Phones, moans and monitors

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Nearly 2 per cent of the UK workforce is employed in call centres accordingto Diane Beard, occupational health adviser with Medical Industrial Serviceswho works with Thomas Cook. Her presentation at the symposium highlighted good and poor practice in callcentres. She also covered the use of head sets, DSE assessments and thereporting and management of work-related upper limb disorders. Shift work andhealth assessments for night workers were also examined. Other topics includedthe importance of communication and the problem of stress. Comments are closed. Phones, moans and monitorsOn 1 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img

Transcriptome and peptidome characterisation of the main neuropeptides and peptidic hormones of a Euphausiid: the ice krill Euphausia crystallorophias

first_imgBackground The Ice krill, Euphausia crystallorophias is one of the species at the base of the Southern Ocean food chain. Given their significant contribution to the biomass of the Southern Ocean, it is vitally important to gain a better understanding of their physiology and, in particular, anticipate their responses to climate change effects in the warming seas around Antarctica. Methodology/Principal Findings Illumina sequencing was used to produce a transcriptome of the ice krill. Analysis of the assembled contigs via two different methods, produced 36 new pre-pro-peptides, coding for 61 neuropeptides or peptide hormones belonging to the following families: Allatostatins (A, B et C), Bursicon (α and β), Crustacean Hyperglycemic Hormones (CHH and MIH/VIHs), Crustacean Cardioactive Peptide (CCAP), Corazonin, Diuretic Hormones (DH), the Eclosion Hormone (EH), Neuroparsin, Neuropeptide F (NPF), small Neuropeptide F (sNPF), Pigment Dispersing Hormone (PDH), Red Pigment Concentrating Hormone (RPCH) and finally Tachykinin. LC/MS/MS proteomics was also carried out on eyestalk extracts, which are the major site of neuropeptide synthesis in decapod crustaceans. Results confirmed the presence of six neuropeptides and six precursor-related peptides previously identified in the transcriptome analyses. Conclusions This study represents the first comprehensive analysis of neuropeptide hormones in a Eucarida non-decapod Malacostraca, several of which are described for the first time in a non-decapod crustacean. Additionally, there is a potential expansion of PDH and Neuropeptide F family members, which may reflect certain life history traits such as circadian rhythms associated with diurnal migrations and also the confirmation via mass spectrometry of several novel pre-pro-peptides, of unknown function. Knowledge of these essential hormones provides a vital framework for understanding the physiological response of this key Southern Ocean species to climate change and provides a valuable resource for studies into the molecular phylogeny of these organisms and the evolution of neuropeptide hormones.last_img read more

UVU Men’s Basketball Hosts NAU Saturday

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOREM, Utah-Saturday, Utah Valley men’s basketball (4-7) hosts Northern Arizona (4-2) at the UCCU Center in a non-conference tilt.The Wolverines are coached by first-year head coach Mark Madsen (.364) who is having his struggles.UVU scores 70.2 points per game, ranking the Wolverines 227th nationally in scoring offense.Senior guard TJ Washington (15.6 points, 4.9 rebounds per game), junior guard Isaiah White (14 points, a team-best 10 rebounds per game) redshirt junior guard Brandon Averette (11.9 points per game) and redshirt junior guard/forward Casdon Jardine (11.2 points per game) all score in double figures on average for the Wolverines.Turkish national, redshirt junior guard Cavit Ege Havsa leads UVU with 3.1 assists per game and junior guard Jamison Overton leads the squad in total steals (12).Defensively, the Wolverines surrender 70.3 points per game, ranking UVU 207th nationally.Senior forward Emmanuel Olojakpoke has a team-best 33 blocked shots on the season, tying him for sixth nationally with USC’s Onyeka Okongwu.Olojakpoke is tied for 12th nationally in blocked shots per game (3) with Connecticut’s Akok Akok, Luke Knapke of Toledo, Danny Pippen of Kent State and Michael Hughes of Duquesne.The Wolverines are tied for second nationally with DePaul with 67 blocked shots.The Lumberjacks are coached by Shane Burcar who is 4-2 (.667) in his first season as a Division I men’s basketball coach.Northern Arizona scores 77.5 points per game, tying them for 77th nationally with BYU in scoring offense.Sophomore guard Cameron Shelton (14.2 points, 6.2 rebounds per game, a team-best 8 steals)and redshirt sophomore guard Luke Avdalovic (13.3 points per game) are the only Lumberjacks to score in double figures on average this season.Senior forward Brooks DeBisschop leads the Lumberjacks in rebounds (8.7 per game), assists (22) and blocked shots (6),  showcasing his versatility.Northern Arizona gives up 66.8 points per game, ranking the Lumberjacks 142nd nationally in scoring defense.The Wolverines lead the Lumberjacks 2-1 all-time. December 11, 2019 /Sports News – Local UVU Men’s Basketball Hosts NAU Saturday Written by Tags: NAU Basketball/UVU Basketball Brad Jameslast_img read more

Assistant Professor of Business Informatics

first_imgFull Time or Part Time?Full Time Working TitleAssistant Professor of Business Informatics DepartmentBusiness Informatics Job Open Date12/09/2020 Purpose of Position Commitment to Inclusive Excellence Qualifications Applicants must have a PhD or in Information Systems or a closelyrelated field from an AACSB accredited university.Northern Kentucky University is an Equal Opportunity/EqualAccess/Affirmative Action institution. We embrace inclusiveness,equity, and global awareness in all dimensions of our work and seekexcellence through diversity among our students, administrators,faculty, and staff. Application by members of diverse groups isencouraged.All candidates are expected to submit a diversity statement. Thisstatement should provide the candidate’s unique perspective ontheir past and present contributions to and future aspirations forpromoting diversity, inclusion, and social justice in theirprofessional career. In line with the University’s AffirmativeAction Policy, candidates are not expected to disclose theiridentity or membership either in the diversity statement or inother application documents submitted to the search committee.Demographic information is solicited through the applicationprocess; however, those data are confidential and are not providedto members of the search committee.Applicants should visit http://jobs.nku.edu/postings/9733 to applyand must provide the following:• Cover letter outlining qualifications and interests• Detailed curriculum vitae• Evidence of teaching effectiveness• List of three references with contact information• Sample of research work• Diversity statementFor more information, contact the Chair of the Search Committee:Dr. Teuta Cata [email protected] Review will begin in January2021.Any candidate who is offered this position is required to gothrough a pre-employment criminal background check as mandated byKentucky State Law. Posting Details Quick Linkhttps://jobs.nku.edu/postings/9733 Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationCurriculum VitaeReferencesDiversity StatementStatement of Teaching InterestStatement of Research InterestOptional DocumentsOtherEvidence of teaching style and effectiveness Position NumberTBD Preferred EducationPh.D Will teach undergraduate and/or graduate classes and conductresearch. Will also participate in university service and industryengagement activities as applicable. Open Until FilledYes Requisition Number2020F504 Job Close Date * Please let us know how did you find out about thisposting?(Open Ended Question)* Have you taught any course in Health Informatics? If so,please list the courses.(Open Ended Question)* Have you conducted any research in Health Informatics?(Open Ended Question) Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Primary Responsibilities Northern Kentucky University is an Equal Opportunity/EqualAccess/Affirmative Action institution. We embrace inclusiveness,equity, and global awareness in all dimensions of our work and seekexcellence through diversity among our students, administrators,faculty, and staff. Application by members of diverse groups isencouraged. Northern Kentucky University invites applications for a full-timetenure-track assistant professor faculty position in our BusinessInformatics Department. This position begins August, 2021.Programs in the Department include a Master of Science in BusinessInformatics ( MBI ), postgraduate certificates, and anundergraduate bachelor degree and minor in Business InformationSystems. These academic programs are AACSB accredited. TheDepartment of Business Informatics partners with the NKU College ofBusiness to offer innovative interdisciplinary AACSB accreditedcurriculum and programs. The Department also collaborates with theCollege of Health Professions to enhance and integrate our graduateand undergraduate Health Informatics degrees and relatedprograms.Northern Kentucky University invites applications for onefull-time, tenure-track assistant professor position in theBusiness Informatics department. The position will begin August2021. Located seven miles from downtown Cincinnati in an areaoffering outstanding quality of life, Northern Kentucky Universityis a nationally-recognized metropolitan public university enrollingover 14,000 students and actively engages with its region of nearlytwo million people. The university offers 79 undergraduate degreeprograms and master’s degrees in 22 disciplines, along with JD,DNP, and EdD doctoral degrees. NKU opened a new $105Minterdisciplinary Health Innovation Center in 2018, where BusinessInformatics and Health Informatics faculty will play a key role inpopulation health research, education, and outreach.The College of Informatics is one of six colleges in theuniversity. It enrolls over 1,900 students in 14 bachelor’sprograms and three master’s programs. It was formed in 2005 tounite faculty and students from all the information-centricdisciplines. It is comprised of three academic departments:Business Informatics, Computer Science, and Communication and twocenters Informatics+ and Center for Information Security.. Some ofits distinctive majors include Data Science (only the third such BSprogram in the country when launched in 2013), Media Informatics,and Health Informatics, along with more traditional programs suchas Computer Science, Communication Studies, and Journalism. +.Cybersecurity is a particular strength. NKU has been designated asan NSA / DHS Center of Excellence in Cyber Defense Education since2014, and its new $500K donor-funded Cyber Threat Intelligence Labopened in 2018. The College of Informatics is located in GriffinHall, a landmark building filled with beautiful and innovativelearning spaces.The Business Informatics department shares AACSB accreditation withthe NKU Haile US Bank College of Business. It offers BS degrees andundergraduate minors in Business Information Systems and in HealthInformatics, and offers Masters of Business Informatics and Mastersof Health Informatics degrees, as well as graduate certificates inthese areas. The department collaborates with the College of Healthprofessions to enhance and integrate its Health Informaticsprograms. In addition, the department operates as the academic homefor the Library Informatics program. The department also providesextensive service courses for the universities BSBA and MBAprograms. It currently has 17 full-time faculty. 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Travellers asked to leave University College sports fields

first_imgPolice have ordered a group of travellers to leave University College sports fields, after they arrived in caravans to the site last night.Scores of caravans began arriving on the fields, on Abingdon Road, last night, with more arriving this morning, the Oxford Mail has reported.Thames Valley Police have asked the group to move on, after an angry response from local residents. The group were expected to leave by 7pm tonight.One local resident told the Oxford Mail: “A few arrived last night and now there are loads of them. There is already rubbish piling up and people have complained of trouble.”A Thames Valley Police spokesperson said: “We were called at 7.30pm yesterday to say some caravans had arrived at University College sports field.“The people who are on the site have agreed to leave at 7pm tonight.”Cherwell was unable to contact a member of the travellers’ community for comment.last_img read more

News story: National Drought Group – EA Chairman’s Statement – March 2019

first_imgDespite the lack of full recovery in the water resources position from winter refill so far, most water companies confirmed to the group they would not need to bring in household water restrictions in the summer unless the spring and summer were exceptionally dry. However another dry winter in 2019/20 would cause widespread problems for summer 2020.Water UK reported that the water resource situation across the UK is currently stable but companies are preparing for all possible situations ahead of the summer.Specific activities to manage the dry weather were explained by water companies as: Conclusions and next steps:The recent rain has helped but it is not enough to replenish groundwater back to a normal level for the time of year. Although water companies do not currently expect any restrictions this summer, the NDG members expressed concerns about pressure on farmers and the environment. NDG encouraged all members to work together to reduce the risks and impacts of dry weather and drought. We encourage sharing and trading of water as a number of members did in 2018. One area there should be closer work on is communications between all members. There are continued campaigns to promote better water efficiency and the group discussed more ambitious plans to change attitudes to wasting clean water and increase understanding of the long term risk of water scarcity if action isn’t taken. Working closely with farmers to offer advice and outline our flexible abstraction position, published on the NFU website, which has included extending the refill season for farm storage reservoirs. Communicating with water abstractors, especially farmers in East Anglia. We have worked with the NFU to provide advice to farmers at meetings and drop-in sessions. We have provided advice for farmers on spray irrigation. A web based trading tool, used with farmers in East Anglia last summer has been extended to other affected areas in Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and West Midlands for use from April 2019. Producing updated guidance on drought permits and orders for use by water companies following our experience in 2018. Checking the integrity of our water resources assets and completing improvement works where it is needed.Working with environmental NGOs and site managers to optimise management of wetland sites, National Nature Reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Working together with Defra, water companies, the National Farmers Union, Canal & Rivers Trust, environmental NGOs and other stakeholders to agree a common picture and ensure we are ready to coordinate communications when/if the risk of drought increases. Also meeting in sub groups, since the last NDG in January, to look in more detail at agricultural risks, water sector activity and environmental risks. Water companies have, where possible, been refilling their reservoirs. While a number of reservoirs are below average levels (for the time of year) there is enough water in them to get through the summer. Increased leakage management. Moving water around networks to meet demands and rest some sources. Working with neighbouring companies to maximise bulk supply transfers. Capital works to increase the resilience of networks, which includes bringing unused sources online and testing water standards. Minimising risk of unplanned outages and infrastructure failure by continuing a review of assets and known issues such as algal growth. Ensuring that all potential sites are application-ready for drought permits or orders. Improving understanding of customer demand during hot, dry weather and how it can be managed in future and ensure any future assessments of forecasts for summer scenarios take account of the peak demands they experienced during the summer of 2018. Continuing to promote water efficiency and metering, including widening campaigns to target specific zones or groups of customers. Engaging with plans for the joint ‘Love Water’ campaign. The National Drought Group (NDG) brings together government departments, water companies, environmental groups and others with a role to prepare for and mitigate the impacts of dry weather to coordinate action to maintain water supplies, consider water users and protect the environment.Current situationSo far in 2019 there has been significant variation in the water resources situation in most parts of England. January started very dry and despite a wet end, received only 46% of average rainfall. The rain continued into February but a dry end to the month meant England only received 84% of its average rainfall. To the surprise of many, thermometers hit record temperatures on the 25 and 26 February, with a new record being set of 21.2C at Kew Gardens, London.Groundwater levels are refilled over the longer term so many parts of the country are in recovery and refill mode after the heatwave in 2018 – making this winter refill season important.The recent rainfall has helped but has not been enough to bring groundwater back to a normal position for the time of year across an area stretching from Reading to Norfolk.Rivers have responded quickly to the recent wet weather but a return to drier conditions would see them drop quickly again.Today at the NDG, we heard that farmers across all sectors are nervous about the risk of drought in 2019 and below average rainfall will reduce production and increase costs for most of them. On the plus side, the warmer weather has been good for many, with good germination and early establishment of crops while those with livestock have been able to move onto the land reducing feed and bedding costs.A wet end to spring would be beneficial for agriculture and the environment.In response to the overall dry start to the year, the Environment Agency is taking the following actions:last_img read more

Chicken feed

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaChickens eat corn. And until last year, they didn’t have to worry too much about fighting cars for their feed.But with 20 percent of all U.S. corn now going into making ethanol, poultry growers not only have the regular worries but have to consider how much they’re willing to pay for grain, too.And that’s a big deal in Georgia. Broilers are the top moneymaking agriculture industry for the state, with $3.95 billion in farm value. Eggs are sixth in Georgia with a value of $422.5 million.When corn prices go up, the state feels it.Georgia farmers used 212 million bushels of corn in 2006, said agricultural economist John McKissick, director of the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development.“We produced about 26 million bushels,” he said. “We’re about 200 million bushels in debt. Looking at that, you can subtract $200 million from the livestock industry every time there is a dollar increase in a bushel of corn.”Corn’s price increase has thrown the poultry industry a double whammy, increasing production costs during a time when producers are suffering from lower sale prices.“A good thing about the poultry industry is that it’s able to adjust faster to higher feed costs,” said Mike Lacy, the poultry science department head in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.McKissick said poultry producers have adjusted by reducing their bird numbers. In 2004, broiler production was at 34 million pounds, and the average price was 74 cents per pound. In 2007, the projected broiler production is still up, but only about 2.5 million pounds more. And the average price is 67.5 cents per pound.“Even the third largest corn crop on record couldn’t save the major feed ingredient, corn, from doubling in price by the end of 2006,” he said. Growing “competition for the 2007 corn crop from ethanol producers makes any feed cost decline unlikely.”In 2002, ethanol plants consumed a little more than 1 billion bushels of corn, McKissick said. This year, they’ll use more than 2 billion. The federal government is pushing to use 35 billion bushels for ethanol production by 2013.“That’s more than half of the corn [grown] currently,” he said.But there’s a silver lining somewhere in the middle of the corn fight. Georgia has one of the major ingredients for another biofuel — biodiesel — in the form of chicken fat.“We’re actually below the break-even point for biodiesel, unless we use lower-priced animal fat to produce it,” McKissick said.But before chickens produce fat, they have to eat.“The corn prices are a huge concern,” Lacy said. “I’m really concerned about a train wreck with corn supply, corn demand and corn prices.” The concern grows because the United States has used up most of its corn reserves.The bottom line on corn for poultry producers is that it actually depends on corn growers.“We need to plant 8 million to 10 million more acres of corn in the U.S. to meet the demand,” McKissick said. “If we don’t, we haven’t seen high corn prices yet.”(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Pompeo Condemns Maduro Government’s ‘Safe Haven, Aid, and Comfort’ to Terrorist Groups

first_imgBy Voice of America (VOA)/Edited by Diálogo Staff October 15, 2020 U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo again condemned the actions of dictator Nicolás Maduro, on September 19, which according to him protect terrorist organizations.During a virtual press conference held with Colombian President Iván Duque, following the U.S. secretary of State’s visit to the Colombian Presidential Palace, Pompeo said that they discussed the need for Colombia to have “lasting and just peace,” and he described the actions of dissidents of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC, in Spanish), the National Liberation Army (ELN, in Spanish), and other terrorist groups as “unacceptable,” adding that they “cannot be tolerated.”He also condemned “the actions of regimes like Maduro’s, which provide safe haven, aid, and indeed comfort to those terrorists.”Secretary Pompeo also thanked Duque for the support provided to Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaidó and for the “democratic transition for a sovereign Venezuela free of malign influence from Cuba, from Russia, from Iran.”“You are a true leader for the region and the dignity of all its people,” the head of U.S. diplomacy added.For his part, Duque referred to the recent United Nations report, which confirmed that there are logical reasons to believe that Maduro and his ministers of Interior and Defense ordered or contributed to perpetrating the crimes documented in the report to silence the opposition.He said that this investigation confirms “that Nicolás Maduro is […] responsible for crimes against humanity, as well as his inner circle, and urges that actions be adopted within the framework of the international justice system.”This report, he added, “must serve to validate what has already been announced by the Organization of American States, and it is that there is a regime of violations of human rights that is systematic. And above all, the head of the dictatorship is a war criminal, and the international community must act to put an end to the situation. And in that regard, you and I are like-minded, and we will continue urging the international community, because that has to stop in Venezuela.”Duque and Pompeo’s meeting focused on the situation of Venezuelan migrants, among other issues.Pompeo congratulated the Colombian government for its handling of public health during the coronavirus pandemic, adding that it helped save the lives of thousands of Colombian and Venezuelan nationals.“Your public health work has saved tens of thousands of lives. You and the Colombian people should be very proud of that.”Duque thanked the United States for its support in the delivery of ventilators and for lessons learned from communications with U.S. epidemiological authorities, as well as  “bilateral contact with several U.S. companies making strides in this area so that we can guarantee the Colombian people have access to a vaccine.”Fight against drugs and terrorismSecretary Pompeo described the efforts of the Duque administration as “exemplary” in the fight against drugs and said that “Colombian law enforcement, even in these difficult times, has stepped up cocaine interdiction and eradication. You manually cleared 57 percent more coca fields in 2019 than in the year prior.”In this regard, Duque said that in 2019, “we achieved the highest reduction in coca-cultivated area in the last six years,” and he praised the Orion Naval Campaign, where, according to the president, the United States and 23 other countries “have managed to engage in the largest interdiction operation against drug trafficking in the Caribbean.”The Colombian president expressed thanks for the help of “the USAID cooperation agency because they have stood by us in projects such as the multipurpose registry, the massive issuance of title deeds for land, and reaching out to the communities hardest hit by violence and poverty.”Additionally, Duque highlighted the U.S. support in confronting ELN guerrillas and FARC dissidents, among other “very dangerous criminal rings,” and in the peace with legality process.last_img read more

Yellen expects slow rate rise to begin in 2015

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Federal Reserve will likely begin to increase the federal funds rate target this year if inflation remains stable and the economy can sustain employment growth, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said Thursday.Speaking at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Yellen said she and the Federal Open Market Committee expect the U.S. economy will be able to achieve maximum employment and maintain stable price expectations.“Most FOMC participants, including myself, currently anticipate that achieving these conditions will likely entail an initial increase in the federal funds rate later this year, followed by a gradual pace of tightening thereafter,” she said. “But if the economy surprises us, our judgments about appropriate monetary policy will change.”The FOMC on Sept. 17 left the federal funds rate – now at a range of 0 to 0.25 percent – unchanged and gave no hard indication of when liftoff might occur. NAFCU Director of Research and Chief Economist Curt Long said Yellen’s statement Thursday suggested the Fed sees a path forward. continue reading »last_img read more

17 quirky ways to save extra money this summer

first_img 28SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr With the hype around spring cleaning and beach ready bodies, it’s time to give our personal finances some seasonal love. With longer days, better weather and relaxed attitudes, summer is a great time to amp up the mindfulness and institute some savvy habits. Here are a few ways to beef up your bank account by September.1. Traveling internationally? Check your cards.Thanks to a strong dollar and low gas prices, international travel is cheaper than ever. And it seems that Americans are catching on. A new survey by Synchrony Financial  found that more Americans are planning on  traveling in 2016 because of lower gas prices.Take advantage of this perfect storm and book now. But before you go, make sure you have at least one credit card with no foreign transaction rates. With the variety of cards available that offer no fees, there is no need to be paying an extra 1 to 3 percent per transaction. continue reading »last_img read more