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

HouseSimple to generate revenue from mortgages and removals via ‘free’ service

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » HouseSimple to generate revenue from mortgages and removals via ‘free’ service previous nextAgencies & PeopleHouseSimple to generate revenue from mortgages and removals via ‘free’ serviceCEO Sam Mitchell says he intends to turn the industry ‘on its head’ and believes his company’s free model is the future of estate agency.Nigel Lewis27th August 201901,335 Views High street agents wondering how hybrid agency HouseSimple will make any money following the launch of its free selling service now have an answer.The company, which claims to be the ‘original’ online agency, is to generate revenues from offering vendors and sellers a home moving consultancy as well as mortgage referral fees through a new in-house financial products brokerage.Details of the change in direction have come from former Rightmove director and now HouseSimple CEO Sam Mitchell (left), who says he has spent the last 18 months restructuring the business and aims to use the company’s free-to-use model to turn the industry ‘on its head’.He says the company will also make money from other parts of the home moving process, but won’t reveal which ones yet.Mitchell has also attacked traditional estate agents for their attire, saying his valuers will not wear ‘shiny suits’ when visiting potential clients, and also claimed that his no-fee model means the company’s valuers can have a more honest conversation with vendors about the likely value of their home.“We’ve looked at the whole chain of moving house from start to finish, and we’ve looked at all the different pain points across that journey and we’ve come up with business solutions to solve those,” he has told Business Live.Better platformMitchell also says that HouseSimple’s sales progression platform has been improved so that the company can claim to be better than its competitors as well as free.“We’ve built a tech platform that gives control to the vendor so they can understand exactly what’s going on with their property,” says Mitchell.“We’re properly leveraging technology to empower our customers and I think that’s the thing that’s really going to make it flow.”  August 27, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

A renewed Harvard-Cuba connection

first_imgRepresentatives from Harvard University traveled to Havana last weekend to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Cuban Ministry of Higher Education. The agreement signals renewed commitment between Harvard’s 12 Schools and the ministry to support faculty and student research and study in Cuba.The memorandum also enables expanded opportunities for potential collaborative research and cooperation between Harvard and Cuban universities, such as short courses, internships, research visits, publication of research articles, and academic workshops and conferences. The agreement encourages Cuban students to apply for admission to Harvard and programs through normal channels.The academic partnership was signed Saturday by Mark C. Elliott, vice provost of international affairs at Harvard, and Aurora Fernández, vice minister of higher education in Cuba. Harvard faculty and staff responsible for organizing and preparing for these activities and present at the ceremony at the Hotel Nacional were Alejandro de la Fuente, Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin-American History and Economics and professor of African and African American Studies and of history; Jorge I. Domínguez, Antonio Madero Professor for the Study of Mexico in the Department of Government; and Erin E. Goodman, associate director of academic programs at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS).The agreement designates the Rockefeller Center as the coordinating body for joint activities. The Cuba Studies Program at DRCLAS, co-chaired by de la Fuente and Domínguez, has supported Cuba-related research and study since its creation in 1999.  The program regularly hosts visiting scholars from Cuba and runs a regular seminar series in Cambridge. Since 2007, the center has run a study-abroad program in Cuba in the fall semester in collaboration with the Universidad de la Habana.You can read more about the activities of the Cuba Studies Program here.last_img read more

Bullets Star Marin Mazzie Teaches Us How to Be the Ultimate Diva

first_img Who is your favorite stage diva of all time? The one person that fits the definition of the diva that I want to be is Angela Lansbury. Her career has spanned decades, she has been a success in every medium. She continues to give of herself to the theater and to her work and she is the classiest, nicest, most generous woman. She’s an extraordinary person that I look at and say, “That’s a diva who really has it all.” The beauty outside and inside. Which diva would you like to sing a duet with? I already got to sing a duet with Chita Rivera! The other diva I would love to sing with is Barbara Cook. What is the ultimate diva meal to order in a restaurant? An expensive bottle of champagne and some really expensive caviar. I love those two things—as long as I’m not footing the bill! [Laughs.] If there’s one leading lady who knows how to play the ultimate diva, it’s Bullets Over Broadway star Marin Mazzie. The three-time Tony nominee is back on the boards as Helen Sinclair, a glamorous Broadway star who practically invented the word. But according to Mazzie, divas have gotten a bad rap in recent years. “I think divas can be a lot of things,” she told Broadway.com. “It gets the bad connotation of someone with a big ego who is mean to people and bosses people around and demands a lot of things. I think of a diva as a very strong woman who knows what she wants and goes for it.” Mazzie is turning Broadway.com into Diva University—read below for a lesson in all things diva! How late should a diva sleep every day? I think Helen Sinclair gets out of bed in time for cocktails, whether that’s three, four or five in the afternoon. Marin doesn’t do that, though! Bullets Over Broadway What is your favorite diva song to sing? Really and truly, it’s “Back to Before” from Ragtime. The character of Mother in Ragtime is a woman I admire so deeply because she truly was a force for change at the turn of the century. That song, through my career, has meant so much. It’s a song that I’ve sung at so many events for different things, because “we can never go back to before” continues to be something we need to be saying to people. We have so many of the same problems that we’ve had over the years and not been able to get past as humans. That’s my ultimate song. What items should every diva have in her dressing room? From a vocal diva standpoint, you must have throat tea, Mucinex, Braggs apple cider vinegar (because it has “the mother” in it, whatever that means), and Alkalol to gargle with. Also, a couch to sleep on—for this show, my husband sent me a leopard onesie. I have to say, it’s the most comfortable thing, I put it on between shows and I sleep in it! But of course, I remove the tail. What are the five qualities every diva must possess? Strength, confidence, a sense of humor about yourself and respect and kindness for everyone you meet and work with. Oh, and you must have a flask (if you’re me, it’s full of good tequila). See Marin Mazzie in Bullets Over Broadway, now playing at the St. James Theatre. Which divas do you draw inspiration from while playing Helen Sinclair? Bette Davis, Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth, Lauren Bacall, Jean Harlow and Barbara Stanwyck. They were all strong, sexy women that became even stronger as the years went on. What item in your closet makes you feel like a diva when you put it on? Because I do a lot of concerts, I have a lot of gowns. I have this great beaded gown that I love to wear and that’s great fun. And I wore this beautiful red dress [see below] that Theia designed on opening night of Bullets Over Broadway. It’s gorgeous.center_img What’s your favorite diva costume piece in Bullets Over Broadway? During my first scene, I enter in what I call my temple—[set designer] Santo Loquasto designed it for me, and I consider it a part of my costume. I open those red doors, and there I am in this gorgeous, jeweled silver dressing gown. In my head, I imagine that Julian Marx [played by Lenny Wolpe] has come to try and convince me to do this play, it’s sometime in the afternoon and of course I’m still in bed, probably with someone. In my mind, I make him wait a good 45 minutes before I throw a robe on and decide to come down and scream at him. What is your signature diva drink? I like a silver tequila like Patron or Milagro or Herradura, shaken in a martini shaker with a really healthy squeeze of lime, poured in a martini glass. Related Shows View Comments What diva trait does your husband [actor Jason Danieley] let you get away with? I’m sure he has a whole list of things I don’t even know I do! He gets up at the crack of dawn and walks Oscar, our beloved Miniature Schnauzer [photo below, from Danieley’s Instagram page]. He lets me get away with staying in bed. Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 24, 2014 Who is your favorite screen diva? Joan Crawford in The Women is hilarious. She’s a low-class girl who’s working her way up, or at least thinks she is. I love her in that, and in Mildred Pierce and Grand Hotel and Posessed—she’s done a variety of wonderful things. I’ll mix her with Carole Lombard, who was so beautiful and funny in To Be or Not to Be, Twentieth Century and My Man Godfrey; I love her. The combination of those two! Marin Mazzielast_img read more

3 Beheaded Goats Found in Riverhead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The bodies of three beheaded goats were found dumped on the side of the road in Riverhead this week in what Suffolk County authorities said they are investigating as a possible ritualistic killing.The dead goats were found in the Otis Pike Preserve on Line Road and their heads were found nearby surrounded by fruits and vegetables, according to the Suffolk County SPCA.New York State Department of Environmental Conservation officers first responded to a report of the discovery and referred the case to the Suffolk County SPCA.Roy Gross, chief of the Suffolk SPCA, called it a “gruesome discovery.”The agency is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.Suffolk County SPCA investigators ask anyone with information on this case to call them at 631-382-7722. All calls will be kept confidential.last_img read more

Antigua police probe the discovery of tonnes of stolen copper wire

first_img Tweet 18 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share NewsRegional Antigua police probe the discovery of tonnes of stolen copper wire by: – January 16, 2012 ecommunications company LIME also said some of the items were stolen from its facilities across the island. (File photo)ST JOHN’S, Antigua, Monday January 16, 2012 – Law enforcement authorities are investigating the discovery of four tonnes of stolen copper wire and air conditioning parts in a container at the St John’s Harbour bound for China.A Chinese man, 56, and his son were detained last Friday after police received reports that one of them was seen packing the 40ft container with copper believed to have been stolen. Several pieces were identified as the property of the state-owned Antigua Public Utilities Authority, police said.Telecommunications company LIME also said some of the items were stolen from its facilities across the island.The Chinese duo was released after providing proof they purchased the items for an around EC$30,000 (US$ 11,111).Two businessmen linked to the find have agreed to turn themselves in, The Daily OBSEVER newspaper reported.The container in which the stolen items were stored supposedly arrived from St Kitts about two weeks ago containing 12 tonnes of similar items and stainless steel materials, the newspaper said.Authorities have been grappling with an increase in theft of air conditioning units and other appliances as some residents try to cash in on the blossoming scrap metal trade.This has led to calls for Antigua & Barbuda to implement a ban as was done in the Bahamas and Jamaica.Last July, the Bahamas government announced a 90 day temporary ban in response to widespread theft of copper and various metals.This was done a week after Jamaica took similar action, with the authorities estimating that the scrap metal trade has cost government and the private sector more than one billion dollars (US $11.7 million) over three years.Caribbean 360 Newslast_img read more