A Permo-Carboniferous U-Pb age for part of the Guanta Unit of the Elqui-Limari Betholith at Rio del Transito, northern Chile

first_imgA U-Pb zircon age 0f 285.7+/-1.5 Ma is presented for granodiorite from the Chanchoquin pluton of the Guanta Unit, Elqui Superunit of the Elqui-Limari Batholith. This is the first U-Pb zircon age reported from this batholith and is interpreted as dating emplacement of part of its oldest unit, very close to the time of the Carboniferous-Permian boundary. The age is similar to published Rb-Sr ages for the Palaeozoic batholiths of the Coast Range in Central Chile, in the Algarrobo and Nahuelbuta areas, indicating a widespread episode of plutonic activity along the Gondwana margin of Northern and Central Chile. If the new age were applicable to the whole of the Guanta unit, the other units of the Elqui Superunit (Cochiguas and El Volcan units) would have been emplaced during Permian or later times. A new Rb-Sr whole-rock isochron of 256+/-10 Ma for the Cochiguas Unit in Rio Los Molles, at the southern end of the batholith, is in agreement with this, although previous evidence for the Cochiguas Unit in its type section indicated a Carboniferous age. This suggests either that the Rb-Sr system in Los Molles has been reset, or that the mapped units of the batholith, although lithologically similar in different areas, are not contemporaneous. Further U-Pb dating is needed to resolve these questions. RESUMEN. Edad U-Pb permo-carbonifera para parte de la Unidad Guanta del Batolito Elqui-Limari en Rio del Transito, norte de Chile. Se presenta una nueva edad (U-Pb en circon de 285,7+/-1,5 Ma) para una granodiorita del pluton Chanchoquin de la Unidad Guanta (Superunidad Elqui del Batolito Elqui-Limari). Representa la primera determinacion de U-Pb en circon del batolito, y se interpreta como la edad de cristalizacion de parte de la unidad mas antigua, muy proxima al limite Carbonifero-Permico. Es, ademas, muy similar a las edades obtenidas en los batolitos paleozoicos de la Cordillera de la Costa de Chile, en las localidades de Algarrobo y Nahuelbuta, verificando, por lo tanto, una intensa actividad magmatica a lo largo del margen gondwanico del norte y centro de Chile. Si la nueva edad pudiera interpretarse como de toda la Unidad Guanta, las restantes unidades de la Superunidad Elqui (unidades Cochiguas y El Volcan) deberian haberse emplazado durante el Permico o mas recientemente. Una nueva isocrona Rb-Sr en roca total de 256+/-10 Ma para la Unidad Cochiguas en Rio Los Molles, en el extremo austral del batolito, esta de acuerdo con esto, aunque evidencias previas de la Unidad Cochiguas en su seccion tipo indican una edad carbonifera. Se sugiere que los sistemas Rb-Sr en el area de Rio Los Molles, se han ajustado o que distintas unidades mapeadas del batolito, aunque coherentes litologicamente, no son contemporaneas. Se requieren dataciones U-Pb adicionales para resolver estas interrogantes.last_img read more

Town Hall Meeting on North End Pump Station Set for Saturday

first_imgMayor Jay A. Gillian will hold a town hall meeting Nov. 14 to provide an update on plans to build a pump station to help remediate street flooding at the north end of Ocean City.The core project area to be serviced by a new pump station at the north end.The meeting will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall at the Ocean City Free Public Library (1735 Simpson Avenue).The city has plans to use the biggest grant in its history — $5 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency — to improve drainage in the flood-prone area between Second Street and Eighth Street, West Avenue and the bay.With the city providing another $3.8 million in capital funds, the $8.8 million project would overhaul the storm drain system and use mechanical pumping to help move water from the streets to the bay. The pumps would be located on city-owned property on the recreation fields behind the Ocean City Primary School.The city is still working to obtain permits for the work, which would begin sometime in 2016.A similar project was completed in the Merion Park neighborhood off Roosevelt Boulevard, and another is in the design phase in a low-lying area between 26th and 34th streets.The pump stations cannot prevent flooding during major storms or tidal events, but they can help water drain more quickly and effectively.Representatives of the engineering firm Paulus, Sokolowski and Sartor (PS&S) will provide a presentation at the town hall meeting and answer specific questions about the project. City Council members may also be attendance.For more information, call 609-525-9333. An abandoned car sits in the middle of Fourth Street on Oct. 3 as a northeast gale continued to cause exceptionally high tides and street flooding in Ocean City.last_img read more

Lees Foods’ chief to leave

first_imgLees Foods’ chairman and chief executive, Raymond Miquel CBE, has left the firm. The Lees business comprises Lees of Scotland and Waverley Bakery. It also owned Patisserie UK which was put into administration in March 2009 after its major customer – Costa Coffee, which accounted for 75% of its sales – switched to another supplier.Miquel rescued the firm in 1993 when it was close to bankruptcy, and losing over £1m annually. He made a number of changes including the introduction of management controls and rationalisation of the product range, which saw the business return to a profitable position.  Lees said it will announce its new board structure, along with its interim results, later this month.last_img

Notre Dame professor picked by Joe Biden for Secretary of Department of Veterans Affairs

first_img Pinterest Twitter By Network Indiana – December 12, 2020 5 385 Twitter Google+ IndianaLocalNews Notre Dame professor picked by Joe Biden for Secretary of Department of Veterans Affairs WhatsApp President Barack Obama meets with Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and Jen Psaki, Director of Communications, in the Oval Office, April 1, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) A Notre Dame professor has been nominated by President-elect Joe Biden to serve as secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.Denis McDonough, a professor of public policy in the Keough School of Global Affairs, was nominated for the position Friday. McDonough graduated summa cum laude from St. John’s University in Minnesota with bachelor’s degrees in history and Spanish. He also has a master’s degree from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service.From 2010 to 2013, McDonough served as assistant to the president and principal deputy national security adviser. During this time, he chaired the National Security Council’s Deputies Committee, leading a team that addressed complex national security challenges.McDonough then served as chief of staff to President Barack Obama from 2013 to 2017. As Obama’s chief of staff, McDonough managed the 4,000-member White House staff. He provided strategic advice to the president on the most significant domestic policy, national security and management issues facing the federal government.In August 2017, McDonough joined the Notre Dame faculty, where he teaches courses on public policy analysis, writing for government and more.  He also currently serves as senior principal at the Markle Foundation, which works to address the labor market skills gap.The Cabinet appointment is subject to Senate confirmation. Facebook Pinterest Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleValparaiso man, 19, arrested on suspicion of rape of female relativeNext articleTemper Grille to close, owner blames COVID-19 pandemic Network Indianalast_img read more

Turkey hopes US will rejoin Iran nuclear deal

first_imgANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s foreign minister says he hopes the United States will return to the nuclear deal with Iran under U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration and that sanctions imposed on Iran will be lifted. Mevlut Cavusoglu made the comments on Friday during a joint news conference in Istanbul with his Iranian counterpart, Javad Zarif. Former U.S. President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew America from Iran’s nuclear deal in 2018. Under the deal Tehran had agreed to limit its uranium enrichment in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.  After the U.S. then ramped up sanctions, Iran gradually and publicly abandoned the deal’s limits on its nuclear development.last_img

Tony Odds & Ends: Lin-Manuel Miranda Will Return to Hamilton & More

first_imgLin-Manuel Miranda in ‘Hamilton'(Photo: Joan Marcus) Here’s a quick roundup of stories from the Tony winners in the press room that you may have missed at the 70th Annual Tony Awards tonight. Lin-Manuel Miranda Intends to Return to HamiltonHamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda has confirmed that he is set to depart the Tony-winning tuner: “I will leave sometime this summer.” However, the show’s creator and star revealed that he intends to return to the musical over the years. “I’ve built something that I can drop in on over and over again.” Miranda also fielded a question about what Alexander Hamilton would make of Donald Trump. “I have no idea,” came the diplomatic response. “I think Hamilton would be too busy looking at the electric lights!” Miranda then firmly added: “I think the show speaks for itself.”Renée Elise Goldsberry Eyes the West End?Broadway.com asked Tony winner Renée Elise Goldsberry whether she’d consider reprising her role of Angelica Schuyler Church in London or in any of the upcoming American productions of Hamilton. “I would love to,” she replied. Watch this space!A Bronx Tale Likely to Land on Broadway This FallPaper Mill Playhouse is the recipient of this year’s Regional Theatre Tony Award: asked about two of their Broadway-aimed projects, A Bronx Tale and The Bandstand comes the news that the former is “further on in process” in landing a Main Stem theater. They would not confirm the rumor that A Bronx Tale had landed the Longacre Theatre and would open on December 1.Ivo van Hove Talks David Bowie’s Lazarus in LondonTony winner Ivo van Hove, who took home a trophy for A View From the Bridge, also directed David Bowie’s Lazarus off-Broadway this season. He says it “would be a wonderful idea to do that in Bowie’s hometown,” adding that producer Robert Fox has said it’s “inevitable.” View Commentslast_img read more

Georgia’s Grape Industry

first_imgGeorgia’s grape industry, once dormant, is now thriving, according to Phillip Brannen, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension fruit plant pathologist. Growing potential for prosperity in the wine industry will require that farmers stay vigilant about certain diseases, like Pierce’s disease, that could negatively impact production.“Pierce’s disease is the major disease to limit European grapes in Georgia. It is caused by a bacterium that is transmitted by numerous sharpshooter insects, such as the glassy-winged sharpshooter. It clogs the grape xylem, cutting off nutrient and water flow,” Brannen said.Once infected with Pierce’s disease, vines die within one to two years. Because of Georgia’s warm climate, European grape varieties like merlot and chardonnay can only be grown in the foothills of the north Georgia mountains, according to Brannen. Colder temperatures reduce the number of insects present as well as bacterial numbers in the plant.Muscadines are generally resistant to Pierce’s disease, while ‘Norton’ and hybrid cultivars vary in resistance.Other diseases that grape producers need to watch for vary depending on the grape species. Georgia wine comes from grapes of European descent (Vitis vinifera), muscadines (Vitis rotundifolia), and the ‘Norton’ (derived from Vitis aestivalis) and hybrid cultivars. Producers worry most about powdery and downy mildews and various rots, like black rot, bitter rot, ripe rot and sour rot, Brannen said.Powdery mildew can infect all green vine parts and produces a white, powdery growth. Early sprays are required for control, Brannen said.Downy mildew attacks all of the green parts of the vine, but the leaves are extremely susceptible. The infected leaves drop, resulting in reduced sugars in the fruit and a decreased hardiness in overwintering buds. While leaf loss may affect the current season’s crop, it may also impact next year’s crop by retarding the maturation of canes and decreasing stored food reserves. This may kill the plant. Muscadines do not contract downy mildew.Brannen emphasizes that any practice that promotes good drying conditions, such as proper pruning, vineyard aspect and weed control, should reduce downy mildew pressure.One of the most destructive grape diseases in Georgia is black rot. Black rot will wipe out all of the crop as it spreads to new green growth in the spring. Growers of European and American bunch grapes should be especially wary of this disease.“Like any other fruit, grapes can be impacted by diseases if they’re not managed correctly. Georgia farmers need to be mindful of what these diseases are and what chemical treatments are appropriate,” Brannen said.Brannen also stresses the importance of nematode control. Nematodes are microscopic worms that feed on roots of plants and stunt plants’ growth. In grapevines, nematodes can infest the roots and inflict direct damage, increase fungal invasions on damaged roots and spread viruses. European grapes require nematode-resistant rootstocks.In addition, Brannen suggests preplant fumigation, which may be necessary if nematode populations are high. Farmers are advised to sample for nematodes prior to planting in order to understand how significant a problem nematodes are in their vineyards.Brannen recommends that growers purchase certified rootstock to combat certain grape diseases. If plants have been certified, then they have been officially declared free of viruses and crown gall bacteria, both of which decimate grape production in a vineyard. Crown gall bacteria can develop on trunks and canes that have been wounded by subfreezing temperatures. The plant cells active in healing the wound are susceptible to an infection.Once wiped out by Prohibition, Georgia’s wine industry is now thriving throughout Georgia, Brannen said. Essentially, there were no wine grapes in Georgia from Prohibition until the late 1970s, but that has changed in recent years.“The combination of locally grown (crops) and agritourism makes Georgia wine grape production a viable industry for the future,” Brannen said. “Though most wineries are in north Georgia, wineries are opening up throughout the state.”According to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, the farm gate value for grapes in 2015 was more than $8.9 million.last_img read more

Embrace and employ the innovators

first_img 33SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Robert Trunzo Robert (Bob) N. Trunzo is the president and chief executive officer for CUNA Mutual Group, the leading provider of insurance and financial services to credit unions and their members. He … Web: https://www.cunamutual.com Details Remember being told to “think outside the box”? It used to be such a common phrase; asking you to forget the norm and imagine greater possibilities. Throw a curveball. No idea’s a bad idea. Blue sky thinking.When a group of college students visited CUNA Mutual Group earlier this month, it occurred to me just how obsolete the phrase has become.Looking around, it’s been a long time since we settled on the norm. Innovation is everywhere. The app you just downloaded needs updating. The new phone you bought is great, but an even better version is just around the corner. You can refinance your mortgage with the push of a button – in the time it takes to order a coffee.The pace of change is simply so rapid now, so unrelenting, that the only true constant is change itself.But for credit unions and their partners – regulated institutions with complex, legacy processes – it can be a challenge to keep up. Large or small, we were built in the box.CUNA Mutual Group is no different. For generations we’ve been a proud member of the credit union movement and a trusted provider to 95% of all credit unions in this country*. But the world we operated in yesterday is not the world our customers live in today.That’s why I’m proud to lead an organization that recognizes the only way to truly remain competitive, to provide continuing value to our customers long into the future, is to embrace innovation – by employing the innovators.It was a privilege to have a group of talented students visit our Madison, WI, campus as finalists in the 2017 FOCUSS Idea Competition; a national contest CUNA Mutual Group has sponsored for two consecutive years.The program challenges students from four historically black colleges and universities – and two Wisconsin colleges – to propose solutions to issues facing credit unions and their members.This year’s participants were challenged to provide hypothetical product and marketing solutions to help the millions of U.S. households that are either financially unbanked or under-banked access safe and affordable credit.And while each finalist received a cash prize, for CUNA Mutual Group the reward is much greater. It’s an opportunity for us to work with and learn from a group of young, innovative thinkers. Each participant is given the opportunity to enter into our internship program – a program recently overhauled to ensure every placement offered is done so with the expectation of continued employment.Our intern program is now a funnel for new, innovative and exciting talent. It’s a process that strengthens our future as much as theirs.Because it truly is exciting to see and hear from the next generation of credit union leaders: those who simply don’t recall that the box ever existed.last_img read more

A case involving synthetic identity fraud, credit card bust-out scheme and money laundering

first_imgLate last month, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of New York announcedeleven defendants had been charged with defrauding banks to the tune of approximately $3 million.  How?  By using fake or “synthetic” identities to get credit cards, running up charges and not repaying the issuing financial institutions.  Three of the defendants then laundered the proceeds to conceal the source of the funds.Synthetic identity fraud happens when a criminal creates an identity instead of stealing a real person’s identity.  It generally involves mixing real and fake personal identifier information such as names, dates of birth, addresses and social security numbers to create an entirely new identity.  For example, the synthetic identity could have a legitimate address and the social security number could appear valid, but the social security number, name and date of birth combination do not match with any one person.A bust-out scheme is generally when someone applies for credit (credit cards, retail cards, home equity) using a synthetic identity.  They build good credit by making timely payments, obtaining credit line increases and with increasing usage. They then max out all available lines of credit, with no intention of repaying and drop the account. These then go into collections and turn into charge-offs and a loss for the financial institutions. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Finland recommends face masks as coronavirus cases creep up

first_imgTopics : Prior to Thursday, Finland had not officially backed the use of masks.Health authorities reported 41 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, a daily record since the end of May, bringing the total to 7,683 since the beginning of the pandemic. A total of 333 people have died.Marin also clarified the new quarantine rules for travellers from high-risk countries, following contradictory statements by ministers over a two-week quarantine earlier this week.She said the government had no legal grounds to order general quarantines but local health authorities and doctors were able to mandate coronavirus tests and quarantine decisions for travellers arriving from high-risk countries.Marin said anyone arriving from a country with more than 8 to 10 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the latest two-week period should go on a voluntary 14-day quarantine, while authorities would be mandating sanctioned quarantines on travellers from “red-colored countries” where infections are peaking.The government also decided to recommend returning to remote work whenever possible in regions where infections are on the rise, meaning the region around the capital Helsinki and two others at the moment, Marin said.  Finland recommended the use of face masks in public for the first time on Thursday as the number of coronavirus cases rises.Prime Minister Sanna Marin said masks should be worn in situations where social distancing is not possible, such as on public transport.People aged 15 or over who will stay for more than 15 minutes in crowded places should wear them, excluding regions where no new cases have been found in two weeks, the public health authority also recommended.last_img read more