Image analysis of color aerial photography to estimate penguin population size

first_imgPenguin populations are potentially sensitive indicators of ecological change in Antarctic and sub-Antarctic marine ecosystems. Aerial photographic surveys provide the most robust method for estimating breeding population size, particularly for large colonies. Obtaining population estimates from aerial photographs is laborious and usually carried out by manually counting individual birds on highly magnified prints. I derived population estimates using computer-based image analysis of digitally scanned color aerial photographs of macaroni penguin (Eudyptes chrysolophus) colonies at Bird Island, South Georgia. I compared automated image analysis with manual counts from the photographic prints and conventional ground counts, highlighting assumptions that contributed to differences in population estimates. The automated image-analysis routines produced estimates that were highly correlated with ground counts, indicating that the technique could be reliably used for large-scale macaroni penguin population surveys.last_img read more

Marathoner Aliphine Tuliamuk, Olympic trials winner, gives birth

first_img Written by January 18, 2021 /Sports News – National Marathoner Aliphine Tuliamuk, Olympic trials winner, gives birth Beau Lundcenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailKevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesBy ALEXANDRA SVOKOS, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Aliphine Tuliamuk, who won the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials last February, gave birth to a girl, her first child, she announced Monday morning.“Our daughter Zoe Cherotich Gannon arrived on 1/13/2021 and she is absolutely perfect. Her dad and I are just so overwhelmed with joy love and gratitude, and we can’t stop staring at her,” she wrote on Twitter.She made the announcement on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and noted on Instagram that her daughter was born just two days before the civil rights icon’s birthday — “so close!” In his memory, she wrote, “may we all be proactive and do the right thing.”The marathoner announced she was pregnant in early December, posting on Instagram, “[Partner] Tim [Gannon] and I always knew that we wanted to have a family, the goal was post 2020 Olympics, well as it turned out this year had other plans, by mid April we were convinced that there will be no more races this season, and the darkness ahead was too much, we created our own light at the end of the tunnel!”Gannon and Tuliamuk, 31, got engaged earlier this year.“Her journey to this world was relatively long but ‘easy,’” Tuliamuk expanded on Instagram about her daughter’s birth, adding with some emojis, “I was up and walking around a few hours after she arrived, like give me a race right now …kidding.”Tuliamuk, who was born in Kenya and became an American citizen in 2016, according to NBC Sports, is still planning to compete at the Tokyo Olympics, should they be held this summer.Her running accomplishments includes national road titles over 25k, 20k and 5k, according to New York Road Runners, and she finished 12th for women at the 2019 New York City Marathon and second at the 2015 Pittsburgh Marathon.“It’s not like in the past where women were told, well, you can just race until you’re done racing, and then you can start a family,” she told NBC Sports in December. “You can do both of them.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Lecturer in Systems Engineering

first_imgThe Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University seeksapplicants for a full-time teaching position (Lecturer) in the areaof systems engineering to be part of the teaching faculty in thedepartment of Civil and Systems Engineering (CaSE). This positionwill serve a key role in the department’s new program in SystemsEngineering and the growing Center for Systems Science andEngineering (CSSE). More experienced candidates may be consideredfor a Senior Lecturer position.This is a career-oriented, renewable appointment that isresponsible for the development and delivery of undergraduate andgraduate courses to those majoring in Civil and/or SystemsEngineering. Some potential areas for instruction could include:data sciences, mathematical modeling, risk analysis, networkmodeling, optimization, or any course at the intersection ofsystems engineering and civil infrastructure. The Whiting School ofEngineering has a well-established non-tenure track career path forfull-time teaching faculty culminating in the rank of TeachingProfessor.The successful candidate will be expected to help articulate therole of systems engineering in undergraduate and graduateeducation, particularly in the context of a department that broadlycovers the areas of systems, structures, and mechanics ofmaterials. See the department website for more information( Teaching faculty members are encouraged toengage in departmental and university service and may have advisingresponsibilities. In particular, this position is likely to includesome administrative responsibilities related to oversight of ourfull-time M.S. degree program in Systems Engineering and tocoordination of the ABET accreditation process for SystemsEngineering. Such activities will offset some of the teachingresponsibilities of the position.Applicants for the position must have a Ph.D. degree in SystemsEngineering or a closely related field. Related professionalexperience is considered a plus. Successful applicants must alsohave demonstrated excellence in, and commitment to, teaching, andhave excellent communication skills.Please include a cover letter and a CV and, optionally, a briefteaching portfolio including (sample) course evaluations from anyclasses taught by the applicant. While candidates who completetheir applications by January 15, 2021 will receive fullconsideration, the Department will consider exceptional applicantsat any time.The Johns Hopkins University is committed to equal opportunity forits faculty, staff, and students. To that end, the university doesnot discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, marital status,pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age,disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity orexpression, veteran status or other legally protectedcharacteristic. The university is committed to providing qualifiedindividuals access to all academic and employment programs,benefits and activities on the basis of demonstrated ability,performance and merit without regard to personal factors that areirrelevant to the program involved.The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more: legal information read more

Sleeping-bag queues for Jericho houses

first_imgOxford University students have camped out for over thirty-eight hours, braving the snow and rain, in order to secure housing in the Jericho area.The annual release of the student property list by North Oxford Property Services (NOPS), who operate on a ‘first come first served’ basis, is notorious for provoking over-night queues. This week, a group from St Anne’s College began queuing very early, taking to the streets at 6:30 on Tuesday evening in anticipation of the release of property on Thursday morning.Many students commented that they had been warned against queuing up, and even against using NOPS altogether. A first year stated their College’s JCR advised caution, because students can “feel obliged to sign a deal because they’re worried they’re going to miss their chance.”The system implemented by NOPS, which results in students camping outside in wintry conditions, has angered many. Jenni Butler, a first year student at Somerville College stated “it’s such a bad system, I can’t believe people started queuing so early, NOPS should discourage it, if they see people here they should send them home – at the moment you worry that if you don’t queue you’re not going to get anything decent.”She continued, “I’m missing a class because we have to sign a contract at nine – I had to write an essay today on three hours sleep.” Though most groups are taking turns to wait outside in shifts, others were less fortunate; a fresher from Christ Church, whose prospective house mate was unable to make the queue due to ill health, commented that he had been outside for eight hours and had no alternative but to continue waiting for a further twelve.Some undergraduates praised NOPS who had provided queue members with hot drinks and dry cleaned students’ sleeping bags after they had spent a night camping out in the snow. Others pointed out that such gestures were “nice but then considering the non-refundable admin fee of £135 per head, insignificant.” The letting agency refused to comment on the legitimacy of the admin fee which students describe as “outrageous”, but defended the current process arguing that due to demand, the first come first served policy remains to be “the fairest system that we can implement.”NOPS is not the only company to employ this strategy yet alternative estate agents have conceded that the system was by no means ideal. One estate agent stated that they were even aware of instances in which customers had been offered large sums of money in exchange for the opportunity to jump the queue and get first picks on houses.Unlike other Oxford estate agents, North Oxford Property Services does not warn against overnight queuing.A first year undergraduate from Somerville College referred to the company’s online clock which counts down the hours, minutes and seconds until the 9:00 release, describing it as “patronising and unnecessary”. According to NOPS “Students have missed the boat in the past, complaining that they were not aware of the release day. The clock means all students are aware.”The company offered no comment as to why it uploads videos of past student queues on to the internet, however. A second year student who camped outside their office last year was critical of their actions, “They put videos of people queuing on the internet which creates unnecessary hype. It makes people think that unless they camp outside for two nights they won’t be able to live in the area.”Welfare Reps are keen to point out that North Oxford Property Services are not the only letting agency in Jericho and that students should not sign a deal without looking around a house. But most students were unable to look at properties because NOPS have made the open day for viewing houses the same date as the release of the student list.Only students who happen to know people currently living in the area have had an opportunity to view properties. This, combined with the competitive nature of the release, has led to fears that students may feel pressured into signing a deal before they have time to properly consider.Laura Clegg, a second year student from St Hilda’s College recollected her experience on the day of the release, “You end up making a decision on where to live based on two sentences and thumbnail photo of a front door.” She described the state of her property on moving in, adding “our garden was too overgrown to use, there were slugs in our kitchen because it was so damp, our washing machine was broken when we arrived and never fixed, we had a broken window that was patched up with MDF for weeks, another window had a crack in it that was never repaired and our front door didn’t shut properly.”Laura Adamson, a former tenant, also criticised NOPS. She said, “According to contract, it was meant to be the landlord who dealt with areas like the maintenance of the house but that did not happen in our case, despite many requests.”last_img read more

All Invited to Ocean City Welcome Night on Wednesday

first_imgThe Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce will host “Welcome Night” 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the traditional venue on the Ocean City Music Pier.Admission is free, and all are encouraged to attend. Door prizes provided by local businesses will be given out throughout the evening. Refreshments will be offered.The Chamber each year hosts “Welcome Night” to introduce people to community, civic and social organizations, community leaders and city officials, as well as local businesses, including restaurants, financial and insurance services, retail stores and medical offices.Call (609) 399-1412 for more information.last_img read more

School Board Recognizes Ocean City Fall Champions

first_imgDevon Grisbaum won a state title in cross country in November.The Ocean City Board of Education honored Ocean City High School fall sports athletes in two special presentations on Wednesday.Devon Grisbaum, who started running cross country only as a sophomore, became the second state champion cross-country runner in the school’s history (along with Brittany Sedberry). Grisbaum won the state Meet of Champions in November after running a hilly 5-kilometer course in Holmdel in 18:20.The boys’ soccer team won its second consecutive South Jersey Group III title.On her way to the state title, Grisbaum had an undefeated regular season, broke several course records and won several other championship meets.Grisbaum, a senior, will run for Vanderbilt University next year.The board also honored the boys’ soccer team, which won its second consecutive South Jersey Group III title and 10th overall.Coach Aaron Bogushefsky said he was particularly proud that the team gave up only 12 goals in 24 games — including 14 shutouts.Bogushefsky said he was “proud of them as young men.”Athletic Director Chris Lentz said she was equally impressed with how they represented the school.“I’m proud of how you conduct yourself on the field,” she said._____Sign up for free daily news updates from Ocean City._____last_img read more

A lot has to go right for the Trump rally to continue

first_imgThe “animal spirits” unleashed in the stock market by President Trump’s victory have lifted the Dow an incredible 2,700 points in less than four months.The Dow has set 32 record highs since the election. This week, it crossed 21,000, tying a record for the shortest period between 1,000-point milestones.Now investors want to know: Will this historic rally continue, or is it destined to disappoint?A lot has to go right, in both Washington and the U.S. economy, to justify the meteoric market rise. That’s because the gains on Wall Street have been built mostly on expectations and optimism, not fundamentals.Stocks are more expensive by one measure than at any time in the past dozen years, and CNNMoney’s Fear & Greed Index is flashing “extreme greed.” Clearly, hopes for the Trump agenda of tax reform, deregulation and infrastructure spending are very high.But Trump’s ambitious proposals are not even close to being implemented. The complexity of tax reform, and problems with figuring out Obamacare first, threaten to slow the process further.“The market is putting an increasingly large down payment on expectations of policy, which has a risk of not developing as hoped,” said Mark Luschini, chief market strategist at Janney Capital.“The market is vulnerable to disappointment,” he said.Understandably, investors are cheering a post-election spike in confidence among consumers and CEOs alike.While that’s encouraging, the key for corporate earnings is whether the confidence translates into real spending — by Americans, online and at the mall, and by CEOs on equipment, factories and workers.But there’s no guarantee that spending will follow, especially considering the deep uncertainty about taxes.“All the optimism in the world doesn’t change the numbers here and now,” Michael Block, chief market strategist at Rhino Trading, wrote in a note to clients. “I worry that we are heading for a big letdown here.”The market euphoria has made stocks pricier, at least in historical terms. Based on Wednesday’s close, the S&P 500 is trading at 17.9 times projected earnings, the most expensive since April 2004, according to FactSet.Even notoriously optimistic Wall Street stock pickers are struggling to keep up.Just look at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, which had been calling for the S&P 500 to rise to 2,300 by year’s end. But the index is already sitting at nearly 2,400.BofA upgraded its target to 2,450 this week, but it warned in a report that “elevated valuations” have created “more risks than were evident a few years ago.”Luschini, who had predicted the S&P 500 would rise to 2,410, also sounds uneasy about how fast the market has risen.“We were one of the most bullish on the Street. It looked pretty ambitious back in December,” Luschini said.Asked at what point he would be concerned the rally is overdone, he said, “A month ago.”Much of the focus now will be on Trump’s efforts to rewrite the corporate tax code. Investors are already banking on dramatic tax cuts that will translate to fatter corporate profits.Look for the Trump rally to falter if it starts to look like tax reform won’t get done this year as promised.Some believe that timetable may be too ambitious, especially considering the divide over whether to adopt House Republicans’ proposal for a so-called border adjustment tax, meant to encourage more companies to make things in the United States.Trump has also indicated Obamacare needs to be repealed and replaced before taxes can be tackled, but that is providing to be easier said than done.Speaking at an investor conference this week, JPMorgan (JPM) CEO Jamie Dimon said that tackling Obamacare first will “clearly delay tax [reform] and maybe make it harder to get something done.”In a best-case scenario, if Obamacare comes first, tax reform will take a year, Dimon said.Wall Street is also increasingly betting on an interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve later this month. If the Fed fails to deliver, it could leave investors disappointed and wondering once again: If not now, then when?And of course, the Trump rally depends on the American economy withstanding the policy uncertainty to keep corporate profits from falling.Wall Street economists are calling for U.S. growth to pick up above a 2% rate in the first quarter. However, the Atlanta Fed’s GDPNow model was recently downgraded from 2.5% to a mere 1.8%.“I don’t think the market can withstand weak economic news,” Luschini said.Click here to read the original article by Matt Egan on CNN Moneylast_img read more

Cost-conscious additions

first_imgAdding nuts to products can be an expensive business. So while prices escalate, a cheaper option than some of the exotic tree nuts could be using peanuts. Even cheaper than whole nuts, peanut flour was recently launched into the UK with a variety of US-style applications touted. It can be used as a healthy, protein-rich ingredient in a range of goods, including cereal bars, cakes, biscuits and confectionery, diet and nutritional bars. It can also control the fat migration of the high fat centres, as well as enhance flavour and texture. Extracted from the oil of roasted peanut seed, peanut flour normally contains around 50% protein.Organic peanut flour is brand new to the UK market, having been launched in May 2008 by the Golden Peanut Co. “Whether the flour comes from light, medium or dark roasted peanuts – which impart a light to a much stronger flavour profile accordingly – the roast level has no effect on the flour’s functionality. However, the stronger flavoured, darker roast is ideal for enhancing the flavour of fortified, healthy baked products,” says Bruce Kotz, vice-president at Golden Peanut Co.== Top tip: peanut flour ==l Peanut flour can be used in anything from cookies and muffins to bagels. Offering the same flavour as peanut butter, it is also lower in fat (either 12% or 28% fat), and therefore useful for reducing the fat content and increasing the protein content of healthier baked goods. Peanut flour is said to work very well to colour and flavour products. Of course, it cannot be exchanged for ordinary flour, as it does not contain gluten, so has no rising properties. Most bakers using this ingredient would substitute a portion of their regular flour with peanut flour – at typically a 25% rate – to give the baked product a peanutty flavour.Taste, texture and appearance alone no longer form the basis of a purchase decision, as consumers become more and more focused on the nutritional content of food. American-style products, such as bagels, cookies and muffins, are particularly suited to fruits. Traditionally, fruit has posed numerous difficulties to bakers, including poor piece identity and moisture retention. In line with this, Ocean Spray ITG has developed Berry Fusions, currently available in blueberry, strawberry, raspberry, cherry, orange, mango and mixed berry, as a natural alternative to artificial gums and jellies. Unlike other fruits, their shells are quite tough and the fruits remain intact, despite rigorous industrial processes, says Kristen Girard, principal food scientist at Ocean Spray. “They also offer consistent supply and stable pricing.”The fruits do not migrate or absorb moisture over time, nor bleed colour. Sweetened dried cranberries, he says, have the same process tolerance.== Top tip: fruits ==l One option is to blend pieces of the named fruit with Ocean Spray’s BerryFusions Fruits, allowing for flexible labelling and reduced production costs. For baked goods such as muffins, breads, cookies and cakes, a recommended inclusion rate is 15-20% by weight. This gives the baked product the desirable fruit distribution throughout.While the ’bread with bits’ bakery market has boomed over the last two years, the flip side of that success has been seed price escalation, which may even be holding back the growth of the category. “Bakery seeds are basic agricultural crops, just like grains, and have not been sheltered from price rises, with some prices increasing over 200% in the last 12 months,” says Alan Marson, commercial director of Holgran, a Premier Foods innovation arm, which also services businesses throughout the bakery sector. He says Holgran entered into a joint collaboration with bakery seed trading partners Kimpton Brothers, to encourage the cultivation of more UK-grown bakery seeds and to overcome the reliance on overseas sources. “There is still more growth in the sector, but it is being slowed down by these escalating costs,” he says.== Top tip: seeds ==l There are so many uses for bakery seeds across the category yet to be explored – not just sliced bread or rolls with sprinkles on top. Pizza, pastry, tortilla, crackers, crisp breads, biscuits and croissants all lend themselves to seed inclusion with the right product mix.last_img read more

News story: Sellafield hits the road to grow local supply chain

first_imgThe company is taking its ‘Tier 2’ suppliers on a road trip around the county to build links with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).The aim is to get more local SMEs involved in Sellafield’s £2bn a year decommissioning programme.The first mission will take place on Monday, July 16 in Allerdale and Copeland.It aims to take in 6 companies. SMEs are being urged to volunteer to be one of the destinations.Similar events are also being arranged for Carlisle, Barrow, Penrith and South Lakes, and Warrington.John Berry, Sellafield Ltd supply chain manager, said: We’re also keen to dispel the myth that our tier two contractors are only looking to procure construction and engineering services. Our trade missions are a chance for businesses to get their foot in the door of the multi-billion pound nuclear decommissioning market. The unqiue twist here is that rather than those companies coming to us and our contractors, we are going to them. Businesses in Allerdale or Copeland wishing to express an interest in hosting a visit should email: [email protected] before July 6. Cumbria Trade Mission We want to make sure as many companies as possible, regardless of size or sector, benefit from the unique opportunities in the Sellafield clean-up programme. This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. They’ll be able to show us around their premises, demonstrate their capabilities and talk direct to the people who manage these multi-million pound frameworks and contracts.center_img We’re delighted our tier two partners are supporting this; it’s clear they share our passion for showcasing the brilliance of our local SMEs. In reality, they buy a full range of professional and ancillary services like training, hotel rooms, stationery – you name it! PDF, 931KB, 1 page Request an accessible format. This is a really great way for us to showcase the excellence in our SME community. Emma-Jayne Gooch, Sellafield Ltd’s head of supply chain and innovation said: If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need aversion of this document in a more accessible format, please email [email protected] tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.last_img read more

Australian baker invents the ‘glonut’

first_imgThe glow-in-the-dark doughnut was created by Christopher Thé for his Black Star Pastry bakery in Sydney. Created for the Vivid festival of light, which is taking place in Sydney at the moment, the glonuts (glow-in-the-dark doughnuts) may look radioactive but apparently taste delicious.Thé said the inspiration for the glonut came while walking around Vivid last year: “I was thinking hard about a way to tie in food with lights,” he said. “And glow-in-the-dark popped into my head.”He added: “It was an amazing challenge we just couldn’t resist!” and noted that it took nearly a year to make sure the icing would glow.“The ingredient that makes the icing glow is made from vitamin B, which in itself is quite acidic,” he said.He then decided to ice the doughnut in a yuzu glaze, which is also quite tart. (Yuzu, which looks like a cross between an orange and a lemon, is a citrus fruit that is often used in Japanese cuisine as a seasoning.)The doughnut itself is “like a brioche, but with half the butter”.last_img read more