It is widely held that benthic foraminifera exhibit species-specific calcification depth preferences,with their tests recording sediment pore water chemistry at that depth (i.e. stable isotope and trace metalcompositions). This assumed depth-habitat-specific pore water chemistry relationship has been used to reconstructvarious palaeoenvironmental parameters, such as bottom water oxygenation. However, many deepwaterforaminiferal studies show wide intra-species variation in sediment living depth but relatively narrowintra-species variation in stable isotope composition. To investigate this depth-habitat–stable-isotope relationshipon the shelf, we analysed depth distribution and stable isotopes of “living” (Rose Bengal stained) benthicforaminifera from two box cores collected on the South Georgia shelf (ranging from 250 to 300m water depth).We provide a comprehensive taxonomic analysis of the benthic fauna, comprising 79 taxonomic groupings.The fauna shows close affinities with shelf assemblages from around Antarctica. We find “live” specimens of anumber of calcareous species from a range of depths in the sediment column. Stable isotope ratios (�13C and�18O) were measured on stained specimens of three species, Astrononion echolsi, Cassidulinoides porrectus,and Buccella sp. 1, at 1 cm depth intervals within the downcore sediment sequences. In agreement with studiesin deep-water settings, we find no significant intra-species variability in either �13Cforam or �18Oforam with sedimentliving depth on the South Georgia shelf. Our findings add to the growing evidence that infaunal benthicforaminiferal species calcify at a fixed depth. Given the wide range of depths at which we find “living”, “infaunal”species, we speculate that they may actually calcify predominantly at the sediment–seawater interface,where carbonate ion concentration and organic carbon availability is at a maximum.
May 7, 2021
A proptech platform has been launched that claims to help agencies achieve 80% of their revenues despite the Coronavirus lockdown.Homehere was launched two years ago by former Cardiff student lettings agent Lou Quinn with tech expert and angel investor John Curley.Their platform claims to streamline the lettings process, enable home working and improve landlord and tenant communications.But the pair picked an unfortunate time to plan their proptech launch – in the middle of the Coronavirus lockdown. Nevertheless, the pair have told The Negotiator that this could be the platform’s making because it will help agents survive the crisis.“Having a presence on the high street has served the industry well but with reduced footfall and the increasing demand for 24/7 service, a hub-based approach model is going to be the future of estate agency,” says Curley.Lead trackingHomehere is a lead tracker and qualifier but also helps agents understand the value they get from Rightmove, Zoopla and OTM’s alerts.Until deciding to launch the proptech business and work full time on it, Quinn worked at leading Cardiff estate agency and auction house Jeffrey Ross. It has begun using Homehere and, the company claims, it has been instrumental in helping the agency retain 80% of its revenue during the Coronavirus crisis.“Homehere allows us to communicate instantly, to chat with our clients and it also monitors key sales staff, so it’s no surprises that during a very difficult period we have seen amazing results,” says its boss Ross Hooper-Nash.Homehere cariff John Curley Jeffrey Ross email leads May 5, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » COVID-19 news » New proptech platform claims to help agents retain 80% of revenues during crisis previous nextProducts & ServicesNew proptech platform claims to help agents retain 80% of revenues during crisisCreated by a former estate agent from Cardiff, Homehere says its ability to track leads and help agents work from home is a ‘game changer’.Nigel Lewis5th May 202001,744 Views
May 4, 2021
Share this article Authorities Following initial talks in June 2015, the U.S. Navy has now signed an agreement with the government of Queensland, Australia to refuel its Great Green Fleet warships with biofuels in Queensland.Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and United States Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy for Management Thomas Hicks today signed a Statement of Cooperation as part of the Great Green Fleet initiative.The agreement, signed at a Parliament House ceremony, outlines the parties’ commitment to explore the research, development, supply and sale of advanced “drop-in” alternative fuels.The Great Green Fleet is a US Navy commitment to source 50 per cent of fuel from renewable sources by 2020.“This is a huge vote of confidence in our developing biofuels industry and puts Queensland in the box seat to supply the Pacific fleet,” the premier said.The Australian government has dedicated almost $20 million in four funds to stimulate key areas of the state’s industrial biotechnology and bioproducts sector and launched a 10-year roadmap to develop the industry.“We have also been able to lure Southern Oil Refining from NSW and the $16 million pilot plant they are building at Yarwun has a key role to play in this emerging giant of an industry,” Palaszczuk said. View post tag: Biofuel August 19, 2016 Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy signs deal to refuel ships with biofuel in Queensland, Australia US Navy signs deal to refuel ships with biofuel in Queensland, Australia View post tag: Great Green Fleet View post tag: US Navy
May 3, 2021
A terminal degree in Organizational Leadership or in arelevant field, such as management, organizational psychology,business, political science, or sociology1-3 years of graduate level teaching experienceOnline course development and teaching experienceThe background to teach a wide variety of courses inOrganizational Leadership. Position Description:The Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) division seeks non-tenuretrack adjunct faculty to develop and teach 485.700 TeamBuilding: Individual and Group Dynamics for onlinedelivery within the MA in Organizational Leadership program. Onlinecourse development is scheduled from May 2020 to August 2020 forthe Fall 2020 semester delivery. The course will run from September2020 to December 2020. Candidates with online course developmentand teaching experience and those with experience teaching andengaging students from diverse backgrounds are of particularinterest.COURSE DESCRIPTION485.700 Team Building: Individual and Group DynamicsIndividual and group dynamics are at the core of evidence-basedpractices. Leaders direct individuals and groups and also theinteraction that occurs among multiple groups toward accomplishmentof a mission or purpose. Additionally, leaders must come to termswith the concept of self-leadership – which involves personalresilience and methods for building cultures of resilience. Theknowledge of how groups and followers function is essential tosound decision making, implementing new concepts, changingdirection, solving problems, and motivating others. To acquire thisknowledge, students will dissect modern theories and research inindividual and group dynamics, identify “fit” and apply acceptedprinciples of dynamics to a work environment. Students will alsodifferentiate between small and large group dynamics, evaluate therole of a group leader, by focusing on issues such as boundaries,group identity, cohesion, conflict, power, group recognition, andintergroup alliances.Minimum Qualifications: An advanced degree in Organizational Leadership or ina relevant field, such as management, organizationalpsychology, business, political science, or sociology, with amaster’s degree at minimumFive years professional work experience within therelevant fields Cover letterCurriculum vitaeTeaching evaluations for three most recently taughtcourses, if applicant has teaching experience.References upon request Preferred Qualifications: The selected candidate will be expected to undergo a backgroundcheck and to submit proof of educational attainment.Submit your application online only at https://apply.interfolio.comusing 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:https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdfImportant legal informationhttp://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfm The position will remain open until filled.Candidates must submit the following:
May 2, 2021
St. John Church invites anybody to follow the Stations of the Cross at noon on Good Friday on the Ocean City Boardwalk.UPDATE: Due to the forecast of inclement weather, an observance of the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday has been moved from the Boardwalk to inside St. John Lutheran, located at 10th and Central Avenue, in Ocean City. The event will still start at noon. The original release follows.___________The congregation of St. John Lutheran Church in Ocean City invites the public to join them as they follow the stations of the cross this Good Friday on the Ocean City Boardwalk to re-enact the path Christ took from the Upper Room to the tomb.In what has become an annual tradition, this will be the fifth time St. John Lutheran Church will portray the stations of the cross on the Ocean City Boardwalk.Those who wish to take part in the Ocean City Stations should gather at 14th Street and the Boardwalk at noon on Good Friday, April 3. Participants will wend their way through the stations as they continue down the Boardwalk to 6th Street. All are welcome.Stations of the Cross, or Way of Sorrows, refers to the depiction of the final hours and Passion of Jesus.The object of the Stations is to help the faithful to make a spiritual pilgrimage of prayer, through meditating upon the scenes of Christ’s sufferings.— News release from St. John Lutheran Church
March 2, 2021
R&B soul-master Childish Gambino is making a quick rise in 2016. While more formally known as Donald Glover, the actor/writer/comedian/musician started as a writer for 30 Rock at the age of 23, rose to fame as the creator and star in FX’s Atlanta, and is currently cast as Lando Calrissian in Disney’s upcoming Han SoloStar Wars. But perhaps the most interesting part about this multi-skilled artist is the musical masterpiece he released earlier this month, Awaken, My Love!, which explores the future dimensions of funk, rock, and soul.Last night, he brought his #1 hit “Redbone” to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon with a full band and stellar production. Watch the performance below:If you aren’t familiar with the new Childish Gambino record, get into it right now.
January 26, 2021
A rape was reported Thursday to a University administrator, according to the Notre Dame Security Police crime log for Friday. The alleged rape occurred Feb. 27 in a Notre Dame residence hall, according to the entry. Students did not receive an email crime alert from NDSP alerting them that the report had been filed because the University did not identify the case as a timely threat, in accordance with Clery Act regulations.Information about sexual assault prevention and resources for survivors of sexual assault are available online from NDSP and from the Committee for Sexual Assault Prevention (CSAP).Tags: Clery Act, rape, sexual assault, Title IX
January 17, 2021
By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaTen years ago on Jekyll Island, two loggerhead turtle hatchlings were trapped in their nest on the beach and unable to get to the water. Georgia Graves saw them, rescued them, named them Bob and Dylan and brought them to the Georgia 4-H center on the island. Now a whopping 150 pounds, Dylan was released into the Atlantic Ocean June 30 off the island where she was born. Squashing the myth that turtles are slow, she quickly waddled into the water. A crowd of 300 chanted “Go Dylan! Go!”Her brother, Bob, was released three years ago.Educating 4-H’ersDylan spent the first seven years of her captive life at the Jekyll Island 4-H Center, one of six environmental education facilities operated by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “She was definitely the biggest draw in the aquarium room,” said TomWoolf, animal care coordinator for the 4-H center and UGA’s Tidelands Nature Center. “She liked to splash you with water if you walked by the tank as if to say ‘feed me.’ I cut up a lot of fish for that turtle.”Moved to the big cityAfter helping to educate more than 30,000 4-Hers and Jekyll Island visitors about wildlife conservation, Dylan moved to the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta in November 2005. While there, another 4.6 million people were able to see her and learn more about conservation. “She loved to play with ice blocks and rubber balls,” said Jeff Krenner, who cared for Dylan at the aquarium. “And she really liked for her shell to be scratched.”Back to the coast and the wildShe returned to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island in May 2007. While being prepared for her release, Dylan continued to educate visitors to that center. She learned not to be afraid of blue crabs and to consider them prey, along with horseshoe crabs and whelks.Woolf says Dylan is a perfect example of the benefits of keeping wild animals in captivity. “All the effort is well worth it when you see how many people were reached through this one animal,” he said. “The more people are aware and emotionally connected to wild animals, the more people will want to protect them and their habitats.”Help by calling professionalsAlthough Dylan’s story is a successful one, Woolf warns that wild animals are often harmed by people who think they are helping.“For example, on some barrier islands a lot of baby gopher tortoises are thrown into the ocean by people who think they are helping,” he said. “These are total land animals. Sometimes by trying to help a wild animal, you may be doing more harm than good.”He encourages people to contact a state wildlife agency or local nature center for assistance before helping any wild animal. Despite being back in her native habitat, Dylan’s job as an educator isn’t over. She will still reach students through the tracking device mounted on her shell.“Next year, my wife’s students at St. Simons Elementary will be watching Dylan and tracking where she goes,” said Mark Dodd, a wildlife biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. “She’s done a spectacular job teaching marine conservation, and this is exactly why we bring stragglers in. Dylan became quite the diva, too.”Track her progressTo track Dylan’s progress, go to the sea turtle center’s Web site gstc.blogspot.com/2008/06/track-dylan.html. Dylan isn’t expected to return to land for another 20 years, when it will be time for her to lay eggs.
December 20, 2020
By Dialogo April 22, 2010 Port-au-Prince General Hospital is the largest hospital in Haiti. Some of its buildings were damaged during the earthquake, but with the help of international medical organizations it has remained open. On any given day, more than 300 patients arrive looking for care. More than two months after the quake, doctors are seeing less of the crush injuries they saw right after the earthquake. Now, as the rainy season begins, they’re concerned about infectious disease. Dr. Megan Coffee is an infectious disease specialist from California. She has spent the past two months volunteering at Port au Prince General Hospital. She’s concerned about the likely spread of infectious disease in Haiti. She said the medical needs of the population have changed since the January earthquake. She said doctors rarely see the cuts, crushed limbs, and broken bones that were common early on. “These tents use to be all orthopedic injuries, all people who had been injured in the earthquake,” said Dr. Coffee. “Now some of them are post-op patients, post surgical patients. Some are still patients remaining from the earthquake.” With the rainy season beginning and much of the population in closely confined spaces in tent cities, health workers are on the lookout for infectious and water-borne diseases. “The problems of typhoid and malaria are going to grow with tent cities, with people who don’t have the best sanitation, and, having sitting water which is the cause of both those diseases,” Dr. Coffee added. Tuberculosis, a highly contagious respiratory disease, is another concern. Of the 300 patients who come to the hospital each day, about 4 have tuberculosis. Stanley is one of them. “[Stanley] came in with tuberculosis that had filled up his entire left lung, and had also started to fill up his heart,” explained Dr. Cofee. “He came in quite ill, basically unable to breath and needed to have a tube put in to drain the fluid.” Dr. Coffee says in Haiti, patients often wait until a condition reaches a crisis stage before seeking treatment. And that makes recovery more difficult. “It is really important for people like him to be able to be treated,” she added. “Because otherwise, if they were to go home without full treatment, they would be quite infectious to all of their neighbors.” Stanley has been in the hospital for two months. Half that time was spent with tubes in his chest. Dr. Coffee says there’s no way to tell if malaria, typhoid, and tuberculosis are on the upswing since the earthquake. But with the rainy season looming, they could spread quickly.
December 20, 2020
By Marcos Ommati/Diálogo March 04, 2019 The Tonelero Battalion is the Brazilian Marine Corps special operations unit. Its troops are specifically trained to execute and plan special operations. Diálogo talked to Marine Corps Colonel Stewart da Paixão Gomes, Tonelero Battalion commander, about the Brazilian military elite squad’s participation in the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, and addressed its similarities and differences with special forces of the region, among other topics. Diálogo: How does the training of a Tonelero Battalion special operator differ from that of their counterparts in the region and the United States? Brazilian Marine Corps Colonel Stewart da Paixão Gomes, Tonelero Battalion commander: I will share my experience. I had the opportunity to serve as an exchange officer in the Paraguayan Navy’s Marine Corps in 2006, and the U.S. Marine Corps in 2014. I noticed several similarities between the special operations units, particularly regarding selection and training, which promote motivation and readiness among units. Combat experiences are the main difference, but the techniques, tactics, and procedures are very similar. The countries of the Americas carry out frequent exchanges such as combined exercises and training, and service member academic exchanges. Naturally, depending on financial and technological resources available to each country, the equipment and means employed vary greatly, as well as the material available, which directly impacts training. Diálogo: Regarding activities for law and order guarantee (GLO, in Portuguese), such as those of 2018 in which Tonelero participated in Rio de Janeiro, are they important because they are real-life situations? Col. Stewart: Yes, all real life situations contribute to personnel development. Particularly in GLO activities, I noticed that operators and planners require specific preparation to align activities with rules of engagement stricter than what is typically expected during conflict situations. Diálogo: Why? Col. Stewart: Rules of engagement in a GLO operation comply with Brazilian law and not with international humanitarian law. Military needs should not determine actions, just as they don’t differentiate between criminals and law-abiding citizens. We can’t think in terms of the enemy or plan actions to undermine or destroy. We must adjust our capabilities toward repressive and overt activities to fight social conflict situations, where the main goal is to protect our forces and arrest criminals. Diálogo: Can you describe the responsibilities as far as safety during major events, such as the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games? Col. Stewart: At the time, there was a need for collaboration and integration between the ministries of Defense and Justice, and the Brazilian Intelligence Agency, with the creation of the Integrated Counterterrorism Committee. The military, federal, state, and municipal public security agencies coordinated activities, as well as agencies associated with public planning, transportation, and the organization of these events. In addition, the Ministry of Defense integrated the capabilities of the three forces (Navy, Army, and Air Force), and coordinated the special operations troops, deploying them in regions where events were scheduled. This way, they could assign skilled personnel to carry out counterterrorism operations in each event’s host city. To that extent, the Tonelero Battalion participated in activities with general staff representatives responsible for planning and carrying out regional activities, as well as establishing amphibious command groups (GRUCANF, in Portuguese) in the cities of Salvador and Rio de Janeiro. Diálogo: What was the focus of the mission? Col. Stewart: Well, our country doesn’t have a history of terror attacks, but the Olympic games do. For this reason, GRUCANF and other groups (service members and police officers) brought special operations capabilities to the area’s defense coordinators, such as facility recovery or hostage rescue. As such, prior to those major events, units conducted simulations and trainings, combining activities in three areas: defense, public safety, and intelligence. They carried out various anti-terrorism activities (defense maneuvers) locally, providing counterterrorism-capable troops. The forces’ deployment and their activities mitigated the risks and increased responsiveness across the Brazilian territory. Diálogo: Do you think that this interoperability was the main lesson learned? Col. Stewart: Absolutely. In addition to integrated planning, which participating departments and agencies developed jointly, there were many joint training and exchange activities among those involved. They were aware of the importance of safety and our responsibility for a safe outcome in our country. The interaction between people and systems was a unique opportunity for mutual knowledge exchange and improved communication between various sectors. Exchange activities intensified. For instance, this battalion developed phases and trainings for some of the states’ civil and military police. Additionally, we provided continuous support to longstanding partners, such as the Special Operations Battalion, BOPE, and Special Resources Coordination, CORE, in Rio de Janeiro, to whom we offered firearms training, inflatable boat use, swimming, climbing, and fast-rope techniques (from helicopters).