Stratigraphy and age of the Lower Cretaceous Pedersen Formation, northern Antarctic Peninsula

first_imgThe Pedersen Formation includes conglomerate-dominated successions exposed on Pedersen Nunatak (142 m thick) and southern Sobral Peninsula (750–1000 m thick). As re-defined here, it also includes mudstone and sandstone in tectonic contact with Nordenskjöld Formation strata on a nunatak north of the Sobral Peninsula conglomerate outcrops. 40Ar/39Ar ages and palynological data indicate an early Aptian age for the lower part of the formation on Sobral Peninsula. The Pedersen Nunatak strata have yielded conflicting age determinations, although an Early Cretaceous age seems likely. The Sobral Peninsula conglomerates are lithologically similar to, and possibly coeval with, basal Gustav Group strata (Lagrelius Point Formation) on James Ross Island. Although further field sampling is required to resolve the age of the Pedersen Nunatak strata, on present evidence the Pedersen Formation appears to form part of the same tectono-stratigraphic unit as the lower part of the Gustav Group, and we therefore propose that it be included in that group.last_img read more

UVU and Weber State Softball To Meet in Postseason Tournament

first_img Written by Tags: Las Vegas/Nevada/UC Riverside/UNLV/UVU Softball/Weber State Softball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLAS VEGAS-Monday, Utah Valley and Weber State softball were invited to the National Invitational Softball Championships after missing out on the NCAA Tournament Sunday night.Incidentally, in the Wednesday tournament opener, in the Las Vegas regional, the Wolverines and Wildcats will square off against each other.This is the second time the Wolverines’ softball program has played in a postseason tournament in program history.This regional will run from May 16-18 at Eller Media Softball Stadium, UNLV’s softball stadium.The Wildcats are in the NISC for the second consecutive year and are coming off the heels of a deep run in this tournament.In 2017, Weber State hosted a regional and made it all the way to the championship round at Liberty, Va.The winner of the Wildcats-Wolverines tilt will play host UNLV later that evening at 7:00 pm MDT. Also in this pod are the UC Riverside Highlanders of the Big West Conference and the Nevada Wolf Pack of the Mountain West.The loser of the UVU-Weber State game will play Thursday at 1:00 pm MDT against the loser of the UC Riverside-Nevada game.The host Rebels are one of Nevada’s Mountain West rivals. May 14, 2018 /Sports News – Local UVU and Weber State Softball To Meet in Postseason Tournament Brad Jameslast_img read more

Mike Holling, president, National Association of Master Bakers

first_imgGordon Brown has the keys to Number 10, so I wonder what the baking industry can expect from the new Prime Minister. It’s probable that high on his agenda will be health, education and welfare.The National Association (NA) is the voice of the craft industry; it is there to deal with the continual raft of government legislation and EU interference that seems to bombard us on a monthly basis. It also has to lobby the government of the day on behalf of its members; sometimes it may seem to be an endless task.As long a go as November 2000, in my capacity as chairman of the NA Parliamentary Committee, I asked fellow bakers to write to their local MPs asking why the government had taken no action despite the Competition Commission’s conclusion that some supermarkets were selling certain items below cost.To date I still have the replies from Margaret Beckett and Stephen Byers, who agreed with our concerns. They may have moved on, but the Competition Commission still rolls on.At least we had the opportunity to give representation to the Low Pay Commission asking for a more manageable percentage increase in September. Indeed, the increase announced is the lowest for the past two years – hopefully our words were taken into consideration.Maybe green issues such as reducing carbon footprints will be a high priority.Let’s just hope Gordon Brown walks to his local bakery in Fife instead of taking the ministerial Jag!last_img read more

Kyle Hollingsworth Announces New Solo Album & ‘Ground Score’ IPA

first_imgToday, Kyle Hollingsworth, keyboard impresario of The String Cheese Incident, has announced a new solo, 50, marking Hollingsworth’s first solo album in four years and his fourth studio album to date. 50 is slated for release via SCI Fidelity on March 2nd, 2018, and will be supported by a number of home state performances in Colorado. With Hollingsworth’s 50th birthday on the horizon, the twelve-track album takes its name this landmark year and offers up the keyboardist’s reflections on the past half-decade.50 will also see guest cameos from Andy Hall of The Infamous Stringdusters, The Motet Horns, Jen Hartswick, DJ Logic, Jason Hann, Kim Dawson, Darren Kramer, Paige Sandusky, and Tanya Shylock. In a statement, Hollingsworth offered up some thoughts about his upcoming release 50:We were able to explore and work together as a unit versus the other albums, where I would just bring them the songs and they would perform them as I told them to. I was able to be a lot more creative in the studio with my current lineup of musicians. I would show up with a smattering of ideas and say, ‘I think this is what’s gonna happen,’ and we’d sit down and knock out three or four songs together.In addition to this new album, Hollingsworth will embark on a mini-tour of Colorado’s Front Range (Fort Collins, Denver, and Boulder) across March 1st through 3rd to support the project. He will also be nationally releasing a collaborative beer with SweetWater and Relix Magazine called Ground Score IPA, Limited Edition Dank Tank Brew, which will be debuted on February 7th at Brooklyn Bowl with a launch party. Afterward, it will be available for retail across the country starting on February 12th. For tickets to any upcoming shows or to pre-order Kyle Hollingsworth’s 50, head over to his website here.50 Track Listing01. Onset02.  Wyatt Earp’s Tale03   Let Me In04.  All Falls Apart05.  Finding Our Way06.  Prime07.  Stuff08.  Tumbling09   Come On10   So Fine11.  Take The Ride12.  OffsetUpcoming Kyle Hollingsworth Tour Dates7-Feb, Brooklyn Bowl^, Brooklyn, NY8-Feb, StageOne, Fairfield, CT9-Feb, Funk ‘N Waffles, Rochester, NY10-Feb, Funk ‘N Waffles, Syracuse, NY1-Mar, Aggie Theatre*, Fort Collins, CO2-Mar, Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom*#, Denver, CO3-Mar, Boulder Theater*#%, Boulder, CO24-27-May, Summer Camp Music Festival, Chillicothe, IL^ Ground Score IPA Launch Party with BIG Something* Kyle Hollingsworth Band with special guests Hot Buttered Rum# Kyle Hollingsworth Band featuring Michael Kang, Jennifer Hartswick & The Motet Horns% Mountain Sun presents a very special birthday set with Kyle & friends[Photo: Ojeda Photography]last_img read more

Author examines social mobility, higher education in US

first_imgAmerican author, essayist and social critic Peter Sacks examined the relationship between class and its influence on the American college experience, as well as colleges’ current relationship with social mobility, in a lecture Thursday night.“The American Dream is on life support,” Sacks said in the lecture, titled “Climbing the Class Ladder: Do college and universities help — or do they stand in the way?”Though “we often talk about American higher education as being this meritocracy … [and] we like to think of our schools, colleges and universities as great equalizers,” Sacks said, this is not the case in a modern America where “advantages and disadvantages of class undergird so much of what transpires in higher education.”Sacks said despite the U.S. commonly being thought of as a land with equality of opportunity for all, this status is undermined by the country’s system of capitalism, run by the rule of the survival of the fittest. There is a class divide in education, he said, and colleges and universities are doing a poor job of bridging it.“We live in a democratic society, but it has become one where outcomes are too heavily influenced by money and power, and equal educational opportunity is not immune to the influences of money and power,” Sacks said. “When we talk about the class divide in education, those who benefit from the existing rules of the game might feel threatened. Out in the open, the vastly unequal educational opportunity is exposed.”Sacks said colleges are not doing a good enough job reaching and aiding economically disadvantaged students, as only 21 percent of “college-qualified” students from low-income families eventually complete a bachelor’s degree, and roughly six million college-qualified students do not attend college due to financial restraints alone. Furthermore, Sacks said, while recruited athletes, legacies and under-represented minorities receive a substantial boost in the admissions process, low-income students are given little to no advantage.“Our exclusionary way of running our educational system contradicts our founding ideologies, and so we can’t come out and admit that exclusion on class lines is the primary way we do things,” he said. “ … America is not the land of equal opportunity. So we see that many academic institutions aren’t welcoming places for students from families of low and modest incomes.”“That begs the obvious question: Are colleges and universities the right place to climb the social and economic ladder, or are there other ways to do this?” Sacks said.In fact, he said, there might be better ways, or ways that serve some people better than others. The middle class has declined precipitously since 1979, Sacks said, and that decline is linked with the successful assault on unions by large corporate interests.“A recent paper [was] released by the National Bureau of Economic Research in which the researchers estimated the effects on intergenerational economic mobility from the decline of unionism in the United States. The research found that parents’ unionism has had a significant effect on their child’s well-being,” Sacks said.“The adult children of unionized parents earn higher labor income compared to the offspring of non-union parents, and the children of unionized parents often obtain higher education and better health outcomes compared to those whose parents were not unionized.”These intergenerational benefits from unionization are more powerful for poorer and lesser-educated parents and tend to spill over into the broader community, Sacks said. The result is that although collective action among workers has come under attack across the U.S., there is a proven way through unionization to promote economic mobility beyond college.Sacks also said there are those who claim too many people are going to college. He said critics of higher education deny a link between higher education subsidies and economic growth, as well as that public support of higher education in the U.S. increases economic equality.“These critics of higher education have essentially argued that colleges and universities are useless as a social or economic investment,” Sacks said. “Higher education is both a public good, and investment into it is essential.”Sacks said those born at an economic disadvantage and who drop out of high school have only a one-percent chance of reaching the top income quartile by the time they are 40. Additionally educational attainment is highly correlated with reduced unemployment, public assistance, smoking rates and poverty rates, as well as increased voting rates and volunteerism.Sacks closed by saying the reduction of subsidies for public institutions has caused some to turn private and has created a situation where one’s ability to pay determines whether one deserves a college education. He said students from families who have the ability to pay for admissions slots at universities could become a new, self-perpetuating aristocracy.“At the dinner table, in the real-world, equal opportunity means that parents want their kids to have opportunities they never had. … We have what we have of because of sacrifices and investments in human capital past generations made for us,” Sacks said.Sacks’ lecture was the keynote address for the 2015 AnBryce Forum, which according to its website is “meant to encourage a campus-wide dialogue on the means by which a range of actors attain access to opportunity in the complex landscape of the American 21st century.”Tags: American dream, economic mobility, higher educationlast_img read more

Professor researches origin of Star of Bethlehem

first_imgThe story of the birth of Jesus is among the most well-known stories in the Bible, and details, such as the star over Bethlehem that led the Magi to Christ’s manger, are familiar to nearly everyone with some knowledge of Christianity. However, these details, such as whether the star of Bethlehem was even a star at all, may not be fully understood.Grant Mathews, professor of physics, believes the sign that the Magi followed was actually and extremely rare planetary alignment and that the “star” was, in fact, Jupiter. Since 2005, Mathews has been interested in finding a possible scientific explanation for the legendary biblical occurrence.“We looked at a bunch of things — whether there was a comet or an asteroid or a supernova or a nova,” Mathews said. “Historically, it’s possible, but you have to look at what the Magi would have actually been thinking, since they’re the ones that show up and say, ‘Well, we saw this thing. Where’s the newborn king of the Jews?’ And nobody else in Judea apparently had noticed it, so it had to be something fairly subtle, not something bright in the sky.”Mathews said he believes the Magi were likely Zoroastrian astronomers from Babylonia or Mesopotamia and would likely have primarily been interested in the planets, which were believed to determine destinies as they moved. Mathews said first-century astronomer Claudius Ptolemy wrote a book about how the constellation Aries corresponded with Judea. Astronomical occurrences with Aries, then, would have been interpreted as relating to Judea, Jesus’ homeland in modern-day Palestine.“There were several things that happened in this rare alignment: Jupiter, Saturn, the moon, the sun are all there at once and the other planets — Venus, Mercury — are nearby,” Mathews said. “What was significant is that Jupiter is in what’s called retrograde motion, and it actually comes to stop [relative to Earth]. Translating from the Greek in the old testament ‘and the star came to rest over where the child was’ [from Matthew 2:9]. “Jupiter literally comes to a stop in its retrograde motion in the place where the child is born, in Bethlehem, it comes to a rest in Aries, so it’s kind of consistent with that whole description. Jupiter was the symbol of the ruler, Saturn was about bringing life, and Aries was on the vernal equinox, so Aries meant the bringing of spring and the bringing of life, that sort of thing. It had all the significance of a life-giving ruler appearing in Judea at this time.”This theory of a planetary alignment was initially proposed by Michael Molnar, former professor of astronomy at Rutgers University, and described in his 2000 book, “The Star of Bethlehem: The Legacy of the Magi,” which Mathews cites as one of his inspirations for beginning his own inquiries into the Star of Bethlehem and writing a book on the subject, which has not yet been published. After considering other possible astronomical explanations, Mathews believes Molnar’s theory to be the most plausible.“I worked on some other ideas, the comets, the supernova thing, because we had a lot of new NASA archives to scan, but in the end, I think [Molnar] hit on the right conclusion,” he said.Mathews ran his own calculations to determine when this alignment might occur again.“The planets are like cars going around a racetrack, and they’re all going different speeds,” he said. “How often is it that they all line up within this little 30 degree patch of the sky along with the sun and the moon at the same time. It’s not that complicated of a calculation. Assuming I did it right, the next alignment was 16 thousand years or so, but it wasn’t in Aries, and it wasn’t in the vernal equinox, so it wouldn’t have the same significance. I ran it forward, and I didn’t see anything for 500,000 years, so it looked really rare.”Tags: aries, astronomy, christmas, Star of Bethlehemlast_img read more

Wendla Switch-Up! Lilla Crawford Replaces Sophia Grace in Spring Awakening

first_imgLooks like we spoke too soon! Sophia Grace Brownlee has exited the film version of Spring Awakening, with former Annie star Lilla Crawford now announced as her replacement. It’s a crazy turn of events for the upcoming movie, as Crawford previously replaced Brownlee in Rob Marshall’s upcoming Into the Woods film! Crawford previously played the title munchkin of the 2012 revival of Annie on Broadway, and although she’s almost old enough to play Wendla, we’re just kidding around because it’s April 1!  HAPPY APRIL FOOLS’ DAY! View Commentslast_img read more

Unemployment rate dips in January

first_imgUnemployment rate dips in JanuaryVermont Labor Force Statistics (Seasonally Adjusted) January 2005 December 2004 January 2004Total Labor Force 353,100 354,700 353,100 Employment 340,800 342,000 338,000 Unemployment 12,400 12,700 15,100 Rate (%) 3.5 3.6 4.3Montpelier – The Department of Employment and Training has announced that theseasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January was 3.5 percent, down one tenth of apercentage point from the revised December estimate. The change in the rate from lastmonth, however, was not considered statistically significant. Vermont’s unemploymentrate remained below the national unemployment rate of 5.2 percent.Unemployment rates for Vermont’s 17 labor market areas ranged from 1.7 percent in Hartford,to 6.9 percent in Barre-Montpelier. Labor market area rates are not seasonally adjusted; for comparison,the unadjusted rate for Vermont was 4.3 percent.”Unemployment remained low as annual job growth improved,” said Patricia A.McDonald, Commissioner of the Department of Employment and Training. “Post-holidayseasonal layoffs were slightly larger than expected in January but should be temporary.”Seasonally adjusted job numbers fell by 1,300 in January after a similar gain inDecember. Leisure and hospitality added fewer jobs than usual, possibly indicating thewinter recreation season was not ideal. Health care and social assistance experienced anunusual employment drop in January. Cuts in retail employment were larger than usualfollowing the holiday season. Manufacturing experienced a modest decline and appearsto have lost the momentum it displayed last summer. Job cuts in private education wereless than normal during the semester break, producing a slight increase in the seasonallyadjusted employment.Before seasonal adjustment, the number of nonfarm jobs in Vermont fell by more than8,000 as the typical winter contraction occurred. The largest decline was in retail trade asmany temporary jobs were lost after the peak holiday season. Construction employmentfell as expected due to limited outdoor activity. State and private educational institutionsreduced employment during their break in academic activity. Manufacturing cutsoccurred in both durable and nondurable production. Professional and business servicesalso declined, due partly to fewer jobs at temporary help firms. Winter recreation activityhelped to support the labor market but hiring was less than normal for January.The total number of jobs was up by 1.8 percent compared to last year, which is slightlyhigher than the revised estimates for recent months.TECHNICAL NOTEThe unemployment and job estimates for prior years were revised in accordance with theprocedures of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. These benchmarking updates are doneevery year. In addition, this year the methodology used to estimate the unemploymentrate has been improved to allow us to make a statement about whether the change in therate was statistically significant. In order to make such a statement, the unemploymentmethodology must be able to estimate the combined sampling and modeling errorassociated with the estimate of the unemployment rate. This also allows us to say theJanuary unemployment rate (3.5%) was within a band of 0.7 percentage points; or, we are90 percent confident that the January unemployment rate was between 2.8 percent and4.2 percent.We have also updated the geographic areas known as Labor Market Areas. This is doneevery 10 years based on the latest decennial Census data, and in discussion with the U.S.Bureau of Labor Statistics. We use the Metropolitan Area and Micropolitan Areasdesignated by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. We designate other economiccenters around the state based on population and commuting patterns. To see thedefinitions of our new Labor Market Areas, go to our web site at:http://www.vtlmi.info/unemp.cfm(link is external)last_img read more

Humpback Whale Found Dead in Amagansett

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Marine biologists are investigating the discovery of an estimated 25-foot-long dead humpback whale found that was floating in Napeague Bay in Amagansett over the weekend, officials said.East Hampton town bay constables received the initial report on Sunday, the U.S. Coast Guard members stationed in Montauk confirmed its location off Cranberry Hole Road on Monday and experts with the nonprofit Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation responded Tuesday to take samples, officials said.The whale was found in shallow water on the north side of the South Fork near the Amagansett-Montauk line. Responders tied a line to the whale’s tale and towed it to Little Albert’s Landing in East Hampton, where it’s beached, officials said. Biologists will perform a necropsy Wednesday to determine the whale’s cause of death. East Hampton Town officials are working on a plan to dispose of the carcass, the East Hampton Star reported.It is not uncommon for dead whales to wash up on Long Island. At least a half dozen washed up on LI last year. Among them were a humpback whale found dead of ship strike on Fire Island in June, a True’s beaked whale found dead of starvation the following day in Westhampton Beach, a Minke whale covered in shark bites that washed up dead at Robert Moses State Park in July, another humpback whale found dead of apparent blunt force trauma in Lloyd Harbor in October and a Northern Bottlenose Whale that was euthanized after being found stranded in Long Beach later that month. Live whales are also occasionally spotted off the Atlantic coast on the South Shore, including one seen off Lido Beach on Monday, according to a resident there. Rare sightings of humpbacks and belugas off the North Shore in the Long Island Sound, where they are less likely to swim, also made news last year.So far this year, the Riverhead foundation has rescued a stranded gray seal pup in Hampton Bays, a beached dolphin in East Hampton and a harbor seal that was found tangled in rope and gill netting in marshland south of Merrick. Also so far this year, the group released a sea turtle and two seals that it had previously rescued and treated at its Riverhead headquarters.Humpback whales are a threatened species that can grow up to 60-feet long, 25-to-40 tons and have a lifespan of 50 years, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). They are primarily threatened by being entangled in fishing gear, ship strikes, whale watching harassment, habitat changes and hunting, NOAA said.The Riverhead foundation urges anyone that finds marine wildlife on the beach to call their stranding hotline: 631-369-9829.last_img read more

Northampton Offices – Merchants of doom were wrong

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