Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Read full article Has “normal business hours” become a thing of the past? These days, I rarely meet anyone who almost immediately following waking up in the morning, wont grab their phone from the bedside to check their email, or who considers their nights to be personal or family time, which not so long ago seemed the norm. What is it about modern day issues and work problems that are more important than those that we were facing years ago that can’t wait until the next day? Or is it a simple case that our ability to prioritize is being depleted due to such ease of systems access which allows many organisations’ staff to turn any computer, laptop, tablet or mobile device into a make-shift work station?I’m as guilty as the next person of the late night emails and struggling to switch off but I’m one of the lucky ones who enjoys what I do enough that it doesn’t feel like a chore. What about those who aren’t as lucky and feel like they don’t have the pressure release of being able to go home and un-wind?Human nature dictates that if we get too used to something, it becomes habitual and we begin to expect it. This being the case, if this isn’t carefully managed, how long will it be before being “switched on” at all times is an expected part of a job as opposed to it being a sign of an engaged and happy employee who will strive to go above and beyond any contractual obligations? Don’t get me wrong, the huge emphasis which these days is placed on interoperability and mobility of internal systems of course is a great thing and phenomenal feat in technology advancement but with it comes the potential for more risk, more pressure and more un-happy staff if it is not managed well. HR: Does business hours mean all hours?Shared from missc on 9 Dec 2014 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.
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Regulation of incubation shifts near hatching by giant petrels: a timed mechanism, embryonic signalling or food availability?
In most seabird species incubation shifts shorten when hatching approaches, a behavioural response allowing the chick to be fed soon after hatching. Three mechanisms have been proposed to explain these shortened absences: endogenous timing, a response to embryo signals or a seasonal increase in food availability. I tested these hypotheses by cross-fostering eggs between two sibling species: the northern Macronectes halli and the southern M. giganteus giant petrels; the former normally breeds 5-6 weeks earlier than the latter but both have an incubation period of 60 days. The length of the last trip before hatching was unaffected by the timing of hatching, suggesting that trip length was not related to the increase in food availability with the progress of the season. Furthermore, northern giant petrels reduced their last trip lengths regardless of whether they were incubating their own developed or the southern undeveloped egg (with embryos not developed enough to signal). Parents presumably, therefore, possess endogenous control allowing them to predict hatching date and to reduce trip duration accordingly, regardless of the communication with the embryo. Nevertheless, shorter last trips before hatching in southern giant petrels incubating northern giant petrel eggs suggest that parents use embryo signals for a fine-tuning synchronization of the internal timer to the natural variability in the length of the incubation period. (C) 2004 The Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour.
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A novel technique is used to examine northern hemisphere midlatitude longitudinal variations in ionospheric long-term trends. Differences in hour-by-hour monthly median ionospheric parameters between equilatitudinal observatory pairs are analysed for long-term trends, thus eliminating at source the large solar cycle and geomagnetic variability that normally hinders ionospheric trend calculations. The results confirm the finding of Bremer [1998. Trends in the ionsopheric E- and F-regions over Europe. Annales Geophysicae 16, 698-996] that there are longitudinal variations in the F-region altitude trend across Europe, but suggest the influence of a stationary wave-like feature between 3 degrees W and 104 degrees E. Possible causes such as scaling errors, insufficient account of changes in ionisation underlying the F-region, varying gravity wave fluxes, and secular change in the geomagnetic field are ruled out. The data suggest that the longitudinal variation may reflect long-term changes in a large-scale stationary feature induced via non-migrating tides induced by latent heat release in the troposphere. Significant differences in the long-term trend of E-region peak plasma frequency between observatories were also found. These E-region differential trends varied with solar zenith angle reaching over 0.3 MHz per decade between Juliusruh and Moscow at midday in summer. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
The Antarctic krill, Euphausia superba, is an abundant and key species found in the Southern Ocean that forms dense, discrete swarms. Despite over three decades of research on Antarctic krill, the genetics of individual swarms is yet to be specifically investigated. In this study, we address the genetic diversity, population structure and demographic history of nine Antarctic krill swarms by sequencing 1173 bases of the gene cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (cox1, COI) from 504 individuals. Both haplotype diversity (h=0.9974–1.0000) and nucleotide diversity (π=0.010275–0.011537) of Antarctic krill swarm samples was consistently high compared with populations of other species reported in the literature. Analysis of molecular variance did not show any significant genetic structure, thus implying that the sampled swarms do not appear to reflect discrete genetic units. Fu’s Fs and Bayesian Skyride analyses provided strong evidence for a large increase in the population size of Antarctic krill, or selection favouring a particular mitochondrial lineage, within the last few 100 000 years (Pleistocene). The swarm-level results presented in this study not only further our understanding of Antarctic krill biology but, because of the economical importance of this species, also provide data to consider for future krill stock management.
Palaeo-ice stream pathways and retreat style in the easternmost Amundsen Sea Embayment, West Antarctica, revealed by combined multibeam bathymetric and seismic data
Multibeam swath bathymetry data sets collected over the past two decades have been compiled to identify palaeo-ice stream pathways in the easternmost Amundsen Sea Embayment. We mapped ~ 3000 glacial landforms to reconstruct ice flow in the ~ 250-km-long cross-shelf Abbot Trough. This bathymetric feature was occupied by a large ice stream, which was fed by two tributaries (Cosgrove and Abbot) and reached the continental shelf edge during the last maximum ice sheet advance. Geomorphological mapping has enabled a clear differentiation between subglacial landforms indicating warm- (e.g., megascale glacial lineations) and cold-based (e.g., hill–hole pairs) ice conditions on the continental shelf during the last glaciation. Grounding-zone wedges and recessional moraines, mapped within the palaeo-ice stream troughs and on adjacent sea-floor highs (referred to as inter-ice stream ridges) indicate grounding line stillstands or re-advances of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet during the last deglaciation of the shelf. We observe that the locations of grounding-zone wedges coincide with trough constrictions as well as local topographic highs of harder substrate. This combination of trough ‘bottlenecks’ and local pinning points on an otherwise retrograde slope is likely to have modified the pace of grounding-line retreat, causing the grounding zone to pause and deposit grounding-zone wedges. The episodic retreat recorded within Abbot Trough corresponds to post-glacial episodic retreat interpreted for the neighbouring Pine Island–Thwaites palaeo-ice stream trough, thus suggesting a uniform pattern of retreat across the eastern Amundsen Sea Embayment. Locally, indications are strong that a change in basal thermal regime of the ice from warm- to cold-based conditions occurred prior to final retreat, as hill–hole pairs overprint megascale glacial lineations. Further, the correlation of grounding-zone wedges with geological boundaries emphasises the influence of subglacial geology on ice stream flow. Our new geomorphological map of the easternmost Amundsen Sea Embayment resolves the pathways of palaeo-ice streams that were probably all active during the last maximum extent of the ice sheet, and the extent of adjacent inter-ice stream ridges. It reveals information about the style of, and the basal thermal regime during, the subsequent grounding line retreat. Such information provides an important empirical framework by which the accuracy of ice sheet models can be gauged.
Tags: Baseball/Beaver/Delta/Gunnison/Kanab/Millard/North Sevier/Parowan/San Juan/Softball/South Sevier April 13, 2018 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 4/13 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSoftball2-A SouthBEAVER, Utah-Jordan Hoyt went yard, while also doubling and tripling as the Beaver Beavers routed Parowan 11-3 Friday in 2-A South softball action.Baseball2-A NorthSALINA, Utah-Ty Hill doubled and the Gunnison Bulldogs edged North Sevier 5-4 in 2-A North baseball action Friday. Janzen Keisel earned the win on the mound for the Bulldogs. Burke Mickelsen tripled and Ryan Crane added a double in defeat for the Wolves.2-A SouthKANAB, Utah-Drew Hafen, John Sims, Marcus Fox and Tavin Ott all doubled for Kanab in a 7-0 win over Millard Friday in 2-A South baseball action. Sam Orton took the win on the mound for the Cowboys.BEAVER, Utah-Crayton Hollingshead went yard and Porter Hollingshead added a triple as the Beaver Beavers routed Parowan 15-1 in 2-A South baseball action Friday. Braxton Albrecht and Hunter Hafen added doubles for the Beavers in the win.Region 14DELTA, Utah-Talon Mangelson belted an inside-the-park home run and Joey Aagard added a double as the Juab Wasps routed Delta 13-0 Friday in Region 14 baseball action. Dawson Ostler earned the win on the mound for the Wasps.Region 15BLANDING, Utah-Gage Ekker went yard and the South Sevier Rams took the first game of a Region 15 doubleheader against San Juan Friday, prevailing 14-3. Chayston Blake added a pair of doubles, while Caleb Barton, Easton Hunt and Treven Heath also doubled for the Rams.BLANDING, Utah-Brodee Tebbs had a pair of doubles, helping the South Sevier Rams to a 13-3 win over San Juan Friday, completing their Region 15 doubleheader sweep of the Broncos. Chayston Blake and Wyatt Morrison each doubled for the Rams in this victory. Brad James Written by
July 17, 2018 /Sports News – National MLB All-Stars acknowledge quieter posture in age of athlete activism Written by Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPatrick McDermott/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Look north from the upper deck of Nationals Park in southeast Washington, D.C., home of the 2018 MLB All-Star Game, and through the construction cranes dotting the skyline, the ivory dome of the U.S. Capitol looms, one mile away on the horizon.It’s an all-too-perfect symbol for the encompassing presence of politics in popular culture in recent years, including, of course, within the world of sports.History is replete with athletes who voiced opinions about wars and peace, endorsed candidates or run for office themselves, but President Donald Trump’s election and his vociferous criticism of the Colin Kaepernick-led national anthem protests have intensified political discourse among some professional players and sparked a new level of activism on and off the fields and courts.While the NFL, in particular, has drawn the ire of the president, and the majority-black rosters of the NBA became a natural setting for discussions of racial inequality, the ranks of Major League Baseball have been largely quiet on such issues of social justice and politics.It’s not even something that I talk about that much with my teammates — the guys that I’m around every day,” said Washington Nationals closer Sean Doolittle at the All-Star Game’s media session Monday.Despite Doolittle’s reservations within the clubhouse, he can be counted as one of the more outspoken players in the league on topics of social activism. While a member of the Oakland Athletics in 2015, Doolittle and his now-wife Eireann Dolan purchased tickets from fans perturbed by the team’s Pride Night promotion and donated them to a local LGBTQ youth center. Last year, in the midst of the national anthem debate, the pair wrote an op-ed in Sports Illustrated seeking to shift attention towards honoring the military by promoting mental health care for veterans.And when violence broke out during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last August, Doolittle, who played college baseball for the University of Virginia, tweeted his disgust with the event.“It’s 2017. Actual Nazis just marched on #Charlottesville. We have to come together & drive this hatred & domestic terrorism from our country,” Doolittle wrote, launching a thread on the topic that concluded with a post that appeared directed towards Trump:“There is only one side,” he posted.But the pitcher acknowledged Monday that there was a time and place for when he felt his activism was appropriate, and that it wasn’t necessarily within the confines of the notoriously private clubhouses during the grind of the 162-game MLB season.“I’m a big believer in letting my actions, the stuff my wife and I do in the community, speak for itself,” Doolittle said. “Every once in a while we will speak out on Twitter, but that kind of stuff doesn’t find its way into the locker room too much.”Tony Clark, the executive director of the MLB Players Association and a former All-Star first basemen himself, explained that the locker room could, at times, be a place where players held debates and hashed out broader issues, given the trust that players built among themselves in such close quarters.“In a good locker room, common ground is always found,” he said. “Particularly when the end game and the goal is the same. In other words, trying to achieve a particular goal or trying to affect a certain type of change in the climate that you happen to be in.”Several players agreed Monday that there were no impediments necessarily precluding their fellow major leaguers from speaking out, either internally or externally, but unlike in the NFL, on-field displays of protest have been rare.Last September, Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell became the first, and thus far only, MLB player to kneel during a pre-game performance of the national anthem. At the time, Maxwell, who was born into a military family, said that he believed that the ideas of racial inequality were being perpetuated by Trump.“It’s being practiced from the highest power that we have in this country, and it’s basically saying that it’s OK to treat people differently,” Maxwell said at the time, according to ESPN. “My kneeling, the way I did it, was to symbolize that I’m kneeling for a cause, but I’m in no way or form disrespecting my country or my flag.”Maxwell’s teammate Jed Lowrie, an All-Star this year, said that the catcher’s decision didn’t cause division within the clubhouse.“There were guys who had questions for him and wanted to understand why he did it, but I think the general consensus was support for him and why he chose to do it,” Lowrie said Monday, adding, “I think if a player has a specific issue they feel passionate about then I think it’s fair for them to use their platform to direct their message.”Such a sentiment was echoed by Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain. Cain, who is African-American, viewed the NFL protests in the name of racial injustice as instances of the players “standing up for themselves” and said he respected their decision.“From afar, I definitely understood why they were kneeling,” Cain said, while explaining that there was nuance to the debate. “I agree with some of the stuff they were doing, [but] for me, [during] the national anthem, I think of our troops fighting overseas and that’s why I stand for it. But the other guys were kneeling for entirely different reasons — we all know why — and I definitely understand where they were coming from.”A popular theory raised as to why the MLB has lagged behind other leagues in public displays of activism has been the racial makeup of its players. While the NFL and NBA are both majority-black, as of Opening Day, the MLB noted only 8.4 percent of major leaguers were African-American — down from a high of 18.7 percent in 1981, according to the Society for American Baseball Research. An additional 30 percent, as of 2016, were either Latino or Asian, the organization determined.Clark predicted that the MLB’s activism could catch-up however, particularly given the multitude of avenues in which players can now deliver messages.“In the past, there may have been a platform or two that guys had access to and now you have far more,” Clark said. “They view it as an opportunity to have their concerns heard and hope that leads to effecting the kind of change that they want to see.”Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon agreed, adding that he was “thankful” to be in a position to be heard, should he wish to be, but showed respect for the responsibility that accompanies such power.“Before I use that platform to influence the way others think, I need to make sure that I have all the facts and I know what I’m talking about and truly believe that what I’m saying is right,” he said, cautioning that some of the responsibility falls on the consumers of public discourse to weed out fact from fiction.“I’m not going to blindly follow what Beyonce says because I really like her music,” Blackmon noted as an example.A common thread among the All-Stars who commented on the topic of activism and protest was that of respect, be it between persons with opposing points of view, among teammates, or between fans and players with whom they disagree.“I don’t really like how some fans don’t like guys [who] speak out about what they believe in,” said Seattle Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger. “I think everyone comes from different places on Earth, different countries, and I think the way you grow is to learn from other people’s backgrounds and to see where they come from, [and] how and why they think about the things they believe in.”Haniger, who said he enjoyed talking politics but avoids it on social media, argued that it was the disagreements, even with some of the teammates he considers his best friends, that could be most valuable.“I think at the end of the day, I kind of learn from why he feels that way and why he thinks and believes in the things he does,” he said. “That’s how you progress and get better.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. 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August 30, 2018 /Sports News – Local Jazz Strength Coach Leaves Team Robert Lovell Written by Tags: Mark McKown/Utah Jazz FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Salt Lake City, UT) — Longtime Jazz strength and conditioning coach Mark McKown is leaving the organization after 21 years.McKown has been a critical part of the team since 1997. He was known for late-night workouts with Karl Malone and was even Jerry Sloan’s best man at his wedding.Since 2015, McKown has served as the team’s director of sports science.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (AP) — Sam Merrill made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 57 seconds left and No. 15 Utah State overcame a 19-point deficit in the second half to beat LSU 80-78 on Friday night at the Jamaica Classic.Down 54-35 with 16:32 remaining, Utah State (6-0) chipped away by making its first five 3-pointers of the second half. Alphonso Anderson’s 3 cut it to 71-67.Anderson missed a 3-pointer with 13 seconds left, and LSU grabbed the defensive rebound, but Skylar Mays had it poked away and the Aggies passed it around to run out the clock. LSU had 11 second-half turnovers.Merrill and Anderson each scored 24 points. Merrill, the Mountain West player of the year last season, was 5 of 9 from 3-point range, made 9 of 10 free throws and had eight assists. Justin Bean had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Diogo Brito scored 12 points.Mays scored a career-high 30 points for LSU (3-2). He was 10-of-13 shooting with five 3-pointers. Darius Days and Emmitt Williams each scored 14 points.LSU shot 47% from the field, snapping Utah State’s run of holding its last four opponents to less than 40%.LSU made six 3-pionters in the first 8 minutes, using a 14-2 run to build an early 28-13 lead. The Tigers finished the half 9 of 18 from distance and shot 52% overall. Days led the way for LSU with 14 points to help build a 44-30 lead.Utah State’s starters were held to 14 points in the first half, but Anderson kept them within reach with nine points off the bench, including a tip-in at the buzzer.BIG PICTUREUtah State: The Aggies improved to 62-18 as an AP-ranked team after extending their run to six straight games with 80-plus points. USU’s ranking is the highest for the program since the 1970-71 season when it was as high as No. 9.LSU: The Tigers barely missed out again on an opportunity to pad their resume with a nonconference win against a ranked opponent. They lost 84-82 at then-No. 23 VCU on Nov. 13. Just like against the Aggies, LSU had an opportunity to tie or go ahead in the final seconds, but Mays turned it over to the Rams with one second left.UP NEXTUtah State will play North Texas on Sunday.LSU will play Rhode Island on Sunday. Tags: Jersey Mike’s Jamaica CLassic/Utah State Aggies Basketball November 22, 2019 /Sports News – Local No. 15 Utah State rallies from 19-point deficit to beat LSU Written by Associated Press