Framework for mapping key areas for marine megafauna to inform Marine Spatial Planning: the Falkland Islands case study

first_imgMarine Spatial Planning (MSP) is becoming a key management approach throughout the world. The process includes the mapping of how humans and wildlife use the marine environment to inform the development of management measures. An integrated multi-species approach to identifying key areas is important for MSP because it allows managers a global representation of an area, enabling them to see where management can have the most impact for biodiversity protection. However, multi-species analysis remains challenging. This paper presents a methodological framework for mapping key areas for marine megafauna (seabirds, pinnipeds, cetaceans) by incorporating different data types across multiple species. The framework includes analyses of tracking data and observation survey data, applying analytical steps according to the type of data available during each year quarter for each species. It produces core-use area layers at the species level, then combines these layers to create megafauna core-use area layers. The framework was applied in the Falkland Islands. The study gathered over 750,000 tracking and at-sea observation locations covering an equivalent of 5495 data days between 1998 and 2015 for 36 species. The framework provides a step-by-step implementation protocol, replicable across geographic scales and transferable to multiple taxa. R scripts are provided. Common repositories, such as the Birdlife International Tracking Database, are invaluable tools, providing a secure platform for storing and accessing spatial data to apply the methodological framework. This provides managers with data necessary to enhance MSP efforts and marine conservation worldwide.last_img read more

Instructor – Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist

first_imgBaylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction/Equal Access Employer.5148CA; CH A highly competitive pay scaleFlexible scheduling opportunities; multiple work locations maybe possibleWork/Life Balance: 22 days of vacation, 11 paid holidays andeducation timeCME dollarsGreat benefits package including: Health, Dental; RetirementSavings Programs (8% contribution to 401(a)), and more;To learn more about our benefits, please visitbcm.edu/careers/benefits New graduates are strongly encouraged to apply!Located in the heart of the Texas Medical Center, Ben Taub Hospitalhas garnered respect both locally and worldwide as an outstandingacute care facility and an elite Level I trauma center. This 444licensed-bed hospital houses the Ginni and Richard Mithoff TraumaCenter, which cares for more than 80,000 emergency patients eachyear and is known to save the lives of some of the most criticallyinjured.Job PurposeProvides specialized nursing service in administering anesthesia tosurgical patients and to provide high-quality, evidence-basedanesthesia and pain care services at all acuity levels, for allpatients, and for a number of different reasons in a variety ofsettings.Job DutiesAdministers all forms of anesthesia including inhaled,intravenous, neuraxial, and regional, for surgical or medicalprocedures.Assesses and evaluates patients prior to the administration ofanesthesia in order to formulate anesthetic plan.Inserts and uses invasive and noninvasive monitors, asindicated.Responds to emergency/code situations in order to provideairway management.Documents anesthetic information and patient condition.May supervise or provide direction to student registered nurseanesthetists.Performs other job related duties as assigned. The Department of AnesthesiologyThe Department of Anesthesiology at Baylor College of Medicine isfocused on patient care and research in all aspects of thespecialty including critical care, postoperative cognitivedysfunction, simulator-based anesthesiology education, obstetricanesthesia and pain management.The Department of Anesthesiology seeks to excel as providers ofeffective, efficient and ethical anesthesia care for patients atany Baylor-affiliated institution; as providers of educationalopportunities for medical students, graduate students, andpost-graduate specialty trainees, advanced practice providers,continuing medical education participants, and undergraduates; andas researchers in the basic sciences, clinical milieu, or outcomeepidemiology related to anesthesiology practices.SummarySchedule: Primary schedule is Monday-Friday 0630-1700, someweekends.Call requirements: 0-2 month on average, always a day off aftercall. Additional coverage opportunities available.Work Location: Texas Medical Center, Ben Taub Hospital, Houston,TXBe a part of something greater! Join our collaborative and dynamicenvironment and advance your clinical skills as a CertifiedRegistered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), participating in challengingand complex cases while serving the larger Houston community. OurCRNAs at Ben Taub Hospital provide services on approximately 8,000cases annually, including trauma, high risk obstetrics, gynecology,cardiovascular, and general surgery. Plus, as a faculty memberyou’ll have the opportunity to teach and mentor through oureducation programs.Baylor College of Medicine Offers: Minimum QualificationsEducation Required: Master’s degree in in Nursing.Experience Required: None required.Certification/Licenses/Registration: Current license as aRegistered Nurse (RN) by the State of Texas Board of Nursing.Current Certification as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist(CRNA) from the National Board of Certification and Recertificationfor Nurse Anesthetists and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse(APRN). Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification.last_img read more

Queen Victoria’s journals online

first_imgMembers of the public can read the personal journals of Queen Victoria online following work by experts at the Bodleian.Researchers have put 43,000 pages from her 141 journals on a website for members of the public to examine.The journals had only previously been accessible by formal request at the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle. The online collection was created to mark this year’s Diamond Jubilee. It has taken staff from the library eight months to produce.Queen Victoria’s journals cover her 63 years on the throne, from her coronation and her marriage to Prince Albert to her Diamond Jubilee of 1897. She was noted for being a prolific writer who would record her thoughts daily.Digital images have been taken of every page of the surviving volumes, along with photographs of the many illustrations within the pages.last_img read more

Press release: Spinning experiment may help long stay hospital patients

first_imgThe UK Space Agency is supporting the research which aims to help those facing long hospital stays or suffering from lower back pain. The research could also benefit astronauts, who experience muscle loss in space, on board the International Space Station or on future missions to the Moon and Mars.The reduced gravity in space makes it difficult for the human body to maintain muscle mass and bone density.Science Minister Chris Skidmore said: The bedrest study is providing an ideal platform for us to determine how suitable our device is for use in the rehabilitation of astronauts when they have spent time aboard the International Space Station in microgravity. We will be using advanced neurophysiological and medical imaging techniques to understand how the spinal postural muscles adapt to simulated microgravity and determine the effectiveness of a rehabilitation programme designed for use not just in astronauts, but also in populations on Earth, such as people with low back pain or those with postural instability. The UK’s ongoing membership of the European Space Agency (ESA) gives UK scientists, researchers and industry access to world-leading facilities and the opportunity to form international partnerships that can benefit our understanding of the universe and life on Earth.The new research projects at Manchester Metropolitan University and Northumbria University are also supported by ESA, NASA and the German Aerospace Centre (DLR).The project at Manchester Metropolitan University is led by Professor Hans Degens’ team from the research centre for Musculoskeletal Science and Sports Medicine.The team will perform a series of medical tests on volunteers subjected to 60 days of bed-rest, which mimics the microgravity conditions of space travel. But some will also spend 30 minutes each day strapped into the human centrifuge, where they lay flat as it spins, simulating the force of gravity experienced when standing on Earth.Professor Hans Degens said: By learning about how to tackle muscle wasting in astronauts who experience zero gravity in space, this pioneering research hopes to lessen the impact on future spaceflights, something which will be particularly important if we ever send humans on the long journey to Mars. It has benefits on Earth too, helping the thousands of patients who develop muscle weakness from lengthy stays in a hospital bed. We will need to embrace new technology like this to meet the needs of our ageing society, which is why through our modern Industrial Strategy, this Government is giving the biggest boost to R&D funding in UK history.center_img The team from Northumbria University’s Aerospace Medicine and Rehabilitation Laboratory, led by Professor Nick Caplan, is interested in spinal postural deconditioning, an issue linked to lower back pain and age-related problems with balance.The study will use the human centrifuge to explore the effectiveness of daily exposure to artificial gravity in preventing spinal problems from developing. It will also test the effectiveness of a rehabilitation device – which resembles a customised gym cross trainer and is known as the Functional Re-adaptive Exercise Device (FRED) – in the early weeks following the 60 day bed rest period.Professor Nick Caplan said: Artificial gravity could help astronauts to maintain muscle mass in space and help back here on Earth too by preventing severe muscle degeneration in hospitalised patients. Currently astronauts have to exercise for up to 2.5 hours every day, take nutrient supplements, and keep high protein diets to maintain muscle mass while they are in space. Despite this, severe muscle deterioration still occurs. One day, astronauts might have a daily quick spin in a centrifuge on the ISS rather than spend hours on gym equipment in space. For hospital patients it could greatly improve their recovery during rehabilitation and after they leave.last_img read more

Jazz Harmonica Legend Toots Thielemans Has Passed Away At 94

first_imgThe great Toots Thielemans has passed away at the age of 94. The jazz harmonica master died in his home country of Belgium, where he had retired after he stopped touring a few years ago.Thielemans had been a fixture on the jazz scene since the late 1940s, playing in Europe with Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Max Roach before moving to America in 1952 to join Parker’s “All-Stars” band. He went on to play with a who’s who of jazz legends, everyone from Ella Fitzgerald to Pat Metheny and Jaco Pastorius, and Thielemans enjoyed an illustrious career as the go-to harmonica player in the jazz world.Thielemans also crossed over and worked on many projects in the mainstream. He worked on numerous occasions with famed producer Quincy Jones, and he contributed to the soundtracks of many classic films like Midnight Cowboy and The Getaway. Thielemans even even performed the famous closing credits of Sesame Street, although it goes uncredited. In the 80s, Thielemans recorded with several modern pop stars like Billy Joel and Paul Simon, and his smooth harmonica skills were enjoyed by an entirely new generation of fansIn honor of the great Toots Thielemans and the great musical life he led, take a few minutes to watch some videos and hear Thielemans’ incredible harmonica playing one more time.Watch Thielemans in Rotterdam, Netherlands in 2009 performing his biggest solo hit, “Bluesette” at the “Night of the Proms”.Here’s Thielemans performing “Imagine” by John Lennon at The Caspian Jazz and Blues Festival in Azerbaijan in 2002, courtesy of YouTube user American Voices.Listen to audio of Thielemans performing with Pat Metheny on “Back in Time”, courtesy of YouTube user Zs R.Finally, listen to Thielemans’ iconic playing on the Sesame Street closing credits.RIP Toots Thielemans, and thank you for your incredible contribution to the world of music!last_img read more

Meet the Princess Posse of Off-Broadway’s Disenchanted

first_img Disenchanted Related Shows We’re used to seeing our favorite princesses decked out in gorgeous gowns—but beginning November 26, these royal renegades are ripping off their tiaras and telling it like it is! Disenchanted, a new musical by Dennis T. Giacino, is gearing up for a limited run at off-Broadway’s Theatre at St. Clements, and we’ve got a sneak peek at the princesses living it up in the forest. The new not-for-kids musical stars Soara-Joye Ross (The Princess Who Kissed the Frog), Alison Burns (The Little Mermaid), Jen Bechter (Sleeping Beauty), Becky Gulsvig (Cinderella), Lulu Picart (Hua Mulan) and Michelle Knight (Snow White). Meet the princesses, then see Disenchanted, opening December 4! View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 14, 2015last_img read more

BRO Athletes: Jessica Wiegandt Paddles Southeast Asia

first_img“I’m wearing my elephant pants today… Like, the pants that have elephants on it, not the pants I wore while riding an elephant.”“I love that we have to make that distinction.”This was a typical conversation I had with my dad as he, my nana, and I traveled through Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos for two and a half weeks. Out of all the places we went, one of my favorites was Ha Long Bay in Northeast Vietnam.Usually, I try to steer clear of flatwater paddling because I become easily bored, however, during my travels we visited a location called Ha Long Bay in Vietnam, which is a bay that hosts over 2,000 islands. We boarded a wooden junk, a dying breed according to our guide as boats are transitioning to metal, and set sail from the port. I was supposed to be reading George Orwell’s “1984” for my English Literature class, but as I sat on the deck of our junk, with the massive islands looming above us and natural caves mysteriously out of reach, my homework was far from my priorities. Upon docking, we jumped into our kayaks and began paddling on the turquoise waters.Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 11.40.45 AMThe Kraken does exist. You know, that absolutely terrifying sea monster? Yeah, it lives in the form of the gigantic jellyfish which thrive in the waters of Ha Long Bay. I would be paddling in my boat, and then my paddle would scoop down and touch a creature with a massive top and twenty-foot-long tentacles. Every time I touched a jellyfish with my paddle, I would imagine it wrapping the tentacles around and pulling me into the water – I’ve been told I have a vivid imagination, but seriously, those jellyfish were terrifying. What wasn’t terrifying were the caves. We were able to paddle inside caves and I felt like a true adventurer.I think we made our guide nervous, because he said no one kayaks into the caves, and I totally could not understand why. I’ve never paddled into a cave before, but it was one of the coolest things I’ve done in a boat ever. Upon entrance, the bright light and reflection of the sun vanished, and we were engulfed in darkness as we continued further back. I have no idea how far back our cave went, because we soon found ourselves unable to see at all and had to turn back. Bats dwelled above, and water rose and fell lazily with the outgoing tide. After our exploration, we returned to the junk and watched the sun set behind the mountainous islands.Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 12.17.26 PMWe flew out to Laos after our time in Vietnam and landed in a small town called Luang Prabang. This was my favorite location out of the entire trip, and a place I would willingly return to in a heartbeat. Outdoor recreation and adventure is not a flourishing industry in the area, but it is slowly growing. We teamed up with a local adventure company and were issued a guide named Phon who took us trekking in the backcountry of Laos. While it was blisteringly hot and the humidity level was high, I was amazed by the culture we were able to experience. In Laos, the locals burn entire sections of the mountains in order to plant rice in the upcoming season. We would be trekking through the jungle one minute, and then all of a sudden be surrounded by dirt and ash blowing in the wind – trees burnt and no vegetation visible.There are villages spread along the tiny dirt trail we followed, each with their own language and with no electricity. I was able to give the children in the villages bouncy balls and they were extremely grateful for items we take for granted in the States.Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 11.43.55 AMLife in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos is lived out of doors, the people accepting of the heat and humidity as they lack the money (or even if they have enough, do not desire to spend it) on air conditioning. While I was shocked initially by the extreme differences in food, culture, and lifestyle between these locations and my home in Virginia, I quickly grew to love each country for various and differing reasons. Through my travels to these locations, I was able to experience life in a much different way than I am used to and I look forward to having the opportunity to return.last_img read more

Nature’s Wrath Exposes Frailty

first_imgBy Dialogo April 01, 2010 Very interesting report about adverse events plaguing the planet since the turn of the century. I think the authorities should invest in resources that can significantly mitigate the occurrence of these events. I would like to receive it by e-mail It is very important to know the history of these natural phenomenona where in most cases many lives are lost due to lack of guidance and an adequate rescue system. My congratulations! Latin America is also home to the world’s most active volcanoes, ReVista reported. Of the five largest eruptions of the 20th century, one occurred in Guatemala in 1902 and two hit Chile, in 1932 and 1991. Floods and droughts are the most common meteorological hazards in the region, followed by hurricanes, according to ReVista. Governments in the region are taking important steps to address natural disasters, adding prevention and mitigation to traditional response, according to a World Bank study. The following section recounts three natural disasters and how goverments learned from them. “It was very hard to negotiate who would go first. … People at risk are terrified and it is very difficult to negotiate with them,” Palma told Catholic Relief Services, a humanitarian agency he joined in 1999. Before Mitch became a Category 5 hurricane on October 26, it hit Jamaica and the Yucatán Peninsula as a tropical storm. Official estimates report a final death toll of 3,800 in Nicaragua. “Mitch exposed Nicaragua’s vulnerability,” Palma said. After Mitch’s reign of destruction, the U.S. engaged in an extensive relief effort — the biggest undertaken by Southern Command at that time — according to globalsecurity.org. The U.S. Army worked with Catholic Relief Services and Nicaraguan authorities to reconstruct bridges. In 2000, Nicaragua passed a law creating a national system involving government agencies, nongovernmental organizations and community associations working together to reduce Nicaragua’s vulnerability to natural catastrophes. Post-Mitch projects have had positive results, Palma said. “Since Mitch, the population is clearly more aware of becoming organized and accepting recommendations for building an infrastructure. But there is still much to do on this matter.” Quake tests peru’s preparedness The San Clemente church in Pisco collapsed onto hundreds of parishioners in August 2007, burying the victims. “People were running out the front door screaming,” a witness told The Associated Press. “It felt like the end of the world.” The church crumpled after a magnitude 8.0 earthquake leveled the city and other areas on the southern coast. The country reported 569 people dead and more than 15,000 homeless. Peru responded with a program led by the National Institute for Civil Defense, or INDECI, which deals with disaster prevention and recovery. It operates at the local level first, but if response capabilities are surpassed, regional and national-level authorities become involved. The emergency response in Pisco was uncoordinated, according to the U.K.-based Humanitarian Policy Group, or HPG. The government declared a state of emergency without enacting INDECI mechanisms, resulting in confusion and duplication of efforts, HPG reported. “There is general agreement that the national disaster management structure is well designed and appropriate and could operate effectively if it were better coordinated and funded, and more participatory,” the report stated. The Peruvian military deployed more than 4,000 troops to the rescue. They supported the national police by providing security and donating blood, according to the Peruvian news website terra.com.pe. International agencies also dispatched aid. In March, the U.N. announced it would support Peru in designing a national strategy to minimize the effects of a major earthquake or tsunami. The tragedy shed light on the country’s natural-disaster management limitations. Colombian scientists lacked the resources to effectively monitor the volcano. Nevado del Ruiz had erupted before, killing 636 people in 1595 and 1,000 in 1845. By 1989, the government had created the National System for the Prevention and Attention of Disasters, which integrates government agencies and private and community organizations. Armero is now a ghost town; most of its survivors were relocated to neighboring areas. Moving forward after Mitch Five days of rain, flooding and mudslides did not deter Santos Palma from helping Nicaragua’s military and the Red Cross save hundreds of victims after Hurricane Mitch struck in October 1998. Rescuers navigated by boat above farms surrounding the Estero Real River, north of Chinandega. center_img Heartbreak increases alertness in colombia Omayra Sánchez, a 13-year-old trapped up to her neck in water and landslide debris, became symbolic of the Nevado del Ruiz volcanic eruption that destroyed Armero, Colombia, in November 1985. Despite a three-day rescue effort, Sánchez, one of the 23,000 casualties, died of gangrene and hypothermia. Things turned out differently for Omaira Medina Morales, another Armero resident. Three months pregnant, she was up to her knees in rubble for three days before being rescued. “The memory of Armero remains intact in my heart. It’s a pain I had to learn to live with,” Medina Morales said in an article in the Colombian magazine Soho. She lost her husband and her legs, but the baby survived. More than 5,000 personnel from the Colombian military, National Police, Red Cross, Civil Defense and others worked tirelessly to save lives in Armero. Colombia learned valuable lessons from this calamity. “The need to work as a team and to integrate the efforts of each emergency-response entity was the big lesson here,” said Eugenio Alarcón, of the Colombian Civil Defense. Joseph Desarmes feels blessed, yet incredibly unfortunate. He was rescued from a collapsed home after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake ravaged Haiti on January 12, 2010. “They got me out from under the ruins of a house, and I felt lucky to have survived,” Desarmes told the BBC. Desarmes fled with his family to Santiago, Chile. Six weeks later, a magnitude 8.8 earthquake struck the country. “To come to Chile and go through the same situation, you can’t imagine … how powerless I felt.” The earthquakes in Haiti and Chile show Latin America and the Caribbean’s vulnerability to natural disasters. Geography and major climate changes have led to natural disasters that killed half a million people during the 20th century, according to the Harvard Review of Latin America magazine ReVista. The region is exposed to intense seismic activity, particularly the western edge of South America, which is considered the most active in the world. The largest earthquake ever recorded was a magnitude 9.5 temblor in Valdivia, Chile, in 1960, according to the Belgian Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters. last_img read more

Korcula is becoming a university town for nautics, shipbuilding and business economics-tourism

first_imgWith the realization of this cooperation with the University of Dubrovnik, the city of Korčula becomes the first island student city in the Republic of Croatia. By investing in education, sustainable development, complementary studies with the development strategy of the county, by educating able-bodied staff, the City of Korčula is galloping into a prosperous future. With this agreement on business cooperation, the City of Korčula becomes a dislocated location for undergraduate university studies in Nautics, Naval Architecture and Business Economics, Department of Tourism, University of Dubrovnik, and also the first island university student city in Croatia, reports Dubrovnik Herald. With this agreement on business cooperation, the City of Korčula becomes an extended arm and a branch office of the University of Dubrovnik, which is in line with the development strategy of the City of Korčula and fits perfectly into the County Development Strategy 2016-2020. to achieve a higher level of education on the islands, educating the islanders, but also all other interested population in complementary studies with the locality. Nautics, Naval Architecture and Business Economics in the field of Tourism are complementary to the development strategy, which will make the City of Korcula a significant step towards higher education by introducing a step on the path to a complete university education. Source: Dubrovnik Herald Photo: Pixabay.com The city of Korcula will remain written in history as the first island where the accredited program of the established Croatian University, the University of Dubrovnik, will be performed. Administrative, professional and financial assistance of the University of Dubrovnik will facilitate the protocol and organizational procedures of the City of Korcula around the start of studies, and the City points out that for the study will replace the primary space in the city pool with spaces from the conceptual design in the “Old School in Dominč”. necessary documentation and execution of adaptation works. The agreement was signed by the Mayor of the City of Korcula Andrija Fabris and the Rector of the University of Dubrovnik Nikša Burum. last_img read more

Dutch government rules out easing pension fund VAT rules

The lawmaker also questioned whether this reflected a “level playing field”.Wiebes pointed out that Belgium had a wider interpretation for VAT exemption for the management of a joint investment fund, with the dispensation being applicable to defined contribution (DC) and defined benefit pension funds.The Belgian statute book for VAT stipulates that all OFP pension vehicles are exempt from VAT, without distinction between pension plans.By contrast, in the Netherlands, only DC arrangements qualify for VAT exemption. Wiebes said it would be “undesirable” for Dutch pension funds to move to Belgium simply for VAT benefits.He added that he did not expect this to become a trend, as many Dutch pension funds were showing interest in joining the APF ‘general’ pension fund.The APF, which allows pension funds to co-operate within a single vehicle while ring-fencing assets, is scheduled to come into force from 1 January 2016.Wiebes said he would keep an eye on any developments in the market and brief the Dutch Parliament about a possible “follow-up” if he noticed “certain pension funds planning cross-border moves for VAT reasons”. The Dutch government has said it see no reason to ease value-added tax (VAT) rules for pension funds by equalising them with those found in Belgium.Responding to a query from Pieter Omtzigt, MP for the Christian Democrats (CDA), Eric Wiebes, state secretary for the Treasury, pointed out that the current Dutch rules matched European jurisprudence on VAT.He said the possibility of easing tax rules for pension funds was therefore “not up for discussion”.His comments come after Omtzigt noted that Dutch pension funds relocating to Belgium paid no VAT. read more