This is the first study to use both molecular and fossil data to date the divergence of taxa within the coleoid cephalopods (octopus, squid, cuttlefish). A dataset including sequences from three nuclear and three mitochondrial genes (3415 bp in total) was used to investigate the evolutionary divergences within the group. Divergence time analyses were performed using the Thorne/Kishino method of analysis which allows multiple constraints from the fossil record and permits rates of molecular evolution to vary on different branches of a phylogenetic tree. The data support a Paleozoic origin of the Orders Vampyromorpha, Octopoda and the majority of the extant higher level decapodiform taxa. These estimated divergence times are considerably older than paleontological estimates. The major lineages within the Order Octopoda were estimated to have diverged in the Mesozoic, with a radiation of many taxa around the Cretaceous/Cenozoic boundary. Higher level decapodiform phylogenetic relationships appear to have been obscured due to an ancient diversification of this group.
View post tag: Chinese Navy Op Atalanta, Chinese Navy ships conduct joint training Images: EUNAVFOROperation Atalanta warships met with their Chinese counterparts in the Indian Ocean to conduct joint training on February 27.Main focus of the training were air operations with the ships’ embarked helicopters.The Chinese ships, tanker CNS Taihu and frigate CNS Daquing, also conducted a joint replenishment at sea with Atalanta warships ESPS Tornado and FGS Erfurt. The ships then practiced formation manoeuvring and joint escorting.Coordinated and supervised by Chinese liaison officers on board the Atalanta ships, CNS Taihu conducted joint replenishment with ESPS Tornado on one side and FGS Erfurt on the other.This was the first ever replenishment at sea (RAS) operation with a warship from the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) for the Spanish offshore patrol vessel Tornado.The exercises helped to further develop the cooperation and interoperability between Atalanta ships and other nations’ naval forces. Back to overview,Home naval-today Op Atalanta, Chinese Navy ships conduct joint training Authorities View post tag: Op Atalanta March 2, 2016 Share this article
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Matt Christy, a two-way tackle, competes in the bench press in Tuesday night’s Ocean City High School football Weight Test fundraiser. By TIM KELLYTalk about heavy metal!The Ocean City High School football team celebrated the end of its winter weight training on Tuesday night with another raucous Weight Test fundraiser to benefit the program.More than 50 parents and friends of the program jammed the weight room, and approximately 40 players took part. Those who are involved in winter sports do not participate, but a good number were still in attendance to cheer on their teammates.“I’m excited to see so many parents here,” Head Coach Kevin Smith said. “(Their sons) have been working hard all winter and it’s great for them to see how much progress they’ve made.”A new tradition for the football program, the Weight Test is now in its sixth year and has raised more than $7,000 to help equip the weight room.(Video courtesy Martin Fiedler of Just Right TV Productions)Smith said the team lifts three days a week after school and many mornings before school when the weight room opens at 6 a.m. There are also lifting sessions on Saturdays, he said.“It’s fun, and great to be around my teammates,” Jake Schneider said of the event.An All West Jersey Football League Independence Division wide receiver, Schneider is looking forward getting back on the field.“When the winter training is over, it seems like next season is a lot closer,” he said.All-West Jersey Football League wide receiver Jake Schneider awaits his chance to lift.The Red Raiders are coming off a 9-3 campaign, their best in two decades, and the weight training has played a big part for a program on the rise.“We’ve gone from a program that won three or four games a year to a winning one, and the number of kids coming out for the team has increased from a low point of 50 to nearly 100,” Smith said. “A lot of that can be traced to what happens here in the weight room.”Schneider, who will be a senior next season, said heightened expectations are welcome and a motivating factor for the squad.“There are no limits for this team,” he said. “Some of us have been together since first grade. This is our last chance as a group, and we want to go out on top.”Ocean City High School Head Football Coach Kevin Smith addresses parents and fans before the competition begins.For the Weight Test competition, the coaches divide the players into five teams who compete in two of the weight program’s core exercises, the bench press and dead lift.Two-way tackle Matt Christy, a 6-2 senior-to-be competing in the latter category, hoisted 335 pounds to the cheers of the audience members and his teammates, as classic rock blared.“I’m proud of him,” mom Lori Christy said. “He works hard. He has his eye on a career in the military, and football has been beneficial.”“He had a nice season for us last year and we’re hoping for another one,” Smith said of Christy. “I think he was hoping to come closer to the record (375 pounds) but 335 is a big lift.”Speaking of records, senior Chris Armstrong, who is headed to Montclair State, tied the dead lift record at last year’s event with teammate Mike Williscroft, as each lifted 570 pounds.Armstrong said he didn’t mind watching the event from the audience this year.“I work out with a lot of these guys and I see what they can do. There are some really strong guys on this team,” he said.Members of the football team get the weights ready for a lift. (Photo courtesy of Martin Fiedler)The competition also includes the dead lift. (Photo courtesy of Martin Fiedler)
Organic pork pie maker, Brockleby’s, has been given the royal thumbs up.Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, paid a visit to the Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire-based company’s stand during a visit to Warwickshire’s Royal Show and decided to take one of its pies back for Prince Charles to sample.Charles is no stranger to organic products, which he produces at his Highgrove home. Said Brockleby’s owner, Ian Jalland: “We’ve worked really hard on perfecting the recipe and we know the Prince is a great supported of organic produce.”The company is the only producer of organic versions of the area’s famous pastry in Melton, with the pastry being made from organic, unbleached flour. The pie uses cuts of free-range, rare-breed, organic saddleback pork and is handmade at Brockleby’s in-store bakery.An EU ruling means that from October only pies made in the area will be able to bear the town’s name.
Twitter Twitter Pinterest Facebook Google+ By Jon Zimney – October 19, 2020 0 311 Google+ WhatsApp “Boomerang employees” becoming more common Facebook (“The grindstone” by Kathryn Decker, CC BY 2.0) What’s a boomerang employee? They’re an employee that leaves a job, only to eventually come back.Numerous studies have been done to examine the performances of internal and external hires, but not many have looked at boomerang employees, so Professor of Management at Purdue University Mike Campion’s study decided to change that by analyzing data on 30,174 employees of a large retail chain.“Historically, boomerang employees or employees that left were viewed as disloyal,” said Campion. “However, I observed, and I’ve been in the profession many years, that in some context rehiring is common.”He gave the example of when he worked at IBM full-time in the ’80s before coming to Purdue.“When people would quit they would often throw a party for them and would be like, ‘We’ll see ya later.’”He said at the time he thought it was odd that people would tell others that even though they’re going to work for a competitor they might work with each other at the company again in the future.Now, we’re in an era that an average employee will work for many different employers during their career, and companies have become more open to rehiring former employees.“I think the value of boomerang employees is they know what they’re getting into, and their job performance is likely to be predictable,” said Campion.In the study boomerang employees initially performed similar to external hires and internal promotions, but as time went on it appeared that both the external hires and internal promotions began to perform better while boomerang employees stayed the same.He gave this advice to employers looking to rehire a former employee.“They’re likely to be a predictable person, who will work at about the level they worked at before,” Campion said. “They’re probably not going to be a superstar, but they might have improved.”He said they may also be more likely to leave again.His advice to people who want to return to a company they worked at before is if you’re going back to an employer bring a fresh perspective, new knowledge, and skills to the job.Campion also made it clear that this study did not apply to employees wanting to return to a company after having to leave because of the coronavirus pandemic.He said we could see more boomerang employees as the economy recovers from the pandemic, but told employers not to look at them the same as a normal boomerang employee because they were forced to leave the job. Pinterest IndianaLocalMichiganNews WhatsApp Previous articleIndiana contract tracers reporting lack of cooperation from virus-stricken peopleNext articleDemocratic candidate calling for more coronavirus precautions ahead of gubernatorial debate Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.
I don’t think a Health Secretary opening new NHS clinics has ever said this before, but I can’t wait for the day we can close them down.When we don’t need these clinics anymore.But the truth is: we do.We desperately need these new clinics because British girls and British women need our help and support. And the NHS must be there for everyone.Now, I’m not going to stand up here, in front of a room full of women, brave and courageous women, and try and explain FGM.I don’t think any man can ever fully appreciate what it’s like to live in fear of, or live with the consequences of FGM.But the question I ask myself is this: what if my daughter was at risk?What if my wife needed help?What would I expect from the National Health Service?Expert medical help.Specialists, who are trained in how to deal with both the physical effects of FGM, and the psychological scars.Counselling and emotional support.And I’d want that care and support to be close to where I live, in my community.That’s exactly what we’re doing today.These 8 new support clinics, across the country, will give women and girls the care and support they need in their communities.Led by specialist midwives, supported by specialist consultants and counsellors, the expertise of the NHS, and FGM charities and organisations, coming together under one roof.Our aim is to reach women sooner, before they engage with NHS maternity services when the risk of FGM complications is greatest and can threaten the life of a mother and her child.The clinics will focus on education and prevention, as much as treatment and support, so they will be located away from hospitals, in communities where there is the greatest need.And this is all possible because of the record £33.9 billion this government is putting into the health service so the NHS can be there for everybody.I’ve seen the life-changing work being done at these clinics. The staff and survivors I met in Croydon were truly inspirational.The holistic approach they’re taking means that anyone who walks into one of these clinics is being treated as a person, rather than just as a patient.Not just a medical problem to fix, but someone who has the power to help break the cycle, someone who has the power to help end FGM.Nimco Ali, who has done so much to change how we think about FGM in this country, said: “The solution to ending FGM is to empower girls to be themselves.”And she’s absolutely right. It’s only through the tireless work of people like Nimco, and other fearless FGM campaigners, some of whom are in this room, that we’ve changed the conversation.That we’ve stopped stigmatising people as victims and started empowering women and girls to speak up, and challenge, and change.Because that’s what we all want.Now, I know that empowerment is one of the themes today along with positivity and hope – and God knows we could all do with a little hope right now.Our focus must be on reaching that girl, somewhere in Britain right now, who thinks she is all alone. We must help her, care for her, listen to her, and give her a voice.So I’m delighted to be here with you today in that spirit of empowerment and education, of prevention and protection.And I hope that by working together we can end FGM for good.
Some women’s vulnerability to anxiety and mood disorders may be explained by their estrogen levels, according to new research by Harvard and Emory University neuroscientists presented in this month’s issue of Biological Psychiatry.Low estrogen levels can make women more vulnerable to trauma at some points in their menstrual cycles, while high levels of the female sex hormone can partially protect them from emotional disturbance, the research suggests. Since birth control pills affect estrogen levels, they might one day be used to help prevent post-traumatic stress.Depression and anxiety disorders are twice as common in women as in men, but the reason for this gender difference is unclear. The new work, reviewed by Harvard’s Mohammed Milad and colleagues in a commentary, suggests that women are most at risk for symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) when their estrogen is low during the menstrual cycle.“PTSD is a disorder of recovery,” said author Milad, associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and director of the Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Men may be less at risk because testosterone, the male sex hormone, is converted into estrogen in the male brain, and so is more stable in their brains than in women’s.Estrogen calms the fear response in healthy women and female rats, according to the Harvard researchers, who were led by Kelimer Lebron-Milad, an HMS instructor of psychiatry. The Emory researchers, led by postdoctoral researcher Ebony Glover, showed that the same is true for women suffering from PTSD. The higher the estrogen was in their blood when they trained on a fear-extinction task, the less likely women were to startle.Both studies used “fear-conditioning” paradigms, in which the subject is trained to fear a safe “conditioned stimulus” such as a colored shape, paired with a frightening or painful “unconditioned stimulus” like a finger-shock or a puff of air to the neck or eye. In both studies, women or female rats showed less fear response to the neutral stimulus when estrogen was high than when it was low.PTSD is common in women after a trauma such as rape or sexual assault, which studies say are experienced by 25 to 30 percent of women in their lifetimes, and the symptoms last on average four times as long in women as in men after trauma. This new research suggests the reason for this susceptibility may be the monthly menstrual change in estrogen.“People are afraid to look into the influence of sex hormones on ‘fear learning’ and extinction,” said Mohammed Milad, “because it’s such a complex system.” When Milad studied fear as a Ph.D. student, his lab used only male rats. But when he began to study fear in humans as a postdoctoral researcher, he saw that female data were much more variable. “The data led me there,” to sex differences, Milad said. “Since females add variance, scientists have tended to avoid studying them” in rodent research, he said. Studies of the human brain have tended to combine men and women, assuming that neurological gender differences are minimal. But this assumption is changing.“Big boats turn slowly, but this boat is turning,” said Larry Cahill, professor of psychology at the University of California, Irvine, and author of a 2006 review titled “Why Sex Matters to Neuroscience.” People have avoided studying gender differences for social reasons as well as scientific ones, Cahill said, because sex differences have been considered politically taboo. In the 1970s, Cahill said, studying sex differences could get a researcher “excommunicated from academia,” because the assumption was that such differences in the brain were minimal, and it was politically incorrect to suggest otherwise.“Right now, people are struggling to grow past their biases,” Cahill said. But the result of understanding gender differences should be better health care for women, with treatment tailored to a woman’s needs, including the point in her menstrual cycle.Birth control pills, in particular the emergency contraceptives known as “morning-after pills,” might be used to prevent post-traumatic stress after an assault, researchers say. This was the conclusion of a study by Cahill’s lab, published this year in the Journal of Forensic Nursing. The study, whose first author was Nikole Ferree, questioned 111 sexual-assault survivors six months after their traumas, and found that those who had taken an emergency contraceptive showed fewer symptoms of PTSD. The drug Ogestrel (which includes both estrogen and progesterone), as opposed to Plan B (estrogen alone), was particularly effective.“The single biggest bias in neuroscience research is the belief that sex differences are insignificant or small,” Cahill said. “This [research] is the latest salvo in a barrage of information saying to the field that sex differences are real, and should affect how we treat clinical disorders in men and women.”
Thus, as part of the campaign announcement, the Split Tourist Board published the video #TogetherInSplit, and I emphasized in the article that we cannot call one video a complete campaign, and that I hope that there is a broader plan for the #TogetherInSplit campaign. Thus, according to the campaign plan, it is planned to publish a different thematic content on social networks of the Tourist Board of Split. Every first day of the week, ie Monday, is reserved for HERITAGE QUIZ through which the cultural heritage and interesting contents of Split museums are presented. Tuesday is reserved for video content – VIRTUAL SPLIT. From video materials of travel agencies to interesting video contents about Split, while videos with contents that enable physical distance (active tourism, nautical, family contents prednost) have priority. The goals of the campaign are to stay in touch with tourists, inspire them to remember their trips to Split and fantasize about returning, and to interest new guests with creative content, the Split Tourist Board points out with a narrative to send a message of unity of all tourism workers in Split. Today or Saturday, it is reserved for CONFERENCE CALL where video stories are published – in which tourist guides tell short interesting stories about Split. Certainly commendable that one of our tourist boards has finally started to communicate according to the weather with narrative and messages according to the current situation – stay home, travel later (except for the mere recycling of old photos). PS On the same day, I received feedback from the Tourist Board of Split, that this is a planned and targeted campaign. Kudos to the TZ office who immediately responded on their own initiative and sent all the details about the #TogetherInSplit concept. As we wrote at the beginning of the week, the Split Tourist Board launched the #TOGETHERINSPLIT campaign. Friday or FRIDAY STORY it is reserved for interesting stories about Split and its inhabitants. Thus, yesterday a blog was published on the pages of the Split Tourist Board – City on air conditioning. * At least for now I know the only such example. If you have some more positive examples from Croatia, feel free to send info to [email protected] to publish. Last day of the week, TAKE ME BACK TO SPLIT is planned which aims to encourage companions to send their picture from the trip and continue to dream of coming to Split again. “We are in very difficult times for all of us, but together we can turn something negative into something positive. We decided to replace the fear for our own health and the health of our loved ones, insecurity, existence and other fears with togetherness, a positive attitude, professional knowledge, creativity and friendship. The result is the #TogetherInSplit campaign. We invite everyone to join us in this campaign by sharing videos, and creating and sharing content that we will post on our profiles”Points out the director of the Split Tourist Board, Alijana Vukšić. Thus, the Split Tourist Board was the first * of all tourist boards in Croatia to start a concrete campaign and communication, which has a head and a tail. Without going into the discussion and analysis of the quality of the content, it is certainly commendable that it is not just about publishing one video and that there is a concrete communication plan. This is one example of other TZs how to communicate and get started. It costs nothing, so there is no excuse for the added cost, but it takes effort, time and a desire to work. Investigate what and how TZ Split communicates HERE On Wednesday, gastro tours and gastronomic offer of Split restaurants and hotels are promoted through recipes, photos and videos – COOK O ‘CLOCK, while on Thursdays from the Split Tourist Board thank all services, doctors, police officers, traders, volunteers for preserving the city and safety through stories about individuals or publishing their pictures and videos (eg a stream of Red Cross video workers and “Drops” dancing Foot Shake Dance) or THANK YOU THURSDAY. The campaign in the first phase lasts until the end of June, while in the second phase, of course, depending on the situation, the emphasis will be on domestic guests.
Gov. Wolf to Sen. Toomey: Please Remember Your Precedent, Wait to Confirm a New Supreme Court JusticeBy admin on October 16, 2020
National Issues, Press Release, Statement Governor Tom Wolf called on U.S. Senator Pat Toomey to follow the precedent he set in 2016 and refuse to vote to confirm a new Associate Justice to the Supreme Court until the presidential election concludes and the elected candidate is sworn into office. The governor made the following statement:“At a time when vital issues that affect the lives, health and safety of Pennsylvanians are being brought for consideration before the highest court in the nation, our leaders must proceed with great care and deliberation as they determine the right person to fill Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the bench.“The next Supreme Court Justice will join the court in ruling on key issues of our day that are of grave importance to Pennsylvanians, including health care and a woman’s right to choose. It would be an unconscionable error to rush into a nomination when the people of Pennsylvania and the nation as a whole will make clear their wishes for the future of our country in a few short weeks.“In 2016, Sen. Toomey refused to vote on a nominee to the Supreme Court after Associate Justice Antonin Scalia passed away eleven months prior to the election. To quote the senator’s own words from that time, ‘This decision should not be rushed, and it should not be made amid the clamoring of a presidential election season.’“With less than a month and a half before the 2020 general election, I call on Sen. Toomey to uphold his own precedent, and commit to refusing to vote for or against any nominee to the Supreme Court until the next presidential term begins.” September 24, 2020 Gov. Wolf to Sen. Toomey: Please Remember Your Precedent, Wait to Confirm a New Supreme Court Justice SHARE Email Facebook Twitter