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Heart rate and behaviour of fur seals: implications for measurement of field energetics

first_imgArchival data loggers were used to collect information about depth, swimming speed, and heart rate in 23 free-ranging antarctic fur seals. Deployments averaged 9.6 ± 5.6 days (SD) and totaled 191 days of recording. Heart rate averaged 108.7 ± 17.7 beats/min (SD) but varied from 83 to 145 beats/min among animals. Morphometrics explained most variations in heart rate among animals. These interacted with diving activity and swimming speed to produce a complex relationship between heart rate and activity patterns. Heart rate was also correlated with behavior over time lags of several hours. There was significant (P < 0.05) variation among animals in the degree of diving bradycardia. On average, heart rate declined from 100–130 beats/min before the dive to 70–100 beats/min during submersion. On the basis of the relationship between heart rate and rate of oxygen consumption, the overall metabolic rate was 5.46 ± 1.61 W/kg (SD). Energy expenditure appears to be allocated to different activities within the metabolic scope of individual animals. This highlights the possibility that some activities can be mutually exclusive of one another.last_img read more


WNBA dedicates 2020 season to social justice efforts

first_img Written by July 6, 2020 /Sports News – National WNBA dedicates 2020 season to social justice efforts Beau Lundcenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/olcaytoibili(NEW YORK) — BY: MEREDITH DELISOThe WNBA and WNBPA announced on Monday that they will be putting work into social justice and honoring the Black Lives Matter movement in the 2020 season.This includes a new platform, The Justice Movement, and a social justice council, as players have been increasing their efforts to support social justice on and off the courts.When the season kicks off in late July at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, teams will wear special uniforms to call for justice for women and girls including Breonna Taylor, who was shot and killed by Louisville, Kentucky, police officers in March, and Vanessa Guillen, a Fort Hood soldier.During the season, players will also wear warm-up jerseys that display social justice messages, with “Black Lives Matter” on the front and “Say Her Name” on the back. “Black Lives Matter” will also be prominently displayed on courts during games.The NBA will also display social justice messages on the backs of jerseys when the league resumes play on July 30, according to ESPN.Through its social justice council, the WNBA and its players’ union, the WNBPA, plan to host conversations on race, inequality and other social issues through virtual roundtables, podcasts and more. Programming will be announced at a later date.Council members will include players like New York Liberty point guard Layshia Clarendon and Seattle Storm MVP Breanna Stewart, who both have advocated for adding “Black Lives Matter” to the league’s courts. Advisers also include Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza, Rock the Vote CEO Carolyn DeWitt and Black Girls Rock! founder Beverly Bond.“We are incredibly proud of WNBA players who continue to lead with their inspiring voices and effective actions in the league’s dedicated fight against systemic racism and violence,” WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in a statement. “Systemic change can’t happen overnight, but it is our shared responsibility to do everything we can to raise awareness and promote the justice we hope to see in society.”The announcement comes as several WNBA players, including Atlanta guard Renee Montgomery and the Washington Mystics’ Natasha Cloud, have opted out of the 2020 season to focus on social justice reform.Other players have said they will be not be playing this season due to health concerns amid COVID-19. The season will be played without fans in attendance due to the pandemic.On Monday, the league announced that seven WNBA players tested positive for COVID-19 out of 137 players tested between June 28 and July 5.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


St. Mary’s Hospital for Women & Children Birth Records

first_img Mi’Yayre Carter and Evann Meux, Evansville, son, Tru Mi’Evann, Dec. 23Grace Reynolds, Tennyson, Ind., son, Jaxton Michael William, Dec. 25Cheyenne and Cord Mapes, Evansville, son, Landon Chase, Dec. 26Molly Ershig Galloway and Samuel Galloway, Henderson, Ky., daughter, Elizabeth Ershig, Dec. 26Bailey and Josh Balbach, Evansville, son, Andrew Scott, Dec. 26Angelica Potter and Colton Klusmeier, Owensville, Ind., son, Braxton David Lee, Dec. 27Tiffany Taber and Christian Lothamer, Evansville, daughter, Isabella Rose, Dec. 27Tanaya Roll, Evansville, daughter, Ryelie Heaven Marie Joann, Dec. 27Miranda Travis and Hamzeh El Huniti, Evansville, son, Amir Landon, Dec. 27Billie Nichols and Adam Thorbecke, Evansville, son, Nolan Joseph, Dec. 28Kyrah Essett, Evansville, son, Markel Idris, Dec. 28Kelly and Jeremiah Harris, Haubstadt, Ind., son, Bo Edward, Dec. 28Ursula Motari and Christopher Koehl, Evansville, daughter, Maura Dawn, Dec. 28Katlynne Venecz and Justin Attebery, Evansville, daughter, Brynlee Grace, Dec. 28Kristina Day and Andrew Held, Boonville, Ind., son, Reece Anderson, Dec. 28Courtney and Jacob Mills, Evansville, son, Knox Everett, Dec. 29Laura and Aaron Hagan, Evansville, son, Austin Blake, Dec. 30Cassie and Patrick Hulin, Evansville, daughter, Addison Louise, Dec. 30Kaitlyn and Al Smith, Mount Carmel, Ill., daughter, Blake Elizabeth, Dec. 30Tara and Sean Sager, Albion, Ill., daughter, Samaria Juanita, Dec. 30Briauna Burcham, Evansville, son, Isaiah Amon Lee, Dec. 31Emily and Christopher Cooper, Haubstadt, Ind., son, Benjamin Michael, Dec. 31Michelle Schweikhart and John Autry, Evansville, daughter, Willow Gale, Jan. 1FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


Ghosts Of The Forest Hit NYC For First Of Two Shows At The United Palace [Photos/Pro-Shot Video]

first_imgOn Friday evening, Trey Anastasio‘s Ghosts of the Forest made their way to New York City for their first of two performances at the United Palace.The Friday show coincided with the release of the new band’s eponymous debut studio album earlier in the day. It also marked the first Ghosts of the Forest show to be webcast via LivePhish, giving the masses their first real look at the project. As Trey explained in an interview with SiriusXM last week, the two Ghosts of the Forest NYC shows as recording sessions for a live album, which he hopes will be the lasting version of this “finite” project:This has been in place all along, but, the idea was to take the two nights and record the shows as a live album at the United Palace Theatre. It will almost be like a regular recording session, with two passes at the shows. For example, when Aretha Franklin was famously recording a record she would do two passes and that was it. Everyone had to play live. So for us, this is like we get two takes at the United Palace Theatre, but most importantly, the full picture of the Ghosts of the Forest document will have our community members and family in the audience. The recording will end up being a live album. Ghosts of the Forest will be back at the United Palace tonight, Saturday, April 13th, for another sold-out performance. Next weekend, the band will wrap their tour with shows at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles and Berkeley, CA. From there, the majority of the band will regroup with Trey Anastasio Band for a run of spring shows.Below, you can check out a gallery of photos from the performance courtesy of photographer Andrew Blackstein.For a full list of Trey’s upcoming tour dates, head to his website here.Ghosts Of The Forest | United Palace | New York, NY | 4/12/19 | Photos: Andrew Blackstein Load remaining imageslast_img read more


Tix Now Available for Hell’s Belles Off-Broadway

first_img View Comments Tickets are now on sale to see Hell’s Belles: A Damned Funny Musical off-Broadway. Directed by John Znidarsic, with music by Steve Liebman and a book and lyrics by Bryan D. Leys, the production is playing at the Elektra Theatre.See the world’s most infamous women carry a tune. Or an axe. Or a grudge.  Featuring four performers playing over twenty roles, Hell’s Belles is a fast-paced, razor-sharp new musical set in the underworld’s longest-running club.The cast includes Lindsey Brett Carothers, Laura Daniel, Rachel Erin O’Malley, Matt Wolpe, Ali Gordon and Michael Kirk Lane.Hell’s Belles features music direction by Mary Feinsinger, musical staging by Eugenio Contenti, scenic and lighting design by John Iacovelli and costume design by Dustin Cross. Related Shows Hell’s Belles: A Damned Funny Musical Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 14, 2015last_img read more


Community College of Vermont gets $150,000 for job-training program

first_imgUS Representative Peter Welch on Wednesday announced a $150,000 federal grant for an innovative job-training program offered by the Community College of Vermont.Alongside recent graduates and teachers at CCV’s Montpelier site, Welch touted the Career Readiness Certificate Program as an effective means of equipping Vermonters with vital entry-level skills, while also supporting Vermont employers in need of a quality workforce.The federal appropriation Welch secured will help CCV increase the number of students it can serve through the program and expand it to sites around the state.“In this difficult economy, Vermonters must be equipped with skills that make them competitive in today’s workforce, and Vermont businesses require high-quality, well-trained employees to achieve their goals,” Welch said. “This grant will help the Community College of Vermont match qualified workers with quality employers through its innovative Career Readiness Certificate Program.”In its first year of operation, the Career Readiness Certificate Program has served 138 Vermonters. The free, 10-week program includes instruction in mathematics, reading, computer skills, data analysis, project management and teamwork. Currently, the program is being offered at CCV’s Barre/Montpelier, Upper Valley, St. Johnsbury and Brattleboro sites.“This program has received national attention because of the way it helps participants develop both the academic skills and the soft skills that employers tell us are needed to land and keep a job,” said Community College of Vermont Interim President Joyce Judy. “It benefits employees, who gain the skills to qualify for an interview, a new job, or higher pay, and it benefits employers looking to hire those who have mastered the skills needed for jobs.”Green Mountain Coffee Roasters is one of several Vermont businesses to enroll its employees in the CCV program. Pru Sullivan, the company’s director of continuous learning, and supervisor Mike Vasseur took part in Wednesday’s announcement.“Everyone who comes out of this class is a lot more confident across the board as far as learning new skills and taking on new challenges,” Vasseur said. “A real philosophy at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters is the better the employee training, the better company you have overall because you have employees who are really stepping up.”Source: Welch’s office. 2.17.2010# # #last_img read more


Practice Tips

first_img January 15, 2003 Regular News Four steps to building great client relationships Practice Tipscenter_img Dustin A. Cole President Attorneys Master ClassMany attorneys believe their next client relationship will be “the luck of the draw” so to speak. To some extent that’s true. But it’s absolutely possible to build a practice that is virtually free of problem clients and has strong cash flow — if you’re willing to refine or redesign your client intake and communications processes.There are four basic steps firms can take to dramatically increase the quality and consistency of their client relationships and help maintain good cash flow. Step One: Choose Your Clients CarefullyIf you have attorneys who believe that, on a slow week, the prospect of a little revenue from an “F” client is better than no revenue at all — they need to think again. “F” clients — the ones who their gut is already telling them will be trouble — usually end up costing them and the firm far more in time, overhead, stress, and aggravation than they will ever pay in fees. In fact, the unpaid fees are only part of the issue. Perhaps more important is the time they take, which attorneys could better use for client development or taking better care of “A” clients. “F” clients actually hold the attorney back from taking positive actions to build their practice, and create undue stress on both attorney and staff.So, when an obvious “F” client is encountered, the attorney should just say “no.” Better that they use their time for building their practice than to give it away to a client without scruples. And beware — not every “F” client is obvious. Attorneys should spend more time with every prospective client, asking questions and listening carefully to answers, attitudes, and implications, to identify potential “F” clients.Let’s make an important distinction between the pro bono client and the “F” client. Pro bono work is important, but the wise attorney chooses pro bono work up front rather than discovering halfway through a matter that they’re working for free. Step Two: Educate and Set Standards for the RelationshipIn fact, a good client selection process starts before the attorney ever meets with the prospective client. It starts with the initial call to the attorney’s office. The attorney’s assistant can ask some basic questions that disqualify some prospective clients from making an appointment at all. These might be questions like:• “What is the matter concerning?” (Is it even in the attorney’s practice area?)• “Have you worked with more than one other attorney on this matter?” (Odds are that, if the caller has consulted with more than one other attorney, either they or the matter spells trouble.)• “M. Jones has an initial consultation fee of $200. Will you be paying by credit card or check?” (Most of those who will balk at a nominal initial retainer will be “shoppers” looking for free advice, and not serious prospects.)• “Who referred you to our office?” (The assistant should have a list of the attorney’s referral sources, and make anyone referred by them a priority.) Step Three: Define the Working Relationship and Set Client ExpectationsAttorneys often jump directly into case details as soon as the client has agreed to work with them. They’re off and running, already immersing themselves in the familiar process of developing a case strategy. Unfortunately, they may well have left their client at the starting gate.“Client communications” is one of the most frequent causes of bar grievances, with good reason. Clients are seldom told what the structure and standards are in terms of communication.It’s vitally important to remember that the vast majority of clients have never used an attorney before, and therefore have no idea how the relationship will work. To them their matter is by far the most important item on the attorney’s agenda. Without such an understanding, they will form their own expectations about how the relationship should work. And invariably, it’s very different from the attorney’s modus operandi.Therefore it’s important that clients be provided with very specific information on how they and the attorney will work together at the very beginning of the relationship, before they form their own expectations. Rather than simply giving them an agreement to sign — or worse, to take home and sign (they’ll never read it all) — they should be walked through a detailed and structured process. This includes: 1) A verbal guided tour through the agreement.a) What will and will not be included in the representation.b) Terms of the retainer agreement. 2) A financial discussion.a) What fees will be charged for what type of work.b) Details on how fees are charged.i) Hourly and partial-hour rates.ii) How phone calls are charged.iii) How e-mails are charged.iv) Types of charges which may appear without client involvement: Research, depositions, strategy meetings, meetings with other lawyers, travel if necessary, copying and materials, other costs, direct and indirect.c) How the retainer works.d. How billings will be handled.i) How soon after being recorded will hours be billed.ii) Who to call for questions on their bill.e) What happens when payment is past due.i) 10 days — first reminder call.ii) 20 days — second reminder call.iii) 30 days — work is suspended or motion to withdraw is sent. 3) How communications are best facilitated.a) Best times to call to speak with the attorney.b) Hours the attorney will normally not be available to speak with them.c) How and when calls will be returned.d) Who can help if the attorney is not available.e) What times of day and week office meetings are normally scheduled.f) What kinds of materials they’ll be copied on.i) How they’ll be informed of what to do with them: For their file, for their response or action.g) What to do when the call is an emergency.h) Times when it is important to call the attorney.Of course, all of this should be provided in writing, and tucked into a good-looking folder where they can collect everything the attorney’s office sends them. The entire walkthrough can be accomplished in 15-30 minutes, and can be done by a paralegal or associate. This small amount of time upfront will reap considerable benefits:• It will set the “context” of the working relationship and reduce client stress during the process.• It will save the attorney and staff uncounted hours answering calls. It will reduce client frustration around having calls returned. It will encourage clients to speak to others in the office.• It will clarify their financial obligations and the consequences of not meeting them• It will provide written “standards” which can be referred to when they express concerns over the working relationship. Step Four: Live by Your Own StandardsIf the attorney sets standards for the client, they need to be prepared to live by them, or all of the foregoing was wasted time.Don’t take nonurgent phone calls during hours indicated as “not available” just because you have a moment. The client will decide you should always take them.Train staff to direct calls to the paralegal or associate for assistance. Return calls promptly as per the standard given the client. Have others return calls you can’t get to within the time standard. Copy the client with all promised materials, with instructions on what to do with it (read and file, read and respond, etc.)Bill within the standard set, follow up on overdue billings per the standard, and take actions as indicated in the standard.Many an “A” client slips to “D” or “E” or even “F” because of lack of understanding of the communications process and lack of standards enforcement. When they fail to pay bills and the attorney continues to work, they learn they don’t have to pay. When the attorney takes a week to return their call, they come to believe their problem isn’t important to the attorney. When they receive unidentified papers in the mail, they get worried and fearful.The cumulative result is a good client who starts to act like a poor one. All because no one educated them on the process and the working relationship, and no one in the attorney’s office is operating on a standard.Sound like a lot of work? Then think about the time an attorney spends working for free unintentionally, and the stress caused by an unhappy client — or worse, the grievance filed by one. Then, think about an office free of “F” clients and filled with less stressed and more satisfied clients (and staff).Take steps now to build and implement a more structured client intake and communications system, for the sake of your clients — and your sanity. Dustin Cole is president of Attorneys Master Class, a company which helps firms maximize revenues by enhancing attorney skills. Cole specializes in working with partners experiencing challenges or setbacks in their practices, and with practice groups to increase productivity. For more information go to www.attorneysmasterclass.com or contact Cole at (407) 830-9810 or via e-mail at [email protected]last_img read more


NAFCU to Congress: Repealing excise tax the right thing to do

first_imgYesterday, NAFCU wrote to applaud the House Ways and Means Committee for including a provision in the Economic Mobility Act of 2019 that would repeal the 21 percent excise tax imposed on certain not-for-profits for providing certain fringe benefits under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) ahead of tomorrow’s markup session. Additionally, the association also urged the committee to include in the bill a technical correction to the TCJA that would treat executive compensation contacts at not-for-profits the same as for-profits.Under the TCJA, for-profit executive compensation contracts that were in effect prior to November 2, 2017 are able to remain exempt from deductibility limits. However, no grandfathering provision was included in the section dealing with not-for-profit executive compensation contracts.“We do not believe it was the intent of the TCJA to disadvantage the not-for-profit sector vis-à-vis the for-profit sector in such a way, and would urge a fix to the TCJA to provide not-for-profits a similar grandfather clause to what is enjoyed by for-profits,” wrote Thaler. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more


Binghamton athletes ahead of the game for Election Day

first_img“We’ve had just a lot of interest this year and questions from our student athletes about how to get registered and how to get involved,” said Allen. “Got to share with our group all the tricks and tools to getting registered and filling out absentee ballots and really just about the timing of it all,” said Allen. “I will be encouraging my other teammates if they haven’t already voted to do so,” said Afkham. “Making my voice heard and informing other people about making their voice heard is super important to share,” said Morchower. Allen said it was important for her and her staff to give the team a platform to share their voices. “It’s really emphasizing the importance of voting and I truly believe every voice matters and ever vote counts so I really think it’s a great initiative they installed,” said Afkham. She said the team is 100% registered to vote. “My team personally has been having very mature conversations for 20, 21 year olds and our house has been talking a lot about voting,” said junior Sofia Afkham. “Being a student athlete, I have a pretty big platform both in the school and outside of the school,” said junior Sidra Morchower. Morchower and Afkham have already done their part and voted. Now, they are encouraging their teammates to take advantage as well. One team taking advantage is the Binghamton women’s lacrosse team, led by head coach, Stephanie Allen. VESTAL (WBNG) – The NCAA is giving student athletes across the country the day off from practice on Election Day 2020. For most girls on the team, it’s their first time voting in an election. “Encouraging my teammates and friends to get out there and vote,” said Morchower.last_img read more


Defence Estates in the firing

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