Seals map bathymetry of the Antarctic continental shelf

first_imgWe demonstrate the first use of marine mammal dive-depth data to improve maps of bathymetry in poorly sampled regions of the continental shelf. A group of 57 instrumented elephant seals made on the order of 2 x 10(5) dives over and near the continental shelf on the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula during five seasons, 2005-2009. Maximum dive depth exceeded 2000 m. For dives made near existing ship tracks with measured water depths H<700 m, similar to 30% of dive depths were to the seabed, consistent with expected benthic foraging behavior. By identifying the deepest of multiple dives within small areas as a dive to the seabed, we have developed a map of seal-derived bathymetry. Our map fills in several regions for which trackline data are sparse, significantly improving delineation of troughs crossing the continental shelf of the southern Bellingshausen Sea.last_img read more

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2021-05-09

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Permo-Carboniferous conglomerates in the Trinity Peninsula Group at View Point, Antarctic Peninsula : sedimentology, geochronology and isotope evidence for provenance and tectonic setting in Gondwana

first_imgField observations from the Trinity Peninsula Group at View Point on the Antarctic Peninsula indicate that thick, southward-younging and overturned clastic sedimentary rocks, comprising unusually coarse conglomeratic lenses within a succession of fine-grained sandstone–mudstone couplets, are the deposits of debris and turbidity flows on or at the foot of a submarine slope. Three detrital zircons from the sandstone–mudstone couplets date deposition at 302 ± 3 Ma, at or shortly after the Carboniferous–Permian boundary. Conglomerates predominantly consist of quartzite and granite and contain boulders exceeding 500 mm in diameter. Zircons from granitoid clasts and a silicic volcanic clast yield U–Pb ages of 466 ± 3 Ma, 373 ± 5 Ma and 487 ± 4 Ma, respectively and have corresponding average εHft values between +0.3 and +7.6. A quartzite clast, conglomerate matrix and sandstone interbedded with the conglomerate units have broadly similar detrital zircon age distributions and Hf isotope compositions. The clast and detrital zircon ages match well with sources within Patagonia; however, the age of one granite clast and the εHf characteristics of some detrital zircons point to a lesser South Africa or Ellsworth Mountain-like contribution, and the quartzite and granite-dominated composition of the conglomerates is similar to upper Palaeozoic diamictites in the Ellsworth Mountains. Unlike detrital zircons, large conglomerate clasts limit possible transport distance, and suggest sedimentation took place on or near the edge of continental crust. Comparison with other upper Palaeozoic to Mesozoic sediments in the Antarctic Peninsula and Patagonia, including detrital zircon composition and the style of deformation, suggests deposition of the Trinity Peninsula Group in an upper plate basin on an active margin, rather than a subduction-related accretionary setting, with slow extension and rifting punctuated by short periods of compression.last_img read more

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2021-05-09

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COMMENTARY: It’s the Reason for the Season!

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare It’s the Reason for the Season!by Gail RieckenJohn Krull, Statehouse File, wrote today about respecting each other’s opinions. He said the best gift we can give each other is to let people make up their own minds. He is so right.Krull’s comments reminded me of a recent incident in Evansville, the EVPL reading program where people dressed as the opposite sex read to children 11 and under.  Reactions to the program have been interesting.A local elected official commented his extreme disappointment in the EVPL; a friend felt the cross-dressers in the program should dress more like us women, who we really are; another said any program to get the word out about appreciating the differences in people should be given a chance; and another responded “its no big deal”.Issues like this just drive many of us up to our emotional scale. Maybe that in itself has value.I can remember as an active member of the Junior League (years ago!) when some members were looking at ways to educate the membership about child abuse and neglect.There was a presentation of photos of the worst in physical abuse. It was truly shocking-sickening. But, the program had value.  It got many of us committed to doing something. Maybe we can respect the EVPL experience as that, a value to those who want their children to respect the differences in people; a value to those who attend and change their way of thinking about the differences in all of us; and a value to all of us about appreciating the differences in opinions of others.My pastor said it best in church yesterday. He was thanking the congregation for once again supporting his “other self” as Santa- and what a fine Santa he is.  Pastor Kevin said he would be making his last stop to the libraries today, Monday. As always, he said, he will be in his Santa costume, drag, you might say. And, no one seems to mind that. This is the Season of friendship, kindness, and generosity. It is the Season where even an event, his night of ghostly dreams, could change Scrooge’s way of thinking. Have a Blessed Christmas.Gail Rieckenlast_img read more

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2021-05-03

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“READERS FORUM” DECEMBER 23, 2016

first_imgWHAT IS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays “READERS POLL” question is: How do you rank the Vanderburgh County Commission job performance in 2016?We urge you to take time and click the section we have reserved for the daily recaps of the activities of our local Law Enforcement professionals. This section is located on the upper right side of our publication.If you would like to advertise or submit and article in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] County Observer has been serving our community for 16 years.FOOTNOTES: Todays “READERS POLL” question is :How do you rank the Vanderburgh County Commission job performance in 2016?Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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2021-05-03

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Business rates specialist points to ‘toxic cocktail’

first_imgA leading business rates specialist has warned the lack of support for businesses creates a “toxic cocktail”.It comes as the government has dealt businesses in England a further blow, as the revaluation of business rates has been moved from 2015 to 2017, continuing to be based on 2008 pre-recession property values.Mark Rigby, chief executive of CVS, said: “Economic conditions are extremely tough out there. Extending the current charging regime until 2017 – nine years after rateable values were last measured – is unjustifiable and is simply heaping pain upon pain for businesses crying out for some respite from government.“Low consumer spending, high property rents and rising overheads like energy bills and staff costs are making trading conditions hard enough on the high street and right across business. Today’s announcement simply creates a toxic cocktail which is going to be very hard for thousands of businesses to swallow and survive.”He added that no business could get away with charging prices that are out of date: “Struggling firms shouldn’t have to take it from the government, yet they are being required to do so. It’s not what businesses need right now and, frankly, they deserve better. As an announcement it thoroughly flies in the face of pro-business claims from government.”British Baker reported last week that leaders from some of the UK’s biggest food and retailing businesses signed a letter to the Financial Times, urging the government to freeze business rates to avoid empty shops on high streets and stop unemployment levels from rising further.last_img read more

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2021-04-20

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Cake Box expands with 150th store and new production site

first_imgSource: Cake BoxCake Box CEO Sukh Chamdal with franchisee Sharon Rupra opening its 150th storeCream cakes specialist Cake Box has opened its 150th store, located in Romford, Essex.It follows investment in the business’ expansion which will also see operations at its new bakery and distribution centre in Coventry begin shortly. The site will complement existing facilities in Enfield and Bradford, Cake Box said.It also represents the company’s 66th store opening since it was listed on the London Stock Exchange in June 2018.Alongside the store roll-out programme, Cake Box has continued to make further progress on strategic initiatives including the development of its own-brand delivery platform which complements its existing click & collect and third-party delivery offerings, it said.Its half year results showed online sales had increased 51% year on year and are now worth £4m. However, sales and pre-tax profits at the egg-free specialist had dipped.Cake Box has also rolled out NPD which includes improved loaf cake ranges, with gluten-free and vegan options, alongside ready-made, egg-free custard.“We’re thrilled to have reached this landmark in the Cake Box growth story. This is testament to the entrepreneurialism and quality of our franchisees and the resilience of our business model, which has shone through over the last 12 months, in a difficult environment,” said CEO Sukh Chamdal.“The world is still an uncertain place, but the progress we’ve made in bringing our unique proposition to more customers than ever gives us confidence that we will continue our growth journey and emerge a bigger, better business.”last_img read more

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2021-04-20

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Radiohead’s Thom Yorke Announces 19-Date U.S. Tour

first_imgThom Yorke – Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes Tour11/23 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA*11/24 – Wang Theatre-Boch Center – Boston MA*11/26 – Kings Theatre – Brooklyn, NY*11/27 – Kings Theatre – Brooklyn, NY*11/30 – John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts – Washington, DC*12/1 – Keybank State Theatre – Cleveland, OH*12/2 – Masonic Temple Cathedral Theatre – Detroit, MI*12/4 – Chicago Theatre – Chicago, IL*12/5 – Riverside Theater – Milwaukee, WI*12/6 – Northrop at the University of Minnesota – Minneapolis MN*12/8 – Stifel Theatre – Saint Louis, MO*12/9 – Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland – Kansas City, MO*12/11 – Paramount Theatre – Denver, CO*12/13 – The Union – Salt Lake City, UT*12/15 – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium – San Francisco, CA*12/17 – The Observatory, North Park – San Diego, CA*12/19 – Orpheum Theatre – Los Angeles, CA*12/20 – Orpheum Theatre – Los Angeles, CA*12/22 – The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan – Las Vegas, NV** – with Special guest Oliver CoatesView All Tour Dates Today, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has confirmed a run of North American live electronic tour dates. For the 19-show swing, Yorke will once again create an audiovisual spectacle with help from Radiohead producer and Atoms For Peace bandmate Nigel Godrich and visual artist Tarik Berry. The announcement comes on the heels of Radiohead’s successful U.S. arena tour earlier this summer.Thom Yorke’s Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes will begin on November 23rd at Philadelphia’s Electric Factory and wind its way throughout the Northeast and Midwest before heading west to Colorado, Utah, California, and Nevada.The trio has toured together on various occasions, including in 2014-2015 following the release of Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes (2014) and in 2017 in support of a December reissue of Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes on XL Recordings. According to the tour announcement press release, the shows will see Yorke perform songs from across his solo catalog, including The Eraser (2006), Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes (2014), as well as Atoms For Peace’s Amok (2013).Tickets will go on general sale from Friday 17th August at 10 a.m. EST/7 a.m. PCT/3 p.m. U.K. time onwards. Check the schedule page for each venue’s details. For more information about Tom Yorke’s upcoming run of U.S. tour dates, head to his website.last_img read more

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2021-03-02

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Weekend Poll! What Is Your Favorite Sutton Foster Role?

first_img Star Files Sutton Foster Related Shows Violet Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 10, 2014 View Comments Two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster is back on the boards in Violet, her 11th—count ‘em—11th Broadway show! She did the hand jive in Grease, forgot about the boy in Thoroughly Modern Millie, fell for an ogre in Shrek, tapped her troubles away in Anything Goes, got her yodel on in Young Frankenstein and tons more. (She played ensemble roles in Les Miserables and the The Scarlet Pimpernel, too!) The Broadway favorite has also made a splash on the small screen, breaking up the band in Flight of the Conchords and teaching a crew of high schoolers how to dance in Bunheads. So, in honor of this talented gal’s opening night in Violet on April 20, we want to know: Which Sutton Foster role is your absolute favorite? Cast your vote below!last_img read more

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2021-01-18

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Secretary of Administration Announces VT’s July Revenue Figures

first_imgSecretary of Administration Michael K. Smith today released General Fund revenue results for the month of July, the first month of Fiscal Year 2009.  General Fund revenues totaled $96.66 million for July 2008, +$8.07 million or +9.11% above the $88.58 million consensus revenue forecast for the month and year-to-date.The monthly targets reflect the most recent Fiscal Year 2009 Consensus Revenue Forecast that was agreed to by the Emergency Board on July 29, 2008.  The State’s Consensus Revenue Forecast is normally updated two times per year in January and July.  However, with the uncertainty of the national economy, the Emergency Board is considering an interim review of the Consensus Revenue Forecast in November, 2008.Personal Income Tax receipts are the largest single state revenue source, and are reported Net-of-Personal Income Tax refunds.  Personal Income Tax receipts for July were $52.20 million, +$5.42 million or +11.58% ahead of the monthly target.  Sales & Use Tax and Rooms & Meals Tax receipts were above target for July.  Sales & Use Tax exceeded target by +$0.87 million (+4.39%) and Rooms & Meals Tax was +$0.38 million (+3.82%) above target for July.  Smith said, “Personal Income Tax receipts reflect prior year economic conditions and are not necessarily an indicator of future performance.”  Offsetting the above target performances already mentioned, Corporate Income Tax receipts of $1.89 million fell below target for the month by -$0.69 million or -27.13%.  “We remain cautious regarding the performance of the consumption taxes in the current economic environment,” noted Secretary Smith.The remaining tax components include Insurance, Inheritance & Estate Tax, Real Property Transfer Tax, and “Other” (which includes: Bank Franchise Tax, Telephone Tax, Liquor Tax, Beverage tax, Fees, and Other Taxes).  Cumulatively, these components totaled $11.59 million vs. the target of $9.50 million.  “Although the first month of Fiscal Year 2009 is above target, July is an odd month – a poor predictor for the fiscal year end results.  Consequently, we remain watchful,” Secretary Smith said.                   Transportation FundSecretary Smith also reported on the results for the non-dedicated Transportation Fund revenue.  “The Transportation Fund revenue was $16.36 million, which was -$0.05 million or -0.30%, below the monthly target for July,” said Smith.Revenue from the Gasoline Tax, Diesel Tax and Other Fees were all below target in the month of July.  Motor Vehicle Purchase & Use Tax and Motor Vehicle Fees were both above target.  The Transportation Fund revenue results for July were: Gasoline, $4.90 million or -6.25% below target; Diesel Tax, $1.28 million or -11.06% below target; Motor Vehicle Purchase & Use Tax, $3.49 million or +3.46% above target; Motor Vehicle Fees, $5.33 million or +6.43% above target; and Other Fees, $1.36 million or -0.23% below the monthly target.  The cumulative July 2008 Transportation result of $16.36 million was +$0.81 million, or +5.21% above July 2007.Education FundSecretary Smith released revenue results for the “the non-Property Tax” Education Fund revenues (which constitute approximately 12% of the total Education Fund receipts).  “The Education Fund receipts totaled $13.12 million for the month of July, or +$0.49 million above the $12.63 million consensus revenue target for the month,” said Smith.  The Secretary stated, “The portions of the Education Fund derived from the consumption taxes, namely the Sales & Use Tax and the Motor Vehicle Purchase & Use Tax, both exceeded the July target, while Lottery receipts were on target at $1.0 million.       ConclusionSecretary Smith concluded that “July is a relatively low revenue month and is historically a poor predictor of the year to come as a whole.  We will continue to monitor future revenues closely,” said Smith.  “Well, not me, but others will monitor the revenues closely,” Smith concluded. Secretary Smith retires on August 22, 2008.To view the entire release click herelast_img read more

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2021-01-01

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Weekly jobless claims climb

first_imgWeek Ending December 20, 2008There were 1,540 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, an increase of 315 from the week before. Altogether 12,384 new and continuing claims were filed, 975 more than a week ago and 3,678 more than a year earlier. In addition, the Vermont Department of Labor processed 2,641 claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008, an increase of 61 from last week.The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at:http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external)Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at:http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)last_img read more

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2021-01-01

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