Geochronology, structural geology and petrology of the northwestern Lagrange Nunataks, Shackleton Range, Antarctica

first_imgThe metamorphic rocks of the La Grange Nunataks, northwestern Shackleton Range, have a complex structural and metamorphic history, involving Mid-Proterozoic and Ross- (Cambro-Ordovician) aged events. The protolith of the Stratton Group Mathys Gneiss was emplaced at 2328 ± 47 Ma (U-Pb zircon), and underwent migmatization at 1715 ± 6 Ma. Migmatization took place at P-T conditions of > 640 ºC / > 4-6 kbar and was accompanied by the formation of multiple generations of ductile structures (D1) and the development of local shear zones (D2). Three distinct deformation events (D3 – D5) took place during the Ross Orogeny, affecting the supracrustal Schimper Group, and to a lesser extent, the Mathys Gneiss. The Ross events, which disturbed the U-Pb systems of zircons in the Proterozoic gneisses, are dated by an Sm-Nd garnet age of 535 ± 22 Ma for Schimper Group kyanite-staurolite-garnet-gneiss. The penetrative event D3, which is characterized by west-directed shearing, took place under Barrovian-type peak P-T conditions of 645 ºC / 7.05 kbar, reflecting crustal thickening during the Ross Orogeny. Subsequent polyphase folding (D4) formed the dominant E-W trending fold axes, and can be correlated with a NW-SE to N-S crustal shortening during initial exhumation. The final deformation episode (D5) is characterized by sinistral strike-slip displacement related to a final transpressional overprint. The D5 event took place under low grade metamorphic conditions, in the stability field of chlorite.last_img read more

AI start-up targets waste reduction in bakeries

first_imgA technology start-up is seeking five bakeries to take part in a pilot scheme using artificial intelligence (AI) to reduce surplus.CatsAI uses 10,000 data points – including roadworks, school holidays and the weather – to predict how much of each product a bakery should produce on any given day. Bakers need to give CatsAI access to EPoS data and the “brain” will do the rest.The results are delivered via email and bakers are provided a range for each item – 10 to 15 white tin loaves for example – meaning they can make an informed decision based on batch sizes, ingredients and so on. The system claims to offer a sales uplift of up to 20% and a reduction in waste of up to 80%.While technology such as this is becoming increasingly common in larger operations including supermarket in-store bakeries, it has yet to be widely adopted by smaller businesses.“There’s a complete gap in the market for small and medium-sized enterprises in getting access to really affordable technology that has been the preserve of the big corporates,” CatsAI founder Paul Staples told British Baker. He started the company alongside Stephen Kinns, Stuart Ware-Lane and Tim Cuddeford, who all have a background in financial services and the banking sector.So far CatsAI has trialled the technology with bakeries in Windsor and Essex, with the results described by Staples as an “immediate success”.“We identified just under a 20% increase in sales that they could achieve through stocking correctly, and there was a 72% reduction in the waste of production by correlating baking cycles with what the consumers are buying, where, when and how,” Staples said of the Windsor trial.It is now seeking five more bakeries for further trials, with a nationwide rollout planned for 2019.Bakeries involved in the trial will be charged a “nominal fee” to cover costs.last_img read more

Diversifying Schlesinger’s records

first_img New exhibit, curated from her personal archive, chronicles the life of a complicated activist and scholar The advisory group includes Jeannie Park ’83, a co-founding board member of the Coalition for a Diverse Harvard and president of the Harvard Asian American Alumni Association. Park called it an honor “to get to work with this inspiring group of connected and deeply engaged Asian American women leaders.” The group is now helping library staff think through a range of issues central to Asian American women as they work to expand their collections.“Immigration is certainly a huge factor when talking about the Asian American community. Language issues may be a barrier. Women may be keeping journals or notes in non-English languages, or may not even speak English,” said Park. “They may also have brought very little with them to this country. They may have escaped war or other disasters and trauma. My mother, for instance, has almost no photographs from her childhood because she lost almost everything, multiple times, in the wars in Korea and in escaping from North Korea. That’s not uncommon.” Angela Davis in black and white and gray Bon appétit! Julia at 100 Famed activist talks about art and community; mass incarceration; and what we talk about when we talk about race Lucy Stone, Angela Davis, Betty Friedan, June Jordan, Julia Child, Mildred Jefferson. All of their lives and stories are captured in the rich collections housed in Harvard’s Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America.And thanks to ongoing efforts to diversify and broaden the library’s holdings, new names are regularly added to their number: such as poet, writer, and former Radcliffe Fellow Marilyn Chin; ordained minister, Harvard Divinity School graduate, founder of the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence and the first all-female Asian Lion dance troupe in Boston Cheng Imm Tan; and an immigrant from China who earned a master’s degree in English literature from Radcliffe in 1938 and went on to host a popular U.S. radio show, Pin Pin T’an Liu.Take Liu’s collection, with material in both English and Chinese such as immigration documents, recipes, personal photos, and more. The recently acquired archive highlights the library’s decades-long work of honoring the efforts and achievements of women, as well as its commitment to continually seeking out the material records of an ever-wider range of female changemakers, along with those whose quieter lives and everyday experiences comprise the diverse tapestry of American history.“If we are going to tell complex stories about diversity and its value and move toward genuine inclusion, then we need to have the archives which support that work,” said Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Director of the Schlesinger Library Jane Kamensky.Over the last several years library staff have been discussing how to make its collections “more representative of the experience of women in the United States and therefore more accurate and important,” added Kamensky. Those conversations drove the creation of advisory and working groups that will help build connections to and relationships with communities that have been less represented in the archives in the past. A new working group, centered on women’s roles in the making of modern conservatism, will begin meeting under Kamensky’s direction next month.,Diversifying the records can be complicated, sensitive work, said Kenvi Phillips, the library’s first curator for race and ethnicity, who was hired in 2017 to help the library develop a more inclusive archive. Phillips, who was part of the team that brought Davis’ papers to Schlesinger in 2018, knows different communities have different concerns and constraints and that learning to be sensitive to a group’s particular interests or worries, as well as what questions to ask, takes care and time. To help her reach out to the Asian American diaspora, Phillips helped organize the library’s Asian American Women’s Advisory Group made up of alumnae representing Chinese American, Korean American, Filipina, and South Asian communities.“They have been incredibly helpful in walking us through different strategies for how to approach people; they are planning networking events for us in New York and San Francisco; and they are even offering up different names of people who might want to share their stories,” said Phillips. “If we are going to tell complex stories about diversity and its value and move toward genuine inclusion, then we need to have the archives which support that work.” — Jane Kamensky, Schlesinger Librarycenter_img Angela Davis looks back Related Radcliffe celebrates the life, legacy of the famed French chef And while Kamensky anticipates new collections arriving in different languages, she isn’t worried.“The hidden subtext of this whole effort is the language expertise of the Harvard Library bibliographers, assuming that we continue to succeed in collections that have pieces in Mandarin and Cantonese and Thai and Lao and Vietnamese and Hindi and on and on. Schlesinger can’t hire language experts to do that processing and we don’t have to, because Harvard Library already has it. In order to describe and carefully process the collections we will be leveraging the talents of our Harvard colleagues, which is a great gift.”The recent seminars hosted by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study have supported the library’s ongoing efforts. In 2016 the institute hosted “Native Peoples, Native Politics,” a daylong conference that capped a year of scholarly programs and initiatives at Harvard inspired and/or led by indigenous peoples. The 2018 symposium “Who Belongs? Global Citizenship and Gender in the 21st Century,” and 2019’s “Unsettled Citizens” were part of a two-year thematic focus on citizenship timed to coincide with the centennial of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, and the 150th anniversary of the 14th Amendment that granted citizenship to anyone born or naturalized in the U.S.“I hope this work ignites interest in the Schlesinger among Asian American women who may not even know about the library,” said Park. “I hope they start thinking about the importance of saving our history, about the legacy of their own papers and about the Schlesinger as a home for them.”last_img read more

Jenkins announces new fundraising initiative

first_imgObserver File Photo University President Fr. John Jenkins speaks in a file photo from 2018. Jenkins announced a new fundraising initiative Sunday, aimed at increasing planned gifts.In announcing the initiative, Jenkins extolled the importance of planned gifts throughout the University’s history, saying they are critical in allowing the school to operate.“In anticipation of the needs, hopes and aspirations of those who will carry forward Notre Dame’s mission in the years to come, I am pleased to announce the beginning of a new, three-year gift planning initiative known as Love Thee Notre Dame,” he said in the email. “Throughout Notre Dame’s history, planned gifts made by alumni, parents and friends have sustained and strengthened the University. These generous gifts allow Notre Dame to plan with confidence for tomorrow’s needs and opportunities.”The initiative’s webpage echoed Jenkins’ message in the email.“[The initiative] is an invitation to all who love Notre Dame to be among those who, through planned gifts, allow Our Lady’s University to plan confidently for the future,” the webpage said. “Thoughtfully structured planned gifts are uniquely powerful in sustaining and growing the University’s ability to carry forward Her mission, while often affording exceptional financial and tax benefits to benefactors.”According to the webpage, the “simplest” way to give a planned gift to Notre Dame is through the terms of either a will or a revocable trust, or “to designate Notre Dame as the beneficiary of a retirement plan account.”Tags: development, fundraising, University President Fr. John Jenkins In an email to parents and donors Sunday, University President Fr. John Jenkins announced the start of a new fundraising initiative. The gift planning initiative, entitled “Love Thee Notre Dame” will last three years, the email said.“Today, because of the extraordinary generosity and dedication of so many, we are able to advance Notre Dame’s distinctive Catholic mission to be a healing, unifying and enlightening force in many important and exciting ways on campus, across the country and around the globe,” Jenkins said in the email. “And yet, there is still much work to be done, in a world that grows ever more complex.”last_img read more

David Van Asselt’s A Fable Heads Off-Broadway

first_imgDavid Van Asselt’s A Fable is to receive its world premiere off-Broadway. Directed by Daniel Talbott, the production will have a limited engagement May 3 through June 28. Opening night is set for May 22 at the Cherry Lane Theatre. Music is by Elizabeth Swados, set design is by John McDermott, costume design is by Tristan Raines, lighting design is by Joel Moritz, projection design is by Kaitlyn Pietras, sound design is by Janie Bullard and fight direction is by UnkleDave’s Fight-House. View Comments Van Asselt is the Artistic Director and a co-founder of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. His credits include Dog Daze, Incident at Irving’s Pet Place (a radio play), A Trip to the Beach and Winning.center_img A Fable takes into question how each choice we make can drastically change our ending. The adventure of an idealist spurred on by love to right a long-forgotten wrong, A Fable follow his encounters with a whole cast of characters—colorful and corrupt, lucky and ill-fated—as they each grope their way through a landscape of nationwide strife and corporate greed. The cast includes Edward Carnevale, Liza Fernandez, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Maxwell Hamilton, Jerry Matz, Hubert Point-Du Jour, Eileen Rivera, Pamela Shaw, Samantha Soule, Alok Tewari, Sanford Wilson and Gordon Joseph Weiss.last_img read more

NIGERIA: Anti-Terrorism Screening Machine

first_imgBy Dialogo April 01, 2011 I’m glad that this type of machine is being installed in Nigeria, the land of our brothers. It’s very important for the government to have this cutting-edge technology to protect Nigerians from any terrorist attacks. God bless our brothers. Glory to God and long live Nigeria Nigeria has installed high-tech screening devices in its largest airport that are designed to detect threats from dangerous passengers or smugglers before they board a plane. The ProVigilant screening device asks passengers a number of simple questions and is designed to detect deception. The machine is being updated to add major Nigerian languages. The test takes less than two minutes per passenger, and the machine’s analysis is displayed on a monitor for a security agent to view in less than one second. center_img The machines were approved for general use in December 2010 at Lagos’ Murtala Muhammed International Airport after a 15-day trial in which more than 2,000 passengers were randomly selected to undergo the advanced screening. “It asks you a series of questions related to nationality,” said ProVigilant Chief Operations Officer W. Douglas Fitzgerald in a news conference. “If you live in and reside in Nigeria, then it goes on to questions related to smuggling, terrorism and weapons. It evaluates your response to those by touching the screen to a number of algorithms and then gives you a rating of being either a low risk or a very high risk.” The machine can effectively screen 10 percent of 400 passengers traveling on a Boeing 747 aircraft, said Fitzgerald.last_img read more

Millonarios Could Relinquish Titles Won under Drug Dealers’ Influence

first_img Millonarios, a Colombian professional soccer team with 13 titles won in the national leagues, is evaluating the possibility of returning all trophies obtained under the influence of drug trafficking, said its president, Felipe Gaitán, on September 25. Gaitán stated that the titles in question were won in 1987 and 1988; years in which powerful drug lords financially influenced several teams that were playing in the professional tournaments. In the case of Millonarios, drug lord Gonzalo Rodríguez Gacha owned the team. “This is an ethical, preliminary debate. There are still hours of analysis and debate pending. There is a discussion on the table about the possibility that we only retain those titles which were obtained legally,” Gaitán told the Colombian press from Spain. The trophies were obtained in 1987 and 1988 under the leadership of Coach Luis Augusto García, who did not react well to Gaitán’s comments, and accused him of being a newcomer to the soccer world and someone who “does not know how to go about landing a title.” “It’s a disgrace that they try to take away a pair of victories that were obtained by a team and an immense amount of work,” added the former coach to City Noticias news, from Bogotá. Argentine player Mario Vanemerak, one of the stars on the team then, and current head coach of Real Cartagena, also rejected Gaitán’s proposal, and considered it as “senseless.” “If the chairman (of Millonarios) wants to do so, then neither we nor the fans would ever forgive him, as it is offensive,” he told Caracol news broadcast. On the contrary, Minister of Interior Fernando Carrillo considered it as a positive initiative, stating, “I hope other clubs follow this example.” For his part, Minister of Labor Rafael Pardo believed the initiative was “courageous.” Other important teams, like Nacional and América, were also influenced by drug money from Pablo Escobar and brothers Miguel and Gilberto Rodríguez Orejuela, leaders of the Medellín and Cali cocaine cartels, respectively. By Dialogo October 04, 2012last_img read more

DPC works to improve advertising rule enforcement

first_imgNew procedures for reviewing lawyers’ ads and a tougher enforcement program for violators continue to be worked on by the Disciplinary Procedure Committee.DPC Chair Bob Brush reported to the Bar Board of Governors last month that the committee is working out punishment recommendations for various types of rules infractions.The committee also met with Tallahassee attorney Barry Richard, who advises the Bar on constitutional issues, to discuss the constitutional ramifications of the rule changes.The committee is looking at a two-tiered review system for lawyer ads. Lawyers could pay a higher fee and get a quick response on whether a proposed ad meets Bar rules before using the ad. Or they could pay a lower fee and file the ad no later than concurrently with its first publication or broadcast. But if a violation was found, the lawyer would be subject to discipline.On another issue, Brush said the committee considered and rejected a change to a Bar policy requiring an audit when a Bar member wants to resign in lieu of disbarment when facing charges of trust account violations. The Bar now will accept the resignation only if the lawyer agrees to an audit of his or her trust accounts, provides a financial affidavit, and provides a valid address to the Bar for the next five years.The committee had looked at only requiring the audit when the Client’s Security Fund requested one. But the board members at their February meeting said they were concerned that could lessen protection for the public and might leave undiscovered other misdeeds by the lawyer.Brush said the committee decided not to make any change, although it would likely save some Bar staff time by doing fewer audits.On other matters:• The committee is discussing whether lawyers should be sanctioned for bad behavior or conduct that is unrelated to the practice of law and does not involve a criminal violation of the law. Brush said the Citizens Forum is looking at the matter and will provide the DPC with its input.• The committee is exploring whether associates and partners of board members should be disqualified from representing lawyers being investigated by the Bar’s grievance system or nonlawyers being investigated by the Bar’s Unlicensed Practice of Law Department.• Disqualification rules when a lawyer switches firms are being reviewed by the committee. Brush noted that under current rules, when a nonlawyer staffer, such as a secretary, switches firms, that employee is admonished not to talk about cases where the firms are representing opposing parties. If a lawyer switches between the same firms, his or new firm must be disqualified from the case, Brush said.• The committee has completed revisions to improve the process of appointing an inventory attorney. Brush said that has been sent to the Rules Committee which will bring it to the board at its May meeting. DPC works to improve advertising rule enforcement DPC works to improve advertising rule enforcementcenter_img May 1, 2002 Regular Newslast_img read more

Cops: Drunken Driver Struck Police Vehicle, Fled

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An alleged drunken driver fled in his vehicle and later on foot after striking a police cruiser during a traffic stop in Commack early Saturday morning, Suffolk County police said. Wymann Wiggins, 26, of Amityville, was arrested for driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest, among other charges, after police deployed stop sticks, a tire deflation device. A Fourth Precinct sergeant initially performed a traffic stop on Wiggins’ car in a parking lot on Route 25 and Kings Park Road in Commack at 4:05 a.m. When the sergeant stepped out of his vehicle, Wiggins allegedly backed into the police cruiser several times and then fled the scene, police said. Officers attempted to pull over the vehicle a second time, but Wiggins allegedly fled, police said. Officers later deployed stop sticks on Route 25 and Manor Road, puncturing the tires on Wiggins’ 2008 Toyota Avalon, police said. After the car crashed on Longfellow Drive in Huntington Station, Wiggins attempted to flee on foot, but was apprehended, police said.Wiggins was also charged with unlawful fleeing a police officer, leaving the scene of an accident, criminal mischief, and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Wiggins will be held overnight before his arraignment Sunday at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img read more