A mid-Cretaceous age for the Palmer Land event, Antarctic Peninsula: implications for terrane accretion timing and Gondwana palaeolatitudes

first_imgNew structural and age data suggest that West Gondwana may have been at lower palaeolatitudes than previously interpreted from Albian sequences in Gondwana marginal suspect terranes. The Palmer Land event, which juxtaposed Mesozoic terranes on the Gondwana margin, deformed granitoids in the southern Antarctic Peninsula. U–Pb SHRIMP dating of zircons from a microgranite dyke yields a crystallization age of 106.9± 1.1 Ma. This result and re-interpretation of the structural position of another granite pluton date the Palmer Land event, and probable terrane collision, as late Early Cretaceous, and not latest Jurassic as formerly interpreted.last_img

Wenzel’s spends £1m to revamp and grow outlets

first_imgLondon craft bakery chain Wenzel’s is defying the tough economic climate with a £1m revamp of its 20 stores and plans to boost the chain to 30 outlets in the next year.The Pinner-based company expects the new-look stores to boost takings by at least 10%, with the introduction of new signage and photography, highlighting the company’s craft bakery skills. Wenzel’s packaging and website have also been redesigned and new ’pick-up’ areas will encourage more impulse purchases.The refresh, which has been undertaken with the help of design company Ech, began last month and is expected to be completed by the spring of 2012.At the same time, the company is planning to open a further 10 outlets over the next 12 months, starting with a new store in Edgware this month. Wenzel’s also hopes to open more branches in tube stations, including Victoria and Marylebone, which will join existing sites at Bakerloo and Harrow on the Hill.Sarah Wenzel, owner, said: “Because of the economic climate there are good deals out there on units. We own a lot of our properties freehold, so we are quite a cash-rich business. The expansion will be self-funded.”Sales across the chain have been buoyant since August, she added, thanks to several new initiatives, such as more meal deals, customer feedback schemes and a Facebook campaign. “We’re also more focused on upselling and have invested significantly in staff training,” she said. “We have monthly managers’ meetings where we talk about the products that we need to focus on and have introduced a new bonus scheme.”last_img read more

TAUK Reveals Fall Tour In Support Of Upcoming ‘Sir Nebula’ Album

first_imgWith their third studio release coming out on Friday, September 16th, TAUK is gearing up for a very exciting fall tour. In addition to the two-night album release gigs at NYC’s Brooklyn Bowl and their NYE run with Lettuce, the instrumental funk-rock blenders have added twenty more dates to the roster, bringing their beats to the west coast.The first leg of the tour will go on-sale this Friday at 10AM local time, with more dates to follow. The upcoming album, Sir Nebula, is also available for pre-order right here. Don’t miss out on these guys!last_img

EdX expansion set for spring

first_imgEdX, the online learning initiative founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), announced its spring course and module offerings today.With an emphasis on the humanities and the social sciences, topics include the concept of the hero in classical Greek civilization and literature, the riddle of world poverty, and global environmental change.Harvard will offer four new courses during the spring season and several “beta” learning modules. Although students will be able to register for the HarvardX and edX courses immediately, the start and completion dates of each will vary.The three fully open HarvardX courses are:“The Ancient Greek Hero,” taught by Gregory Nagy, Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and professor of comparative literature, Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS);“Justice,” taught by Michael Sandel, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government, FAS; and“Human Health and Global Environmental Change,” taught by Aaron Bernstein, associate director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard School of Public Health and a pediatric hospitalist at Boston Children’s Hospital.In addition, “Copyright” will be taught by William Fisher III, WilmerHale Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Harvard Law School, and director, Berkman Center for Internet & Society.“Copyright,” which will explore the law of copyright and the ongoing debates concerning how that law might be reformed, will be offered as an experimental course, exploring different combinations and uses of teaching materials, educational technologies, and the edX platform. Enrollment is limited, based on the belief that high-quality legal education depends, at least in part, on supervised small-group discussions of difficult issues.Five hundred learners will be selected through an application process. There will, however, be open access to course materials via Fisher’s personal website.Although edX was launched just six months ago, nearly 200,000 people registered for the first two Harvard courses (CS50x: “Introduction to Computer Science I” and PH207x: “Health in Numbers: Quantitative Methods in Clinical and Public Health Research”).All told, more than 500,000 unique users are engaging with the edX platform. In addition to courses from the two foundational partners, Harvard and MIT, in the coming year students will have opportunities to experience offerings from the University of California, Berkeley; the University of Texas system; Wellesley College; and Georgetown University.“We have been surprised and gratified by how faculty have responded to edX/HarvardX and the opportunity it provides to fundamentally rethink how we approach teaching,” said Rob Lue, professor of the practice of molecular and cellular biology and faculty leader for HarvardX. “It’s also clear that our first round of courses have had an outstanding impact on learners around the world. The feedback we have received from HarvardX students has been tremendously positive, and there is so much more to come.”On campus, CS50 and CS50x instructor David Malan is using data insights and self-reports by course bloggers to tweak and enhance one of the most popular classes at the College.Beyond campus, the global reach of the edX platform is already showing the power of massive open online courses (MOOC). U.S. Air Force pilot Michael Dunn, who is currently stationed in Afghanistan, wrote a letter to the CS50x teaching team thanking the members for “an amazing experience.” He also conveyed what he saw as the promise of widening educational access, writing, “Please continue to make education available to the masses. It’s the only way we’ll have a permanent, lasting impact in the lives of the many.”Given the growing interest by faculty and instructors to learn more about how to build appropriate course content on the platform, Lue will lead a series of practical workshops in January and February.“We view edX and HarvardX not only as a way to expand access to high-quality educational content, but also as an opportunity to enhance teaching and learning on campus,” said Provost Alan M. Garber.HarvardX is only one part of a broader University effort to develop novel teaching and learning activities and gain insights on learning and learning outcomes through research. The Harvard Initiative on Learning and Teaching (HILT), created through a gift from Gustave and Rita Hauser, and the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning both plan to collaborate with the new endeavor.“Ultimately, HarvardX will strengthen on-campus learning, which is and will remain the foundation of a Harvard education,” said Michael D. Smith, FAS dean.last_img read more

Emily Ferranti & More Complete American in Paris Tour Cast

first_imgEmily Ferranti & Nick Spangler View Comments Look who’s got fidgety feet! Broadway favorites Emily Ferranti, Nick Spangler, Etai Benson and Gayton Scott will join the previously announced Garen Scribner and Sara Esty, as Jerry Mulligan and Lise Dassin, respectively, in the national tour of An American in Paris. The touring production of the Tony Award-nominated musical will premiere in Boston on October 25 before continuing to additional cities across the country.The An American in Paris tour will feature Ferranti (Wicked) as Milo Davenport, Spangler (The Book of Mormon) as Henri Baurel, Benson (Wicked) as Adam Hochberg and Scott (Gypsy) as Madame Baurel. In addition, Ryan Steele (Newsies) and Leigh-Ann Esty (Miami City Ballet) join the cast as the Jerry and Lise alternates.Rounding out the tour’s ensemble are Karolina Blonski, Brittany Bohn, Stephen Brower, Randy Castillo, Jessica Cohen, Jace Coronado, Barton Cowperthwaite, Alexa De Barr, Erika Hebron, Christopher M. Howard, Colby Q. Lindeman, Nathalie Marrable, Tom Mattingly, Caitlin Meighan, Alida Michal, Don Noble, Sayiga Eugene Peabody, Alexandra Pernice, David Prottas, Emily Ramirez, Danielle Santos, Lucas Segovia, Kyle Vaughn, Laurie Wells, Dana Winkle, Erica Wong and Blake Zelesnikar.Directed and choreographed by Tony winner Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris tells the tale of a young American soldier, a beautiful French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war.An American in Paris features music by George and Ira Gershwin with a book by Craig Lucas. The show includes the songs “I Got Rhythm,” “‘S Wonderful,” “But Not For Me,” “Stairway to Paradise,” “Our Love Is Here To Stay,” “They Can’t Take That Away” and orchestral music including “Concerto in F,” “2nd Prelude,” “2nd Rhapsody” and “An American In Paris.” The score has been adapted, arranged and supervised by Rob Fisher.last_img read more

Organic learning

first_imgSales of organic foods have exploded, moving the industry from a niche market to a nationwide phenomenon. In 1989, organic foods accounted for $1.25 billion in U.S. sales. By 2005, that number had jumped to $14 billion.This booming industry needs a steady stream of skilled, educated workers like Erica Mehan. Mehan has graduated from the University of Georgia, but wanted a few more classes before entering the job market. She plans to work toward a certificate in organic agriculture, a UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences program that starts this fall.Before changing her major to horticulture, Mehan was studying sculpture. “I took a course in sustainable agriculture that resonated within me so deeply that I began to plot my future with agriculture as the foundation,” said Mehan of her dramatic shift.Organic farming is growing between 15 percent and 25 percent a year, said Alice Rolls, executive director of Georgia Organics. Food businesses typically grow 2 percent to 3 percent annually.“Go to Kroger or Wal-Mart and see how many products they now offer that mention organic,” said CAES horticulturist David Berle. “Students are interested in this subject for many reasons and need somewhere on campus to get science-based information.”The UGA certificate will work like a minor program. Students with majors in science-related fields or who have completed enough science classes can tack this certificate onto their course of study. To earn it, students must complete a research project and classes such as organic agricultural systems, said Emillie Skinner, a UGA horticulture research technician. She and CAES horticulturist Marc van Iersel are helping launch the program.“A lot of students are really interested in organic agriculture,” van Iersel said. “And until now, they haven’t had the chance to study it here.”The CAES plant pathology, agricultural and applied economics, crop and soil sciences, agricultural and biological engineering, animal and dairy sciences, poultry science and entomology departments all add to the program. The UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, contributes through the anthropology department, and the UGA College of Environment and Design through their ecology department.Carl Jordan, a professor in the Institute of Ecology, has been teaching a summer-semester organic agriculture class for several years. “My class generally is filled up by March,” he said. “And by April, I begin turning away applicants for the course.”Before the UGA program starts up in the fall, the only option students had for studying organic agriculture was to transfer to schools like University of California at Davis, North Carolina State and Colorado State. UGA’s program differs from the others because it’s the only one that teaches students about the unique problems that affect Georgia agriculture, such as the state’s humid climate. Georgia’s climate intensifies pest and disease pressures.The certificate program is two-fold. In addition to teaching students about organic agriculture, the students’ coursework includes conducting research that could benefit Georgia growers. Once the program starts, students and researchers will grow plants organically and conventionally in the same greenhouses. They will then compare them for nutrients, growing practices and other factors. Growing more organic vegetables may be a way for Georgia growers to receive a premium for their products.“The principles of organic agriculture such as reducing inputs, reducing environmental impact and adding value to agricultural products are something we work on every day with all our clients,” said Mike Lacy, CAES poultry science department head. The college has “contributed more in this area than the general public knows. Bringing research-based knowledge to this area will benefit consumers and farmers.”Only UGA students can take the certificate of organic agriculture program. To learn more, visit www.uga.edu/organic/ or contact van Iersel at (706) 583-0284 or [email protected]last_img read more

Preventing next year’s tax bill

first_img 164SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Myriam DiGiovanni After writing for Credit Union Times and The Financial Brand, Myriam DiGiovanni covers financial literacy for FinancialFeed. She is also a storytelling expert and works with credit unions to help … Web: www.financialfeed.com Details If you’ll be receiving a bill from the IRS instead of a big refund, you’re not alone.The Government Accountability Office estimates that about 2 in 10 taxpayers will owe money to the IRS.While it might be too late to do anything about this year’s bill, there are steps you can take now to ensure next year’s tax season treats you better.Adjust W-4 withholding: Review your W-4. Check the withholding calculator on IRS.gov to figure out if you have the right number of personal allowances on your W-4. After the passing of the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the IRS and U.S. Department of the Treasury changed the withholding guidelines employers use to determine how much income tax to deduct from paychecks. The result was an increase in your paycheck. Those who didn’t adjust the personal allowances on their W-4 accordingly, may have had too little income tax taken out of each paycheck. It’s always a good idea to make adjustments when there is a major life event like marriage or having a child.Review your tax filing status: Did you select the best tax filing status? The one that will keep the most money in your account? There are five to choose from: single, head of household, married filing separately, married filing jointly and qualified widow. Your filing status determines your tax rate and deduction eligibility.Do your research: Have you opened accounts that provide tax breaks such as 401(K)s, Individual Retirement Accounts, Health Savings Accounts and 529 accounts, to name a few? Do you know your tax bracket? Don’t be afraid to explore various educational resources to help you make sense of your taxes.last_img read more

Thanks for letter on Touareuna Road closing

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsThree seniors who started as seventh-graders providing veteran experience for Amsterdam golfEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAlthough I do not know Bernard Witkowski of Scotia, I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his Oct. 17 letter to the editor regarding the town of Glenville’s board meeting of Oct. 4 and the possible permanent closure of Touareuna Road.We are hopeful that the board finds money (as you suggested) to repair the road, enough to keep it opened seasonally, as it has been for decades.Again, Mr. Witkowski thank you for taking the time to voice your support to our concern.Peter MichalskiAmsterdamlast_img read more

The Pennsylvania Advantage

first_img By: Dennis M. Davin, Secretary of the Department of Community and Economic Development The Pennsylvania Advantage Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf   SHARE  TWEET SHARE Email Facebook Twitter August 16, 2016 Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  The Blog The past few weeks have been full of excitement as Governor Wolf announced the private sector commitment to the creation of more than 975 new, full-time jobs throughout Pennsylvania. Among these announcements, three out-of-state businesses that have made the choice that Pennsylvania is the best place to grow and expand.First, on August 4, the governor announced that Hadley Farms, Inc., a manufacturer of wholesale baked goods for the food service, fundraising, and retail markets, plans to purchase a 20-acre site in Waynesboro, Franklin County, and construct a 105,000-square-foot manufacturing and freezer storage facility. In total, the project will create at least 121 new, full-time jobs over the next three years. Hadley Farms chose to leave its current location in Maryland to pursue the competitive land costs, skilled and dependable workforce, and convenient shipping and logistics opportunities that Pennsylvania offers.Less than a week later, on August 9, the governor announced that Manitowoc Cranes, LLC, a global manufacturer of cranes and lift solutions, would create 250 new jobs through the consolidation of its Manitowoc, Wisconsin facility into its existing site in Shady Grove, Franklin County. In addition to hiring 250 new employees over the next three years, Manitowoc has committed to maintain its new positions, and retain its current workforce of 891, for an additional four years. Manitowoc’s significant investment in South Central Pennsylvania makes evident its strong commitment to the community and its understanding that Pennsylvania is the best location to grow its business.Again, today, the governor announced that Cumberland Valley Analytical Services, a chemistry forage lab serving the dairy industry, plans to relocate its operations to a renovated facility in Waynesboro, Franklin County and create 78 new, full-time jobs. The company chose Pennsylvania for its new location due to our business-friendly climate, our strong agricultural focus, and the value we place on industry’s benefits to the economy.Take a look at some of the coverage below:PennLive: Hadley Farms will construct a new manufacturing and freezer storage facilityWHAG-TV (Hagerstown, Md.): Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf announces that Hadley Farms is coming to Franklin CountyWITF: Manitowoc’s move to create 250 midstate jobsCentral Penn Business Journal: Manitowoc Cranes bringing 250 new jobs to regionThe Record Herald (Waynesboro): Expansion to bring 250 jobs to ManitowocThe Herald-Mail (Hagerstown, Md.): Manitowoc Co. to consolidate crane production in Antrim TownshipWHAG-TV: Governor Wolf announces 250 new jobs with company expansion in Franklin CountyUnder the leadership of Governor Wolf, the Governor’s Action Team has been busier than ever, reminding the world that Pennsylvania is open for business. Since the governor has taken office DCED has secured at least $2.3 billion in private sector investments and commitments for the creation and retention of nearly 204,000 full-time jobs. These developments further demonstrate that Pennsylvania has what it takes to help businesses succeed – from our skilled workforce, to our prime location, to our exceptional quality of life – Pennsylvania outshines the competition.last_img read more