senior (Taksali) leaders, who believe that the party has deviated from it’s core ideology of giving voice to Sikh issues,” said Ashutosh Kumar, professor of Political Science at Panjab University.Mr. Ashutosh points out that the old guard, who have been feeling ‘sidelined and ignored’, believe that the handling of the issues by the top party leadership in an ”autocratic” manner had damaged the party. “So far, Mr. Badal has managed to cruise the party quite well, but to say that his son Sukhbir would be able to retain the panthic support seems difficult. Mr. Sukhbir’s acceptance among the senior party leaders as their chief has been time and again questioned,” said Mr. Ashutosh. As the senior leadership of the party, including Mr. Badal, Mr. Sukhbir and daughter-in-law Harsimrat Kaur Badal sought atonement for “mistakes that might have been committed inadvertently during their rule” at the Akal Takht, the supreme temporal body of Sikhs, the move is being seen as a ”damage control” effort.last_img read more

Bale & Benzema can’t fill Ronaldo role – Mijatovic

first_imgFormer Real Madrid attacker Predrag Mijatovic says the club have no choice but to sign another star player as he believes Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema lack the quality to fill the role.Madrid have slumped to four defeats and a draw in their last five matches in all competitions, leaving new coach Julen Lopetegui facing a difficult fight to keep his job.The Champions League holders have scored just once in that run, as Bale has not found the net since August, while Benzema is on a similarly poor run. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The Spanish giants have been linked with several options to replace the Portuguese star, who ended his nine-year spell in the capital to join Juventus, and Mijatovic believes they must bring someone in to fix the problem.”When you lose a player like that, and you have to remember that you wanted to leave, you have to find another,” he told Cadena Ser.”I’m not convinced that Bale and Benzema can fill the gap of Cristiano. Comparing them with him, they are not able to give the same as him in recent years.”Failure to beat Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League this week or a bad result against rivals Barcelona in La Liga on Sunday could see Lopetegui dismissed just a few months after taking charge at the Santiago Bernabeu.However, Mijatovic says they would be wrong to give up on the former Spain boss at this point, insisting the league can still be won despite the four-point gap with leaders Barca.”Without any doubt it would be a mistake to throw him out, it’s a bad decision,” he said. “The league is very even, you have to keep the coach.”Madrid can hardly lose against Viktoria, the Champions League is a competition made for them, if they lose they will have to make a decision, but even if they lose, we have to give Julen time.”We do not have to look for the guilty, we have to find the solution, the players have to take this forward, Madrid will come out of this situation, I am convinced.”last_img read more

US Women Kick Out Germany, 2-1

first_imgBOCA RATON, Fla. — Alex Morgan and Samantha Mewis scored and the United States rallied to beat Germany 2-1 on March 9 to win the SheBelieves Cup.The World Cup champion Americans were 3-0-0 in the four-team event. Germany (2-1-0) finished second.“You put two great teams on a small pitch, and the intensity was fantastic,” U.S. coach Jill Ellis said. “This tournament was essential for us to continue to grow.”In front of 13,501 fans at FAU Stadium, Germany opened the scoring in the 29th minute when Anja Mittag beat goalkeeper Hope Solo with a low, hard shot to the left corner of the net. It was the first goal allowed by the Americans since a 1-0 loss to China on Dec. 16.The Americans, who have won all nine of their matches this year, tied it on Morgan’s goal in the 35th minute, and Mewis added the winner in the 41st minute on a shot that deflected off a defender’s leg. It was just the second goal for Mewis in eight career games with the national team.“She can operate in tight spaces and has tremendous technical ability,” Ellis said about Mewis. “Her physical dimension was very good. I wanted to see if she could handle the top teams.”Morgan said her goal, which came on the left wing after a pass from Meghan Klingenberg, was special.“It ranks up there especially the fact that we were down 1-0 and we were able to come back so quickly and win our first domestic tournament,” Morgan said. “It was pretty big for me.”Morgan was named the Woman of the Match and also won the Golden Boot and Golden Ball awards for the tournament. “With Alex, we started to see it in January in training,” Ellis said. “She’s fit. She’s healthy.”For the tournament, Solo earned the Golden Glove award given to the top goalie.The teams met for the first time since the Americans’ 2-0 victory in Montreal last year in the World Cup semifinals. The U.S. is 8-0-5 against Germany since 2003.They could meet again soon in the Olympics in Brazil. Of the 22 players who were part of the game for the U.S., 19 are on the Olympic roster.(WALTER VILLA)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more