Slice of intraoceanic arc: insights from the first multichannel seismic reflection profile across the South Sandwich island arc

first_imgWe present the first multichannel seismic (MCS) reflection line that crosses the South Sandwich Trench, South Sandwich island arc, and East Scotia Sea backarc basin. The line is used in combination with earthquake catalogue data to interpret the strain distribution across the Sandwich plate and the relationship of forearc structures to processes operating at the trench. The MCS data reveal a 1.2-km-high fault scarp associated with a 20-km-wide arcward-tilted block in the mid-forearc; these features indicate large-scale gravitational collapse, and earthquake data are consistent with trench-normal extension at shallow depth in this area. There is, however, little evidence of distributed extension within the interior of the Sandwich plate. The MCS data show a small frontal wedge that achieves its maximum thickness only 18 km from the trench. Backarc magnetic data, mid-forearc extension, and the small size of the frontal wedge are all consistent with long-term and ongoing subduction erosion. Earthquake data suggest that this erosion is taking place in an environment of low interplate stress.last_img read more

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Miss New Jersey Returns to Ocean City

first_imgCierra Kaler-Jones, who was crowned Miss New Jersey in June on the Ocean City Music Pier, came back for a trip to the beach on Thursday morning.But her stay wasn’t all pleasure.Training Aspects sponsored the Beach Body Weight Workout and matched money raised for the charity.She and a small handful of other women were up at dawn getting personal with the sand during a Beach Body Weight Workout that helped raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network.Training Aspects hosted the 6:45 a.m. event on the beach at 34th Street and matched the money raised by the participants who paid $10 to join the workout.Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is an international non-profit organization that raises funds for children’s hospitals, medical research and community awareness of children’s health issues.Kaler-Jones, 21, is a Galloway Township resident and Rutgers University senior who will represent New Jersey in the Miss America Pageant in September. Miss New Jersey Cierra Kaler-Jones participates in a workout fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network on Thursday morning at 34th Street Beach in Ocean City, NJ.last_img read more

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Testa Team, Van Drew Support CapeGOP Chairman

first_imgCongressman Jeff Van Drew, state Sen. Michael Testa and Assemblymen-elect Erik Simonsen and Antwan McClellan have officially endorsed Cape May County Regular Republican Organization Chairman Marcus Karavan for a second, four-year term as the leader of the CapeGOP.On Jan. 6, Karavan formally submitted his letter of intent to seek re-election to CapeGOP Vice-Chairs Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt and Timothy Donohue.“I am truly honored to lead this proud Republican organization,” Karavan said in a press release. “The hard work and unwavering commitment shown by our CapeGOP candidates and supporters has proven that unity, unselfish teamwork and remaining true to our core political principles are the key to our continued success.”“If we stay focused and united, the future of our movement is bright,” he continued. “I hope to retain the trust and commitment of our members and with your help and guidance, continue to lead the CapeGOP in 2020 and beyond.”During his first full term, beginning in June 2017, Karavan has shepherded the CapeGOP through four years of electoral success, culminating in the capture of the Senate and Assembly seats in the First Legislative District in 2019.Republicans have retained their control of all county-wide elected positions and now hold every municipal seat in most of the county’s largest communities. They hold 5-0 advantages in Lower, Dennis and Upper Townships and, for the first time ever, a 3-0 Republican majority in Middle Township.The political year in 2019 was capped by the historic switch of Van Drew from Democrat to Republican in the Second Congressional District.“Chairman Karavan has done an amazing job of leading the Cape May County Republican party, fielding and supporting excellent candidates and staying true to the conservative values and founding principles that make America great,” Van Drew said in the press release.He added, “It is critical that the CapeGOP remain united and focused on its mission, under Marcus’s proven leadership, as we move into the 2020 campaign season. I’m honored to stand with Chairman Karavan and call on all Cape May County elected officials to join me, along with Sen. Testa and our Assemblymen-elect, in endorsing the Chairman’s intentions to seek a second term.”Cape May County Republican County Committee members will convene shortly after the June primary to choose the party’s leadership slate for the next four years.“What Marcus and the CapeGOP have accomplished in Cape May County in recent years has put our movement on the political map, not only in New Jersey, but in Washington and beyond,” said Sen. Testa, who also chairs the GOP in Cumberland County. “I’ve been honored to work side by side with Chairman Karavan, partnering to strengthen both of our organizations.”Testa continued, “The unity of purpose displayed by the elected officials and rank and file Republicans in the CapeGOP has led to historic gains by our party during Marc’s tenure and the advancement of sound and sane government across South Jersey. On behalf of our United States Congressman Jeff Van Drew and in unison with our Assemblymen-elect Simonsen and McClellan, I call on my fellow Republicans to stand united with Chairman Karavan in what will be a pivotal and historic 2020 political year.” From left, Cumberland County Republican Chairman Michael Testa, Congressman Jeff Van Drew and Cape May County GOP Chairman Marcus Karavan.last_img read more

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News story: Jeremy Hunt launches reverse mentoring scheme for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff

first_img Email [email protected] In the twenty-first century it is essential that our diplomats look more like our country as a whole. Especially when 2 of Britain’s greatest assets are our diversity and deep inter-country ties. Despite the improvements we’ve made on improving overall diversity, there remains a stubborn problem in improving racial diversity at the Foreign Office at senior grades, particularly amongst black staff. Our reverse mentoring scheme will be a practical way for us to challenge stereotypes and improve diversity.It will help us use the fantastic people the FCO employs to forge stronger connections and boost our prosperity. Follow the Foreign Secretary on Twitter @Jeremy_Hunt and Facebook Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook the Foreign Office has made rapid progress in improving female diversity. Just under a third of Missions (32%) are headed up by women, up 190 per cent since 2008 View Black skin, Whitehall: Race and the Foreign Office, 1945 to 2018. Black History Month videoThe announcement comes following the recent publication of a new Foreign Office report, ‘Black skin, Whitehall: Race and the Foreign Office, 1945 to 2018’ which provides an insight into the history of ethnic minority staff in the department over the last 70 years.Although ethnic minority staff currently make up 13.4% of Foreign Office staff, 62.5% of those who have declared their heritage have spent over a decade in the lowest grades without progression, compared to 47% of all staff.The new programme will help leaders understand how biases around race, gender, class and educational background can sometimes mean that they fail to recognise different types of talent, and how these biases can keep ethnic minority staff stuck in the most junior grades in the Foreign Office. It will also help create a network of champions, mentors and coaches required to help move careers forward.The scheme is part of a suite of measures to improve diversity in the FCO, including ethnic minority representation on the FCO Board, a continuing schools and university outreach programme, and an exciting new talent programme for ethnic minority staff.Earlier this year, the Business In The Community (BITC) Diversity Benchmark awarded the FCO a silver banding for gender, and a gold banding for race. The awards recognised the FCO’s strong commitment to creating inclusive workplaces.Background Further informationcenter_img Media enquiries For journalists To mark the end of Black History Month, the Foreign Secretary has launched a new reverse mentoring scheme at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) for ethnic minority staff.The scheme will see senior figures from across the FCO paired with ethnic minority staff in junior grades within the Department, to help challenge ingrained views on what talent looks like, break down stereotypes and biases, get fresh perspectives and help improve diversity in middle and senior grades.Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt said: Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn earlier this month, Prime Minister Theresa May announced the launch of a Race at Work Charter which encourages high-profile businesses to commit to a set of actions designed to drive forward a step-change in the recruitment and progression of ethnic minority employees, including reverse mentoring. the scheme will begin in 2019 and initially run for 12 monthslast_img read more

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Fleet Foxes Perform “Crack-Up” With Icelandic Choir At Famed Harpa Concert Hall [Pro-Shot]

first_imgToday, Consequence of Sound revealed a brand new video which captures Fleet Foxes‘ performing a breathtaking rendition of their 2017 album’s title track, “Crack-Up”, alongside acclaimed Icelandic chorus Graduale Nobili at Reykjavík’s famous Harpa Concert Hall. You may know Graduale Nobili as the all-female choir that toured the world with fellow Iceland export Björk in the early 2010’s.The performance was filmed in one extended shot at the architecturally brilliant performance hall just before Fleet Foxes headlined the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival. In the video, the camera moves from backstage to onstage to the open auditorium, capturing a 360° perspective on the musicians at work, illuminated against the hall’s beautifully paneled backdrop.Watch the continuously-shot video of Fleet Foxes performing “Crack-Up” with Icelandic choir Graduale Nobili at Harpa Concert Hall below, produced by Consequence of Sound:Fleet Foxes released Crack-Up, their third studio album, in June of 2017. Before reconvening for the new album, the band had been on hiatus since the release of 2011’s Helplessness Blues. They spent much of 2017 on the road in support of Crack-Up, completing an extensive U.S. tour followed by a winter European run and a trip to Australia for a Falls Festival performance over New Year’s weekend.This spring, the band will mount a lengthy U.S. tour which will take them to both coasts and virtually everywhere in between from early March through the end of May. The American tour will feature an array of amphitheater stops in addition to sets at high profile festivals like Coachella, Shaky Knees, and Boston Calling. Fleet Foxes will head back overseas during most of July and August for a series of European festival performances in Denmark, Czech Republic, Poland, Belgium, Finland, Wales, and more, in addition to a one-off performance at Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on July 24th.For more information about Fleet Foxes’ upcoming tour, or to purchase tickets, head to the band’s website.[via Consequence of Sound]last_img read more

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Hits, misses for softball, baseball teams

first_imgTwo back-to-back wins sent the women’s softball team soaring at the launch of its season in early March. But then came the losses: three in a row against Michigan State, Miami University, and the University of South Florida. No worries — the girls of spring and defending Ivy League Champions conquered in their next round of games in the Northridge Classic, winning all five of them.This pattern of a loss followed by unparalleled dominance was prevalent throughout the women’s softball season. “An unforgettable moment was our game against Oregon State on March 11. They are a tough Pac-10 team and we went head-to-head with them. We had a 2-0 lead into the sixth inning and they came back to tie the game. Instead of feeling overmatched, our team came roaring back and scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning to take the lead,” said head coach Jenny Allard. “We held them in the bottom of the seventh inning, and we won the game, 3-2.  I think that game showed the fight and relentlessness that characterize this team.”The lady Crimson faltered against Lehigh, winning two and losing two on March 24 and 25, but bounced back days later with double wins against Princeton, Columbia, and Penn, and a quadruple defeat of Yale in doubleheaders on April 14 and 15. They repeated the sweep in four games against Brown on April 20 and 21, and won two of their four games against Dartmouth on April 28 and 29.The month of April saw senior pitcher and co-captain Rachel Brown earning her fifth Ivy League Pitcher of the Week honor. During the season, Brown allowed one earned run and struck out 25 batters in 21 innings, aiding the Crimson in clinching its third straight Ivy League North Division title. Now the Crimson will participate in the Ivy League Championship series this weekend.“I am most proud of their poise and perseverance. We’ve had a target on our back this year, and the team has responded by focusing on their own level of play and support for each other. They are 21 strong,” said Allard.With a season that began March 2, the men’s Crimson saw a solitary win — against Stetson — until a March 28 victory against Holy Cross. “The team has lost a lot of close ballgames, many to nationally ranked teams such as Arizona and the University of Central Florida,” said Joe Walsh, the Joseph J. O’Donnell ’67 Head Coach for Harvard Baseball.The Crimson picked up a little steam in early April, with wins against Boston College and Columbia, but faltered in an April 7 doubleheader against Penn. The team split a twinbill against Yale, winning two and losing two. Sophomore pitcher Andrew Ferreira earned the win on April 15 against Yale, striking out three batters and allowing one hit in 2.2 innings of relief.After nearly sweeping Brown in late April (losing one of four games), the Crimson stumbled against Dartmouth, winning just one of four games. Yet the men’s baseball team will still compete for glory in the Ivy League series May 5.“We feel really good heading into this weekend,” said Ferreira. “I wouldn’t want to go for it with any other group of guys. We’ve worked our tails off this year … and we’re ready to go leave it all on the field and try and win ourselves a championship.”last_img read more

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Innovation Park holds event

first_imgCould you develop a prototype for a new business in a little more than two days? Participants in Notre Dame’s first-ever Startup Weekend event will attempt to do just that during a 54-hour period from April 13 to the 15. The event, hosted by Innovation Park at Notre Dame and sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation, a non-profit organization devoted to entrepreneurship, brings creative thinkers together to conceptualize and launch companies during Startup Weekends around the world, co-organizer Melissa Parker said. Parker and co-organizer Brendan Daly, students in the Engineering, Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Excellence Masters (ESTEEM) program, have planned the event since November, and hope Notre Dame’s Startup Weekend becomes an annual event. “We had heard about Startup Weekend and even visited a Startup Weekend event in Grand Rapids, [Mich.] We wanted to bring something here that was a hands-on entrepreneurship experience,” Parker said. According to Parker, a startup is simply a new company different from ones already “out there,” and Startup Weekend event embraces this innovation, though it focuses on technology-related ideas. “There’s a wide range of startups. A new restaurant is considered a startup.” Parker said. “This weekend tends to be more web-based because it’s easier to develop the prototype, but that doesn’t have to be the core business-model of the startup.” Project teams will need a variety of designers, developers, lawyers and business people, Parker said, but the event is open to anyone interested in learning more about startups. “We’re trying to build collaboration. Businesses require a lot of people working together,” Parker said. “Technology, business, marketing, law and design, all of these pieces need to come together for a successful startup.” Parker said she recommends the event to anyone interested in business, namely entrepreneurship. “You can meet a lot of people who are entrepreneurial-minded, and it’s a great way to get in contact with startup companies that are looking to hire people,” Parker said. Startup Weekend also provides undergraduate students with new creative opportunities, Parker said. “For undergraduates who are worried about finding jobs after graduating, it will look great on their resume, but it is also an alternative – starting a company instead of working for one,” she said. The weekend kicks off 8 p.m. Friday, when attendees begin pitching ideas for potential startup businesses. Attendees then vote on their favorite proposals, and the creators of the top-10 ideas assemble their respective teams from other participants and begin working on their projects. The prototypes are completed by 12 p.m. Sunday and are presented to the judges at 1 p.m. Experienced faculty members and business professionals will serve as mentors during the event and assist the teams with their projects. Parker said roughly 60 percent of the currently registered participants are undergraduate, MBA, Law and ESTEEM program students. Forty percent of attendees come from the greater South Bend community, a majority of which are web developers. One of the community participants, class of 2011 alumnus John Rocha, is the co-founder of myFit, a startup company housed in Innovation Park. Rocha said Startup Weekend presents an opportunity for Notre Dame to make a name for itself in the world of technology. “I believe Notre Dame is on the cusp of a huge technology revolution, especially compared to other universities,” Rocha said. myFit is developing software that will allow Microsoft Kinect and Windows 8 PC users to create a virtual avatar and fitting room for online clothing shopping. Although the myFit software will not be included in Startup Weekend, Rocha said he plans to present other ideas that will make use of the compatibility of the soon-to-be-released Windows 8 with the Kinect system, which currently operates with Microsoft’s Xbox. Tim Braun, an entrepreneur-in-residence at Elevate Ventures, Dave Brenner, president and CEO of Innovation Park, and Mike Vogel, entrepreneur-in-residence at the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, will serve as judges for the event. Developer Town, Localstake, Elevate Ventures and Innovation Park donated prizes for the winning team, including a dinner, design software, free consultation, a business plan review and six months of free rent at Innovation Park. The second-place team will receive three months of free rent at Innovation Park, and the third-place team will receive free consultation on pitching their idea.last_img read more

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Duque to the Lima Group: ‘Diplomatic Pressure Has Pushed the Dictatorship Out of Its Comfort Zone’

first_imgBy Karen Sánchez/Voice of America (VOA)/Edited by Diálogo Staff September 23, 2020 On August 14, Colombian President Iván Duque said that “diplomatic pressure has pushed the dictatorship out of its comfort zone,” in reference to the illegitimate Nicolás Maduro dictatorship, during the XIX Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Lima Group.The head of state, speaking from Bogotá, stated that this pressure should continue.In addition, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a press release that the United States joins democracies worldwide to reiterate its support for “the democratic forces of Venezuela” that advocate for the rights of the Venezuelan people.The Lima Group reinforced the “Joint Declaration of Support for Democratic Change in Venezuela,” in which, according to the meeting’s final statement “31 countries, including members of the Lima Group, call upon all Venezuelans, of all ideological tendencies and party affiliations to put the interests of Venezuela above politics and engage urgently in support of a process shaped and driven by Venezuelans to establish an inclusive transitional government.”The ministers also reiterated their support for Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaidó, and rejected “the actions of the illegitimate Nicolás Maduro regime that threaten the exercise of civil and political rights.”They also condemned the violations of human rights perpetrated by “the illegitimate regime of Nicolás Maduro, documented in the latest update of the report presented by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights this past July.” The ministers called on the U.N. Human Rights Council to renew the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.Terrorism and narcotraffickingDuring the presentation, Duque also referred to the extradition process of Alex Saab, accused of being a front man for Maduro: “We now see how international justice has realized that the U.S. extradition request for Alex Saab means also the collapse of a house of cards, in which the entire money laundering network serves the dictatorship,” the Colombian president added, as he reiterated that his country will continue cooperating to enable an “effective extradition” and reveal “the whole truth about the dictatorship’s illegal business.”He reiterated that “in the eyes of the world, it is clear that the Nicolás Maduro dictatorship is coexisting with narcotrafficking and terrorism.”In this regard, he said that the international arrest warrants against him and his close circle, as well as reports made by different organizations, “show it.”Elections rejectedThe Lima Group rejected the regime’s announcement that it will hold parliamentary elections on December 6, as they do not comply with “the minimum guarantees” and “the participation of all political forces,” according to the foreign ministers’ final declaration.The Colombian president said that “the dictatorship expects […] to seize control of the National Assembly” with these elections.“We cannot support, validate, applaud, nor recognize this process. We already know it is a fraudulent process, meant to continue to silence independent voices,” Duque said. “If we have not recognized the dictator’s government, much less can we recognize the electoral process by which the dictator wants to transform the assembly into a lackey of his interests.”last_img read more

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Leasing programs look to get a boost in 2018…time to review strategies!

first_imgNow is the time to review strategies for growth. What worked, and what didn’t, as we approach 2018. What will serve members with what they want?  How does all of this benefit the member and the credit union? What’s the big picture?There is solid news being conveyed for auto sales in 2017, as sales will remain near 2016’s record, as reported in USA Today. Popular vehicles delivered profits in the sport-utility, crossovers and pickup truck categories, this year. While opportunities in new vehicle sales is looking to remain the same as 2016, there are other predictions on the horizon. There’s some very good news for credit unions looking to increase auto loan portfolios in 2018, through leasing. While mixed reports have the new car sales market with little to flat growth, the desire to lease continues in popularity as aggressive incentives can be readily found.Growth StrategyHow did your portfolio perform this year? Depending on the financing made available to members, the answer to this question could be varied. This was a year of peaks and valleys with respect to numbers being reported. According to Autodata, U.S. auto sales increased by 1% in November from a year earlier, yet overall the first 11 months of the year found industry sales for new cars down 1.5%. Let’s also keep in mind the cost of a new vehicle reached an all-time high of $35,870 according to Kelly Blue Book. There is a great deal of pressure to obtain financing that will fit a member’s budget while vehicle prices continue to soar.Enter leasing. As the cost of a new vehicle continues to head skywards, members will look towards leasing to keep their average monthly payment at or below $410. The average monthly payment to finance a new car is $509, while leasing is at $410, according to Experian Automotive. The contrast between them can make a big difference during the decision-making phase, and swing members towards leasing. Credit unions need to be full-service lenders at the point of sale, at the dealership. This means offering diverse finance options to members, including leasing.Give Members What They WantIt really is easy to give members what they want. The difficult part is sometimes knowing what the ‘wants’ are. When it comes to auto buying, don’t go it alone. Partner with a third party that specializes in providing the resources to make the connection with members looking purchase or lease a vehicle. Third parties don’t all offer the same programs so it’s best to do some homework to see what the features, benefits and risks are associated with each.Vehicle leasing represents over 30% of new car sales nationwide, in more urban areas of the U.S. that number climbs to over 70%. Credit unions should include leasing to provide all the financial options to satisfy the member, if not, a credit union’s traditional financing program will be competing in a very crowded field. The point is, strive to be competitive 100% of the time.Your auto buying members are very focused on obtaining a vehicle, each generation has the desire to get into a vehicle that is both safe and loaded with the latest technology. According to TransUnion, consumers from the age of 21 through 34 are taking out loans and leases at a rate of 21 percent higher than the generation that proceeded them, the Gen Xer. People still need cars, providing options will get them into one. Credit union online shopping tools will suit your members’ desire to research and shop, while keeping your message relevant along the vehicle buying journey. Not only is your credit union providing a service, it is providing a tool to obtain something a member wants, in a format they’re comfortable with.The Big PictureThere are some very exciting opportunities for credit unions in 2018. The road to becoming a full-time service lender should be on a credit union’s radar by offering a leasing program to members. Here’s why. There will be more opportunity as manufacturers will not be supporting many of the popular vehicles consumers enjoy. The doors on vehicle leasing for credit unions have swung open for 2018. Leasing partners will be offering inventory on vehicles that were once out of reach. Competing at a higher level with a diversified inventory will put credit unions where they want to be, in the driver’s seat in 2018. 31SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Frank Rinaudo Frank Rinaudo is Senior Vice President of GrooveCar Inc. and CU Xpress Lease, he has been responsible for the direction of the company since 2001 following an 18-year career at … Web: www.groovecarinc.com Detailslast_img read more

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