May 10, 2021

Combined U-Pb geochronology and Hf isotope geochemistry of detrital zircons from early Palaeozoic sedimentary rocks, Ellsworth-Whitmore Mountains block, Antarctica.

first_imgU-Pb detrital zircon geochronology from the upper Cambrian to Devonian part of the Ellsworth Mountains succession, Antarctica, yields dominant late Mesoproterozoic and late Neoproterozoic–Cambrian age populations that are onsistent with a provenance from within Gondwana. Hf isotope compositions reveal a source predominantly within west Gondwana and identify a change in provenance up-stratigraphy that coincides with the change of sedimentation setting from active rift to passive margin, which has been independently determined by stratigraphic,structural, and geochemical arguments. For the Late Cambrian Frasier Ridge Formation, late Mesoproterozoic grains have positive εHf values, suggesting derivation from juvenile crust, and late Neoproterozoic–Cambriangrains have εHf values greater than –5, consistent with remelting of similar juvenile late Mesoproterozoic crust during the Pan African–Ross orogenies. Provenance during rifting was from proximal sources from within west Gondwana, most likely, southernmost Africa and basement to the Ellsworth-Whitmore Mountains block. At higher stratigraphic levels where deposition occurred along a passive margin, in the early Ordovician Mount Twiss Member and middle Devonian Mount Wyatt Earp Formation, late Neoproterozoic–Cambrian grains have εHf values less than –5; this means that early Mesoproterozoic–Archean crust was remelted to generate these zircons. Provenance was from a more expansive source region within west Gondwana, and probably included the Kaapvaal and Congo cratons of south and west Africa. Isolated outcrops of sedimentary rock of uncertain age at Mount Woollard and the Whitmore Mountains have detrital zircon signatures similar to the Frasier Ridge Formation, suggesting correlation with these Late Cambrian deposits. Sedimentary rock from the Stewart Hills contains some late Mesoproterozoic grains with lower εHf values than the previously mentioned samples. This suggests that the Stewart Hills sample has a provenance from within east Gondwana and was possibly deposited on the East Antarctic craton prior to the Ross orogeny and is not part of the displaced Ellsworth-Whitmore Mountains crustal block.last_img read more

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“READERS FORUM” AUGUST 10, 2019

first_imgTodays “Readers Poll’ question is: Do you feel when Tropicana-Evansville get SportsBook betting it will financially hurt Ellis Park?If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected] Footnote: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. Personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language and insults against commenters shall not be tolerated and will be removed from our site.Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer, our media partners or advertise.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare We hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way.WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND TODAY?last_img read more

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Weary of Court Drama, Gerrymandering Opponents Shift Their Strategy

first_imgGerrymandering opponents gather on the steps of the Supreme Court in March. Some states are adopting independent commissions to redraw congressional districts and avoid gerrymandering court battles. STATELINE ARTICLE written on September 13, 2018By: Matt Vasilogambros Weary of Court Drama, Gerrymandering Opponents Shift Their Strategy Discouraged by seemingly endless court battles, gerrymandering opponents in some states are shifting their strategy two years before the 2020 census sparks another round of redistricting for legislative seats.Voters in Colorado, Michigan, Missouri, and Utah will decide in November whether to have independent commissioners, rather than state lawmakers, draw congressional maps and the lines for state legislative seats. Except for Colorado, where lawmakers added the ballot measure, activists got these initiatives on the ballot by gathering signatures. And earlier this year, Ohio voters overwhelmingly approved a measure that requires bipartisan support for new lines, though the power to draw them returns to the majority party if several redistricting attempts fail. The new system goes into effect in 2021.Activists in several other states, including Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Virginia, where a federal court recently determined that the Legislature unconstitutionally packed African-Americans into districts to restrict their political clout, are hoping to get their own initiatives onto the ballot.center_img Brian Cannon, executive director of One Virginia 2021, is working with supportive lawmakers to get the measure introduced this January, which would begin the process of putting it on the November 2020 ballot. The measure has bipartisan support, including from former Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli and former Democratic House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong.“This isn’t a partisan thing,” Cannon said. “No one runs to keep gerrymandering.”But there are still state leaders who remain skeptical, including Republican Del. Buddy Fowler, who last year said, “I don’t think it is wise to hand over constitutional obligations and duties of elected people to unelected people.”And in other states, such as Republican-dominated Texas, state lawmakers are determined to maintain their district-drawing power. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the state’s new congressional maps, ruling that Texas lawmakers did not intentionally discriminate against Latino and black voters in drawing them.After the Supreme Court ruling, Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton praised the decision, saying it “protects the right of Texans to draw their own legislative districts.”Republican ProjectIn the runup to the 2010 census, the Republican State Leadership Committee made a national effort to gain control of state legislatures with the hope of seizing redistricting power. The “Redistricting Majority Project” was a staggering success: Republicans now control 31 state legislatures. And with the help of computer algorithms, they have redrawn congressional and legislative maps to give their party enormous advantages. Even in some purple states, where the number of registered Republicans and Democrats is nearly equal, Republicans dominate the state’s congressional delegation because of gerrymandered districts.According to the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, “Democrats would need to win by a nearly unprecedented margin in 2018 to gain control of the House of Representatives” because of the way maps are designed. The center highlighted the maps in Michigan, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania, saying they “consistently have the most extreme measures of bias.”Despite the many legal challenges to these maps, the U.S. Supreme Court has never struck down a state’s congressional map because of partisan gerrymandering, though it has rejected maps because they harmed racial minorities.This year, the Supreme Court considered legal challenges to the Maryland and Wisconsin congressional maps, which opponents said were unfairly drawn to benefit the parties in charge — Democrats in Maryland and Republicans in Wisconsin.But the high court declined to rule on whether the maps were unconstitutional. Regarding Maryland, it said in an unsigned opinion that it could not issue a ruling until there was a trial. And Chief Justice John Roberts said the plaintiffs in the Wisconsin case had not shown they were hurt by the Legislature’s actions.In North Carolina, Republicans currently hold 10 of the state’s 13 House seats, even though there are more registered Democrats than Republicans. When state lawmakers approved new maps in 2016, North Carolina state Rep. David Lewis, the Republican in charge of drawing the state’s congressional maps, said it was legal to “draw the map to give a partisan advantage” to Republicans.But last month, a panel of three federal judges declared North Carolina’s congressional district map unconstitutional. A week later, the panel decided the map should be used for the midterm election in November because there was “insufficient time” to draw new lines.Allison Riggs, the attorney who led the challenge against North Carolina’s map, is busy preparing for the state’s likely appeal to the Supreme Court next term. Riggs fears that gerrymandering efforts will get even more sophisticated with the development of new data and mapping techniques, and believes that voters and activists should push for new systems, such as independent commissions.“I’m seeing voters getting frustrated at the process,” said Riggs, the senior voting rights attorney for the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, a North Carolina-based nonprofit legal advocacy group. “But until voters translate that frustration to oust people, I don’t have a lot of hope that good sense will kick in and politicians will be responsive.”Compact and CompetitiveVoting experts largely agree that independent commissions are the fairest way to draw district lines. Maps drawn by such panels are more compact, more competitive and respect local boundaries more than maps drawn by state legislators, said Michael Crespin, a professor of political science at the University of Oklahoma.Crespin coauthored a 2017 study in the Journal of Politics that found independent commissions may “do a better job of preserving the population cores.” But, he said, politicians aren’t rushing to adopt independent commissions and give up redistricting power.“Politicians always have an incentive to draw districts that work for them, and they’re always going to be pushing the limits,” Crespin said. “That’s politics. Whatever the rules are, you’re going to stretch them to your advantage.”This year, legislators in 18 states considered more than 60 bills to change the redistricting process. Many of the measures aimed to create independent commissions to draw and approve congressional districts, like the panels in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Jersey, and Washington.Each state’s commission has its own redistricting standards and members are selected differently. In California, for example, government auditors select commissioners from a large applicant pool. But in Washington, legislative leaders can choose registered voters to serve on the bipartisan commission.In Iowa, nonpartisan legislative staff members develop maps without political or election data, which lawmakers later approve.In five other states — Maine, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Virginia — advisory committees can assist the legislature in drawing district lines. And if lawmakers cannot agree on new congressional maps in Connecticut and Indiana, backup commissions create the new maps.In Colorado, voters in November will consider two proposed constitutional amendments, each creating an independent commission for legislative redistricting and congressional redistricting. Each commission would have a dozen members, four Democrats, four Republicans, and four independents. Unaffiliated voters are now the largest voting bloc in the state at 38 percent.The proposed amendments enjoy rare bipartisan support in Colorado, including from the Republican Senate president and the Democratic House speaker. Not a single member of the General Assembly voted against bringing the measures to the ballot.“Both sides played the game the way the game was set up,” said Curtis Hubbard, a spokesman for Fair Maps Colorado. “That’s why we’re trying to eliminate the gamesmanship.”Fifty-five percent of voters will have to vote in favor of the amendments to add them to the constitution. Educating voters on this complicated issue remains a challenge, Hubbard said.Karin Mac Donald also faced that problem in California, where voters in 2008 passed a proposition that handed redistricting duties to an independent commission comprised of 14 voters — five Democrats, five Republicans, and four independents.Mac Donald, the director of the state’s redistricting database, housed at the University of California at Berkeley was a consultant for the state auditor during the last round of redistricting. Californians, she said, were concerned that unelected people were going to determine political fortunes.“Right now, it’s the devil you know,” Mac Donald said. “Maybe they think it’s not that bad. And people who aren’t getting good representation are already marginalized anyway. You have to mobilize people who feel they’re not part of the system right now, and that’s pretty hard.” FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Glazing made easier

first_imgClean-label ingredients manufacturer and supplier Ulrick & Short has relaunched its additive- and allergen-free range of bakery glazes.Eziglaze was originally developed in response to market demands for more natural ingredient replacements. It can be used on sweet and savoury baked goods, and has been relaunched with improved cost saving value, due to the fluctuating price of eggs, said the firm. These savings are achieved as the glaze does not need to be chilled and has a long shelf-life, making it a practical alternative to fresh egg and milk. It is available in a powdered format which needs to be made up with cold water.”Eziglaze is ambient stable and can be adjusted to match the viscosity of existing glazes, meaning manufacturers do not need to recalibrate their equipment, helping to save time and money,” said the firm. “Eziglaze is able to replicate the same browning and gloss characteristics of egg and milk based glazes and has no chemicals or artificial components, as well as being GM-free.”last_img read more

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Rep. Walorski receives COVID-19 vaccine

first_imgCoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Previous articleSuspects in deadly shooting at Waterford Glen Apartments charged with murderNext articleGoshen Health administers first COVID-19 vaccinations 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Jackie Walorski (Photo supplied/U.S. House of Representatives) U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski released the following statement after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, Dec. 18:“Because of American ingenuity and innovation, we will soon have two safe and effective vaccines approved for the fight to end this pandemic.“Today on the advice of the Office of the Attending Physician, I received a COVID-19 vaccine, following the example of Vice President Mike Pence, Second Lady Karen Pence, and Surgeon General Jerome Adams in showing our fellow Hoosiers they can be fully confident these vaccines are safe and effective. “I will continue working with federal, state, and local officials to ensure vaccine doses are distributed in our communities as efficiently as possible so that together we can defeat this invisible enemy.” Google+ Pinterest Facebook By 95.3 MNC – December 19, 2020 1 195 Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Rep. Walorski receives COVID-19 vaccinelast_img read more

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Speech: DFID Ghana Country Director’s speech at Commonwealth Digital Finance event

first_imgAs Country Director for the UK’s Department for International Development in Ghana, it is a pleasure to welcome you to this event where we can share ideas on Digital Finance.The Digital Finance Champions Group was launched during the Commonwealth Summit in London in April 2018, as a platform for countries demonstrating leadership and commitment to an inclusive digital finance agenda.This Group is designed to be a collaborative, mutually-supportive and member-led platform, to drive global momentum toward our shared vision of secure, suitable and inclusive digital finance. It is up to all of you to shape the Champions Group into what you want it to be, what you want it to do and what you want it to achieve.Digital finance is transforming the way financial sectors operate across the globe, and bringing far reaching benefits.Mobile money, payment cards and other types of FinTech – can be particularly transformative in enabling poorer and rural populations, and especially women, to access tools for saving, insurance, and payment transactions, in a cheaper and more accessible way.There is a wealth of evidence from around the world about the many ways in which financial inclusion is important for growth and poverty reduction. Access to financial services improves people’s ability to save, manage risks, and increase their incomes.The UK has been at the forefront of the digital finance revolution and continues to be a committed partner. During her visit to Africa last month, the UK Prime Minister announced a new partnership between UK and African FinTech hubs to drive this agenda forward.The launch of this Digital Finance Champions Group took place at the London Stock Exchange in April in the presence of President Kenyatta of Kenya and the Governors of the Bank of England and the Bank of Ghana.At the launch, the DFID Secretary of State, Penny Mordaunt said that: Nowhere is this statement more relevant than here in Ghana. Financial sector development and greater financial inclusion will be critical for economic transformation, and for delivering His Excellency President Nana Akufo-Addo’s vision for a “Ghana beyond aid”.There is political commitment to building a digital economy at the highest level in Ghana. The Vice President is driving a series of new initiatives on digitisation – including the introduction of digital addressing, national ID and driving licences, digitising land registrations, and supporting the development of digital finance.In May this year, the Vice President launched Bank of Ghana’s mobile money inter-operability system, making it easier and cheaper for people to make mobile money transactions across different networks.In Ghana about 39% of Ghanaian adults have a mobile money account. This reflects huge growth from 2014 when only 13% of adults had one, but shows that there is still a huge opportunity for growth in the uptake of digital finance and FinTech.Creating an environment in which FinTech can thrive and create better services for poor people is critical. It’s an exciting time in Ghana for FinTech – given strong industry interest and the government’s ambition, including by being a founding member of this Champions Group.I hope that as Champions, this Group will be a platform to showcase innovation, to facilitate peer-to-peer learning, to pilot and inform policy design, to form partnerships, to provide technical support and to leverage expertise from the private sector.Across the Commonwealth, there already exists a wealth of knowledge and experience. Indeed, many Commonwealth countries have made significant and successful in-roads to this agenda by pioneering innovative technology and using different approaches – from Ghana’s development of enabling guidelines for electronic money issuers; to Kenya’s digitisation of their National Safety Net Programme; to the UK’s recent introduction of a fully interoperable “Open Banking” system – to name but a few.Our programme partners with expertise in the inclusive digital finance agenda are represented here today. I would like to thank – AFI (Alliance for Financial Inclusion), CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor), and BtCA (the Better than Cash Alliance) for making today possible.They will all give you an overview of the type of activities and support they focus on, as well as their perspective as to how this group might add value – perhaps by scaling up existing initiatives that are demonstrating success, or addressing something entirely new.But more importantly they are here to listen to your ideas, your requests and your suggestions as to what support through this new platform you feel would be most valuable.You will find on your tables an Information Note showcasing some of the exciting innovations that we are already aware of across the Commonwealth. This is designed to whet your appetites and get you thinking about what areas you would like to learn more about in line with your own country priorities, or what innovations you might like to showcase to others in the future.I encourage you all to share your ideas today, and I very much look forward to hearing about how you as Champions will harness the opportunities presented by digital finance in each of your countries.Thank you. …. financial markets open the door to a future free from aid dependency. By building partnerships, sharing knowledge and opening up markets, we can defeat poverty, boost trade and investment, and deliver on the ambitions of countries that want to stand on their own two feet.last_img read more

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FDF sets out shared priorities

first_imgThe Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has set out shared priorities for researchers and the food manufacturing industry, in order to plug the gap between basic and applied research.It is one of several actions that the association has identified as necessary for the sector to grow sustainably by 20% by 2020, which are highlighted in its new ‘Delivering Sustainable Growth Through Innovation’ vision.Ten long-term priority innovation areas have been identified and, from these, three “vital, overarching ambitions” have been set out by the FDF.These include: improving knowledge transfer; ensuring that the sector has the technical skills required to compete globally and attract inward investment; and the creation of a multi-disciplinary, strategically focused approach to deliver integrated solutions.Owen Paterson, secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs, said: “I’m extremely proud of the UK’s food and drink industry and fully support the FDF’s Innovation Vision. I want to see the industry build on its success and become a global leader in developing new technologies.“That’s why I’m working closely with farmers, manufacturers and retailers across the whole food sector to make it easier for businesses to grow both in the UK and abroad.”last_img read more

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Sierra Leone man on trial in Finland for Liberian war crimes

first_imgHELSINKI (AP) — A trial has started in Finland for a Sierra Leone man charged with committing serious war crimes, including several murders, and crimes against humanity during Liberia’s bloody second civil war from 1999 through 2003. Gibril Massaquoi, who has been living in Finland for more than 10 years, is alleged by Finnish prosecutors to have held a leading position in the Revolutionary United Front, a rebel army in Sierra Leone that was involved in the Liberian civil war in West Africa. The mask-wearing Massaquoi was at the court Wednesday in the southern Finnish city of Tampere. He has denied all the charges.last_img read more

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University Board of Trustees announces new members

first_imgNotre Dame appointed Dorene Dominguez and James Parsons to its Board of Trustees during meetings Thursday and Friday, the University announced in a press release.Dominguez graduated from Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in finance and currently serves on the Institute for Latino Studies’ advisory council. She chairs the Vanir Group of Companies, an organization based in California focused on renewable energy, real estate, construction and finances. The release said Dominguez is the “first and only” Latina to have ownership of a team in the National Basketball Association, owning a partial share of the Sacramento Kings.Parsons also graduated from Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in finance. He went on to earn a master of business administration from Harvard University. Along with his wife and fellow Notre Dame alumnus Carrie Quinn, Parsons contributed to “the establishment of the Notre Dame Institute for Global Investing at the Mendoza College of Business,” the release said.In 2014, Parsons founded Junto Capital Management, a New York City hedge fund focusing on the technology industry, finances and business services. He now serves as portfolio manager for the company, after having previously served in this capacity at Viking Global Investors.The Board of Trustees also appointed Rev. Thomas J. O’Hara to emeritus status during its spring meetings, the release said. O’Hara joined in the Board of Trustees in 2010 and in 2012 began overseeing the Congregation of Holy Cross — United States Province of Priests and Brothers as provincial superior. He also served as president of King’s College, another Holy-Cross-founded school, from 1999 to 2011, the release said.Tags: Board of Trustees, Dorene Dominguez, James Parsonslast_img read more

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Sheryl Lee Ralph Will Join Wicked

first_img Related Shows from $95.00 View Comments Wickedcenter_img A dreamy Head Shizstress will soon take the Gershwin Theatre stage. Dreamgirls Tony nominee Sheryl Lee Ralph is set to join the Broadway company of Wicked on November 1 as Madame Morrible. She steps in for Tony winner Judy Kaye, who is scheduled to take her final bow on October 30 (which happens to be the production’s 13th anniversary).Ralph earned a Tony nomination for her performance as Deena in the original production of Dreamgirls. She made her Broadway debut in Reggae and last appeared as Muzzy in Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2002. On the small screen, she’s known for playing Dee Mitchell in Moesha, as well as performances in Ray Donovan, It’s a Living and Instant Mom.In addition to Kaye, the current cast of Wicked includes Jennifer DiNoia as Elphaba, Carrie St. Louis as Glinda, Michael Campayno as Fiyero, Peter Scolari as the Wizard, Michael Genet as Doctor Dillamond, Zachary Noah Piser as Boq and Dawn E. Cantwell as Nessarose. Sheryl Lee Ralph(Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)last_img read more

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