Long-distance bird migration within South America revealed by light-level geolocators

first_imgLittle is known about the timing of migration, migration routes, and migratory connectivity of most of the >230 species of birds that breed at south temperate latitudes of South America and then migrate toward the tropics to overwinter. We used light-level geolocators to track the migration of 3 male and 3 female Fork-tailed Flycatchers (Tyrannus savana) captured on their breeding territories in Argentina. All birds initiated fall migration between late January and late February, and migrated 45 to 66 km day–1 in a northwesterly direction through central South America to either one or two wintering areas. Five individuals first spent several weeks (in April and May) in western Amazonia (mainly Peru, northwestern Brazil, and southern Colombia) before moving east to spend the rest of the non-breeding season in central Venezuela and northern Brazil. One individual occupied primarily one wintering area in eastern Colombia, northwestern Brazil, and southwestern Venezuela. Fall migration took approximately 7–12 weeks to complete and covered a distance of 2,888–4,105 km. We did not analyze spring migration data because of broad overlap with the austral spring equinox. These results are the first data on wintering locations, migration timing, and routes of individual migrant passerine birds that breed in South America. Given the general lack of similar data for practically all migratory birds that breed in South America, geolocator technology has the potential to revolutionize our understanding of how birds migrate—and the threats they face—on South America’s rapidly changing landscape.last_img read more

Weber State Football Picked Third in Big Sky By Coaches and Media, SUU 12th and 11th

first_imgJuly 15, 2019 /Sports News – Local Weber State Football Picked Third in Big Sky By Coaches and Media, SUU 12th and 11th Tags: Aaron Best/Big Sky Football media day/Davenport Hotel/Demario Warren/Eastern Washington/Jay Green Jr./Jay Hill/Jonah Williams/NCAA Division I/Rashid Shaheed/Southern Utah/Spokane/Zach Larsen FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSPOKANE, Wash.-2:37 pmWeber State star defensive end Jonah Williams told Chazanow that the Wildcats’ defense takes great pride in “stopping the ball” and making opposing offenses one-dimensional. When Chazanow praised star receiver/kick returner Rashid Shaheed for his kick-returning skills, Shaheed in turn praised “the other 10 guys” on the field with him for blocking for him.1:32 pmSouthern Utah’s star center Zach Larsen and standout tailback, Jay Green Jr. were interviewed by Chazanow, Green was complimentary of Larsen, saying he loves to run behind him and, at times, can get 10 yards off the line of scrimmage. Larsen spoke of the football lineage in his family, telling Chazanow that they all help each other out.10:59 amWhen addressing Southern Utah head football coach Demario Warren, Chazanow saw the coach admit he didn’t do a solid job of preparing his squad last season and hopes to rectify the problems this season.10:08 amThe interviews with coaches began as Washington State Cougars athletics play-by-play man Matt Chazanow interviewed Weber State head coach Jay Hill. Chazanow asked Hill about the quality of the Big Sky Conference, calling it “the best in the nation [in FCS].” Hill replied affirmatively, confirming that the Wildcats have to bring their A effort every week to be successful.9:34 amWeber State, just hours after winning the Big Sky Conference’s President Cup, netted seven student-athletes on the All-conference preseason football team. These standouts are headlined by reigning Jerry Rice award winner, sophomore tailback Josh Davis.Others include senior defensive end Adam Rodriguez, junior kick returner/receiver Rashid Shaheed, senior linebacker Auston Tesch, junior kicker Trey Tuttle, junior offensive guard Ty Whitworth and senior defensive end Jonah Williams.Southern Utah senior center Zach Larsen represents the Thunderbirds on the all-conference preseason squad.9:30 amMonday, as Big Sky Football media day commenced at the Davenport Hotel of Spokane, Wash., Weber State and Southern Utah had their places in the conference standings voted on by coaches and media.Under head coach Aaron Best, Eastern Washington was voted to win the conference title by both coaches and media. The Eagles posted 25 first-place votes, giving them 536 points.The Eagles are coming off a 12-win season and a trip to the NCAA Division I national championship game and are ranked in the top 5 in the FCS STATS and AFCA Coaches’ polls.Weber State was voted to finish third in the conference by both coaches and media. The Wildcats netted four first-place votes from the media Monday.Southern Utah was picked to finish 12th in the coaches poll and 11th in the media poll.As media day ensues, Wildcats head coach Jay Hill, Shaheed and  Williams will address the media. Representing the Thunderbirds will be head coach Demario Warren,  Larsen and tailback Jay Green Jr. Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more

UK: Maritime Medics Tested on Exercise Corsican Lion

first_img View post tag: News by topic UK: Maritime Medics Tested on Exercise Corsican Lion View post tag: Tested Training & Education HMS Illustrious, the UK’s high readiness helicopter and commando carrier, has been joined by sixteen doctors and specialist nurses and a biomedical scientist to validate the UK’s ‘role two afloat’medical capability.Participating in Exercise Corsican Lion, a UK-French maritime exercise taking place in the Mediterranean, the enhanced medical capability is a vital component of the maturing Combined Joint Expeditionary Force.After an initial period of settling into the ship and tending some straightforward practice ‘patients’, the team’s training will conclude with a mass casualty exercise, testing the medics, ship’s company and their equipment to the limits.The role two afloat capability is designed to be a bridging facility for seriously and very seriously injured patients between the frontline and a role three facility such as RFA Argus (a hospital ship) or a hospital ashore in friendly territory.The team within Illustrious have the capability to handle two very seriously injured causalities who are assessed by the trauma team and can then undergo treatment in a fully equipped operating theatre before being cared for on the critical care unit.The facility also has a transfusion service run by a biomedical scientist and has the capability to hold blood and blood products.There is also the provision in an emergency to provide blood from some of the 685 permanent ship’s company who have already had their blood screened.Surgeon Commander Simon Mercer, officer commanding the role two team, said, “the role two is about damage resuscitation.“It is important we transfer the skills we have learnt recently in Afghanistan to the maritime environment so that we are ready for contingency operations”.Two members of the team, Surgeon Commander Raj Shah and Petty Officer (Naval Nurse) Elizabeth Hunt were part of a role two team in RFA Fort Victoria during Operation Capri, the anti-piracy campaign off Somalia in 2010.They have been able to share their experiences with more junior medics.PO Hunt said, “it has been good to pass on the experience from my previous role two afloat operations to colleagues that have never done role two before and especially our tri-service colleagues who are also new to life onboard a warship“.HMS Illustrious is in the Mediterranean as part of the Cougar 12 deployment of the UK’s Response Force Task Group.This annual training mission is currently focussing on UK – French naval cooperation and combined amphibious operations as part of a future high readiness twonation force able to react to emerging crises in and around Europe.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, October 24, 2012; Image: UK View post tag: Naval View post tag: Exercise View post tag: Lion View post tag: Medics Share this article View post tag: Maritime Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: Maritime Medics Tested on Exercise Corsican Lion View post tag: Corsican October 24, 2012 View post tag: Navylast_img read more

Second COVID-19 Death Confirmed As Administration Faces Criticism From Democratic Governor Candidate

first_imgSecond COVID-19 Death Confirmed As Administration Faces Criticism From Democratic Governor CandidateMarch 17, 2020, |  Posted by Janet WilliamsBy Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—State officials confirmed the second patient death related to the coronavirus Tuesday in Johnson County, one day after government and healthcare leaders imposed drastic restrictions in the effort to contain the widening pandemic.Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced the first death in Marion County Monday as he imposed new restrictions on bars, restaurants, and nightclubs to place a temporary ban on in-person service, restricting businesses in the food industry to carry out and delivery orders only. He also called on the state to abide by a recommendation by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to limit gatherings to 50 people or less.Gov. Eric Holcomb with Community Hospital’s Dr. Ram Yeleti announces the first coronavirus death in Indiana on Monday. Photo by Janet WilliamsIn addition, Holcomb issued an executive order that includes the restrictions on public gatherings through the end of March, delays non-essential meetings, allows members to participate electronically if the meetings are essential, and activates the Indiana National Guard to be on duty as needed.His Democratic opponent in the 2020 gubernatorial election, former Indiana State Health Commissioner Woody Myers, held a press conference by telephone Tuesday to outline his “Coronavirus Control Plan,” a response that calls for the immediate closure of all schools, a $100 million appropriation for emergency funding and to convene a special session of the Indiana General Assembly.The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has sickened 30 people so far in Indiana, according to the latest reports by the state health department. But many more residents are expected to have contracted the virus, and Myers said this is due in large part to what he said is a lack of testing statewide.“I absolutely believe we have made a serious mistake by not emphasizing testing earlier and getting the tests done quicker,” Myers said. “We need testing more than any single other items because without testing you don’t know where your patients are, you don’t know where your clusters are, you don’t know where to focus your resources.”Indiana State Health Commissioner Kris Box told Hoosiers in the Monday press conference those experiencing mild or moderate symptoms should not seek out tests and should instead self-quarantine. Box said this is necessary to prevent further spread of the disease and to ensure resources in hospitals can go to those at high risk of experiencing complications from the disease, such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.Myers, however, said healthcare professionals can prioritize access for high-risk populations while still ensuring more Hoosiers are tested.“They should go to the front of the line, but that shouldn’t mean everyone else doesn’t get the opportunity,” Myers said.Myers’ said Indiana’s private business leaders should also be prepared to face additional closures to curb the spread of the virus. He recommended the Indiana General Assembly allocate $100 million in additional relief for those affected by temporary closures and to revise state laws on price gouging. He also reiterated the need for a public-private partnership, the Indiana Coronavirus Leadership Group, to facilitate further conversations among government officials, healthcare providers, and private organizations.Representatives for the Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association responded soon after Holcomb announced a suspension of dining room service Monday. While industry representatives said they support the governor’s decision, they encourage Indiana residents to consider alternatives to eating out that could still support businesses through the inevitable economic challenge, such as buying gift cards and offering generous tips for takeout and delivery orders.“We are continuing a very positive dialogue with the governor and his team as we discuss the immediate issues facing our industry and the 14% of Hoosiers that are employed directly in the restaurant and lodging industry in Indiana,,” said Patrick Tamm, president and CEO of the INRLA. “Our team members are experiencing an immediate impact to their lives and are very vulnerable at this time.”House Minority Leader Phil GiaQuinta, D-Fort Wayne, wrote a letter to the governor to focus on issues to increase eligibility for unemployment insurance for those affected by the outbreak, require employers to offer up to four weeks of paid leave, waive co-pays for those using the Healthy Indiana Plan, enhance protections for renters to prevent evictions and protect homeowners from foreclosures.Nationwide, every state except West Virginia has reported cases of COVID-19. As of Tuesday afternoon, the Centers for Disease Control reports that there are more than 4,200 cases across the country and 75 people have died.FOOTNOTE: Erica Irish is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students. Print Friendly, PDF & EmailFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

VERGARETTI, MARTIN J.

first_img60, passed away at his home on January 12, 2017. He was a lifelong Bayonne resident. In his youth, Marty played quarterback for Bayonne Pop Warner Jr. Bees and later became assistant coach. He graduated Bayonne High School and later attended Rutgers University. Martin was predeceased by his parents, Alfred and Catherine Vergaretti, and his brother, Roger. Survived by his siblings David P. Vergaretti & Kathleen, Catherine Mosca & Giro, Cecelia Vergaretti & Jay Landreth, Libby Lodge & Kamm, and Alicia Welborn & Bryan. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: SBMC Transplant Fund C/O Development Department, 95 Old Short Hills Rd., West Orange, NJ 07052. Funeral arrangements by CAIOLA-STELLATO Funeral Home, 691 Avenue C.last_img

Finally Congress is taking action against sexual harassment

first_imgAs I continue to hear accounts of the victims of various powerful men, I am shocked and horrified, but no, I am not surprised. For too long society has allowed our most powerful industries to hinder the ability of victims to come forward and take action against abusers. Finally, Congress is taking some action. New legislation was recently introduced focusing on “the system for filing and settling harassment claims from congressional employees,” on Capitol Hill, appropriately titled the “Me Too” Act.The process that stands now is a systematic approach to suppressing the rights of victims, yet another example of an institutional practice meant to protect abuses of power. Currently, staffers who wish to report sexual assault must go through a harrowing 90-day counseling and mediation process before they are able to file a federal complaint; during which, the staffer is required to work with their assaulter, not tells anyone, and self-pay for legal proceedings. In comparison, the legislator gets house counsel, paid for by the American taxpayer. If at any point in the process a settlement is reached – the settlement is paid for by the US Treasury Department, which since 1997 settlements has totaled $15 million. Meaning, we the American taxpayer have paid the bill. (Imagine if that money was spent on legislation protecting athletes, or earmarked towards ending sexual assault on campus, or funded sex-ed programs.)I am hopeful that change is imminent – Senate has already passed The Me Too Act and the House hopefully will soon. This Act would require sexual harassment awareness training and reform the process for staffers to file complaints.Government is supposed to protect American citizens, keep us safe, and help us when wrongs have been done. For decades, our government has not just failed sexual assault victims, but failed us all in its inability to be a model. I am inspired to see change and saddened that it took so long. Various new administrations are about to take power in governments across the US. I implore upon them to do the same analysis as Congress and for us all to: * Review our workplace policies to ensure they are comprehensive, supportive, and feasible. If they aren’t, revise them, with a plurality of voices in the room. *Call your representatives to voice your support for the Me Too Act.Finally, thank you to the Members of Congress forcing action; the 1,500 former staffers demanding change; and the brave victims who have come forward in hopes of creating change for us all. Sincerely,Rachel HodesHoboken Democratic CommitteeWard 6, District 6 Dear Editor,Recently, when asked if I was surprised at the amount of men being accused of sexual assault, I quickly answered, “not even a little.” I recalled the moment where I had to tell my boss that a donor of our organization was sending me sexually laced text messages at 4 am during a multi-day conference and remember being worried that I might lose our organization money.last_img read more

Guidance: Master Indemnity Agreement

first_imgMIA is an agreement between NHS organisations in England and suppliers that provide equipment free of charge, either on loan or on a permanent basis.The MIA register is updated monthly. It holds the names of all the suppliers, their MIA registration numbers and the expiry date of their insurance.For suppliersSuppliers need to complete the appropriate forms and provide proof of their public and products liability insurance to register for the MIA.The MIA guidance notes advises on the forms that need to be completed for registering.Suppliers should contact the MIA support team to register and to update their own details.For NHS organisationsNHS organisations should contact the MIA support team if a supplier’s details either do not appear on the MIA register, or if any of the information appears to be incorrect. The MIA support team can be contacted by emailing [email protected]last_img read more

Destiny celebrates new partnership with savoury range

first_imgThe Manchester-based foodservice patisserie firm and distributor Destiny Foods has partnered with Devon-based prepared foods manufacturer Little & Cull.The range includes pies, suet puddings, tartelettes and frittatas and is available now.Bryan Jackson, director of sales at Destiny, said: “This savoury range delivers delicious, quality dishes that are simple to serve and offer real value to customers. The products are ideal for Christmastime menus.”Destiny launched its own Christmas range back in August. Both Destiny and Little & Cull are accredited to the BRCA grade.last_img

HIV by the numbers

first_imgWith a bachelor’s degree in mathematical biology, Nadia Abuelezam once considered herself a mathematician who used her skills to tackle public health problems. But after five years as a doctoral student at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), she no longer identifies herself as a numbers person first: “I think I’m an epidemiologist at heart,” she says.Abuelezam, who studied both pure and applied mathematics during her undergraduate years at Harvey Mudd College in California, graduated from HSPH in May with a doctor of science in epidemiology.Between her junior and senior years of college, Abuelezam took advantage of an opportunity to travel to Uganda to work with The AIDS Support Organization. The work was described as an IT project to improve the organization’s information-storing capacity as it transitioned from paper to electronic medical records. But after arriving in Uganda, she discovered the organization had a greater need for hands-on help with direct services, and her visit turned into a crash course in the field of public health. Abuelezam counted antiretroviral therapy pills in a pharmacy, traveled to villages for HIV testing days, and sat in on counseling and group therapy sessions with patients. It was a “transformative and formative introduction to HIV,” she said. Read Full Storylast_img read more

GreeND hosts marchers for climate action

first_imgIn conjunction with the arrival of forty marchers, who stopped at Notre Dame on Saturday as part of the Great March for Climate Action, GreeND hosted a panel discussion and film screening in the Hesburgh Auditorium.Garrett Blad, president of GreeND, said the movie, titled “Disruption,” was great in describing the history and science of climate change.“It really goes into the interconnectedness of the issue and how the People’s Climate March is really trying to get a broad array of groups involved,” he said.Following the screening of the film, two professors and one marcher discussed the short- and long-term implications of climate change.“The film is very impressive, in the historical sweep of the view that it’s giving and looking back at previous attempts to engage issues that can really be so punishing … as well as the attention to the emotional component and how they kind of mobilize the grassroots here to build towards a global movement, which leads to an impressive intersectional approach,” sociology and peace studies professor Ann Mische said.Saint Mary’s political science professor Sonalini Sapra organized a screening of “Disruption” last week at the College in preparation for this week’s event.“The focus on not just a climate treaty, but a just climate treaty is really something the documentary seems to emphasize,” she said. “And so what does a just climate treaty look like? Who gets to be part of those conversations? I mean, I know that India and China, their leaders, have already said they are not going to come to the climate meetings on Sept. 23 that [United Nations Secretary General] Ban Ki-Moon has organized. So one of my questions is what would a just climate treaty even really look like?”The Great March for Climate Action began in March, when forty people from all over the United States left Los Angeles, hoping to arrive in Washington, D.C. by November 1st.“One of the reasons I’m doing this, and I think we’re all doing this, is because climate change really is one of the largest issues facing our world today,” marcher Jimmy Betts said.Born in South Korea and raised in Nebraska, Betts has walked with the march since it started in Los Angeles and was included as one of the speakers on the panel.“This is a huge mobilization that will officially last,” he said. “But the real work is going to come after the march. That’s where all this uniting is going to really come to this political will, this power that we essentially created, and we have to take it.”All of the marchers shared the similar sentiment of an increasingly pressing need for climate change reform.“We have to do this as a collective society, it can’t just be two outspoken environmental organizations, that’s way too narrow,” he said. “It affects far more people than just environmentalists, but unfortunately that’s sort of how it’s been polarized in the past.”Tags: Climate change, climate treaty, Disruption, environment, Great March for Climate Action, GreeND, People’s Climate March, reformlast_img read more