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Latest Neoproterozoic to Mid-Cambrian age for the main deformation phases of the Transantarctic Mountains: new stratigraphic and isotopic constraints from the Pensacola Mountains, Antarctica

first_imgNew isotopic ages and a fresh understanding of stratigraphic relations among siliciclastic strata in the Pensacola Mountains along the northern margin of the East Antarctic craton result in removal of some constraints for the Proterozoic break-up of Rodinia and necessitate revision of the subsequent history of the East Antarctic margin. These rocks, formerly all included in the Patuxent Formation, were thought to be of mid-Neoproterozoic age, to have formed as a consequence of Rodinia rifting, and to have been deformed during a Neoproterozoic orogenic event. Our data show, in contrast, that these siliciclastic strata were deposited in two chronologically distinct basins. The older basin, in which the Hannah Ridge Formation (new name) accumulated, received sediment that contains detrital zircons of latest Neoproterozoic or Early Cambrian age. It was deformed and its contents uplifted and eroded prior to the late Mid-Cambrian in an orogenic event that we interpret as the early stage(s) of the Ross orogeny. The second basin formed later, accumulated turbidite-rich sediments of the redefined Patuxent Formation of Mid- and probably Late Cambrian age, and was subsequently deformed, possibly in Ordovician time. Review of both biostratigraphic and isotopic ages along the length of the Transantarctic Mountains indicates that almost everywhere the main episodes of deformation predate 500 Ma and are thus older than latest Mid-Cambrian, rather than Ordovician, as they are commonly considered to be. Only in the accreted Bowers and Robertson Bay terranes of northern Victoria land, which reveal no clear record of pre-latest Mid-Cambrian or older folding, is the principal episode of Ross orogenic deformation demonstrably younger than Late Cambrianlast_img read more

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Online Adjunct Lecturer – Energy, Resources and Environment Program

first_imgWith campuses in Washington, DC, Bologna, Italy and Nanjing, China,The Paul H. Nitze School of International Studies of the JohnsHopkins University (SAIS) has been educating global leaders formore than 70 years. As a highly selective graduate institution witha distinguished faculty, SAIS consistently ranks as one of the topschools of international relations in the world. SAIS was foundedto provide a practical approach to training students ininternational leadership and foreign relations, and to providemid-career educational opportunities for those already working inrelated fields. To learn more about SAIS, visit .Position :The Masters of Sustainable Energy (MASE) is a 21-monthonline degree for US and international students who would like moreeducation and research training, beyond their undergraduate orgraduate study, in the areas of energy, sustainability, and policy.The degree will have a distinct focus in a concentrated area andwill provide experienced and aspiring practitioners in the field ofsustainable energy the advance skills and knowledge needed to leadin the global community.The ERE Program is recruiting an adjunct faculty member to designand teach the Economics of Sustainable Energy course forthis online degree. As the degree is fully online, MASE faculty mayreside anywhere in the world. Design production will start summer2020.Adjunct faculty appointments are renewed annually subject toapproval by the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, the AssistantDean for Faculty Affairs, and the Director/Administrative Directorof the relevant program and are based on student demand, facultyevaluations and performance, and value of the course to the JohnsHopkins SAIS on-line curriculum. A master’s degree in the relevant area of study. A PhD ispreferred.At least two years in the public or private sector field.Previous teaching experience preferred; no experience withon-line teaching is necessary. Johns Hopkins is a community committed to sharing values ofdiversity and inclusion in order to achieve and sustain excellence.We firmly believe that we can best promote excellence by recruitingand retaining a diverse group of students, faculty and staff and bycreating a climate of respect that is supportive of their success.This climate for diversity, inclusion and excellence is critical toattaining the best research, scholarship, teaching, health care,and other strategic goals of the University. Taken together, thesevalues are recognized and supported fully by the Johns HopkinsInstitutions’ leadership at all levels. Further, we recognize thatthe responsibility for excellence, diversity and inclusion lieswith all of us at the Institutions: leadership, administration,faculty, staff, and students.Applicants are required to submit a C.V. and a cover letter. Thosewith teaching evaluations are encouraged to submit those aswell.Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Questions aboutthe position can be sent to the Energy, Resources and EnvironmentProgram at [email protected] orthe Office of Faculty Affairs at [email protected] Due tothe anticipated amount of applicants and a limit on number ofcourses that Johns Hopkins SAIS can offer in an academic year, notall qualified applicants will be accepted or contacted.The Johns Hopkins University is committed to equal opportunity forits faculty, staff, and students. To that end, the university doesnot discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, marital status,pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age,disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity orexpression, veteran status or other legally protectedcharacteristic. The university is committed to providing qualifiedindividuals access to all academic and employment programs,benefits and activities on the basis of demonstrated ability,performance and merit without regard to personal factors that areirrelevant to the program involved.The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. 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“Full Access” to Ocean City Beaches Starting Saturday

first_imgBy DONALD WITTKOWSKIGet those beach chairs, towels and umbrellas ready. Sunscreen is optional.Come Saturday, Ocean City will open up the beaches to the activities people typically enjoy during the summer season, including sunbathing, sitting in chairs and lying on towels.“Full access to all beach activities, including sunbathing in chairs, will open on Saturday, May 16,” the city announced Thursday on its website.Although some of the coronavirus restrictions are being lifted, social distancing guidelines will remain in place, including the recommendation to remain at least 6 feet apart from strangers.“The city administration is still planning for awareness and enforcement of social distancing guidelines,” city spokesman Doug Bergen said in an email. “But the reality is that, with eight miles of beach, the key to success will lie in people taking personal responsibility to follow the rules. With nice weather expected, the weekend should provide a glimpse of some of the challenges ahead.”People should wear face coverings when social distancing isn’t possible, city officials say. The 6-foot separation guideline does not apply to family members or people with close personal relationships.Mayor Jay Gillian closed Ocean City’s beaches and Boardwalk on March 25 to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The beaches reopened on May 9, but activities were limited to walking, running, surfing, exercising and fishing.Sunbathing, sitting in chairs, lying on towels, swimming, gathering in groups or playing group sports have been prohibited. But starting Saturday, the city is planning to allow normal activities to resume as long as people practice social distancing.Updates are provided on the city’s coronavirus information page.Lifeguards begin protecting Ocean City’s beaches on Memorial Day weekend. Beachgoers are advised to swim only at protected beaches.The Boardwalk is open for walking, running, bicycling and for access to takeout food. Social distancing guidelines are also in effect for the Boardwalk.Public restrooms on the Boardwalk are open and being sanitized throughout the day. Hand sanitization stations have been installed at regular intervals along the Boardwalk, Bergen said.The Ocean City Municipal Golf Course is open with restrictions. The Ocean City Skate Park is also open with restrictions. The Ocean City Dog Park is open to members, with social distancing guidelines in effect.Recreational fields are open. The tennis courts at Sixth Street and 34th Street are also open. People using those facilities are urged to observe social distancing.Meanwhile, non-essential retail stores and amusement centers remain closed by executive order of Gov. Phil Murphy. “Curbside” pickup for retail stores will be permitted starting May 18.“Ocean City will continue to work with the governor’s office on plans to safely remove restrictions, reopen the city and get people back to work,” Bergen said. “The municipality has the authority to open the beaches and Boardwalk, and medical professionals have advised that outdoor spaces are relatively safe – provided that people can avoid dense crowds.”A sign attached to the fence at the Ocean City Skate Park spells out the updated crowd restrictions. Beaches will be opening back up for all normal activities.last_img read more

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Egg Council to launch Judicial Review

first_imgThe British Egg Industry Council (BEIC) has embarked on a bid to challenge the UK government on its refusal to ban imports of illegally-produced battery cage eggs and egg products.According to the BEIC, British egg producers have invested £400m on phasing out barren battery cages, to meet the requirements of EU legislation, which came into force on 1 January 2012. However, it said producers in 13 other EU countries, including Spain, Italy and Poland, have not fully complied with the ban and it is estimated that around one-quarter of EU cage egg production will be illegal, with more than 50 million hens still being kept in barren battery cages.The BEIC said the government has refused to impose a ban on imports of illegal battery eggs and egg products, so it has now taken the first step in the Judicial Review process – a pre-action protocol letter – asking Defra to give a fuller explanation for its decision and to review its current position.The BEIC’s legal advice is that the government has incorrectly interpreted the law, it added. Andrew Parker, chairman, BEIC commented: “We’re asking the government to conduct proper checks of imported eggs, egg products and products containing eggs entering UK ports, egg packing stations, processing plants, importers and wholesalers. Otherwise, UK consumers could be eating eggs from illegal battery hens, and British egg producers will be seriously undermined, with the possible loss of thousands of jobs.“EU member states have had more than 12 years to get their houses in order and comply with the new legislation, so there are no excuses.”>> Government blasted on egg promiselast_img read more

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Dublin opens ‘smart’ bakery

first_imgYes, I think it is the futureNo, regular shopping experiences are timelessOtherPlease Specify: The world’s first ‘smart’ bakery has opened in Dublin, equipped with its own phone app, Bitcoin payment methods and Segway-style boards for the bakers to travel on.Krüst Bakery opened officially yesterday (30 April), and offers customers the chance to pre-order sandwiches, coffee and other baked goods on a phone application.The technology-filled site also uses smart switches and plugs, and Google’s Nest Smart Thermostat in a bid to reduce its electricity bill by 30% a year and be greener.Co-founder of the business, Rob Kramer, said he has dreams of opening 10,000 of his ’smart bakery’ concept shops, and will be looking to expand into the UK and USA next.He said: “I love tech, it’s great for the customer experience and it means we are actually greener. I can turn on the ovens remotely, and there is a smart-monitor which controls energy output.”Kramer said the business had invested around £2.5k in the smart bakery, which is situated in a site of 280sq m.He continued: “This is the future, there’s no waiting around, a lot of our customers are students or busy workers so they can pre-order what they need and watch on the app to see when it is nearly ready. Then they get a notification when it is done.”The shop bakes-off products in the shop, and makes sandwiches fresh to order. It also sells cronuts and other baked goods.While the bakery currently offers Bitcoin, a digital currency method of payment, Kramer said he would soon be looking to introduce a fingerprint payment system. The bakery has opened the flagship store on George’s Street, in Dublin city centre and was co-founded by duo Robert Kramer and Garret Flower. Take our poll: would you invest in more smartphone technology in your bakery?Would you invest in smartphone technology for your bakery? pollinglast_img read more

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Khruangbin Releases New ‘Spotify Singles’, Including A Cover Of “Khuda Bhi Aaman Se”

first_imgKhruangbin stopped by New York City’s Spotify Studios to deliver a pair of live performances on their Spotify Singles series. The thai-funk trio performed “Friday Morning” from their most recent release, as well as an instrumental rendition of “Khuda Bhi Aaman Se”, a song from the 1970 Bollywood film, Dharti, directed by C.V. Sridhar. The composition derives from the film’s soundtrack, which featured Mohammed Rafi.Known for their laid-back, instrumental brand of world music, Khruangbin has been slowly built up its fanbase over the past five years. The group released its debut album, The Universe Smiles Upon You, in 2015 to much critical acclaim, while their latest effort, Con Todo El Mundo, was released earlier this year. Last week, the trio put out a new music video for the single “Cómo Me Quieres,” which appears on Con Todo El Mundo.Listen to their studio performances of “Friday Morning” and “Khuda Bhi Aasman” below:<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Earlier this week, Khruangbin announced their fall tour schedule. The outing will bring the band through much of the West Coast as well as parts of the Eastern Seaboard between November 6th and December 12th. Khruangbin’s newly announced dates will put them back on the road a month after they wrap up a tour in support of soul and R&B singer Leon Bridges. That run will kick off on August 9th at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre, marking the trio’s debut at the picturesque Colorado music venue. Tickets for all of the fall tour dates (except Oakland) will go on sale on June 15th. More fall dates will be announced in the near future. Head to the band’s website for more information.Khruangbin Fall Tour Dates:August 9 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Ampitheater ^September 11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre ^September 12 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl ^September 14 – Seattle, WA @ WaMu ^September 15 – Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield ^September 16 – Vancouver, BC @ PNe Ampitheater ^September 18 – Missoula, MT @ Big Sky Brewing Company ^September 20 – Saint Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre ^September 23 – Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Harris Pavilion ^September 24 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom ^September 25 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre ^September 27 – Toronto, ON @ TD Echo Beach ^September 28 – Montreal, QC @ Place des Arts – Wilfrid Pelletier Hall ^September 30 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore ^October 3 – Washington, DC @ Anthem ^October 4 – Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena ^October 5 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall ^October 6 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall ^November 6 – Phoenix AZ @ Van BurenNovember 7 – Las Vegas NV @ VinylNovember 9 – Oakland CA @ Fox TheatreNovember 10 – San Diego CA @ Observatory North ParkNovember 11 – Los Angeles CA @ The WilternNovember 17 – Portland OR @ Crystal BallroomDecember 1 – Columbus OH @ Newport Music HallDecember 8 – Brooklyn NY @ Brooklyn SteelDecember 11 – Raleigh NC @ Lincoln TheatreDecember 12 – Atlanta GA @ Variety Playhouse^ supporting Leon BridgesView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

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Education’s future, globally

first_imgFuture generations of leaders in international education gathered at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) last week to explore solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges in the field.The conference, “Defining the Future of Global Education,” featured the presentations of final projects by close to 50 master’s students in the HGSE course “Education Policy Analysis and Research in Comparative Perspective,” taught by Fernando Reimers, Ford Foundation Professor of International Education.“The themes discussed during the conference and the commitment of presenters, discussants, and attendees gives me great hope,” said Reimers, “that during the next 10 and 20 years we are going to see even more progress in expanding the dream of providing quality and relevant education to all around the world.”Topics ranged from reforming civic education in Saudi Arabia to increasing educational opportunities for female students in rural Lao PDR to teacher absenteeism in India to China’s college entrance examination to English language literacy in American Samoa.Student Mark Huelsman cited persistent college attainment gaps between low- and high-income students during a talk on increasing access to higher education for low-income students in the United States.To reverse the troubling trend, he suggested a number of policy reforms, including simplifying financial aid applications and delivering financial aid to students well before they reach high school. He also called for the reform of higher education tax credits. Such credits should be refundable, Huelsman said, and students should have the option of receiving them before they are in debt to higher-education institutions.“I think these two policies could actually have the effect of engaging students early and promoting college-going behaviors.”With her paper, Maria Vanya Anaya Antelo explored how to change negative attitudes toward immigrants in France through the use of culturally sensitive teaching practices and multicultural education strategies. Needed are components of culturally relevant teaching that include the development of active listening techniques, the presentation of multiple perspectives during class discussions, and the creation of an atmosphere of inclusion in the classroom, said Antelo.“Every student in the classroom should feel that they can contribute to the learning community, [and] feel comfortable expressing their beliefs in a safe space.”Audience members and moderators for the various sessions included education leaders from around the world, including Reyes Tamez Guerra, the former secretary of education of Mexico, Susan Durston, the director of education for the United Nations Children’s Fund, and Khattab Al-Hinai, a member of the Oman state council and the chair of its committee on education.The oldest independent state in the Arab world, Oman is in the process of assessing and evaluating the country’s educational system, said Al-Hinai, who attended the Harvard conference to listen and learn.“I need to learn everything, the financing of education, the quality of education … everything. We need to get it right.”Also in the crowd was Manuel Gonzalez, a volunteer parent in the California school district that his five children attended, including his oldest son, now a Harvard sophomore.“It’s not foolish to think of high aspirations, of educational reforms that are on the face feasible, like convincing our society of the value that undocumented students can represent if you open the gates of academic training,” said Gonzalez, referencing a morning session by HGSE students MaryAnn Celis and Megha Tanwar.The pair, who discussed the use of programs to help improve college access for undocumented youths in the United States, said that each year 65,000 undocumented students put their college dreams on hold. Financial constraints are part of the problem, they said. Because of their undocumented status, illegal immigrants have to pay higher out-of-state tuition prices and are ineligible for work-study aid programs.The research showed that when such students can pay in-state tuition, as is the case with 13 states, their enrollment rates increase and dropout rates decrease.“Addressing the financial barrier would be to grant in-state tuition,” said Celis.last_img read more

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Misery’s Bruce Willis on Why Starring on B’way Is the ‘Big Time’

first_img Related Shows Misery Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 14, 2016 Bruce Willis is about to face a sledgehammer eight shows a week in Stephen King’s Misery, but before he does he stopped by somewhere he hasn’t been for 21 years, The Today Show. “I’m not that frightened of it. It’s juts a different mode, just a way of doing it,” said Willis, about treading the Main Stem’s boards. “I’ve never been on Broadway and as far as I’m concerned, it is the big time.” Check out the video below as despite Matt Lauer’s best attempts, we’re not sure it won’t be another 21 years before he lands another Willis encounter. Misery, co-starring Laurie Metcalf, will begin performances on October 22 at the Broadhurst Theatre. View Commentslast_img read more

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Top faculty advisor

first_imgBy Larry Dendyand SharonOmahenUniversity of GeorgiaRob Shewfelt, a professor with the University of Georgia Collegeof Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, has earned nationalrecognition as an academic advisor.Shewfelt will receive the Outstanding Advising Certificate ofMerit from the National Academic Advising Association. He’s oneof 12 people in the nation honored in the faculty academicadvising category of the association’s national awards program.The category recognizes faculty members whose primary job isteaching but who spend part of their time providing academic helpto students.Shewfelt is a professor and undergraduate coordinator of the foodscience and technology department in the CAES. He was entered inthe national competition after getting the OutstandingAdvisor/Mentor Award at UGA earlier this year.The UGA award recognizes faculty and staff members for excellencein advising undergraduate students on their selection of classesand course of study, for helping them with academic problems andfor providing guidance on graduate school, career and relateddecisions.Shewfelt has been a member of the CAES faculty for 22 years. He’sbeen teaching and advising students on the Athens campus for thepast eight years.Student favoriteA major theme in his classes is professional development. In oneclass, “Chocolate Science,” he challenges first-year students tothink about careers. Another, “Food Science Forum,” stressesjob-search skills and strategies.Students describe him as innovative, enthusiastic, passionate andcaring. One student said, “The only common factor amongShewfelt’s classes is that he strives to get his students tothink for themselves.”Another declared, “He expects his students to truly participatein their own education. And he’s always willing to explaindifficult topics again so everyone can understand.”The NAAA has presented awards in academic advising since 1983.The award will be presented at the group’s annual conference inOctober in Cincinnati, Ohio.Kathy Wilson, an advisor in the insurance, legal studies and realestate department in the UGA Terry College of Business, will alsoreceive an award. She’s one of 15 people recognized in a categoryfor people whose primary role is advising students.(Larry Dendy is assistant to the associate vice president forpublic affairs of the University of Georgia. Sharon Omahen is anews editor with the University of Georgia College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

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Vermont Celebrates Champlain’ named Top 100 Event in US

first_imgThe American Bus Association (ABA) announced that the ‘Vermont Celebrates Champlain,’ and ‘Hudson 400th Celebration of Discovery’ are the winning US events, respectively, as ABA released its 2009 list of the’Top 100 Events in North America.’The year 2009 will mark the 400th anniversary of when French explorer Samuel de Champlain traveled by canoe up the Richelieu River and came upon a lake spanning 120 miles in length and 12 miles in width.Vermont will commemorate this event in 2009 with festivals, pageants, exhibits and much more. All are invited to share in the fun and help commemorate this historic moment.The annual guide for professional travel planners and the general public highlights the top fairs, festivals, parades and regional events across North America. While the Top 100 are not ranked, ABA highlights the top US and Canadian events for 2009.First Night Burlington on Dec. 31, kicks off the statewide ‘Vermont Celebrates Champlain’ commemoration events.last_img read more

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