The Gondwanan margin in West Antarctica: insights from Late Triassic magmatism of the Antarctic Peninsula

first_imgTriassic orthogneisses of the Antarctic Peninsula provide evidence for the Palaeozoic and Mesozoic geological evolution of southern Gondwana within Pangaea. These rocks are sporadically exposed in southeastern Graham Land and northwestern Palmer Land, although reliable geochronological, geochemical and isotopic data are sparse. We combine new geochronological (LA-ICP-MS zircon U[sbnd]Pb), geochemical, and zircon (Hf, O) and whole rock isotopic (Nd, Sr and Pb) data to constrain the age and Triassic – Palaeozoic tectonic setting of these rocks. Zircon cores record Palaeozoic arc magmatism between 253 ± 2 and 528 ± 6 Ma, which was mainly located to the west of the Eastern Palmer Land Shear Zone (Central Domain; Vaughan and Storey, 2000). The arc is considered to be an extension of contemporaneous Palaeozoic arcs that have been identified along the Pacific margin of South America and the Thurston Island Block. Regions to the east of the Palmer Land Shear Zone (Eastern Domain, Vaughan and Storey, 2000) were located distal from the Terra Australis Margin, and possibly resided within Sunsas-aged belts within Pangaea. Triassic continental arc, calc-alkaline magmatism during 223–203 Ma modified the crust of the Antarctic Peninsula on both sides of the Eastern Palmer Land Shear Zone. Magmatic sources included igneous and sedimentary crustal material, which formed by crustal reworking during Sunsas- and Braziliano-aged orogenesis, and Palaeozoic arc magmatism. Arc magmatism accompanied sinistral extension which brought both domains into the arc and resulted in steady oceanward migration of the Triassic arc during the Middle – Late Triassic. We propose that sinistral displacement occurred along the Eastern Palmer Land Shear Zone, and this structure was active as early as the Triassic. Finally, we conclude that both the Eastern and Central Domains are autochthonous to Gondwana. © 2019 International Association for Gondwana Researchlast_img read more

City Council suspends non-essential services

first_imgThe ODS, a private company owned by Oxford City Council, say it will ensure that services such as street cleaning, urgent housing repairs and MOT testing will continue. Recycling sites will also continue to be available to residents. Waste, food waste and recycling collections, including real, unadorned, Christmas trees.Cleaning in the city centre and district centresPest controlStreet cleaning and litter picking, cemeteries maintenance, emergency tree work and general response highways and engineering services including repairing safety defects, jetting and winter gritting, landscaping and highways schemesInternal emergency and urgent responsive housing repairsExternal housing repair work, disabled adaptations and work on void propertiesMOT testingConstruction projectsBookings for bulk waste collections “We look forward to ODS resuming all suspended services once the circumstances permit it.” From the 17th January the Peartree Park and Ride facility outside the city will also be closed. The Oxford Bus Company has suspended all its services to the destination. However, there will be no grass cutting or ground maintenance, and pavilion and sports facilities will remain closed. Work in kitchens and bathrooms is also due to be suspended owing to the fact that it “involves extended presence by ODS staff inside, in confined spaces”. Image: Stephen McKay. Councillor Nigell Chapman, Cabinet Member for Consumer Focussed Services, said: “The City Council and ODS are determined to keep vital services going for our residents during this lockdown. To do this we need to target our resources where they will be most effective and this will mean we need to suspend some of the less essential services we offer. With Covid cases rising in the city and more staff having to self isolate, we must ensure we have enough staff to deliver our vital services which are used by most of the population. Services that will continue despite the lockdown include: Oxford City Council is planning to cut non-essential services over the coming weeks in order to “comply with lockdown regulations”.last_img read more

Work Begins on First Landscaped Park for Ocean City’s Main Gateway

first_imgConversion of the old BP gas station property into a landscaped park was the first part of a makeover for the Ninth Street-Route 52 Causeway artery. By Donald WittkowskiThe gas-to-grass transformation that will turn Ocean City’s main corridor into a more inviting gateway is finally underway.The redevelopment strategy calls for converting three former gas station sites along the Ninth Street artery into green space.Construction work on the first park has begun, months after the blighted old BP gas station that once stood there was torn down. A decorative brick wall and metal fence have been added as the first part of the property’s makeover into a quaint park.Motorists get a glimpse of the work as they head out of town at the foot of the Ninth Street-Route 52 Causeway bridge.The city bought the former BP property last year from its private owner for $475,000. In a related move, the city is in the midst of acquiring an old Getty gas station site next door to the former BP.City spokesman Doug Bergen said Monday that the deal for the former Getty site should be completed soon. The purchase price has not yet been disclosed, although the city made a $650,000 offer for the property earlier this year to its private owner, Trinetra Realty Holdings.The city had originally hoped to convert the old BP and Getty sites into green space for the start of the 2017 summer tourism season. Those plans were delayed when it took longer than expected to acquire the Getty property.The hulking remains of the old Getty gas station were demolished months ago. Just like the old BP site next door, the former Getty property is currently a dirt lot.According to plans, the Getty property will be combined with the old BP site to create a swath of green space stretching from the corner of Ninth Street and Bay Avenue to the base of the Route 52 Causeway bridge.“Having green space to welcome our guests instead of abandoned gas stations is very important,” Bergen said in an interview earlier this year.A backhoe and other construction machinery are being used to build the park.The project will be modeled after the Mark Soifer Park, which is tucked away in the corner of Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue across the street from City Hall.Soifer Park, named in honor of the city’s former public relations director, is decorated with grass, trees, benches and a brick walkway. A gazebo and an old Ocean City lifeguard boat serve as the centerpieces of the park.The old BP and Getty sites offer a larger chunk of land than Soifer Park. The landscaped lots would be elevated by 2 to 3 feet to help protect them from flooding. The project will also include new parking for the adjacent Revere Place neighborhood.Bergen said the decorative brick retaining wall being built in front of the new park is part of broader plans to elevate the Ninth Street corridor to protect it from flooding during coastal storms.Meanwhile, the final part of the city’s beautification plan for the Ninth Street corridor involves a former Exxon gas station site now owned by the Keller Williams real estate company.The Keller Williams property is located at the corner of Ninth Street and Bay Avenue, on the opposite side of the street of the old BP and Getty sites. Keller Williams, which demolished the old Exxon station months ago, wants to build an office complex on the land.The city, however, is looking to seize the Keller Williams property through its power of eminent domain and build a park there.The city also wants to acquire this site along the Ninth Street corridor for a park, but the Keller Williams real estate firm has proposed building an office complex on the property.The city and Keller Williams owner Paul Chiolo are locked in a legal battle over control of the land. City Council has approved a $650,000 funding package to buy the site. The two sides failed to reach an agreement for a buyout, so the dispute will be decided by the courts.With talks at an impasse, the city has filed for a “declaration of taking” to get court permission to condemn the land. A court hearing had been scheduled for Dec. 4, but was postponed. Bergen said the hearing will likely be held in January.last_img read more

Small-batch coffees enter Starbucks

first_imgStarbucks will be introducing a new collection of coffee in selected stores in the US. Clover Crafted Small Batch Coffees will arrive in 10 Seattle stores, before expanding to its Boston and San Francisco markets in the coming months.”After acquiring the Coffee Equipment Company in April 2008, we asked a small team of coffee buyers to find unique, small-lot coffees, whose flavours are best highlighted using the Clover brewing system,” said Scott McMartin, director, coffee and tea education.According to the statement released, the ability for Starbucks to source small-batch coffees from all over the world “is a key initiative in transforming the company”. The coffee menu will rotate on a monthly basis, but September sees the introduction of Costa Rica Agrivid, El Salvador Pacamara, Tanzania Blackburn Estate and Zambia Kasama.The new menu will only be available in stores with a Clover.—-=== Reporting In ===== Matthew May, president, Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees ==Finding a suitably qualified and skilled baker/confectioner is becoming increasingly difficult. It is pleasing to see that the industry has acknowledged this skill shortage and has grasped the nettle in an effort to rectify the situation. Without question, The Bakery Academy Steering Group is working hard to address this issue, and I am confident we will end up with a sustainable education and training provision that is relevant for the industry of today and the future.That said, it is my belief that the industry has two other issues that exacerbate this situation. The first is retaining the current skill and knowledge level of the industry and the second is attracting the next generation into the industry. So how can these dilemmas be tackled, for it is one thing to develop a sustainable education and training provision and quite another to ensure that the industry has the people to educate and train?One way is for the industry to raise its profile, so that it becomes a viable career choice. The labour market has changed over the years and there is a sense that many of the younger generation prefer careers in the service industry rather than those industries concerned with manufacturing.How many people both inside and outside of our industry know what opportunities there are for them within it? I coined a phrase in the title of this piece, ’Brand Baker’. Well maybe it’s time that we re-branded ourselves and showcased this industry for what it is. After all, the chefs have succeeded with the catering industry. But maybe we shouldn’t pin all our hopes on the ’Hairy Bakers’!last_img read more

Watch Tedeschi, Trucks, And Both Burbridge Brothers Join Herbie Hancock For ‘Space Captain’

first_imgBack in 2010, Herbie Hancock stopped by the Swamp Raga Studios for a house-warming visit to Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi. The three came together for Hancock’s 2010 album, The Imagine Project, for the track “Space Captain” with additional members of TTB, including Oteil Burbridge (bass, vocals), Kofi Burbridge (keys), Mike Mattison (vocals), and Vinnie Colaiuta (drums).The married duo then toured with Hancock to perform this number for his 70th birthday concerts at Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. The song is now featured in their setlists from time to time.Watch, and feel, the magic from the recording session below:last_img

The Marcus King Band Releases New Album, ‘Carolina Confessions’ [Listen]

first_imgThe Marcus King Band – Carolina Confessions – Tracklisting1. Where I’m Headed2. Goodbye Carolina3. Homesick4. 8 a.m.5. How Long6. Autumn Rains7. Confessions8. Side Door9. Remember10. Welcome ‘Round HereView TracklistingThe release of the new album on Friday will coincide with the band’s second-annual The Marcus King Band Family Reunion festival, set to take place on Friday, October 5th and Saturday, October 6th at Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain, NC and feature performances by The Revivalists, Chuck Leavell & Friends, Billy Strings, Dumpstaphhunk, Devon Allman Project ft. Duane Betts, and more. For a full list of The Marcus King Band’s upcoming tour dates, head here. Today, The Marcus King Band has released their brand-new album, Carolina Confessions. Produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson), the new album from The Marcus King Band showcases the 22-year-old frontman’s maturation as a songwriter, as King takes writing credit on all ten tracks, in addition to on one co-written with The Black Keys‘ Dan Auerbach. As King previously explained to Billboard:I wanted this record to focus a little bit more on songwriting and the structure of the tune itself.” King describes the ten-song catalog as “the confessional side of things. Music, for me, is a way to say what’s on my mind and kind of a way to explain that — just like true confession, if you feel guilty and want to get some things off your chest. That’s how writing is and making music is for me.After sharing a pre-release stream of the album earlier this week via Noisey, Marcus King and company have officially released Carolina Confessions on all major streaming platforms. The album is also available on limited-edition vinyl along with various different merchandise bundles via the Marcus King Band’s website. You can listen to The Marcus King Band’s new album in full below:The Marcus King Band – Carolina Confessions – Full Albumlast_img read more

Tech Prediction for 2014: IT’s Ability to Evolve Quickly

first_imgThe era of instant gratification is upon us with the proliferation of cloud computing and software-as-a-service, Big Data and the latest analytical tools, and anywhere, anytime access to information on our mobile devices.Our true test as IT professionals will be our ability to evolve quickly to create contemporary and innovative solutions and apps that enable our users to be more productive, to analyze Big Data for real-time information, and to make decisions that unlock value for the business.At EMC, we are partnering even closer with our business users to better understand their needs, and embrace a “fail fast, learn quick” mantra to provide cloud solutions that are elastic, on-demand and flexible. We are also in the midst of offering the same flexible and “social” experience they have in their personal lives through tools for mobile devices, Syncplicity and other unified communications, which enable users to more seamlessly connect and collaborate via phone, email, IM and video.This is much easier said than done, and it involves honestly assessing where we are today, determining the quick wins and highest priorities, putting the right people and skills in place, and doing it quickly because we need to be competitively agile. It’s not for the faint of heart, but it is truly transforming and contemporizing how we make IT happen.—More Predictions for 2014SDx (Software-Defined Everything) by Amitabh Srivastava, President, Advanced Software DivisionA Battle Cry for Protected Storage by Stephen Manley, Chief Technology Officer, Data Protection & Availability DivisionSoftware-Defined in Two Architectures by Josh Kahn, Senior Vice President, Global Solutions MarketingBringing Hadoop to Your Big Data by Bill Richter, President, EMC IsilonA Whole New World by CJ Desai, President, Emerging Technologies DivisionTargeting the Value Office to Transform IT Business by Rick Devenuti, President, Information Intelligence GroupAs BYOD Matures, BYOI is Waiting in the Wings by Art Coviello, President, RSAService Orientation, Big Data Lakes, & Security Product Rationalization by Tom Roloff, Senior Vice President, EMC Global Serviceslast_img read more

Observer elects next Editor-in-Chief

first_imgThe Observer General Board elected current News Editor Margaret Hynds as Editor-in-Chief for the 2016-2017 term this Saturday.Hynds, a junior living in Pangborn Hall, is currently pursuing a major in political science with a minor in business economics.“Margaret is one of the most talented, resourceful and reliable reporters at this newspaper, and I can think of no one better to take on this position,” current Editor-in-Chief Greg Hadley said. “This coming year will be a busy one for The Observer, but under Margaret’s leadership, I am confident it will also be a historic one.”A McLean, Virginia native, Hynds has headed the News department since March 2015. Throughout her time in the News department, Hynds has written extensively about mental illness and sexual assault on campus. Prior to serving as News Editor, she served as an Associate News Editor in the winter of 2015.“I am delighted at the opportunity to lead The Observer for the next year,” Hynds said. “I’ve learned so much in my time on this staff, and I hope to keep up the energy and enthusiasm from this year’s Editorial Board moving forward.“I look forward to continuing coverage of issues that affect the student body.”Hynds will assume the role of Editor-in-Chief on Feb. 28.Tags: Editor-in-Chief, New Editor, Observerlast_img read more

Gardening In Georgia

first_imgUniversity of Georgia Going green is a hot topic this year, but recycling isn’t just for household waste. On the May 16 and 20 episode of “Gardening in Georgia with Walter Reeves,” host Walter Reeves and guests will show how to recycle things from the landscape, too. Reeves, a retired University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent and gardening expert, will visit Hank Bruno at Callaway Gardens to learn how to divide water iris for a pond or water feature, which is a great way to reuse plants. Garden humorist Felder Rushing will show how to turn an old tire into an attractive flower pot. Jim Alston will give pointers on propagating begonias from leaf sections. “Gardening in Georgia” airs on Georgia Public Broadcasting stations across the state each Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., and repeats Wednesdays at 7 p.m. The show is produced by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and is supported by a gift from McCorkle Nurseries. Learn more about the show and download useful publications at the Web site read more

Roundtable report remains optimistic

first_img-###- Businessexecutives are optimistic about capital expendituresSouth Burlington, VT – Resultsfrom the Vermont Business Roundtable’s Second Quarter, 2006 CEO EconomicOutlook Survey, show that business executives are expecting increases incapital spending over the coming six months. Sales and employmentlevels are expected to remain level with reporting from last quarter.Jim Daily,President of Porter Medical Center said, “Porter Hospitalis in the midst of a $16.4 million modernization project with the first phasedue to be complete in November of this year. Over the next several months,we will be acquiring the new equipment and furnishings for our new North Wingper our plans, which will result in a new Birthing Center and Department ofSurgery.”Conducted inthe month of April, the Roundtable’s CEO Economic Outlook Survey enjoyed a highresponse rate with 68% of the membership responding. The key findings of thesurvey include the following details:78% of responding CEOs expect an increase in consumer sales, 22% see no change, and 0% anticipates a decrease. [First Quarter Results: Increase 78%, No Change 20%, Decrease 2%]53% expect capital spending to increase in the next six months, 40% see no change, and 7% anticipate a decrease. [First Quarter Results: Increase 45%, No Change 45%, Decrease 10%]50% expect employment to increase, 45% see no change, and 5% anticipate a decrease. [First Quarter Results: Increase 54%, No Change 39%, Decrease 7%] v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}.shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);}st1\:*{behavior:url(#default#ieooui) } TheRoundtable is composed of 115 CEOs of Vermont’stop private and nonprofit employersdedicatedto making Vermont the best place in Americato do business, be educated, and live life.Memberbusinesses employ over 49,000 employees in virtually every county across Vermont.center_img According to Roundtable President Lisa Ventriss,“The increased investments from within the Roundtable’smembership over the coming 6 months will occur in the area of capitalexpenditures. In part, this is explained by continuing challenges frominadequate workforce capacity, so companies are investing in their physicalplants and infrastructure to maintain productivity. For Immediate Release May 1, 2006 Contact: Diana McNally(802) 865-0410Vermont Business Roundtable Releases SecondQuarter, 2006CEO Economic OutlookSurvey Resultslast_img read more