Late Palaeozoic-early Mesozoic fore-arc basin Sedimentary rocks at the Pacific margin in Western Antarctica

first_imgWe infer that the Trinity Peninsula Group of the Antarctic Peninsula was deposited in a fore-arc basin(s) of composite type located between the Gondwanian arc massif (consisting of plutonic and older gneissose basement rocks) and a subduction complex, now represented by “greenschists”, “blueschists” and albite-epidote-hornblende-bearing rocks of the pre-Jurassic metamorphic complex. The Trinity Peninsula Group has been re-examined in the type area and can be divided into the Hope Bay, View Point and Legoupil Formations. Sedimentary rocks of all formations are of turbidite facies; meta-pillow lavas are described for the first time from these rocks. Multiphase folding has been observed in all formations and regional metamorphism reached prehnite-pumpellyite facies. Microprobe analyses of relict pyroxenes in the pillow lavas indicate the parent magma was probably within-plate alkali basalt. Analyses of detrital garnets show that they are different in composition from metamorphic garnets in the subduction complex, indicating that the latter did not supply a significant amount of material to the fore-arc basin(s). A close similarity with the Torlesse terrane in New Zealand is noted and we conclude that a late Palaeozoic-early Mesozoic fore-arc basin environment can be traced almost continuously around the Pacific margin from South America to New Zealand.last_img read more

A miniature daylight level and activity data recorder for tracking animals over long periods

first_imgThe device has a sensor that periodically measures and records the ambient light level. Following retrieval of the device, the light level records are converted into latitudes and longitudes, which allows the geographic position of the animal to be estimated twice daily.The instrument is also configured to detect and record the history of time spent in water against time spent flying or on land. For seabirds, this can provide time-budget data related to activity and feeding behaviour. Small size, a low profile and robust packaging are crucial for effective deployments on flying birds and diving animals. Long battery life is often essential (e.g. after fledging, juvenile wandering albatrosses Diomedea exulans usually remain at sea for at least five to seven years). Low unit and operation costs are also very desirable, together with simplicity of operation. Dimensions of the instrument are 22◊19◊12 mm. Weight is 9 g in air and 4 g in water. The device is pressure tested to 800 m depth of water,and can log data for up to eight years. The total cost of components is less than $70. The principles, design specification and circuit description of the device are presented here, together with a representative migration track, obtained during field tests on grey-headed albatrosses Thalassarche chrysostoma, to illustrate performance.last_img read more

Icebergs, sea ice, blue carbon and Antarctic climate feedbacks

first_imgSea ice, including icebergs, has a complex relationship with the carbon held within animals (blue carbon) in the polar regions. Sea-ice losses around West Antarctica’s continental shelf generate longer phytoplankton blooms but also make it a hotspot for coastal iceberg disturbance. This matters because in polar regions ice scour limits blue carbon storage ecosystem services, which work as a powerful negative feedback on climate change (less sea ice increases phytoplankton blooms, benthic growth, seabed carbon and sequestration). This resets benthic biota succession (maintaining regional biodiversity) and also fertilizes the ocean with nutrients, generating phytoplankton blooms, which cascade carbon capture into seabed storage and burial by benthos. Small icebergs scour coastal shallows, whereas giant icebergs ground deeper, offshore. Significant benthic communities establish where ice shelves have disintegrated (giant icebergs calving), and rapidly grow to accumulate blue carbon storage. When 5000 km2 giant icebergs calve, we estimate that they generate approximately 106 tonnes of immobilized zoobenthic carbon per year (t C yr−1). However, their collisions with the seabed crush and recycle vast benthic communities, costing an estimated 4 × 104 t C yr−1. We calculate that giant iceberg formation (ice shelf disintegration) has a net potential of approximately 106 t C yr−1 sequestration benefits as well as more widely known negative impacts.last_img read more

Former NBA star Mike Bibby under investigation amid allegations of sexual abuse, stalking

first_img Written by February 27, 2019 /Sports News – National Former NBA star Mike Bibby under investigation amid allegations of sexual abuse, stalking FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailGregor Schuster/Getty Images(PHOENIX) — Former NBA player Mike Bibby has been accused of sexual abuse and harassment by a teacher at an Arizona high school where he was coaching basketball.Bibby had a 14-year career as a point guard for a number of professional basketball teams, including the Sacramento Kings, Atlanta Hawks, Miami Heat and New York Knicks, before retiring from the NBA in 2012. Since then, he has been coaching boys’ basketball at his alma mater, Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix.Court documents obtained by ABC News show a current teacher there recently filed a restraining order against Bibby, which a municipal court granted last Friday. The injunction details the claims and cites an “ongoing police investigation” into alleged “sexual abuse and stalking.”The teacher alleges in the court document that, in February 2017, Bibby grabbed her and carried her into his car on school grounds, where he groped her body and rubbed his genitals against her as he said “sexually explicit things.”“I don’t know this man personally,” the teacher wrote in her request for the restraining order. “I was in shock, in fear, intimidated by his actions, afraid of him as he smelled of alcohol. I was able to get free from his hold and ran to the inset double doors to the building.”The teacher claims that, as she ran away, Bibby gestured to what she says was his erection and yelled to her over and over, “What are ya going to do about that?” She names two staff members who witnessed the alleged incident.The teacher alleges Bibby passed her classroom door twice the next day and walked into her classroom uninvited the day after, leading her to believe he was “stalking” her. A day later, she claims she saw Bibby again standing outside her classroom and told him they needed to talk, according to the restraining order.The teacher claims they sat and talked in her classroom alone, noting in the court document that she felt safe doing so because a colleague whom she had confided in about “the sexual abuse and stalking” was across the hall.The teacher alleges she told Bibby he was “out of line” and that he had sexually abused her. She claims Bibby told her that he had been drinking that day and that he thinks she’s a “beautiful and a nice person” and he wants to date her.The teacher replied that she wasn’t interested and told him to stay away, according to the restraining order.Bibby asked the teacher if she was going to “tell,” to which she replied “no,” because she was thinking about the kids he coaches as well as his own children, according to the court document.The teacher also claims that, in October 2018, Bibby came to her classroom door uninvited again after she had made it clear to stay away.Bibby did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment Wednesday morning. It’s unclear whether he has retained an attorney.Earlier this month, the teacher told another colleague, in confidence, about everything that happened. That colleague then reported it to a student resource officer. The teacher filed a formal police report on Feb. 12, according to the restraining order.The Phoenix Police Department is aware of the allegations against Bibby, according to spokesperson Sgt. Vincent Lewis.“A report has been filed and investigators are looking into it,” Lewis told ABC News in an email Wednesday. “No charges have been recommended against anyone in this case.”Paradise Valley Unified School District said it was notified on Feb. 14 that the Phoenix Police Department had opened an investigation into Bibby’s alleged sexual abuse and harassment of a Shadow Mountain High School staff member. The school district said it suspended an ongoing internal investigation into the claims at the request of the police department.The school district said it will resume its internal probe at the conclusion of the police investigation.On Monday, the school district received the court-ordered injunction against harassment referencing Bibby and subsequently notified him that he is no longer eligible to be a volunteer coach, pending the outcomes of the investigations.“At PVSchools, our first priority is always the safety and well-being of our staff and students,” Becky Kelbaugh, a spokesperson for Paradise Valley Unified School District, told ABC News in a statement Wednesday morning. “We take all allegations of misconduct very seriously and work in cooperation with law enforcement on all police matters.”“PVSchools will continue to fully cooperate with the Phoenix Police Department on the investigation and will provide the police with any support requested,” Kelbaugh added. “As this is an ongoing police investigation, any additional questions about the case should be referred to the Phoenix Police Department.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. 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6 arrested, 1 at large in $8K murder plot against Red Sox icon David Ortiz: Police

first_imgJune 12, 2019 /Sports News – National 6 arrested, 1 at large in $8K murder plot against Red Sox icon David Ortiz: Police Beau Lund Written bycenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailRob Carr/Getty Images(SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic) — Six men have been arrested in the brazen ambush shooting of Boston Red Sox icon David “Big Papi” Ortiz that occurred at a crowded nightclub in the Dominican Republic.Prosecutors said Wednesday that the suspects set out to kill the retired baseball player to collect an $8,000 bounty placed on his head.In a news conference in the Dominican Republic, police showed reporters the handgun used in the attempted hit job Sunday on Ortiz.Police said a total of seven men were all part of the murder plot that left Ortiz with a bullet wound to the back.Earlier, police identified one of the suspects as Eddy Valdimir Garcia, 25, who was nabbed by onlookers and beaten before being turned over to police minutes after Ortiz was severely wounded at the Dial Bar and Lounge, a nightclub in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. Garcia was treated at a hospital for his injuries.Photos of officers escorting Garcia into a police station following his release from a hospital showed him with stitched up gashes on his forehead and nose, a fresh bruise above his right eye and a busted lower lip.The investigation is ongoing and police have not yet publicly identified the suspect who shot Ortiz.Surveillance video taken from the nightclub showed the gunman walking up behind Ortiz as he was sitting at the bar and shooting him in the back at close range.Garcia allegedly confessed to playing a role in the shooting, according to police. But his attorney, Bunel Ramirez Meran, said Tuesday night that Garcia is not the gunman who shot Ortiz. Meran said Garcia is innocent.Charging papers obtained by ABC News show that Garcia is charged with “intentionally causing injury through the use of an illegal firearm” in addition to attempted homicide and criminal association.Garcia has been remanded into custody while legal proceedings are underway, documents showed.Frank Félix Duran, a spokesman for the Dominican Republic National Police, said that Garcia confessed to playing a role in the shooting, but he would not elaborate on what the suspect told the police.Meran said that Garcia is accused of being the motorcyclist who drove the shooter to the Dial Bar and Lounge. Meran noted there is no legal distinction between being the author or the accomplice to a crime in the Dominican Republic.After being shot and collapsing at the bar as a crowd of patrons scattered at the sound of gunfire, Ortiz underwent surgery at a Santo Domingo hospital. During the operation, doctors removed part of his small and large intestines and liver.He was flown to Boston late Sunday night on an air ambulance jet chartered by the Red Sox team and underwent a second surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.“David continues to recuperate today in the Intensive Care Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital under the direction of treating trauma surgeon Dr. David King,” Ortiz’s wife, Tiffany Ortiz, said in a statement released Wednesday.“Yesterday and this morning, David was able to sit up as well as take some steps. His condition is guarded and he will remain in the ICU for the coming days, but he is making good progress towards recovery,” she added. “My family and I again want to thank everyone for their endless love and well wishes, and still ask for privacy while David continues to heal.”The security camera footage from the Dial Bar and Lounge acquired by ABC News shows a chaotic scene erupt as the gunman boldly approached Ortiz from behind and shot him without warning and in front of numerous witnesses.Jhoel López, a TV host in the Dominican Republic, was speaking to Ortiz at the bar when the shooting broke out and was also injured, according to The Associated Press. Lopez suffered non-life threatening injuries when he was struck in the leg, apparently by the same bullet that hit Ortiz. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Prep Sports Roundup: 12/11

first_img Tags: Roundup Brad James December 11, 2019 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 12/11 Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBoys BasketballNon-RegionMT. PLEASANT, Utah-Trevin Morley posted 19 points on 7-12 shooting as the North Sanpete Hawks overpowered Millard 54-41 Wednesday in non-region boys basketball action. Brady Jacobson added 14 points and 8 assists on 7-8 shooting at the foul line for the Hawks who improved to 3-4 with the win. Brooks Myers netted 17 points on 7-11 shooting from the field in the loss for the Eagles as they fell to 3-4.BEAVER, Utah-Derek Smith netted 23 points as the Delta Rabbits got past Beaver 62-50 in non-region boys basketball action Wednesday.MONROE, Utah-Kevin Clark posted 18 points as the Manti Templars downed South Sevier 50-45 Wednesday in non-region boys basketball action. Brandt Williams led the Rams with 25 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.GUNNISON, Utah-Creed Mogle led the way with 18 points and the Gunnison Valley Bulldogs downed Providence Hall 63-51 in non-region boys basketball action Wednesday. Dusty Mortensen led the Patriots in defeat with 16 points.Region 20MILFORD, Utah-Sergio Vasquez amassed 27 points and the Bryce Valley Mustangs edged Milford 54-51 in Region 20 boys basketball action Wednesday. Zach Sherwood had 15 points for the Tigers in defeat.BICKNELL, Utah-Braden Heaton led the way with 15 points and the Valley Buffaloes overpowered Wayne 51-28 Wednesday in Region 20 boys basketball action. Schade Torgerson had 12 points in the loss for the Badgers.HILLDALE, Utah-The Panguitch Bobcats routed the Water Canyon Wildcats 53-27 in Region 20 boys basketball action Wednesday.JUNCTION, Utah-The Piute Thunderbirds stymied Diamond Ranch 76-64 in Region 20 boys basketball action Wednesday.Girls BasketballEUREKA, Utah-Megan Robins posted 20 points and the Juab Wasps pummeled Tintic 51-24 in non-region girls basketball action Wednesday. Melinda Grimstead had 5 points in the loss for the Miners in this battle of the two high schools in Juab County.last_img read more

Big 12 Conference moves forward with fall sports including football

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailartisteer/iStockBy EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — The Big 12 Conference will move forward with fall sports this year, officials announced Wednesday.Athletes in high-contact sports including football will get three COVID-19 tests per week, officials said.Schools not in the Big 12 Conference must follow those testing rules in the week leading up to games against Big 12 schools, officials said.“We are comfortable in our institutions’ ability to provide a structured training environment, rigorous testing and surveillance, hospital quality sanitation and mitigation practices that optimize the health and safety of our student-athletes,” Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a statement. “We believe all of this combines to create an ideal learning and training situation during this time of COVID-19.”“Ultimately, our student-athletes have indicated their desire to compete in the sports they love this season and it is up to all of us to deliver a safe, medically sound, and structured academic and athletic environment for accomplishing that outcome,” Bowlsby said.Officials with the Pac-12 and Big Ten conferences said Tuesday they are postponing all sports including football. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. August 12, 2020 /Sports News – National Big 12 Conference moves forward with fall sports including football Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

AET signs charter deal with France’s Total for two LNG dual-fuel VLCCs

first_imgThe two LNG dual-fuel VLCCs are scheduled to be delivered to AET starting from Q1 2022 AET will charter two LNG dual-fuel VLCCs. (Credit: AET Tanker Holdings Sdn. Bhd.) French oil major Total’s wholly-owned subsidiary Chartering and Shipping Services has signed an agreement to charter out two LNG-powered very large crude carriers (VLCCs) to Malaysia’s energy logistics provider AET.The two LNG dual-fuel VLCCs, which are scheduled to be delivered to AET from Q1 2022, will emit around 20% less CO2 greenhouse gases compared to conventional vessels, as well as 85% less NOx and 99% less SOx.Total Shipping & Trading senior vice-president Luc Gillet said: “We’ve partnered with AET for many years and today’s signing is the next logical step in our continuing relationship.”Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions to supply LNG to new vesselsTotal Marine Fuels Global Solutions, the Total’s business unit in charge of bunkering activities, will supply LNG to the two vessels, which will comply with IMO Tier III levels.AET president and CEO Rajalingam Subramaniam said: “AET is investing to build efficiency in our partners’ energy logistics activities and this includes assisting them to meet their environmental targets. Today’s collaboration is a further example of our commitment towards Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance as well as the UN Sustainable Development Goals.“We were among the industry leaders in building and operating LNG-powered Aframax vessels and dynamic positioning shuttle tankers and these two new ships will be our first LNG dual-fuel VLCCs.AET, within its global fleet, currently operates two LNG dual-fuel dynamic positioning shuttle tankers and LNG dual-fuel Aframax vessels.In February 2020, AET signed long-term charter contracts with Brazil’s Petrobras for three suezmax-class dynamic positioning shuttle tankers.AET will own and operate the shuttle tankers in Brazilian international waters.last_img read more

Post-Election housing market activity set to improve

first_imgHouse hunters faced with restricted choice could soon find that they have significantly more homes to choose from as the result of a post-Election surge in homes for sale, according to Righmove.The property portal is forecasting a sharp rise in the volume of residential properties set to come onto the market in the coming weeks, now that the Election uncertainty is over.In the three months after the May 2010 Election, the number of properties coming to market rose by 17 per cent compared to the previous three-month period, Rightmove said.“This is an election-driven price stall which gives some buyers only short-term relief from the back-drop of a long-term housing shortage, and many estate agents are now reporting a resurgence in interest following the surprise election result,” said Miles Shipside (left), Rightmove Director and Housing Market Analyst.He pointed out that the threat of Labour’s proposed mansion tax on homes valued at £2million-plus had “put a brake on the market”, but believes that “their removal gives a reason for a rebound in activity and prices.”Mr Shipside added, “Buyers should note that there is often a surge of property supply after an Election, as those who have held off coming to market decide to take the plunge.“Many potential sellers have held back expecting a period of hung-parliament uncertainty, but they could now decide to catch the late spring market.”A general housing shortage has been identified as the main problem holding back the property market by property professionals surveyed by myhomemove, the conveyancing firm.Some 90 per cent of those surveyed believe the market is being held back and a shortage of stock was cited as the prominent cause. This also suggests that improved confidence from sellers in the wake of the decisive Election result could ensure increased stability and predictability that will deliver more confidence, pushing up the number of property sales.It is widely agreed that significantly more new homes need to be developed annually to help alleviate the chronic shortage of properties available, with 38 per cent of respondents stating that a target of building 200,000 new homes per year was achievable.The decisive election result could provide a confidence boost to consumers that will mean more properties are put on the market,” said Doug Crawford (right), CEO of myhomemove.“The main housing policies outlined by the new Conservative Government in its manifesto are, for the most part, popular within the industry. The question now is whether the Government can deliver on its promises and how quickly it can do so,” he added.General Election housing market post-Election homes for sale May 19, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Post-Election housing market activity set to improve previous nextHousing MarketPost-Election housing market activity set to improveAgents are expecting housing market activity to pick up following a decisive outcome to the General Election.PROPERTYdrum19th May 20150460 Viewslast_img read more

Landlords in Scotland to be hit by tax crackdown

first_imgHome » News » Landlords in Scotland to be hit by tax crackdown previous nextRegulation & LawLandlords in Scotland to be hit by tax crackdownA new 3% levy for acquiring second homes in Scotland will be introduced next year.22nd December 20150519 Views Scotland’s Finance Secretary John Swinney (pictured) has announced that a 3 per cent levy will be charged for people acquiring second homes and buy-to-let landlords in addition to the existing Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT), which replaced UK stamp duty in April.The Scottish Fiscal Commission, the official watchdog of the Scottish Government’s tax and spending plans, estimates that the supplement on LBTT, which will be introduced in April 2016, will affect between 8,500 and 12,500 transactions annually, and could raise up to £27 million.The LBTT system, which raised £218 million in its first seven months, uses a graduated tax rate, working in a similar way to income tax.Swinney commented, “We need to ensure that the opportunities for first-time buyers to enter the market in Scotland are as strong as they possibly can be and we need to make certain that tax changes elsewhere in the United Kingdom do not make it harder for people to get on the property ladder.“That is why I today announce my intention to introduce a supplement to LBTT for those purchasing an additional home for £40,000 or more.”The announcement regarding the introduction of a 3 per cent surcharge on the full purchase price of all additional property from April next year will undoubtedly lead to a flurry of second home purchases and buy-to-let property sales before the end of March to beat the deadline, according to John Blackwood, Chief Executive of the Scottish Association of Landlords.He said, “Landlords will be disappointed and frustrated by the decision by the finance secretary this afternoon to copy the policy of the Conservative Party at Westminster and punish those who choose to invest in the private rented sector Scotland.“The supplementary tax on the purchase of second homes will have a huge impact on the buy-to-let market and exacerbate an already serious shortage of properties in many areas.“We firmly believe that the biggest losers from today’s statement will be tenants who will now find it even harder to get the accommodation they want at a price they can afford.”Ashley Campbell, the Policy and Practice Officer at the Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland, has welcomed the proposals to increase LBTT for second homes and buy-to-let properties but would like to see more details of where the additional revenue raised will be invested.He commented, “Our preference would be for these funds to be re-invested towards increasing housing supply.”Meanwhile, the Bank of England is set to get new powers to get new powers to rein in the buy-to-let mortgage market in England and Wales, with a view to limiting borrowing by landlords who purchase property to rent out.Earlier this year, the Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, expressed concern that buy-to-let posed a threat to wide UK economic stability.He fears that property investors might sell in large numbers, which could destabilise the economy, should home prices start to drop.John Swinney SNP landlords in Scotland second homes in Scotland tax tax crackdown December 22, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more