Metamorphosed fragments of oceanic crust in the upper Paleozoic Chonos accretionary complex, southern Chile

first_imgA 15 km2 body of metabasite with occasional pillow structures occurs within the Paleozoic accretionary complex in Isla Italia and Isla Dring. Trace elements and REE geochemistry indicate similarities between the metabasites and either plume-related mid-oceannic ridge basalts (P-type MORB) or ocean-island tholeiite basalte. The chemistry of relict clinopyroxenes is also indicative of an ocean-floor basalt protolith. The metabasites exhibit very low-grade metamorphism (pumpellyite-stilpnomelane-actinolite assemblage), comparable to the grade of the sorrounding semi-pelitic mélange as determined by illite crystallinity studies. Isotopic modification of the RbSr system in the metabasites occurred during high fluid-pressure metamorphism, probably by introduction of metamorphic fluids from the sorrounding metapelites. A relatively early tectonic emplacement of the body into the accretionary complex before metamorphism and the generation of the main regional S2 foliation is proposed to explain these characteristics, in contrast to its previous interpretation as a late intrusion into the sorrounding metamorphic rocks.last_img read more

A previously undescribed Helotialean fungus that is superabundant in soil under maritime Antarctic higher plant

first_imgWe report a previously undescribed member of the Helotiales that is superabundant in soils at two maritime Antarctic islands under Antarctic Hairgrass (Deschampsia antarctica Desv.). High throughput sequencing showed that up to 92% of DNA reads, and 68% of RNA reads, in soils from the islands were accounted for by the fungus. Sequencing of the large subunit region of ribosomal (r)DNA places the fungus close to the Pezizellaceae, Porodiplodiaceae, and Sclerotiniaceae, with analyses of internal transcribed spacer regions of rDNA indicating that it has affinities to previously unnamed soil and root fungi from alpine, cool temperate and Low Arctic regions. The fungus was found to be most frequent in soils containing C aged to 1,000–1,200 years before present. The relative abundances of its DNA and RNA reads were positively associated with soil carbon and nitrogen concentrations and δ13C values, with the relative abundance of its DNA being negatively associated with soil pH value. An isolate of the fungus produces flask-shaped phialides with a pronounced venter bearing masses of conidia measuring 4.5–6(7) × 1.8–2.5 μm, suggestive of anamorphic Chalara. Enzymatic studies indicate that the isolate strongly synthesizes the extracellular enzyme acid phosphatase, and also exhibits alkaline phosphatase and naphthol-AS-BI-phosphohydrolase activities. Ecophysiological measurements indicate optimal hyphal growth of the isolate at a pH of 4.2–4.5 and a water potential of −0.66 MPa. The isolate is a psychrotroph, exhibiting measureable hyphal growth at −2°C, optimal hyphal extension rate at 15°C and negligible growth at 25°C. It is proposed that the rising temperatures that are predicted to occur in maritime Antarctica later this century will increase the growth rate of the fungus, with the potential loss of ancient C from soils. Analyses using the GlobalFungi Database indicate that the fungus is present in cold, acidic soils on all continents. We advocate further studies to identify whether it is superabundant in soils under D. antarctica elsewhere in maritime Antarctica, and for further isolates to be obtained so that the species can be formally described.last_img read more

Kansas vs. Kansas State basketball game ends with bench-clearing brawl

first_img Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailcmannphoto/iStock(NEW YORK) — Tuesday night’s NCAA basketball showdown between rivals Kansas and Kansas State was marred by a bench-clearing brawl in the final seconds that saw players from both sides throwing punches. Kansas had a 22-point lead and was trying to dribble out the clock with just seconds remaining when Kansas State’s DaJuan Gordon stripped the ball from Silvio De Sousa who then chased Gordon down and fouled him as he was attempting a layup.As Gordon lay on the floor, De Sousa stood over him, leading players on both sides to begin pushing and shoving each other. Players poured onto the court as punches were thrown. At one point De Sousa lifted a stool over his head. Coaches and security officers pulled players off the court as referees ejected all the players who had left their benches.“That was an embarrassment on our part, for the role that we played it in” said Kansas coach Bill Self after the game. “There will be consequences that I’m sure I’ll announce tomorrow for that role, as soon as I’m able to study it and come to grips with all of it.” “You win with class and you lose with class,” said Wildcats coach Bruce Weber. “Disappointing that anything had to happen at the end and that’s all I can say. It’s probably my fault but I had told them not to press, not to foul, I told them to back off but the kids are young guys and they want to play hard.” Kansas State was awarded technical free throws after the melee. Kansas ended up with the 81-60 win.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img January 22, 2020 /Sports News – National Kansas vs. Kansas State basketball game ends with bench-clearing brawllast_img read more

OQ Chemicals licenses Oxo production technology to Duqm Petrochemical Project

first_img OQ Chemicals licenses Oxo production technology to Duqm Petrochemical Project. (Credit: Frauke Feind from Pixabay) OQ Chemicals (formerly Oxea) has entered into an agreement to license its advanced proprietary technology for the production of ethylene and propylene derivatives to Duqm Refinery and Petrochemicals Industries Company (DRPIC) in Oman. DRPIC, a joint venture between Oman Oil Company and Kuwait International Oil Company, is a planned grassroots petrochemical complex at Duqm, Oman. In all, DRPIC awarded twelve license packages to international licensors.“DRPIC is proud to have reached a major milestone with the conclusion of Front-End Engineering Design. We selected OQ Chemicals in a competitive global bidding process. As an international know-how leader, they convinced us with an excellent long-term solution to the challenge of integrating different production technologies and efficient operation of the new plants. This will support DRPIC to better serve the growing demand in Asia-Pacific,” commented Dr. Salim Al Huthaili, CEO of DRPIC.OQ Chemicals has now entered into the design phase for five world-scale production units for the manufacturing of propanol, butyraldehyde, neopentyl glycol (NPG), 2-Ethylhexanol (2EH), and 2EH acid. The company will supply a process design package and support contractors during the design and construction phase. After commissioning the new units, OQ Chemicals will provide various services, including support for operations, maintenance, troubleshooting, training, and ongoing process optimization at Duqm.“At OQ Chemicals, we are pleased to provide our advanced, proven technology and know-how to DRPIC to contribute to the company’s growth and the further development of the region,” said Markus Heuwes, Project Director at OQ Chemicals. “We have a long-standing track record with our proprietary oxo technology and can draw on the extensive expertise of our experienced teams from engineering, construction, and operations. For the Duqm Petrochemical Project, we are applying the latest technologies that we developed for our production plants in Bay City, Texas, and Oberhausen, Germany,” Oliver Borgmeier, COO of OQ Chemicals, added. Source: Company Press Release DRPIC, a joint venture between Oman Oil Company and Kuwait International Oil Company, is a planned grassroots petrochemical complex at Duqm, Omanlast_img read more

Agent fury as Rightmove takes payments without 75% discount

first_imgThousands of Rightmove agents were sent invoices yesterday for their new, 75% discounted service which they duly paid via their direct debits.But despite the new deal, forged after protests about its original deferred payment scheme, Rightmove has caused fury among a small but significant minority of agents after it failed to apply the deal to their accounts.Several agents have been in contact with The Negotiator to complain that the full, non-discounted monthly payment went out of their bank account before they could do anything about it.After contacting their Rightmove accounts manager, the agents said no satisfactory answer about why this had happened was proffered.Rightmove says that this is because “the bills are not incorrect, it’s that they are billed for different time periods. Eg an invoice due on 1st April that was for a service or product in March”.A trawl through the two main Facebook ‘boycott Rightmove’ pages also reveals dozens of agents complaining that the portal did not apply the discount to their April payment.Account managerOne agent, Leanne Parr of estate agency Harper Williams, told us she received her Rightmove invoice yesterday and, when it hadn’t changed as promised, spoke to her account manager who couldn’t explain what had happened.“I have been unhappy with Rightmove since they put up my fees from £910 to £1,224 a month without any justification in January, and then the deferred payment offer pushed me over the edge and I served notice… but now this,” she says.The Negotiator asked Rightmove for comment. It said that agents could contact their account manager or its customers service team to get the problem sorted out, and that all agents should have had the 75% discount applied their April invoice.“There will be a small number of cases where there’s an invoice payable for a service or product that they used before April which will have had the usual costs applied,” a spokesperson said.Leanne Parr Harper Williams Rightmove April 2, 2020Nigel Lewis2 commentsNigel Lewis, Online Editor, The Negotiator Online Editor, The Negotiator 2nd April 2020 at 11:21 amOne agent has also been in touch to complain that his monthly Zoopla payment has been taken without the promised reduction, but asked that his comments remained anonymous:“I saw your right move fury article but Zoopla are also doing the same, i have had no deduction and a DD has been taken from my account for the full fee, when they offered me a 3 month discount i was told i would need to sign a 15 month contract!! I have been with Zoopla for nearly 15 years and had no issues paying my bills and find this position ludicrous from Zoopla.”Log in to ReplyMurray Lee, Dreamview Estates Dreamview Estates 2nd April 2020 at 10:15 amHow big a shot gun can you buy to shoot yourself through the foot?Im pleased to say we did get teh correct invoice and DD was paidAlthough the 75% was based on the “new” tariff as of April 1Stay safe allLog in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » COVID-19 news » Agent fury as Rightmove takes payments without 75% discount previous nextProducts & ServicesAgent fury as Rightmove takes payments without 75% discountFollowing last week’s U-turn on its Coronavirus support package, Rightmove admits some agents were billed incorrectly.Nigel Lewis2nd April 20202 Comments2,915 Viewslast_img read more

USS San Diego Successfully Completes Builder’s Trials

first_img USS San Diego Successfully Completes Builder’s Trials View post tag: Navy Industry news October 4, 2011 Share this article View post tag: San View post tag: successfully View post tag: Diego View post tag: Navalcenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today USS San Diego Successfully Completes Builder’s Trials View post tag: builders View post tag: USS The future USS San Diego (LPD 22) successfully completed Builder’s Trials, Oct. 1, marking a significant milestone as the ship progresses toward delivery to the Navy. LPD 22 is the sixth LPD 17 class amphibious transport dock ship and the second ship of the class to be completely constructed at Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) in Pascagoula, Miss.The primary focus of Builder’s Trials is to measure performance and identify any possible construction discrepancies. Over the next few weeks, the shipyard will focus on correcting those discrepancies in support of San Diego’s next major milestone, Navy Acceptance Trials. Shortly thereafter, the shipyard will officially deliver LPD 22 to the Navy.HII shipyard personnel conducted comprehensive tests intended to prove the performance of the combat and communications systems, propulsion plant, ship handling, damage control capabilities, and auxiliary systems. Additionally, the Engineering Control System and Ship Control Systems were demonstrated.Among the highlights of the trial, San Diego completed a full power run, a self defense detect-to-engage exercise, evaluation of key combat and communications systems, rapid ballast/de-ballast, quick reversals ahead and astern, steering checks, and an anchor handling demonstration.“These were the first Builder’s Trials of an LPD 17-class ship executed out of the Ingalls Pascagoula facility in four years; and it is clear that HII is incorporating many lessons learned from earlier LPD 17-class ships,” said Jay Stefany, LPD 17-class Program Manager. “HII’s ability to successfully present over 200 separate, successful events during these trials demonstrated solid progress toward delivery later this year.” Experts from the Naval Sea Systems Command, San Antonio Class Program Office, Supervisor of Shipbuilding Gulf Coast, and various government activities observed and evaluated the ship’s performance dockside and while at sea. The crew will be moving aboard LPD 22 at the beginning of 2012.The future USS San Diego is scheduled for commissioning in 2012. USS San Diego will be homeported in its namesake city joining USS New Orleans and USS Green Bay already homeported there. Four other ships of the class, LPDs 23-26, are under construction on the Gulf Coast. As one of the Defense Department’s largest acquisition organizations, PEO Ships is responsible for executing the development and procurement of all destroyers, amphibious ships, special mission and support ships, and special warfare craft. Currently, the majority of shipbuilding programs managed by PEO Ships are benefiting from serial production efficiencies, which are critical to delivering ships on cost and schedule.[mappress]Source: navsea, October 04, 2011 View post tag: trials View post tag: completes View post tag: News by topiclast_img read more

Ellis Park Staging Thoroughbred Aftercare Day July 17

first_imgEllis Park staging Thoroughbred Aftercare Day July 17Raising awareness for industry initiative caring for horses post-racingHENDERSON, Ky. (July 11, 2016) — Ellis Park is teaming with the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance to promote the industry-wide venture that provides funding for rehabilitation and retraining of retired racehorses to make sure they have good homes and often second careers after the racetrack.Ellis Park has made July 17 its Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Day, created to bring attention to the TAA, which accredits racehorse retirement, retraining and adoption organizations – and then provides grants to those programs. In its fourth year of existence, the TAA has contributed more than $5.7 million to 56 accredited organizations.“Ellis Park is already a supporter of the TAA through their per-start matching contribution, and we are pleased to partner with them for Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Day to provide a public venue to gain additional exposure for the TAA mission,” said Jimmy Bell, president of the Godolphin and The TAA. “TAA Day is a wonderful idea that we hope more racetracks will embrace in the future.”The TAA is one of the shiniest examples that the disparate factions of the thoroughbred industry can work together for a common goal. The brainchild of Louisville horse owner Jack Wolf, founder of Starlight Racing, the TAA gets funding from owners, breeders, racetracks, sales companies, stallion farms and other industry professionals.Horse owners at Ellis Park contribute a per-start donation, with the track matching every dollar.“Racehorses are good to us, and we owe it to be good to them once their racing days are over,” said Ellis Park racing secretary Dan Bork. “Ellis Park is proud to join forces with its horsemen to contribute to the TAA. Many horses who raced at Ellis Park and in Kentucky now are enjoying successful second careers in eventing, horse shows, trail and pleasure riding and sometimes just as a beautiful lawn ornament living the life of leisure in a pasture.“While many owners and trainers already were finding post-racetrack homes for their horses, it’s a massive undertaking when you consider the sheer numbers involved and the size and energy of these amazing animals. The industry, in rallying behind the TAA, is striving for the goal of having no horse slip through the cracks. The care of the horses after racing is just as important as the care they received while racing.”The TAA and most of its accredited organizations in Kentucky will set up by the track’s main entrance near the clubhouse with information, with representatives talking to fans about thoroughbred aftercare. Accredited programs committed to appearing include the Kentucky Equine Humane Center, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption, Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center, Friends of Ferdinand, Old Friends and Our Mims Retirement Haven.In a joint venture with the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, the TAA will have goggles signed by riders available for a donation to be split between the TAA and the PDJF. The fifth race is named after Louisville-based Papa John’s Pizza, which will present a check for $24,570 to the TAA, the result of its highly successful online ordering promotion in the spring that netted $1 from every order to the aftercare initiative via TAA promo code from all participating Louisville and Lexington corporate locations.“A lot of good goes on behind the scenes in racing that never makes the headlines, things owners and trainers do on a daily basis out of the limelight to take care of the horses who took care of them,” said Marty Maline, executive director of the Kentucky Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association, which represents more than 6,000 owners and trainers in the commonwealth. “It’s terrific that Ellis Park is having a special day to showcase the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and bring awareness to what the industry across the board is doing to to ensure our racehorses have good homes for the remainder of their lives.”For more information on the TAA, go to thoroughbredaftercare.org.For Ellis Park media inquiries, contact Jennie Rees at [email protected] LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Treasury Designates Additional Sinaloa-Based Drug Trafficking Organization

first_imgBy Dialogo January 24, 2013 On January 17, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced the designation of the Meza Flores Drug Trafficking Organization, including its leader, Fausto Isidro Meza Flores, several key family members, and three companies, all of which help facilitate the operations of the organization. The announcement, pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act), is the first designation and listing of the Meza Flores narcotics operation as a Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO). This means that anyone providing material support to, or acting for or on behalf of the Meza Flores DTO, can be designated by OFAC in future actions. This designation generally prohibits U.S. persons from engaging in transactions with these eight individuals, three entities, and the entire DTO, and also freezes any assets they may have under U.S. jurisdiction. The Meza Flores DTO operates out of Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico and since 2000, has been responsible for the distribution of large quantities of methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana, and cocaine to the United States. The Meza Flores DTO is one of the primary rivals to the Sinaloa Cartel in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. As a result of this rivalry, the Meza Flores DTO has engaged in an extremely violent turf war with the Sinaloa Cartel which has resulted in the quadrupling of drug-war killings in the last four years and an increase in kidnappings and arson within the state of Sinaloa. “By targeting the leaders of this extremely violent Sinaloa-based drug trafficking organization we are protecting the U.S. financial system from yet another source of illicit money tied to the narcotics trade,” said OFAC Director Adam J. Szubin. “OFAC will continue to target this organization as well as other Mexican drug trafficking operations that are threatening the United States.” OFAC is designating Fausto Isidro Meza Flores (also known as “Chapito Isidro”), the leader of the Meza Flores DTO for his role in the narcotics trafficking activities of the organization and for playing a significant role in international narcotics trafficking. Fausto Isidro Meza Flores’ wife, Araceli Chan Inzuna; his father, Fausto Isidro Meza Angulo; mother, Angelina Flores Apodaca; sister, Flor Angely Meza Flores; and uncles, Agustin Flores Apodaca, Salome Flores Apodaca, and Panfilo Flores Apodaca were also designated for acting on behalf of Fausto Isidro Meza Flores and the Meza Flores DTO. In July 2012, Agustin Flores Apodaca, was arrested in Mexico for distribution of narcotics and he remains in Mexican custody. Finally, three companies located in Guasave, Sinaloa, that are owned by and acting on behalf of the Meza Flores DTO; a grain transportation company, Autotransportes Terrestres S.A. DE C.V.; a gas and service station, Auto Servicio Jatziry S.A. DE C.V.; and a construction company, Constructora Jatziry De Guasave S.A. DE C.V., were also designated. This action would not have been possible without the support of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Joint Field Command Arizona, and U.S. State Department Bureau of Diplomatic Security. Internationally, OFAC has designated more than 1,200 businesses and individuals linked to 97 drug kingpins since June 2000. Penalties for violations of the Kingpin Act range from civil penalties of up to $1.075 million per violation to more severe criminal penalties. Criminal penalties for corporate officers may include up to 30 years in prison and fines up to $5 million. Criminal fines for corporations may reach $10 million. Other individuals could face up to 10 years in prison and fines pursuant to Title 18 of the United States Code for criminal violations of the Kingpin Act.last_img read more

Short Stories Need a Defender. She’s Ready.

first_imgEvans’s stories and their sensitivity to issues around race and power feel particularly resonant in 2020, and to the people who know her work, that is no surprise. “Danielle can always anticipate what’s going to happen,” the writer Melinda Moustakis, who was part of Evans’s Five Under 35 cohort, said.Her editor, Sarah McGrath, said, “She sees really clearly the meaning of various exchanges in ways that many of us take for granted.”Evans, who teaches creative writing at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, talked about how short stories work, the evolving discussion of race in literature and publishing, and, in a way, her fear of commitment. This conversation has been edited and condensed.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The novella, which gives the book its name, follows Cassie, a field worker in a fictional but plausible government department, the Institute for Public History. Cassie’s job is to leave notes of clarification throughout the country about everything from inaccurate commemorative plaques to kitschy souvenirs. In one scene she corrects a bakery’s Juneteenth display — “targeted not to the people who’d celebrated Juneteenth all along but to office managers who’d feel hectored into not missing a Black holiday or who just wanted an excuse for miscellaneous dessert.” She and her few co-workers of color “shared an urgency about the kind of work we were doing, a belief that the truth was our last best hope, and a sense that our own mission was less neutral and more necessary than that of the white men we answered to at the office.”- Advertisement – “The Office of Historical Corrections” comes out on Nov. 10. In one, “Boys Go to Jupiter,” a college student named Claire becomes a lightning rod — scorned by Black students, supported by the campus libertarian group — when a photo of her in a Confederate flag bikini circulates. In “Why Won’t Women Just Say What They Want,” a high-profile artist’s latest work is a series of public apologies to the women he’s wronged — ex-wives, his daughter, a former assistant — though he doesn’t realize all that forgiveness entails. And in “Alcatraz,” a woman fights in vain to reverse her relative’s dishonorable discharge, focused on the sum she estimates the U.S. government owes her family: $227,035.87.last_img read more

TayWood consortium lodges £400m Edinburgh plan

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