New K-Ar isotopic ages of schists from Nordenskjöld Coast, Antarctic Peninsula: oldest part of the Trinity Peninsula Group?

first_imgK-Ar whole-rock dating of five samples of quartz-mica schist from the Nordenskjöld Coast, eastern Graham Land, provides the first unequivocal evidence of pre-Triassic (> 249 ± 7 Ma) deposition of a sequence regarded as part of the Trinity Peninsula Group (TPG). A maximum age range of latest Carboniferous (< c. 300 Ma)–Permian for deposition of the Nordenskjöld Coast sequence is indicated, and a polymetamorphic, polydeformational history for the TPG in northern Graham Land. However, the possibility exists that the rocks dated here from the Nordenskjöld Coast are part of a hitherto-unrecognized metamorphic basement unrelated to and older than the mainly Triassic TPG outcrops farther north. The new ages confirm the existence of a previously poorly-defined regional metamorphic event in the Antarctic Peninsula at about 245–250 Ma ago.last_img read more

Ammonium and potassium in snow around an emperor penguin colony

first_imgSnow samples taken at various distances from the emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) colony near Halley station were analysed by ion chromatography. Extremely high ammonium concentrations were encountered at the colony itself, but fell off sharply with distance from the colony, reaching background levels within a few kilometres of the colony. A seasonal effect was also seen, with the highest concentrations found in spring when the colony was at its most active. Levels of potassium and other sea-salt ions were also elevated near the colony. The ratio of sodium to potassium was lower than that found in bulk seawater, and closer to that found in the penguin’s food source, indicating that the increased concentrations are due to emissions from the penguins and not merely to the proximity of open seawater to the site. The colony thus has a significant effect on the composition of the nearby snow, but this effect is strongly localised and is not likely to significantly influence snow chemistry at inland ice core drilling sites.last_img read more

Archeology digs at Roman sites

first_imgA new project has been launched this week to explore East Oxford’s Roman and medieval archaeological sites.Led by the University’s Department for Continuing Education, the project has been made possible by a £330,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.Academics on the project will spend the next three years working with Oxford residents on digs, excavations, and surveys at sites believed to include Roman settlements, a medieval leper hospital and Civil War siege works. The project is the biggest community outreach scheme of its type to be launched by the University.Vice Chancellor Andrew Hamilton said, “Oxford University spends a lot of time looking out at the world, but we are also totally grounded in the local community.”“The University is 900 years old, but this will find many things that will go far beyond that period.”last_img read more

Metin Fevzi promoted to Edme managing director

first_imgIngredients supplier Edme has named Metin Fevzi as managing director.Fevzi joined the business as operations and technical director in April 2017 and oversaw production of the company’s flour and flakes.Edme said his experience in managing operations for manufacturers such as Arla Foods, Greencore and Premier Foods, would serve him well in his new role.“During the past nine months Metin has shown himself to be a first-class operator – and capable of taking on a wider role in the business,” said Edme CEO David Thompson. “He has introduced stringent controls, ensuring quality, health and safety are treated as paramount throughout the business.”Fevzi will now focus on increasing capacity for Edme and tap the increasing health and free-from markets to provide opportunities for the business.“I am really fortunate to have come into a company that has a great workforce, fantastic products and huge technical expertise,” said Fevzi. “The company’s signature malted flours and flakes play an important role in opening doors with new customers. Equally as important are our innovative and own-originated sprouted grains.”last_img read more

The Claypool Lennon Delirium Releases “Amethyst Realm”, Announces Brooklyn Album Release Event

first_imgThe Claypool Lennon Delirium is gearing up to release their second album together, South of Reality, due out February 22 via ATO. South of Reality is the follow-up to 2016’s Monolith of Phobos, the band’s debut record that displayed their fascinatingly raw authenticity, and 2017’s Lime And Limpid Green EP, which featured psychedelic covers of Pink Floyd, The Who, King Crimson, and Flower Travellin’ Band. So far, The Claypool Lennon Delirium has shared “Blood and Rockets (Movement I, Saga Of Jack Parsons – Movement II, Too The Moon)”, an epic, 6-minute and 30-second composition, and “Easily Charmed By Fools”. Today, the Les Claypool and Sean Lennon-led project released their third single from the forthcoming album, “Amethyst Realm”. Listen below:As the band’s website describes the sophomore album, “South of Reality is an expression of our upside-down times, offering listeners both an escape from modern chaos and a filter through to which to embrace it… It’s the record Dr. Seuss would have made if Harry Potter and Nietzshe were his drinking buddies, and it’d be produced by Dr. Teeth.”Sean Lennon continues about the collaboration: “Les and I have been cooking up some wizard juice to take the edge off as we sit back and watch reality unravel. This album is the soundtrack to the demise of the world as we knew it.”On Tuesday, February 19th, The Claypool Lennon Delirium will celebrate the new album’s release at Rough Trade NYC in Brooklyn, NY with a special “South of Reality” event, featuring a live Q&A with Relix Editor Mike Greenhaus and a signing to follow. Purchase tickets to attend here.Then, The Claypool Lennon Delirium will embark on a three-week tour starting April 10, 2019. For a full list of upcoming dates, head to the band’s website.last_img read more

Sheep to Shawl – April 13

first_imgFulton County Cooperative Extension Agent Menia Chester is hoping that the information provided by UGA’s Extension faculty will help build an ongoing relationship between the center and UGA Extension. “We’re going to continue the relationship with them,” Chester said. “They’re going to have questions about their livestock and their garden or what not, and we will be able to support them just like we would any other organization.” The Smith Family Farm is a great and much needed tool for teaching agricultural literacy, as well as history, to metro-Atlanta students, Chester said. “It will be a good resource for all of the kids in the community,” Chester said. “Unfortunately people don’t know where their food comes from — especially kids. We want to help them to learn that process, from the field to the table.” In the 1860s, farming was second nature to Georgians. The skills passed down from father to son and mother to daughter made life possible. But when the Atlanta History Center needed to learn a lifetime’s worth of historical farming skills to implement on the 1860s Smith Family Farm, they looked to the University of Georgia’s Cooperative Extension experts. The Atlanta History Center’s renovated Smith Family Farm will make its grand debut next week with the center’s Sheep to Shawl event. The Sheep to Shawl event is a celebration of the skills our forebears needed to make a living and build their lives on mid-19th century family farms. The event, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 13, will feature sheep sheering, spinning, weaving and other demonstrations of mid-19th century skills given by costumed interpreters. There will also be storytellers and musicians sharing entertainment from the period. The Sheep to Shawl event has been a staple of the Atlanta History Center’s calendar since 1989. The center spent the past year reinvigorating the historic Smith Family Farm to provide a more authentic backdrop to the skills demonstrations. “The Smith Family Farm experience has been one of the Atlanta History Center’s most important public offerings,” says Michael Rose, Executive Vice President of the center. “The farm provides not only an historic setting for interpretation, but also creates an important connection between our historic gardens, our folklife collections and exhibitions, and school and public programs related to foodways and domestic arts, as well as understanding the lives of the enslaved during the time period.” The Atlanta History Center’s staff reached out to the University of Georgia’s Cooperative Extension to help solve livestock and erosion problems that prevented the center from adding live animals and crops to their farmyard. First, Mark Risse, the Georgia Power Professor of Water Resources in the department of crop and soil sciences, and Melony Wilson, a UGA Extension specialist in the department of animal and dairy science, helped the farm ensure that their animals won’t have any negative impacts on the local waterways. First, they found the best places to locate and build barns and poultry houses and then they worked with the center’s consulting engineer to refine their storm water management plan to make sure water runoff was “routed into rain gardens and infiltration swales and was not discharged into streams at the center,” Risse said. They also advised the center’s staff on how to harvest the rainwater from the center’s buildings to use for livestock or landscape watering. After fixing water runoff issues and preparing barns and chicken houses, UGA Extension was ready to help them find animals. Census records from the 1860s showed that the Smith family kept all sorts of livestock, including sheep, cattle, pigs and chickens. The center’s staff knew their land would not support cattle and the neighborhood might not support pigs, but they definitely wanted sheep and chickens. The challenge was “most of the livestock that we have in Georgia does not look like what we would have had during the 1800s,” said Ronnie Silcox, a professor of animal and dairy science. To keep the farm historically authentic, he and Mike Lacy, head of the poultry science department, recommended Gulf Coast sheep and Rhode Island red hens and roosters. Both breeds come closest to the animals a family would have kept during the 1860s. The Gulf Coast sheep added to the farm—two ewes and two lambs raised by Madison County sheep farmer Jan Southers—descended from flocks of Spanish sheep brought to the New Orleans area in the 18th century. The breed was a staple wool producer across antebellum Georgia and, after hundreds of years in the southern U.S., has adapted to warm, muggy conditions. last_img read more

Free Manure?

first_imgUsing animal manure to amend garden and landscaping soil was common practice 20 years ago. Today, University of Georgia Extension agents, like myself, discourage it.In the past, manure was considered a great soil amendment to add to gardens and was considered a good source of natural “organic” nutrients as an alternative to synthetic fertilizers. Today, it is nearly impossible to find a manure source that doesn’t contain herbicide residues, which ironically defeats the purpose of trying to be an organic gardener. Free isn’t always freeMost backyard gardeners don’t give much thought to where their “free” manure comes from, aside from the obvious source. The vast majority of farmers spray their hayfields and pastures with herbicides to control broadleaf weeds. The same applies to hay used as mulch. Today’s hay customers expect weed-free sources of hay for their animals and farmer’s must meet the demand of their customers. Today’s herbicides have low toxicity to humans and animals. Man of these herbicides can be sprayed one day and the animals can graze safely the next day, but the problem is many herbicides used today also have long-lasting residual activity — meaning they remain active on the mulch or in the manure after you put them into your garden.Free pesticidesSome commonly used products are known to last as long as 8 to 12 months in the soil or on stored hay. Herbicide residues also remain active on forage hay fed to livestock and grass clippings from sprayed lawns. If you spray your lawn for weeds, don’t put your grass clippings in your garden or compost bin. These herbicides are very good at what they do: kill broadleaf weeds without killing grass. Unfortunately, these products don’t know the difference between a weed, a flower, a tomato plant or vegetable plants growing in your garden.The type of manure used in your garden doesn’t matter either. Whether the manure comes from horses, cattle, alpacas, goats or other livestock, there’s a chance they could have been exposed to an herbicide. Even if the livestock owner doesn’t spray his pastures, hay purchased to feed the animals could have been sprayed. More often than not, customers who buy high quality hay for animals want it to be as weed-free as possible. You can assume that any hay that is mostly weed-free has been treated with an herbicide. Alfalfa is typically the only forage hay that will not have been sprayed since most broadleaf herbicides cannot be sprayed without damaging the crop, too. If livestock owners only feed alfalfa hay to their animals and don’t spray their pastures, the manure could safely be used in your garden. However, most livestock owners also feed grass hays such as fescue, bermudagrass and orchard grass that are likely sprayed for weeds. Hay can be suspect, tooBefore using hay from a farmer, ask if the fields were sprayed and what type of hay they feed their animals. Otherwise, assume all hay has been sprayed with an herbicide and the resulting manure will damage your garden.If you’ve already incorporated manures or hay mulches into your garden, watch your vegetables very closely for unusual symptoms. Tomatoes are very sensitive to herbicide damage and are often the first indicator of a problem. Affected tomatoes will have extreme leaf curling and the stems will be twisted. Usually, the newest growth on the plant is the first to show these symptoms. For assistance in identifying a plant disease or insect problem, bring a leaf sample your local UGA Extension office for assistance or call 1-800-AskUGA-1.last_img read more

South Burlington named one of ‘Top Ten Best School Districts with Housing under $500,000’

first_imgSouth Burlington has been rated in the top ten school districts nationally with housing costs under $500,000, according to a review by a national rating firm. While millions throughout the nation prepare for traditional back to school activities, some families are searching for affordable housing based on local schools or desirable school districts. In some cases, proximity to quality schools is so important buyers may choose to rent close to a preferred school until the right home becomes available, especially if they’re running out of time before the first day of school.”I recently worked with clients that were moving to the Northwest Chicago suburbs from out of state,” said Nina Rocus, a Realtor in Schaumburg, Illinois. “They originally looked for homes close to particular school districts, and wanted to move in before the school year started so their son would be enrolled on time for this school year. But because they felt they were running out of time they ended up renting. They still want to find a home in the spring so we will start looking again then.”Because proximity to a quality school is such a high priority for some families as they search for their next home(1), buyers and sellers in cities with top ranked schools or school districts can often expect to see higher median list prices as compared to the statewide median list price, sometimes as much as 10 to 28 percent(2) higher.”Without a doubt the ‘right’ school district increases value by 12 to 14 percent in my area even in today’s market,” said Maria Picardi-Kenyon, a long-time Realtor located in New Jersey. “I’ve spoken with many clients who are convinced that a preferred school district provides as much as 20 percent or more value to a home.”To help families as they search for academic excellence and affordable housing during this year’s back to school season, Move, Inc., the leader in online real estate, today releases median list prices in ten communities ranked with high education quality scores, along with tips on how to expedite this season’s real estate search before the school bell rings.Median List Prices For Cities Home to the High Scoring School DistrictsIn an April 2010 review of 17,377 cities and towns in 49 states(3), Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Kentucky led the review with the highest ranking school districts in terms of educational quality scores and median list prices(4) under $200,000. The review took into consideration K-12 public school enrollment data, student test scores, and population data that determined average education quality scores, among other data.Single-Family Homes – Median List Price Under $200,000Town/CitySchool DistrictEducation Quality Score(3)State Median List Price(5)City Median List Price(5)Mason, OHMason City96.56$135,900$189,500Fishers, INHamilton Southeastern95.89$129,900$ 184,900Fort Thomas, KYFort Thomas94.22$154,900$ 174,900Allison Park, PAAllison Park94.07$198,900$ 169,900North Royalton, OHNorth Royalton92.54$135,900$ 179,000Data from the same April 2010 review(6) also indicated the highest ranking school districts in terms of educational quality scores with median list prices between $200,000 and $345,270 today can be found in Vermont, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Minnesota.Single-Family Homes – Median List Price Under $200,000 to $500,000Town/CitySchool/School DistrictEducation Quality Score(7)State Median List Price(8)City Median List Price(8)Edina, MNEdina94.74$199,900$345,000Zionsville, INZionsville Community94.03$129,900$325,000Brookfield, WIElmbrook93.94$184,000$298,900South Burlington, VTSouth Burlington93.74$269,500$272,500Germantown, WIGermantown School District93.65$184,000$285,900Factors Associated With Selecting Housing Near Quality SchoolsWhile the National Education Association’s study on student achievement reports the proximity of affordable housing in stable neighborhoods remains a key component to a student’s success, buyers also often consider location to jobs, shopping, freeways, and property taxes among other things when searching areas with high ranked school districts.”Clients focused on a particular school district are often inclined to favor neighborhoods that have great accessibility to community facilities like parks, pools, tennis courts, running/biking trails, as well as access to retail and restaurants,” said Tom Thornton, an EcoBroker with Realty Austin of Austin, Texas. “In Austin, popular neighborhoods with good schools can have an average negotiation range of two to three percent from list price, while the resale advantage can be as much as a five or 10 percent premium compared to neighborhoods without popular amenities.”Is Bigger Better?The ability to live, earn and learn often comes with a price in communities that serve larger student populations. According to The United States Department of Education, three states – California, Florida and Texas – account for 45 of the nation’s largest public school districts with an average of 169 school choices per district.Median list prices for single-family homes listed for sale on the Move Network in California, Florida and Texas in July 2010 were$335,000, $215,000, and $179,900 respectively, while the national media price was $212,900 during the same time period.Average active list prices for single-family homes listed for sale on the Move Network in the nation’s top three largest school districts in July 2010 were $816,545 in New York, $879,743 in Los Angeles, and $425,869 in Chicago.Nation’s Largest School Districts / Market Median List PriceCitySchool DistrictEducation Grade(9)State Median List Price(10)City Median List Price(10)New York, NYNYC SchoolsPop: 1,049,831B+$299,900$816,545Los Angeles, CALA Unifiedstudent pop: 735,058B$335,000$879,743Chicago, ILCity of Chicago School Dist-299. pop: 409,279B$209,900$425,869Miami, FLDade County School District. pop: 352,536C$215,000$765,599Ft. Lauderdale, FLBroward County School District. pop: 231,187B$215,000$585,901Community Information, School Data and More Available online 24/7Regardless of the time of year, consumers searching for a property on the Move Network can easily find local community information at the bottom of each listing detail page(11) including school name, distance from the home of interest, type of school, grades taught, Great Schools Rating, parent rating; and the location of the home on a map that can be viewed in road, aerial or bird’s eyes views.Additional information on these listing detail pages(12) includes: cost of living; climate; distinctive community characteristics such as the closest airport, colleges, closest major sports team, and general community information such as population statistics; household information including number, size and family make up of recorded households; general housing information such as pricing, dwelling age and annual residential turnover; available transportation types; income, net worth and employment by industry and occupation.ABOUT MOVE, INC.Move, Inc. (Nasdaq: MOVE) is the leader in online real estate with 11.6 million(13) monthly visitors to its online network of websites. Move, Inc. operates: Move.com, a leading destination for information on new homes and rental listings, moving, home and garden and home finance; REALTOR.com®, the official website of the National Association of REALTORS®; Moving.com; SeniorHousingNet; and TOP PRODUCER Systems. Move, Inc. is based in Campbell, California.(1) Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, 2009 NAR(2) Comparison of July 2010 Median List Prices vs. State Median List Prices, Move, Inc.(3) Forbes.com(4) Median List Prices, Single-Family Homes, Move, Inc., July 2010(5) Median List Prices, Single-Family Homes, Move, Inc., July 2010(6) Forbes.com(7) Forbes.com(8) Median List Prices, Single-family Homes, Move, Inc., July 2010(9) www.k12research.com(link is external)(10) Median List Prices, Single-Family Homes, Move, Inc., July 2010(11) 2009 Onboard Informatics(12) 2009 Onboard Informatics(13) comScore Media Metrix, July 2010This press release may contain forward-looking statements, including information about management’s view of Move’s future expectations, plans and prospects, within the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the results of Move, its subsidiaries, divisions and concepts to be materially different than those expressed or implied in such statements. These risk factors and others are included from time to time in documents Move files with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to, its Form 10-Ks, Form 10-Qs and Form 8-Ks. Other unknown or unpredictable factors also could have material adverse effects on Move’s future results. The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date hereof. Move cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Finally, Move expressly disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.SOURCE Move, Inc. 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Quick Hits: The last Caribou

first_imgFortnite billionaire is saving forests in Western North CarolinaTim Sweeny, owner of North Carolina-based Epic Games, which produces mega-hits such as Fortnite, is quietly using his fortune to conserve the mountains in Western North Carolina. Since 2008, Sweeny has spent millions to preserve and protect nearly 40,000 acres of land, making him one of the largest private landowners in North Carolina. Sweeny has used his money to purchase 1,500 acres to expand Mount Mitchell State Park and spent $15 million to protect 7,000 acres of the Box Creek Wilderness. Sweeny also purchased 193 acres in Alamance County, guaranteeing that the land would not be developed. Just last year, he purchased a 1,500 acre tract of land known as Stone Hills which had been slated to be turned into two championship golf courses, a hotel and spa, over 1,000 homes and up to 90,000 square feet of retail, dining and office space. Sweeny plans to hold the land until he can find a permanent nature conservation home for it. The last caribou in the contiguous United States has been removed from the wildThis week a team of biologists captured a mountain caribou in the Selkirk Mountains just north of the U.S.- Canada border. The female caribou is believed to be the last member of the last herd to regularly cross into the lower 48 states from Canada. The captured caribou was moved to a captive rearing pen. In about a month, biologists plan to release the caribou, along with two other caribou from a different endangered herd, back into the wild into a larger and more stable Canadian herd. The fate of the animals is unclear and biologists cannot say if there will ever be caribou in the continental United States again. US offshore drilling rule revisions will likely be challenged by statesRevisions to a US offshore drilling safety rule are being held up because of the government shutdown, but when the changes are finalized they will likely be challenged in court by multiple states. The revisions make changes to the Blowout Preventer Systems and Well Control Rule that was implemented in 2016 in response to the Deepwater Horizon explosion and spill. The current rule requires better performance of the blowout preventers that act as a last line of defense for an out-of-control offshore well. Opponents of the rule revision have criticized the administration for weakening offshore safety regulations. The most likely case against the revisions was laid out in August letter to the director of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. Ten state attorneys general, including those from North Carolina and Virginia, signed the letter.last_img read more

Sizing images for social media

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Let’s talk about social media, shall we? By now, FIs know it’s extremely important to have a social media presence, but the task of keeping each platform up to date gets complicated very quickly, especially because the popularity of individual social platforms tends to ebb and flow. Even more frustrating, the content you use for each individual social media platform should be different–otherwise why would your customers follow more than one?— and each platform is constantly changing its formatting.Long story short, it’s a bear of a job to keep up with social media and given the recent algorithm changes to both Facebook and Instagram, there is no time like the present to review the basics of each major social outlet.Here’s what you need to know:FacebookLink and image posts perform 75% better than posts with just text. We are very visual people and have increasingly short attention spans. Increase your engagement by making most of your posts media-rich. continue reading »last_img read more