Tectonic evolution of the west Scotia Sea

first_imgJoint inversion of isochron and flow line data from the flanks of the extinct West Scotia Ridge spreading center yields five reconstruction rotations for times between the inception of spreading prior to chron C8 (26.5 Ma), and extinction around chron C3A (6.6–5.9 Ma). When they are placed in a regional plate circuit, the rotations predict plate motions consistent with known tectonic events at the margins of the Scotia Sea: Oligocene extension in Powell Basin; Miocene convergence in Tierra del Fuego and at the North Scotia Ridge; and Miocene transpression at the Shackleton Fracture Zone. The inversion results are consistent with a spreading history involving only two plates, at rates similar to those between the enclosing South America and Antarctica plates after chron C5C (16.7 Ma), but that were faster beforehand. The spreading rate drop accompanies inception of the East Scotia Ridge back-arc spreading center, which may therefore have assumed the role of the West Scotia Ridge in accommodating eastward motion of the trench at the eastern boundary of the Scotia Sea. This interpretation is most easily incorporated into a model in which the basins in the central parts of the Scotia Sea had already formed by chron C8, contrary to some widely accepted interpretations, and which has significant implications for paleoceanography and paleobiogeography.last_img read more

Bayonne City employees not reinstated after layoffs

first_imgBAYONNE — The state Civil Service Commission has decided not to reverse the layoffs of three former Bayonne City employees.On Jan.18, Andrew Casais, chief of staff for Mayor James Davis, said in an email: “We have been informed that the CSC affirmed the layoffs, and therefore those subject to the layoffs will not be reinstated. The mayor maintains the opinion that the city administration followed the procedures to effectuate layoffs pursuant to Civil Service rules. At each step the administration sought to see this process out to the end. Today’s final ruling by CSC is that end.”Michael Mulcahy, a housing inspector, Gary Parlatti and Michael Smith, both field representatives for citizen complaints, all worked under the Department of Municipal Services.Mulcahy said in a statement that he plans to appeal the Civil Service Commission’s decision. “While we’re obviously dismayed in the panel’s decision today, we find it difficult to comprehend how a panel who only had a week to review the transcripts that could overturn an Administrative Law Judge decision that was labored over for six months,” said Mulcahy. “We’re confident in our judicial system and look forward to the next step in the process.”A Nov. 2 decision by an administrative law judge in Newark granted an appeal to the former employees who allege their layoffs in June of 2015 were not carried out in good faith.Judge Thomas R. Betancourt’s decision was sent to the Civil Service Commission for a final decision, saying that the “appellants should be restored to their previous positions of employment immediately.”Judge Betancourt previously found the testimonies of Bayonne Business Administrator Joe DeMarco and former Director of Municipal Services Robert Wondolowski “not credible,” after they gave conflicting testimony that showed inconsistencies in the city’s rationale for the layoffs. DeMarco and Wondolowski were two of 17 witnesses who testified. ×last_img read more

99p Stores open first bakery and coffee concept

first_img99p Stores has introduced a brand new coffee and bakery concept, which opened this week in Northampton. The bakery will sell a range of baguettes and pastries, and will offer a coffee and pastry deal for £1.59.The concept opened in the company’s 250th store which also opened this week.Products in the bakery will come from Ayzta foods, and the coffee will be vended from a standalone machine.The business is working on refitting around 60 stores across the UK, of which some will include the bakery concept, depending on location.Tony Brown, chief operating officer commented, “The single price point market has become main stream and therefore we are developing concepts that meet that mainstream customer such as coffee and fresh bakery. We will also keep innovating from a product point of view to meet expectations of our customers.“Our customers have broadened their expectations and demand quality, freshness and choice. We are the only single price point retailer to bring these benefits to our stores.”Mariam French, Head of Marketing UK at Aryzta Food Solutions, confirmed that the company had supported 99p Stores with the launch of its in-store bakery offering, prior to handing over responsibility to 99p Stores’ personnel.She said: “The move by 99p Stores to include an in-store bakery highlights the growing consumer demand for freshly-baked goods in the retail environment.”  99p Stores claims they are opening up a new store across Britain each week.last_img read more

The Polish Ambassador Shares Bumpin’ New Track With Matisyahu

first_imgThe Polish Ambassador continues to dominate the dance scene, as the San Francisco-based producer gets ready to release a brand new album, Dreams Of An Old Tomorrow, on April 15th. The new release will be his 18th album, yet somehow he finds a way to keep the music fresh, recruiting a ton of unique collaborators in the process.Recently, TPA dropped a brand new collaboration with the reggae-rapper Matisyahu, bouncing rhymes off of bass drops and a steel drum boogie for a track called “Tornado.” The new song premiered on THUMP, and it’s quite the jam.Fortunately, you can listen to “Tornado” ft. Matisyahu, below:The Polish Ambassador looks to have his biggest hometown throwdown yet, as he’s set to perform at the Warfield in San Francisco, CA this Saturday, March 19th. Between a full day of a large scale permaculture effort on Sunday and the highly anticipated set with Dirtwire and Desert Dwellers, this is going to be a great weekend of music!last_img read more

Turkey passes 25,000 COVID-19-related deaths

first_imgANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Turkish health ministry says the country has seen more than 25,000 COVID-19-related deaths since the start of the outbreak in March. A toll of 140 fatalities reported Sunday saw the total figure rise to 25,073. Turkey has recorded more than 2.4 million infections since the first case was recorded on March 11. The government reintroduced restrictions at the start of December, including weekday evening curfews and weekend lockdowns, to stem another surge of infections. The number of daily cases has fallen to around 6,000 in recent days from a high of more than 33,000 in December.last_img

Neuroscience club to host First Annual Notre Dame ALS Walk

first_imgLittle more than a year after videos of people soaking themselves with ice water flooded Facebook feeds for the “ALS ice-bucket challenge,” the Neuroscience Club will hold the first annual Notre Dame ALS Walk on Saturday, in conjunction with the College of Science.All proceeds from the walk will support ALS programs and research, social service chair of the Neuroscience Club junior Chris Ferari said.Janice Chung | The Observer Ferari, who helped promote and organize the event, said the goal of the walk is to raise awareness for the disease on campus and “make people aware that we want this to be something we’re going to do every year.”“[We want] to get it on everyone’s radar and say, ‘This is something that we want to continue to do. ALS isn’t going away, so we want to continue to raise awareness past just this year,’” he said.Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease after the New York Yankees baseball player diagnosed with the disease in 1939, is a “progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord,” according to the ALS Association’s website.The website says patients living with ALS have an average life expectancy of about two to five years following diagnosis.Sean Kassen, the director for academic advancement in the College of Science, said the rarity and severity of ALS make walks like the upcoming one at Notre Dame important in raising awareness and generating interest in research for the disease, which is sometimes overlooked in favor of more prevalent diseases.“ALS is a tough disease to get. It is a scary disease. It is a devastating disease; there is no cure,” Kassen said. “And still there’s not a lot of research that is out there on the direct causes, and hence the potential way to cure it.“ … ALS is a [disease] that largely I would still say people don’t understand, and by doing a walk like this it brings it front and center. It brings more awareness first and foremost.”Besides raising awareness, Ferari said he hopes the walk will encourage ALS research at Notre Dame, where there are currently few people actively involved in ALS or ALS-related research.Among the few at Notre Dame whose research is relevant to ALS is biochemistry Ph.D. candidate Tiffany Snow. Snow currently studies the NMDA receptor in the brain, which she said has been associated with Huntington’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, alcohol dependence, strokes and ALS.“The receptor I’m working on, very little is known about how it’s behaving and why it behaves in certain ways, and especially – what’s more interesting – how and why it behaves under neurological stress or some sort of disorder,” Snow said.“This receptor – because it’s in a lot of neurons in the brain and a lot of important areas of the brain – when something goes wrong in it, it’s seen in a lot of different disorders,” she said.To support her research, Snow received an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge fellowship for the 2014-2015 academic year.“I think while it might seem inconsequential to look at a certain receptor – just one receptor or maybe one part of that receptor – it’s looking at the little things like that that will answer bigger questions that will affect thousands and tens of thousands of people, potentially, in a lifetime,” Snow said.Although this weekend’s walk is the first of its kind to occur on campus, it is not the first ALS walk to have a Notre Dame connection.Les McCarthy, a Notre Dame parent and member of the Notre Dame Club of Mid-Hudson Valley, helped organize a walk through the Mid-Hudson Valley club in 2009 following the loss of one of its members, Notre Dame Ph.D. class of 1970 alumnus Gus Raspitha, to the disease.“When we lost him in the spring of 2009, we decided we really should do something to raise awareness,” McCarthy said. “So our club held this first walk Nov. 15 of ’09, of which there were 55 of us walking.”The Hudson Valley Walk to Defeat ALS has taken place every fall since its inception in 2009, and during that time it has grown from 55 individual walkers raising nearly $5,000 in 2009 to 147 walk teams raising more than $346,000 in 2014. In total, the walk has raised more than $1 million to benefit support services, awareness and research for ALS.Since they began the Hudson Valley ALS walk, members of the Notre Dame Club of Mid-Hudson Valley have been in contact with various people at Notre Dame about the prospect of holding an on-campus walk, Kassen said.“They’ve been very big supporters of our efforts here with rare disease research, and [McCarthy] has always suggested that we try to do an ALS walk,” Kassen said. “And so once this new [neuroscience] club came up we talked together … I knew this is something he was very passionate about, and so we came to the conclusion that we potentially could do this [event]. And that’s when I presented the idea to the Neuroscience Club.”From there, the Neuroscience Club undertook organizing the walk, which Ferari said he hopes will become the club’s “signature event.”This weekend’s walk will span a distance of 2.7 miles, with a stop at the Grotto for a short prayer. Registration is $10 per person, and snacks and coffee will be available to participants before the walk.Ferari said participants are also encouraged to wear costumes in the spirit of Halloween.So far, Kassen said, the event has generated significant interest.“Every time you do an event for the first time, a lot of it is you’re trying to get people to show up, you’re going to learn sort of on the fly, you have to do all your due diligence ahead of time, you have to make sure all the paperwork is done appropriately and that the correct people at the University know about it,” Kassen said. “ … To me, [the walk] has already been a win. People are already signing up and they want to attend.”Looking toward the future, McCarthy said he hopes the walk will have a real impact in stimulating advances in the field of ALS research.“Where will this take us on campus?” he asked. “Only time will tell, but if history teaches us anything, it could be the start of something big. It’s my desire that the luck and the skill of the Irish just might be what can make a significant contribution to solving this mystery.”Tags: ALS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, neuroscience clublast_img read more

Charlottesville: Second Annual Michie Tavern Downtown Mile July 24

first_imgThe Michie Tavern Downtown Mile was the first “mile race” through the Charlottesville Downtown Mall.In 2014, this Thursday, July 24, the race — for both runners and walkers — starts on East Jefferson and ends at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion.The Michie Tavern Downtown Mile is “a part of Notus Sports’s American Heritage Race Series created to promote healthy living, community involvement, and engagement with historic sites.”From 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the Pavilion, go by and investigate the Runners Love Yoga Healthy Living Expo during the event. According to organizers, the expo features great local businesses centered around healthy living in Charlottesville.Free samples, product demonstrations, food and beverages, and other giveaways and activities will be available and visitors can also enjoy a free post-run yoga class led by local yoga instructor and competitive runner Ann Mazur of Runners Love Yoga!The 2014 Downtown Mile event benefits the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society to preserve the Hatton Ferry — the only operating pole ferry left in the United States.Organizers say American Heritage Series races “are opportunities for views of significant pieces of history,” and race proceeds benefit the preservation and mission of each historic location.There are cash prizes for top finishers.Runners and walkers at this year’s event will get to choose from five race options:Team Relay at 6:30 p.m.Family Race at 6:50 p.m.Non-competitve Run/Walk at 6:50 p.m.Middle School Mile at 7:10 p.m. (Youth in grades 6-8 only!)Elite Downtown Mile at 7:30 p.m. for elite women and 7:40 p.m. for elite menREGISTER NOW!last_img read more

From Section IV to the ACC: Coleman makes Syracuse debut

first_imgWhile Coleman was making his debut, his family and friends back home in Binghamton found themselves glued to the TV. Coleman was thrown right into the fire in the team’s home opener, entering the game during the first half against number two ranked Pittsburgh. Going from Section IV soccer to playing some of the best teams in the nation has certainly been an adjustment for Coleman. The Orange’s next game is Friday night at home against Louisville. “My family sent me a video of when I went into the game and they all went crazy and it was an amazing feeling,” he said. “I got the ball and the first time I got the ball I won the header,” he said. “I just quickly realized how fun it is to play at this competitive level.” “I’m not the best player on the field. I’m not the fastest kid on the field. I’m not the most skilled kid on the field,” he said. “The only thing I can control is what I can control, like my attitude and coming to practice and working hard.” SYRACUSE (WBNG) – When Maine-Endwell’s Jack Coleman committed to play soccer at Syracuse University in December of 2019 he called it a dream come true. Nearly one year later, he made his debut with the Orange. “My family is watching at home. I have a lot of friends watching and I got in and was like here it is,” said Coleman. Once he became comfortable on the field, Coleman said it was business as usual. Coleman has made the best of playing at the next level and is ready to contribute in every way he can. last_img read more

Brussels pledges to cut regulation to attract infrastructure capital

first_imgThe European Commission has pledged to grow the single market, while reducing regulation, in order to attract private capital to infrastructure projects.The executive’s 2015 Work Programme, published after a speech by Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker to the European Parliament, remained largely unchanged from the leaked version seen by IPE.The Commission’s agenda for the coming year did not see it dropping the planned revision of the IORP Directive, after the proposal was highlighted as “under review” in a November letter by Juncker and his deputy Frans Timmermans.In the document’s introduction, the Commission identified removing both regulatory and non-regulatory hurdles as key to attracting investment to the Continent, but also stressed that it was important to further re-enforce the single market. The introduction also saw the Commission say it would “encourage” the adoption of the Financial Transaction Tax – currently only backed by a minority of member states – and once again highlighted the importance of its proposed Capital Markets Union.It said the CMU would strengthen cross-border capital flows in the single market to “enable capital to be used in the most productive way”.Juncker also shed more light on the Commission’s proposed European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI), the cornerstone of his €300bn investment package.In a speech in Strasbourg, he stressed that the EFSI’s launch would go alongside “concrete proposals” to improve the existing investment environment, and by removing barriers in place within the single market.“There will be no sectorial or geographic pre-allocations or ‘quotas’,” Juncker added.“However, technical assistance will be stepped up so project promoters and relevant authorities in all countries will be able to present viable and investible projects.”The emphasis on viable projects will be welcomed by the pensions industry, with the Association of Paritarian Institutions (AEIP) recently stressing that funds should keep in mind their fiduciary duties before investing in infrastructure, as pension assets cannot be expected to fund all projects.last_img read more