A Fossil Mounded Sedimentary Body (MB) has been identified in the sedimentary record on the central continental rise west of Adelaide Island, on the Antarctic Peninsula Pacific margin. The growth patterns of the MB are defined through a detailed regional stratigraphic analysis using multichannel seismic reflection profiles. The MB has an elongated NE trend. It overlaps and continues to the NE of an extensive cluster of seamounts, and it developed between two non-depositional troughs. Nine seismic units have been identified: Unit 9 (the pre-MB stage), Unit 8 (MB growth stage), Units 7 and 6 (MB maintenance stage), Units 5 and 4 (transitional stage), and Units 3, 2 and 1 (inactive stage). We interpret the MB as a patch drift plastered against the NE, lee side of an obstacle, as a long Contourite Sedimentary Tail (CST), within a deep current that flowed northeastward. This segment of the rise is, however, affected at present by a SW-flowing branch of the Lower Circumpolar Deep Water (LCDW) from the Weddell Sea. The depositional patterns of the MB growth and maintenance stages, which are attributed an early Miocene age on the basis of regional correlation of MCS profiles with DSDP Site 325 and ODP Leg 178 drill sites, provide the first evidence that bottom currents on the central continental rise flowed towards the NE at that time, probably as part of the Lower Circumpolar Deep Water (LCDW) of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC). We suggest that significant palaeocirculation and palaeoceanographic changes occurred in this area, and probably more widely, during the middle Miocene or at the Miocene/Pliocene boundary. Although these results do not modify the regional stratigraphy of the major sediment drifts found on the continental rise of the Antarctic Peninsula’s Pacific margin, they do indicate that the bottom current regime controlling the development of contourite deposits may have changed over time and also that more than one water mass has probably affected their distribution.
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Thedistrict’s 2,400 square mile service area includes Sacramento andEl Dorado counties and parts of Yolo, Placer, and Solano countiesand is comprised of four uniquely diverse colleges – AmericanRiver, Cosumnes River, Folsom Lake, and Sacramento City colleges.In addition to each college’s main campus, the district offerseducational centers in Placerville, Davis, West Sacramento, ElkGrove, Natomas, and Rancho Cordova.The Los Rios district office is centrally located in the heart ofthe Sacramento valley. The growing Capital Region has strongcommunities and emergent arts and dining scenes, and is nearby someof the most celebrated tourist destinations in the country – LakeTahoe, Napa Valley, and San Francisco. The Sacramento area is agreat place to live and work!StrengthsThe district has approximately 6,000 employees throughout our fourcolleges and district office complex. 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To that end, the Human ResourcesDepartment is intentional in recruiting, hiring, and retainingdiverse employees, to reflect the diversity of our colleges’student populations. Position Summary 1. Have a bachelor’s degree in Child Development, Health Education,Health Sciences, Midwifery, Nursing, Nutrition, Public Health, orrelated fields AND two (2) years of professional experience as anInternational Board Certified Lactation Consultant; OR, anyassociate degree in any of the above and six (6) years ofprofessional experience as an International Board CertifiedLactation Consultant; OR, hold a California Community CollegeInstructor’s Credential in the discipline area; OR, theequivalent.* All degrees must be from an accreditedinstitution.2. 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AUGUSTHighest temp: 93 degrees (8/4/2015)Lowest temp: 55 degrees (8/29/2015)Avg. high temp: 86.8 degrees (3.1 degrees above normal)Avg. low temp: 64.7 degrees (0.5 degrees below normal)Rainfall: 1.25 inches (2.86 inches below normal)Number of days fair: 23Number of days partly cloudy: 6Number of days cloudy: 2 August 2015 included above-average high temperatures, below-average rainfall and an ocean temperature that never dipped below 70 degrees. Tuesday is the final day of summer 2015, and in a beach town that lives and dies by the weather, it was a pretty good season. (See O.C. Breaks Record for Beach Tag Revenue, Owners Call Summer a Success.)Summer 2015 had its surfable days but zero swell from tropical storms.No tropical storm came anywhere close to Ocean City during the summer, and the weather got drier through the season.After a June that saw 8.36 inches of rain (more than 5 inches above normal), August had just 1.25 inches of rain (2.86 inches below normal). Even in July (which saw above-average rainfall), not a single day was categorized by the National Weather Service as “cloudy.” Most of the month’s rain came in the form of brief and heavy thunderstorms.Here’s the tale of the tape in numbers: July had plenty of rain but mostly in quick bursts.JULYHighest temp: 94 degrees (7/20/2015)Lowest temp: 58 degrees (7/17/2015)Avg. high temp: 84.6 degrees (0.9 degrees below normal)Avg. low temp: 68.2 degrees (1.3 degrees above normal)Rainfall: 6.59 inches (2.87 inches above normal … total include 3.02 inches from July 14-15 alone)Number of days fair: 19Number of days partly cloudy: 12Number of days cloudy: 0 JUNEHighest temp: 94 degrees (6/23/2015)Lowest temp: 50 degrees (6/7/2015)Avg. high temp: 80.5 degrees (0.1 degrees below normal)Avg. low temp: 63.3 degrees (2.1 degrees above normal)Rainfall: 8.36 inches (5.25 inches above normal)Number of days fair: 14Number of days partly cloudy: 10Number of days cloudy: 6
Business Secretary Greg Clark said: Jaguar Land Rover and its owners have made clear they remain firmly committed to the UK, continuing to invest billions and employing tens of thousands of people. This includes today’s announcement of investment in next generation electric drive units to be produced in Wolverhampton and a new battery assembly centre in Hams Hall. Building on last year’s investment in their key plants in Solihull and Halewood to build the next-generation of Land Rover models, including electric vehicles. Jaguar Land Rover is a much valued British company with a talented and dedicated workforce. The Government has, and will continue, to work closely with the business to ensure that it can succeed long into the future as it invests and transitions to autonomous, connected and electric vehicles. On Monday, Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands Combined Authority, and I will convene a Jaguar Land Rover Development Partnership meeting bringing together Jaguar Land Rover leadership, local MPs and representatives from the Midlands and the North West, supply chain, trade body and trades union representatives. Jaguar Land Rover have today confirmed plans to offer voluntary redundancy packages to their UK workforce as they reduce their global headcount. This is a commercial decision for the company but nevertheless it will clearly be a worrying time for Jaguar Land Rover employees and their families. The UK is a world-leader in automotive manufacturing. Through our modern Industrial Strategy, we are building on those world beating strengths and investing in the future to put the UK at the forefront of the next generation of electric and autonomous vehicles.
Opening the University’s seventh annual Harvard IT Summit at Sanders Theatre, Harvard’s chief information officer, Anne Margulies, put forth the goals of the event: “We’re here to build our IT community, to connect more closely to the University mission, and to learn from each other.”Thursday’s gathering, sponsored by Harvard’s CIO Council, brought together IT professionals, key partners, and faculty for a day of programming and concurrent sessions to explore technology innovations and best practices in higher education. This year, 1,400 attended.Karim R. Lakhani, professor of business administration at Harvard Business School and the afternoon keynote speaker, said in his remarks that it’s a brave new world for business, and IT professionals will be the ones to navigate to the increasingly broad horizon.“The whole economy is becoming digital in many ways,” said Lakhani, who, as the faculty co-founder of the Harvard Business School Digital Initiative, specializes in technology management and innovation. Lakhani opened by referencing the confusion and fear this sea change has wrought.“The executives we see have a lot of anxiety. Is Amazon going to take over? Is Google going to become the next Telco?” he asked. “We’re educating the executives at the Business School in how to cope with this change.”The change, he explained to the audience of Harvard’s IT professionals, is scary because it is structural. Rather than focusing on products and services, he said, the current digital economy is based on platforms and ecosystems. In other words, business now depends much less on what you make than on how many people you can invite to join you.Because this model is so different, Lakhani said, “most technological predictions are wrong.” He went on to describe the inaccurate forecast of cellphone usage created for AT&T in 1982. A straight-line prediction estimated a mere 900,000 users by 2000. (In reality, there were half a billion global users by then.) “This curtailed significant investment,” he noted.The result has been “major missed opportunities,” he said. For example, even an apparent market winner, Nokia, failed to see basic changes in the economy. Although Nokia’s phones were first with many technological advances, Lakhani pointed out, the company missed the growing importance of the platform.Ryan Frazier of HBS listens intently to Lakhani’s afternoon keynote address.Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer“The architecture of the industry shifted to a two-part system,” he said. “What mattered was the core operating system and enabling lots of people to participate in your ecosystem, developing apps.” Touch screens and web connectivity didn’t help as developers flocked to more open platforms — and took consumers and market share with them.Google’s recent purchase of Nest home systems for a staggering $3 billion shows an increasing understanding of the importance of platforms. It is not that Google needs to be in the thermostat business, Lakhani explained, but that the interconnectivity of the Nest system offers the possibility of more horizontal business expansion. With customers who value connectivity and the data these systems provide, Google can expand. While the analog thermostat industry might be limited, the digital one is not. Perhaps, Lakhani noted, Nest will begin analyzing clients’ maintenance needs and take charge of scheduling them, or it will advise energy companies.“How are you creating value? How are you hatching value?” Lakhani asked. “Once we can aggregate data, we can rethink how to create value for our customers.”These lessons reach far beyond the business world. Lakhani recounted how, in his role as principal investigator at the Crowd Innovation Laboratory and NASA Tournament Laboratory, Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science, he helped utilize this horizontal thinking. The International Space Station, he explained, has an ongoing problem with part of its solar-energy system. The longerons — long, thin tubes that attach the solar panels to the station — are vulnerable to the extreme difference between sun and shade and so must be manipulated carefully to avoid damage. While NASA engineers had an imperfect solution, the NASA Tournament Laboratory created the ISS Longeron Challenge to help the ISS access more power. Offering a $30,000 prize — “decimal dust” in the NASA budget, as Lakhani put it — the contest garnered 2,000 code submissions from more than 450 entrants, including coders from Italy, China, and Belarus, who never would have been part of the original team.More than half of the entries, said Lakhani, bettered the internal NASA solution. Many implemented completely different methods. Some, for example, would extend the lifespans of the joints that move the solar panels. With additional examples, from a study of MOOCs to a Dutch group that is analyzing — and potentially recreating — the works of Rembrandt, Lakhani made his point.For Harvard and higher education more broadly, the digital transformation is “completely changing the skills we need in our faculty and our students, the tools we need, and the partnership with our IT organization — to even do humanities,” he said. “Our mission as educators is up for us to reimagine.”
View Comments Les Miserables Related Shows Unfortunately Earl Carpenter is still recovering from a neck injury and will not be returning to Les Miserables so “that he can undergo a small procedure to ensure a full recovery.” Instead, Adam Monley is set to assume the role of Javert from December 22 through January 28, 2016; Tony nominee Will Swenson subbed for Carpenter at many performances since November 18. As previously reported, Hayden Tee will step into the role at Broadway’s Imperial Theatre from January 29.Monley is an original cast member of this production as the Bishop of Digne and ensemble member and has performed the role of Javert numerous times.The newly reimagined production of Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil’s tuner is directed by James Powell and School of Rock’s Laurence Connor. The current cast also includes Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean, Montego Glover as Fantine, Brennyn Lark as Eponine, Chris McCarrell as Marius, Alexandra Finke as Cosette, Wallace Smith as Enjolras and Gavin Lee and Rachel Izen as the Thenardiers.We all at Broadway.com wish Carpenter a speedy recovery. Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016
By Cat HolmesThe University of GeorgiaMel Garber was named associate dean for extension in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in an announcement released today. The appointment is effective July 1.Garber will serve as senior administrator for the UGA Cooperative Extension Service (CES), said Gale Buchanan, dean and director of the CAES. The extension service is the university’s largest public service and outreach program, serving the state with a team of county extension agents and state specialists.Currently the director of the Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture and a horticulture professor at UGA, Garber will succeed Bobby L. Tyson, who is retiring.He will coordinate extension programs with research and teaching units of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, College of Family and Consumer Sciences and Daniel B. Warnell School of Forest Resources.Garber’s appointment was the result of an international search, said Ivery Clifton, CAES senior associate dean and chair of the search committee.”We had two excellent candidates to choose from within the college,” Buchanan said. “Dr. Garber’s leadership positions in university, industry and community settings and his extensive teaching, research and extension experience demonstrate his ability to best lead the Cooperative Extension Service.””I met with both candidates for the position of associate dean for the UGA Cooperative Extension,” said UGA provost Arnett Mace. “I support Dean Buchanan’s selection of Dr. Garber, given the breadth of his experience and expertise applicable to this vital position.”The CES delivers educational information from the university to Georgians on topics including agriculture, horticulture, the environment, food, nutrition and child development. Extension also coordinates the state’s 4-H program.Garber grew up on a dairy farm in Louisiana, where his family still grows soybeans, milo and sweet potatoes. He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Louisiana Lafayette and a doctorate in horticulture from Cornell University.His industry experience includes 13 years, with both research and business management positions, at Weyerhaeuser, one of the world’s largest integrated forest-products companies.After a stint at Iowa State University, Garber’s teaching and research work at UGA has focused on horticultural crops and developing the Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture (GCUA). The GCUA serves the state’s urban agricultural industries and consumers.(Cat Holmes is a science writer with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
In March, we asked you, the loyal reader, to vote for a school of your choosing in our fourth annual Top Adventure College Tournament. Colleges and universities met in head-to-head match-ups in a 32-school bracket. The initial 32 colleges and universities were selected for their outdoor clubs and curricula, their commitment to outdoor and environmental initiatives, the quality of their outdoor athletes and programs, and their opportunities for adventure.Over 20,000 votes poured in—and school pride dominated our site for the duration of the contest. Each of the 32 schools in our bracket got lots of love, and for good reason: outdoor ed is thriving in the region. But one school in particular stood tall atop the heap when the feverish voting finally came to a halt.That school is Western Carolina University, a public college of about 10,000 students, tucked away in the mountains of western North Carolina.There are lots of things about WCU that make it an ideal school for the outdoor-minded student. It’s located close to renowned outdoors adventure havens like Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests.Photo Courtesy of Mitch BeardenThese public lands afford WCU students quick and easy access to some of the best landscapes the southern Appalachians have to offer. But what really sets it apart from similar mountain schools are WCU’s outdoor resources, experience, and leadership.Josh Whitmore is the director of outdoor programs at WCU. A western North Carolina native, Whitmore has taught outdoor adventure skills in places like Montana and Patagonia. Now he heads up Base Camp Cullowhee, an outdoor program that has been flourishing at WCU since the mid 1980s.“We have a staff of three full-time employees and about 25 students who help us achieve our goals,” Whitmore said. “We organize trips and events in places like Colorado and Utah, but we focus heavily on our own backyard.”The trips that Base Camp Cullowhee organizes cater to all skill levels and range from whitewater kayaking in the area’s numerous mountain rivers to sky diving, rock climbing, hiking, and an annual Tuckasegee River clean up.“Over the years Base Camp Cullowhee has evolved from a small outdoor program within the recreation department to its own entity with over 9,000 participant experiences per year. In 2008 we completed a 2,100 square foot indoor rock climbing facility, and just a couple years ago we added a seven-mile multi-use trail system,” Whitmore said. “Our staff does a lot of great work, but the students are the ones that really run the show here.”One of those students is Mitch Bearden. He’s been a serious whitewater paddler for four years and says that WCU’s reputation as a top-notch outdoor school was one of the reasons he chose the university.Photo Courtesy of Mitch Bearden“Over the years, we have really differentiated ourselves from other mountain schools,” Bearden said. “We are within striking distance of some of the best paddling in the Southeast and have quick access to some of the area’s best trails.”Bearden says his favorite place to kayak near campus is Upper Big Creek in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.“You just can’t beat the scenery and the solitude of Upper Big Creek,” he said. “It’s challenging, but I love it.”Bearden has worked as a kayak instructor at Camp Timberlake for Boys in Asheville, a retail guide at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in Bryson City, and is now a guide for Basecamp Cullowhee. He says winning the Blue Ridge Outdoors Top Adventure College Tournament for the second consecutive year is a major source of pride for the university and its students.“It really means a lot to everyone,” he said. “We strive to brand ourselves around the outdoor lifestyle, and this is just confirmation that we are doing a good job of that.”A Close SecondWhile WCU may have taken the cake in this year’s Top College Contest, a fiery opponent gave the school a serious run for its money.Montreat College is a tiny school with an enrollment of just over 1,000, but it’s situated near four wilderness areas, four North Carolina state parks, several rivers, and the 14-mile trail that ascends Mount Mitchell, the tallest peak east of the Mississippi River.Photo Courtesy Montreat CollegeAmid this backdrop, Montreat has developed one of the best outdoor programs in the country.“The outdoor program started in the mid-1970s at what was then a junior college known as Montreat-Anderson,” said Chair of the Outdoor Education Department Brad Daniel. “It began as a two year associates Degree in Outdoor Recreation and a 20-day Outward Bound-type wilderness expedition called Discovery. The first Discovery expedition went out in 1976. In 2016 we will celebrate our 40th year of wilderness programming, making it one of the longer college-sponsored extended wilderness programs in the United States.”Daniel says the primary purpose of Montreat’s Outdoor Education (OE) program is to prepare students to rise up to the everyday challenges of life while molding some of them for careers in the outdoors industry.Like Josh Whitmore of WCU, he sees the students as the primary engine behind the success of Montreat’s Outdoor Education.“Many students cite Discovery as one of the most important experiences in the program,” he said.Student participant Daniel Harmon says the program has helped him grow by making him step outside his comfort zone.“The OE program has helped me grow by forcing me to become the leader I knew I could be,” he said. “Through the leading of small groups, I’ve found that that I can not only handle leadership, but I can make a difference in the lives of those I lead.”Daniel’s OE classmate Kara Smith says that her involvement in the OE program sparked a desire to pursue a career in the outdoor industry.“I think the significant experience would of course have to be Discovery,” she said. “I had never experienced the outdoors like that, and it really affirmed my desire to be an outdoor professional and show others the beauty of the natural world.”Congratulations to Western Carolina University and Montreat, and look for an extended feature highlighting regional outdoor education in our August issue.
“Generals prepare to fight the last war.” An old saying that reflects our proposed military budget for 2018 by a president who gladly pursues the “old days.” The administration has requested $686 billion for the Defense Department, an $80 billion, or 13 percent increase, from 2017. Let’s not forget that the United States spends more each year on defense that the next eight nations combined. The United States represented 36 percent of total world military spending in 2016 before this proposed 13 percent increase.The controversial F-35 fighter jet is a good example of our military thinking. Each jet costs about $100 million, one of the greatest boondoggles in military purchasing history. Projections say the F-35 project will cost $1.5 trillion over its decades-long life. Contrast this current style of military thinking with a modern-day opponent. That opponent might be sitting comfortably in a small room in front of a computer. He or she is termed a hacker, and the scope of damage the hacker can do to our country and military is vast.For instance, they might hack computer chips embedded in weapons systems so our service members mistakenly fire at each other rather than the enemy. Disabling propulsion systems on multi-billion-dollar aircraft carriers is another tactic. And, of course, there’s disabling civilian infrastructure such as the electrical grid, transportation and financial activities, not to mention the greatest threat of all to our democracy, compromising our election process.Comparing the money we spend on the “old way” to fight a war, contrasted with what a modern-day hacker must invest, is a deafening shout that our proposed defense budget is based on misplaced priorities and a denial of the future. But what else would one expect from a president who refuses to accept science and modern thinking? Don CooperAmsterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationThree seniors who started as seventh-graders providing veteran experience for Amsterdam golfEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
63 Views no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Female employee of DOWASCO involved in vehicular accident at Bioche by: – September 19, 2011 Share Tweet Photo of vehicle at the scene of the accidentInformation reaching Dominica Vibes News indicates that a female employee at the Dominica Water and Sewerage Company (DOWASCO) was involved in a minor vehicular accident earlier this afternoon.According to an eye witness, Tamara Rodney who is a Laboratory Technician at DOWASCO, while driving the company’s vehicle in a northerly direction towards Portsmouth went down precipice.The report further indicates that just after clearing a corner in the vicinity of the Ponderosa restaurant approaching the village of Bioche, the vehicle went off the road and down a precipice.The vehicle landed in a rock shelf area about 2 feet from a 400 feet drop to the sea.Although it appeared that she sustained minor injuries and could walk away from the vehicle, she was transported to the Princess Margaret Hospital for evaluation. Efforts to contact the Human Resource Manager at DOWASCO for an update on the employee’s condition proved futile.Dominica Vibes News