first_imgRecent detailed mapping, section logging and an improved understanding of the geological evolution of the Antarctic Peninsula provide a robust framework for an improved lithostratigraphic subdivision of the Latady Basin, eastern Ellsworth Land. Within the Latady Basin we recognize two main groups: Ellsworth Land Volcanic Group and Latady Group. The focus of this paper is the Latady Group, which is formally subdivided into five formations: Anderson Formation, Witte Formation, Hauberg Mountains Formation, Cape Zumberge Formation and Nordsim Formation. Middle Jurassic, shallow marine deposits of the Anderson Formation are overlain by quiet anoxic deposits assigned to the Witte Formation. The start of the Late Jurassic is marked by the deposition of higher energy deposits of the Hauberg Mountains Formation, subdivided into three members (Long Ridge, Mount Hirman and Novocin members) that reflect varying lithological and environmental characteristics. Thermal subsidence during the latest Jurassic led to deposition of the basinal Cape Zumberge Formation, while uplift of an active continental arc along the Antarctic Peninsula led to deposition of the terrestrial Nordsim Formation in the latest Jurassic to earliest Cretaceous. The evolution of the Latady Basin reflects early extension during Gondwana break-up, from the Early Jurassic to earliest Cretaceous, and is consistent with a shift in the underlying forces driving extension in the Weddell Sea area from intracontinental rifting related to a mantle plume, to active margin forces in response to subduction.last_img read more

first_img Written by January 21, 2019 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 1/20/19 Beau Lundcenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Sunday’s sports events:NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONIndiana 120, Charlotte 95L.A. Clippers 103, San Antonio 95Minnesota 116, Phoenix 114NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUEChicago 8, Washington 5NY Islanders 3, Anaheim 0Vancouver 3, Detroit 2Arizona 4, Toronto 2Carolina 7, Edmonton 4NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PLAYOFFSOT L.A. Rams 26, New Orleans 23OT New England 37, Kansas City 31TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALLBoston College 87, (11) Florida St. 82(15) Marquette 79, Providence 68(23) Iowa 95, Illinois 71Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgTwo steadfast members of the jam scene, moe. and Yonder Mountain String Band, will join forces for a run of tour dates! The bands will come together for three nights, between August 31st and September 2nd, with stops at three different venues in the Midwest.The run for moe. actually begins a few days earlier, as they perform on August 27th at the Waiting Room Lounge in Omaha, NE and again on August 28th at The District in Sioux Falls, SD. From there, moe. will link up with Yonder for the three shows, with dates at Lake Superior Big Top Chatuauqua in Bayfield, WI on August 31st, Bluestem Center For The Arts Amphitheater in Moorhead, MN on September 1st, and Simon Estes Riverfront Amphitheater in Des Moines, IA on September 2nd.To get you in the mood for any potential collaborating, check out this video of moe. playing “Plane Crash” with guest work from Allie Kral, performed at Summer Camp 2013:moe.ticketing for all five of the above shows will be available beginning Monday, May 16th, at 12PM Eastern. Check out the schedule below:last_img read more

first_imgIn addition to their summer dates, Turkuaz is returning to the West Coast for the Fall of 2017! The tour will canvas California, reach up throughout the Pacific Northwest, extend as far east as Colorado, and conclude at Joshua Tree Music Festival. The majority of dates will feature support from very special guest Sinkane, with a Top Golf date in Las Vegas with Organ Freeman.By the time the September outing hits, Turkuaz will have finished a landmark summer including debuts at Bonnaroo, Red Rocks, Camp Bisco, Northwest Strings Summit, Floyd Fest, and more. Other notable summer stops include Funk Of Ages with Lettuce and Snarky Puppy at The Fillmore in Philadelphia, PA in June, and a Phish Baker’s Dozen After-Party at Irving Plaza in New York City in July. A full list of tour dates are below with more to be added in the future.Turkuaz’s Mikey Carubba Taps Ridiculous Lineup For NY Birthday ShowOff the road, the nine piece has been working on new material and spent time in May at The Bunker Studio in Brooklyn, NY with Jerry Harrison of The Talking Heads in the producer’s chair. We can’t wait to hear more about this! Turkuaz 2017 Tour Dates:06/08 Manchester, TN: Bonnaroo06/10 Stephentown, NY: Disc Jam06/24 Philadelphia, PA: The Fillmore06/30 Waitsfield, VT: Frendly Gathering07/01 Cincinnati, OH: Paradise On the Point07/02 Chicago, IL: Live On Lincoln07/13 Scranton, PA: Camp Bisco07/15 Northwest Plains, OR: Northwest String Summit07/25 New York, NY: Irving Plaza07/28 Floyd, VA: Floyd Fest07/29 Floyd, VA: Floyd Fest08/18 Pittsboro, NC: Big What?08/19 Cockeyesville, MD: Hot August Festival08/24 Westerly, RI: Paddy’s Beach Club08/25 Westerly, RI: Paddy’s Beach Club09/01 Saranac Lake, NY: The Water Hole09/03 Bouckville, NY: The Yard @ Ray’s BBQ09/12 Arcata, CA: Humboldt Brews09/13 Ashland, OR: The Historic Ashland Armory09/14 Chico, CA: Lost On Main09/15 Santa Cruz, CA: The Catalyst Atrium09/16 San Francisco, CA: The Fillmore*09/17 Templeton, CA: Whale Rock Music Festival09/20 Missoula, MT: Top Hat Lounge*09/21 Spokane, WA: Knitting Factory*09/22 Seattle, WA: Neumos*09/23 Portland, OR: Wonder Ballroom*09/24 Bend, OR: Domino Room*09/27 Salt Lake City, UT: The State Room*09/28 Aspen, CO: Belly Up*09/29 Boulder, CO: Fox Theatre*09/30 Denver, CO: Ogden Theatre*10/03 Phoenix, AZ: Last Exit Live*10/04 Solana Beach, CA: Belly Up*10/05 Los Angeles, CA: Teragram Ballroom*10/06 Las Vegas, NV: The Yard @ Top Golf^10/07 Joshua Tree, CA: Joshua Tree Music Festival10/27 Placerville, CA: Hangtown Music Festival10/28 Placerville, CA: Hangtown Music Festival*w/ Sinkane^ w/ Organ Freemanlast_img read more

first_imgIn an address Wednesday evening at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), journalist Rami Khouri presented an overview of the “bewildering and exhilarating changes” that have swept the Middle East since the Arab Spring more than a year ago.In his wide-ranging talk, “The Arab Spring: From Citizen Revolts to National Reconfigurations,” Khouri expressed optimism tempered with a few caveats, telling the packed audience that “what we’re seeing now is an unprecedented and historic process of self-determination” in the region.Steve Walt, Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs, moderated the event, which was part of the Middle East Initiative Speaker Series at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and introduced Khouri. “A lot has been going on in the region recently,” Walt began, indirectly referencing the attacks on U.S. embassies and diplomats in Egypt and Libya last week. Speaking more generally about the Arab Spring, Walt said, “We are now witnessing upheavals in the region that some have welcomed and others have feared.”Khouri’s connections with the region are manifold. A senior fellow at the Middle East Initiative, he is also editor-at-large of the Beruit-based Daily Star, where he writes often about regional events. Khouri admitted, “It’s difficult to come up with one analysis that captures the variety and depth of what’s going on” in the region, but he detailed a number of critical factors. He began by noting that “governments are now more accountable” to their people and to emerging systems of checks and balances.“Constitutional councils and judges are creating robust checks and balances, and so is the media,” said Khouri.“A whole range of new actors is emerging,” Khouri continued, including revolutionary youth, labor unions, tribal groups, the Muslim Brotherhood, the armed forces, bands of thugs, the court system, secular and nationalist parties, and individual citizens. “The most exciting process under way is the creation of new constitutions, as these new actors are forced to negotiate new relationships to share power while reflecting national values and principles.”Khouri highlighted the difficulties in balancing so many divergent interests in such a condensed time frame.Constitution building is messy, necessary work, Khouri said, requiring a “new balancing between military and civilian authorities, between religiosity and secularism.” Khouri cited Tunisia, which is currently debating “whether Islam is the only source of law or just one source of law” among others. Delicate political and social issues that took hundreds of years to emerge in Europe or the United States (like the role of women or church-state relations) are now being passionately debated in countries such as Egypt and Tunisia.“Everyone in the region wants a civil state, but nobody knows exactly what that means,” Khouri said. “Will Islamists, for example, make decisions based on scripture or on the will of the people? Does law come from God or from the people?”There are challenges ahead. Khouri raised the issue of the legitimacy of Arab borders, some of which were defined during the colonial period. “Do these states make sense to their own people? They’ve never been fully ratified by their peoples,” who may wish for separation or decentralization, noted Khouri. An ever-present potentially destabilizing factor is the Arab-Israeli conflict, which also feeds into anti-American feelings in the region.After his presentation, Khouri invited questions from the audience. Asked how the United States should respond to the Syrian government’s brutal crackdown against its own people, Khouri answered that “the international community should help supply arms to the opposition groups, but not intervene directly.” It is “up to the Syrian people to decide their own fate.” Khouri described the present Syrian regime as “a Stalinist state,” and expressed optimism that “the Syrian people will take over and organize their own society” when the regime falls.What people have been witnessing recently in the Middle East, Khouri summarized, is “a process of revolt, overthrow, and now reconfiguration of the systems of power.” It’s messy, but, he said, if the process goes well, “ordinary citizens can, for the first time, feel in control of their own countries” and destinies.last_img read more

first_imgThe Farm Again program will host a workshop to introduce potential farmers to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs and loans at the University of Georgia Tifton campus on Wednesday, Feb. 28.This is the first of a series of workshops to be held this spring. UGA Cooperative Extension, within the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), and the Institute on Human Development and Disability (IHDD), part of the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences, manage Farm Again.The workshops introduce different USDA program components to first-time or small-scale producers, said Rebecca Brightwell, IHDD associate director. She and Glen Rains, CAES professor, co-direct the Farm Again program.“We’re doing this because we see people encounter big roadblocks. First, people need to understand what’s available and how they qualify for it. They also need to solve the problem of not having the resources to successfully grow their operations,” Brightwell said. “They may need money just to get started, and that may mean purchasing land or purchasing equipment. What programs does the USDA offer to solve this?”During the workshop, experienced farmers serve on a panel and share their experiences with past USDA program applications. Rodney Brooks, USDA Beginning Farmer regional coordinator, will discuss the top reasons for declining loan applicants.Brightwell hopes this workshop will clear up misconceptions for area agriculturists.“There’s real confusion around what’s available to farmers. For instance, there are grants, and then there are loans. What’s the difference, and how can farmers know what they can apply for?” Brightwell said. “I think workshops like this will help new farmers get the base knowledge they need to be successful in farming.” Over the past few years, a large influx of military veterans came into the Farm Again program. Farming is an excellent fit for veterans, according to Brightwell.“They’re used to hard work, and they’re used to having to adjust to unforeseen circumstances. In farming, you’re doing that all the time. Nature’s not cooperating or a crop dies because something happened,” Brightwell said. “Veterans know how to move to the next target. They want to be busy. They want something that keeps them physically and mentally engaged. That really is healing for them.”Veterans just need basic-skills training from mentors or workshops like this one, she said.“This training is just one spoke in that wheel to try to help them out,” she said.Future Farm Again workshops to be held this spring at UGA-Tifton: “Selling at the Farmers Market” on Tuesday, March 13; “Growing Organic Produce” on Wednesday, April 18; “Tractors 101” on Thursday, April 26; and “Soil 101” on Wednesday, May 16. All workshops last from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The “Tractors 101” workshop includes a driving clinic, and teenagers over 16 years old may attend with parental permission. Space is limited.To register for any of the workshops, visit read more

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Helping community members build and maintain credit is a core objective for many credit unions. So, too, is earning the business and trust of underserved consumers. The underserved market presents a tremendous growth opportunity for many groups.In the U.S., there are roughly 70 million low- and middle-income consumers who have some type of relationship with a traditional financial institution yet still turn to alternative providers for things like check cashing and payday loans. In its most recent report, the Center for Financial Services Innovation found the financially underserved market generated $103 billion in revenue. What’s more, many of these consumers have already exhibited financial behaviors that resemble prime-credit audiences.Identifying those existing members and prospects who fall into this underserved segment is a first step toward outlining a plan to serve them. From there, an organization’s leadership can begin to map out a strategy for evolving the product mix in a way most likely to trigger a response from their unique underserved segments. continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgPulling down fencing built by the Trump administration is justified not just by the fact that courts have ruled that the impeached president didn’t have the authority to put it up in the way he did, but also because it’s vital in repairing at least some of the environmental destruction it caused, including the severing of waterways, wildlife corridors, and communities. “The damage the border wall has inflicted in just the past year is incalculable,” Jordahl wrote in an op-ed in The New York Times this month. “Much of it will last forever. No amount of money could repay the O’odham and all Indigenous people of the borderlands for the sacred sites, cultural history and natural heritage that’s been destroyed.’“To right these wrongs, we must start somewhere,” he continued. “Tearing down the wall would be a good start.”- Advertisement – “[E]very single day, the Department of Homeland Security continues to dynamite, to blow up, these rugged mountains in order to clear a path for a wall that, in all likelihood, will never be built,” he said in the report.Biden said this past August that if he won the presidency, “[t]here will not be another foot of wall constructed on my administration, No. 1,” NPR also previously reported. What happens with existing miles of fencing put up by Trump is so far unknown. The Supreme Court last month announced it had agreed to hear arguments around the administration’s money grab to fund the fencing that Mexico was supposed to pay for. “The ACLU, which represents the Sierra Club and Southern Border Communities Coalition in the lawsuit, has said it would seek to tear down sections of the wall if it wins the case,” USA Today reported.- Advertisement – In Texas, “the wall’s progress has been slowed down by a tedious legal condemnation process. The government has contracted 121 miles of wall in the Laredo region, but they haven’t acquired a single acre to put it on,” the report continued. “Lots of landowners fought the government in court, and the delay tactics worked, says Tricia Cortez with the local No Border Wall Coalition.” She told NPR they feel “confident that the wall is dead and that nothing more will happen between now and the inauguration.”But in other areas of the borderlands, the administration is going full-speed ahead in its destruction. In the Guadalupe Canyon and the Coronado National Memorial areas of Arizona, “work crews are dynamiting the sides of pristine mountains and bulldozing access roads in this stunning landscape,” NPR said. The Center for Biological Diversity’s Laiken Jordahl, who has used social media to document the administration’s intentional disregard of the region, called it “destruction for destruction’s sake.”- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgOct 5, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Scientists today reported findings that may help explain what made the 1918 pandemic influenza virus so deadly and that reveal similarities between that virus and the H5N1 avian influenza virus now circulating in Asia.Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reconstructed the virus and tested it in laboratory animals, which quickly died. The CDC says the work, to be reported in Science, will enhance preparedness for the next flu pandemic, a potential benefit believed to justify the risk of recreating the virus and publishing the information.In the other study, researchers at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) report that the close resemblance of the 1918 virus to avian flu viruses suggests that the 1918 virus was an avian strain that managed to adapt to humans without first acquiring any genes from existing human flu viruses. Further, the researchers found that several of the same mutations that differentiated the 1918 virus from avian flu viruses are found in the H5N1 virus, which has killed more than 60 people in Asia. The report appears in Nature.The 1918 flu pandemic, regarded as the worst in history, killed as many as 100 million people. In recent years scientists have been able to learn the structure of the H1N1 virus that caused it by analyzing samples preserved from pandemic victims, including tissue from a frozen body exhumed in Alaska and material stored in the AFIP’s warehouse of autopsy samples.In a joint statement today, the directors of the CDC and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), Dr. Julie Gerberding and Dr. Anthony Fauci, said, “For the first time, researchers have deciphered the entire gene sequence of the 1918 virus and have used sophisticated techniques to assemble viruses that bear some or all of these genes so their effects can be understood.”Importantly, they have identified gene sequences that may predict when an influenza virus strain is likely to spread among humans. They also have determined in the test tube and in mice which genes are most likely to account for the lethal effects of the 1918 virus.” The statement was released by the NIAID.”The new studies could have an immediate impact by helping scientists focus on detecting changes in the evolving H5N1 virus that might make widespread transmission among humans more likely,” the statement said.Because of concern that terrorists could exploit the information, both articles were reviewed by the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity before publication, according to the NIAID statement. The board unanimously endorsed publishing them.”The rationale for publishing the results and making them widely available to the scientific community is to encourage additional research at a time when we desperately need to engage the scientific community and accelerate our ability to prevent pandemic influenza,” Gerberding and Fauci stated.Resurrection of the 1918 virusIn the Science article, Terrence M. Tumpey and colleagues report that they generated a flu virus bearing all eight gene segments of the 1918 virus in order to study what made it so virulent. They exposed groups of mice to that virus and to other viruses in which some of the 1918 virus’s genes were replaced by genes from recent flu viruses.The 1918 virus turned out to be extremely virulent. Mice infected with it died in as little as 3 days, and mice that survived as long as 4 days had 39,000 times as many virus particles in their lungs as did mice infected with a control flu virus, a Texas strain of H1N1 from 1991. All the mice infected with the 1918 virus died, while those exposed to the Texas strain survived. Further, the 1918 virus was at least 100 times as lethal as an engineered virus that contained five 1918 genes and three genes from the Texas H1N1 strain.The researchers found that the mice had severe inflammation in their lungs and bronchial passages—findings very similar to those in people who died of the 1918 virus. However, the virus did not spread in the mice to the brain, heart, liver, or spleen.The scientists also tested the virus’s behavior in a laboratory culture of human lung cells. Within 24 hours, the lung cells released at least 50 times as much virus as did lung cells infected with the Texas H1N1 strain.In comparing the 1918 virus with recombinant viruses containing only some of the 1918 genes, the researchers found that the 1918 hemagglutinin and polymerase genes were “essential for optimal virulence.” The complete 1918 virus was more pathogenic for mice than any other human flu virus that has been tested, the report says.Likeness between 1918 virus and avian strainsThe Nature article, by Jeffery Taubenberger and colleagues from the AFIP, reports on an analysis of the three polymerase genes in the 1918 virus, the last three genes to be fully spelled out. The researchers found that these genes closely resembled their counterparts in avian flu viruses.”The polymerase protein sequences from the 1918 human influenza virus differ from avian consensus sequences at only a small number of amino acids, consistent with the hypothesis that they were derived from an avian source shortly before the pandemic,” the report states.Accordingly, the researchers propose that the 1918 virus was not a “reassortant,” like those that caused the smaller pandemics of 1957 and 1968. In those cases, avian flu viruses traded some genes with human-adapted flu viruses to spawn new hybrids. The 1918 virus was “an entirely avian-like virus” that somehow adapted to humans, they suggest.The report says only 10 amino-acid changes in the polymerase genes consistently distinguish the 1918 virus and subsequent human flu viruses from the same genes in avian viruses. It adds, “A number of the same changes have been found in recently circulating, highly pathogenic H5N1 viruses that have caused illness and death in humans and are feared to be the precursors of a new influenza pandemic.”A news story accompanying the report in Nature says that all eight genes from the 1918 virus differ in important ways from other human flu genes, which suggests that none of the genes came from a flu strain that had previously infected people. “It is the most bird-like of all mammalian flu viruses,” Taubenberger is quoted as saying.According to the Nature news story, some scientists are questioning the wisdom of recreating the 1918 virus and publishing information on how it was done. Richard Ebright, a bacteriologist at Rutgers University in New Jersey, said Tumpey and colleagues “have constructed, and provided procedures for others to construct, a virus that represents perhaps the most effective bioweapons agent now known.”In a news release, the CDC said it used “stringent” precautions in the research. “The work was done in a high-containment Biosafety Level 3 lab with enhancements that include special provisions to protect both laboratory workers and the public from exposure to the virus,” the agency said.Taubenberger JK, Reid AH, Lourens RM, et al. Characterization of the 1918 influenza virus polymerase genes. (Letter) Nature 2005 Oct 6;437(7060):889-892 [Full text]Tumpey TM, Basler CF, Aguilar PV, et al. Characterization of the reconstructed 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic virus. Science 2005 Oct 7;310(5745):77-80 [Abstract]See also:Oct 5 CDC Press release 5 NIAID Press release read more

first_imgThe true extent of the death toll in Britain from COVID-19 was more than 40% higher than the daily figures from the government indicated by April 10, according to data on Tuesday that includes deaths in the community.The Office for National Statistics said it recorded 13,121 deaths by April 10 in England and Wales, which account for the vast majority of Britain’s population, compared with 9,288 in the government’s daily toll for those who died in hospital.The latest hospital deaths data published on Monday show 16,509 people had died across the United Kingdom. Topics : If the United Kingdom’s figures are underestimating the death toll by a similar figure, then the true death toll for the country as a whole could be above 23,000 based on the latest data – making it the second worst hit in Europe after Italy.However, the gap between the daily figures published by the government and the later, more comprehensive ONS data, has narrowed with each week that passes, and may have gone further reduced by the time the ONS reports on the latest toll.COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, was mentioned in a third of all death certificates issued in England and Wales in the week to April 19.In London, more than half of the death certificates issued that week mentioned COVID-19.center_img The ONS figures includes deaths in care homes and hospices and are based on mentions of COVID-19 on death certificates, whether or not the deceased had tested positive for coronavirus.”In care homes settings there are now double the number of deaths from all causes, all mortality causes, double the number in care homes than there were two weeks previously,” ONS statistician Nick Stripe told the BBC.”About 17% of those deaths mention COVID on the death certificate.”last_img read more