Dinoflagellate cysts from an allochthonous block of Nordenskjöld Formation (Upper Jurassic), north-west James Ross Island

first_imgAn allochthonous block of the Nordenskjöld Formation from north-west James Ross Island, Antarctic Peninsula has yielded a diverse marine palynoflora. Dinoflagellate cyst assemblages from the 185 m thick sequence are described and compared with similar microfloras previously described from Australia, Papua New Guinea and Madagascar. A mid Tithonian (Late Jurassic) age is suggested for the section. One new genus, Helbydinium gen. nov. and four new species, Helbydinium scabratum sp. nov., Leptodinium acneum sp. nov., Leptodinium posterosulcatum sp. nov. and Rhynchodiniopsis foveata sp. nov. are described.last_img

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Antarctic genomics

first_imgWith the development of genomic science and its battery of technologies, polar biology stands on the threshold of a revolution, one that will enable the investigation of important questions of unprecedented scope and with extraordinary depth and precision. The exotic organisms of polar ecosystems are ideal candidates for genomic analysis. Through such analyses, it will be possible to learn not only the novel features that enable polar organisms to survive, and indeed thrive, in their extreme environments, but also fundamental biological principles that are common to most, if not all, organisms. This article aims to review recent developments in Antarctic genomics and to demonstrate the global context of such studies.last_img

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Manning Stainton opens in Guiseley

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Manning Stainton opens in Guiseley previous nextAgencies & PeopleManning Stainton opens in GuiseleyThe Negotiator22nd August 201601,084 Views Manning Stainton has opened a new lettings branch at its Guiseley residential sales office; the latest addition to their network of 19 Sales and Lettings branches across West and North Yorkshire, including seven dedicated lettings centres, which attract over 800 new tenants each month.Mark Manning, Director, says, “The launch of our Guiseley lettings branch is a natural extension to our current network and makes us better placed than ever to service the needs of tenants and landlords in and around the Wharfe Valley area. The established local presence of the Manning Stainton name will be of definite benefit to our customers as will the highly tailored, personal service we provide.”Manager, Clare Frieze, says, “This has always been a much sought-after part of the world and is reflected in the high volume of enquiries we are receiving from active tenants. We are very keen to hear from landlords with good quality stock to enable us to meet this demand.”Manning Stainton Guiseley residential sales office Yorkshire August 22, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’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 2021last_img read more

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IS IT TRUE JULY 18, 2017

first_imgIS IT TRUE we are being told that members of the Evansville City Council have finally realized that they have been mis-lead by the Winnecke Administration concerning the major financial shortfalls facing them in the upcoming 2018 city budget?IS IT TRUE that former City Council President and Finance Chairmen John Friend-CPA predicted that starting in 2017 will be the beginning of major financial problems for the City of Evansville?  …it looks like Mr. Friends predictions may be spot on?IS IT TRUE that people who are served by the City of Evansville Water and Utility Department received a fear inducing letter this month with their bill warning that if their water service line breaks, repairs will cost them thousands of dollars?…the mailing contained an advertising slick for a water line coverage insurance plan from HomeServe offering “Peace of Mind” for only $5.99 a month, on Evansville Water and Sewer Utility letterhead?…the EWSU even had the audacity to claim that using their letterhead to hawk insurance policies was customer service outreach?…while the slick never said so, the reality is that the breaks that it was hawking policies for only happen in houses over 50 years old due to advancements in materials in newer homes?IS IT TRUE the City got a good payday for allowing HomeServe to solicit EWSU customers for service contracts too?…the Water and Sewer Utility Department received $50,000 for lending the official credibility of local government to a Connecticut based insurance peddler  and will receive a 10 percent commission of all local contracts sold?…this along with a similar service contract implemented by Vectren for energy delivery insurance at roughly the same time is a trend across the country to use authority of government to intimidate people into buying insurance they have never heard of so the utilities can fatten up the bottom line for their own purposes?IS IT TRUE in the case of the City of Evansville the utility plans to use that money to set up yet another redistribution scheme to help people deemed by them to be low income people pay past-due water bills?…of course those past due bills will go to the City for their troubles?…cities all across America including Louisville are cashing in on these type of questionable insurance offerings like this to buy votes and stick their nose where it isn’t wanted or needed?…some municipalities have turned away from such partnerships, and instead warn customers to do their research before purchasing such plans?IS IT TRUE that HomeServe’s ad slick claims the average cost to replace the line is $2,587 but local plumbers say it is more often around $1,500?…HomeServe service agreement promises to pay for all repairs to that line, caused by normal wear and tear but excludes damages caused by negligence, or “unusual circumstances?”…we wonder if a pipe being bent by tree roots would constitute normal wear and tear because that is often the source of such problems?…while the City of Evansville Water and Sewer Utilities Department is calling this a win-win, we have to wonder who is the winner?…the only certain winners are the EWSU and the darn insurance company?IS IT TRUE that the individuals who serve on the City Of Evansville Water and Utilities Board of Directors are all appointed by the Mayor?  …current members of this Board are: Barry Russell, Steve Heldorn, Michael Weber, Robert Dillow and Archie Carter?  …that the mission statement of the Evansville Water & Sewer Utility Board shall have the responsibility for the operation of the Water Utility and for the operation of the Sewer Utility of the City?  …It will strive to provide better service to the users, make for more efficient operation, and/or reduce expenses?IS IT TRUE that a group of private citizens has formed a group to “Support Those Who Protect US”?  …that people from all walks of life shall be holding a “Public Safety Appreciation Ceremony” on August 23, 2017 on the steps of the Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum?  …stay turned for additional information concerning this long overdue public event thanking the “Public Service Employees” of Vanderburgh County for doing an outstanding job in protecting us? FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Todays READERS POLL question is: Do you feel that Congressmen Larry Bucshon is insulting his constituents by holding his Town Hall meeting late Friday evening?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected]’S FOOTNOTE:  Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of our advertisers.last_img read more

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IS IT TRUE MAY 3, 2017

first_imgIS IT TRUE after 3,240 days the McCurdy Hotel is finally opening for business as an apartment building?…between the parking lot fiasco that cost the taxpayers of Evansville $606,000 and the $960,000 handout to one of Mayor Weinzapfel’s regular campaign donors from Indianapolis there are finally apartments being offered for rent?…when all was said and done it was the Evansville based Kunkel Group that has gotten the old historic hotel to the finish line where people can live again?…one bedroom units of modest size are being offered starting at $799 per month and up to $1,500 per month for higher floors with a view?…two bedroom units are starting at $999 per month and going up to $1,800 per month for the primo units with views?…one thing is for sure and that is there will be no Section 8 vouchers being spent for these apartments which are commanding big city downtown prices in little old Evansville?…as much as the City County Observer has made fun of the political malfeasance associated with this project, we are glad to see the structure saved and the doors open for business?IS IT TRUE that our characterization of the obsolete lighting bollards that once provided light along the downtown riverfront walkway as “light bulbs” tweaked a couple of people?…the reality is they were put there to do the job of light bulbs and just some cheapo light bulbs may have done a better job than these overpriced broken things?…we do believe that given it was the City of Evansville with cronies to feed and relatives to employ willfully paid way too much for some exotic light emitting device that does what a light bulb does?…we are also not surprised that the spare parts are no longer available making a new solution for lighting necessary?…we do assume that there are three copper wires available somewhere in the George Jetson light bollards making is possible to design some fitting that will take an LED light bulb and light the paths as they should be?…that would take thinking outside of the box which Parks and Recreation people seem to have difficulty with?…if there are three wires available (one is a ground) a solution can be devised to extend the life of these bollards for lighting purposes if the morons that roam the downtown wreaking havoc and violence can be controlled? IS IT TRUE we have also learned that vandals have done a job on the light bollards just like they did a job on the emergency kiosks on the jogging trail by Garvin Park?…vandalism is a serious problem in Evansville?…it seems as though every time something nice is installed, some group of hoodlums comes along and destroys it?…even the McCurdy had a giant rat grafitti face on the outside of the bricks making a sandblast job necessary?…vandalism and mayhem on the part of a few seem to ruin everything from sandboxes in the Sunset Park, to the slide boards in Kid’s Kingdom, to public lighting?…we call upon our fellow citizens to turn these self indulgent pieces of crap in to law enforcement?…maybe Evansville needs to treat vandalism and grafitti the way Singapore does and dispense lashes with a cane to the backsides of these useless punks?…a few punks are ruining a good thing for the vast majority?IS IT TRUE that according to United States Census Bureau statistics Vanderburgh County’s poverty rate increased by 62.3% from 200-2015?…while Vanderburgh County topped the region in sinking further into poverty the rest of the Tri-State fell further into poverty as well?…Union County, Kentucky saw its rate increase by 59.2% and Henderson’s increase by 42.9%?…Evansville leaders (political and otherwise) regularly boast of the vitality of the local economy and preen themselves for rooftop martini gatherings and Perhaps for some, prosperity is on the rise but nearly one in six Evansvillians were living at or below the federal poverty threshold in 2015?…the long term trend suggests that poverty is likely to increase in the Tri-State in spite of neglecting infrastructure? …the current crop of leaders and their predecessor are responsible for much of the catastrophic rise in poverty because of their tax and spend habits but they are too busy congratulating themselves on insignificant strides in downtown Evansville to even know it? IS IT TRUE Missy Mosby primary opponent shall be announcing his exploratory campaign committee members in the near future?  …we are hearing that the individuals that have agreed to serve on this committee are all loyal Democrats?  …we were told that Mosby’s soon to be announced primary opponent is planning to raise $75,000 to defeat her in her re-election bid? …Mosby won her last primary re-election campaign by a mere 12 votes over a little known opponent?IS IT TRUE that At-Large City Councilman Jonathan Weaver future political opponent may be a highly educated female with a good moral compass?FOOTNOTES: TODAYS “READERS POLL” question is: Are you disappointed in the Evansville City Council for not being more concerned with the contract between Thunderbolts/VenuWorks and the City?We urge you to take time and click the section we have reserved for the daily recaps of the activities of our local Law Enforcement professionals. This section is located on the upper right side of our publication.If you would like to advertise or submit and article in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Hoboken’s annual Irish Festival announced

first_imgPerformers include: Gold N’ Brown, Colin Nisbet, Garden St. Irish Step Dancers & Emerald Fire, Kerri Smith Academy of Irish Dance and more.This year children can also enjoy pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, a moonwalk, and an inflatable obstacle course.For adults over the age of 21 there will also be a beer garden sponsored by Finnegan’s Pub.For more information, to compete in the soda bread contest, or if you are interested in being a vendor, contact Geri Fallo at (201) 420-2207 or [email protected] × HOBOKEN — Mayor Dawn Zimmer, the city of Hoboken, and Irish Network New Jersey will host the 6th Annual Hoboken Irish Festival on Saturday, May 13 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Sinatra Park.The festival will include performances, vendors, an Irish soda bread contest, and children’s activities.last_img read more

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The Floozies & Cherub Join Forces For A Night Of Electrofunk Mayhem In Chicago [Gallery]

first_imgLoad remaining images Two of the hottest names in electro-fueled funk are The Floozies and Cherub, with each band churning out disco grooves for fans everywhere. The bands recently announced a tour together – dubbed the “Your Girlfriend Already Bought Tickets Tour” – and have been getting booties shaking across the country in style.The two bands teamed up at The Riviera Theatre on Friday night, February 10th, performing at the famed Chicago, IL venue to a packed house. It was a non stop dance party! Be sure to not miss The Floozies at the upcoming Fool’s Paradise, along with bands like Lettuce, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, The Motet, Manic Science, Organ Freeman and more – at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on March 31st & April 1st. More info here.Check out photos of the Chicago show below, courtesy of Phierce Photo.last_img read more

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When Armageddon loomed

first_imgThe black-and-white image is as familiar as it is iconic. The Oval Office photograph captures the solitude and solemnity of the U.S. presidency and the overwhelming sense that the young John F. Kennedy carried the weight of the nation on his ailing back.The picture, taken from behind, shows Kennedy with his head bent and his hands outstretched on his desk. It actually was taken in February 1961, only a month after he took office, yet it would come to symbolize the pressures of the Cuban missile crisis that unfolded more than a year later. The 13-day standoff in October 1962 between the United States and the Soviet Union, which had installed nuclear weapons in Cuba, is when analysts say the world came closest to nuclear Armageddon.The photo, christened “The Loneliest Job” by The New York Times, whose photographer George Tames snapped it, is part of a new website at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) marking the 50th anniversary of the crisis. The site is devoted to providing background on the conflict and encouraging reflection on the lessons learned from an event that eventually was viewed as a deft dance of diplomacy and an enduring teaching tool for current and future leaders.“Because it was, I think everybody agrees, the most dangerous moment that human beings have lived through and survived so far, it has a compelling character,” said Graham Allison, HKS’s Douglas Dillon Professor of Government and director of its Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. “We are very interested as a center and as a School in what lessons you can learn from history that you might apply to help deal with current problems; I think the Cuban missile crisis is an excellent illustration of that.”The site draws from the Belfer Center’s trove of material about the crisis and from other sources. It includes a historical timeline, archival photos, original documents, video clips, an assessment of present nuclear fears, and teaching tools for educators, such as a lesson plan with guiding questions, worksheets and simulations. It also includes lessons learned by key players involved in the incident. Visitors to the site are invited to offer their own lessons gleaned from the dangerous stalemate. In collaboration with Foreign Policy magazine, the Belfer Center is sponsoring an essay contest for students in grades six to 12, for the public, and for international-affairs scholars and practitioners.“We are very interested as a center and as a School in what lessons you can learn from history that you might apply to help deal with current problems; I think the Cuban missile crisis is an excellent illustration of that,” said Graham Allison, director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.“The website is designed around the lessons and the learning opportunities,” said James Smith, the Belfer Center’s director of communications, who, together with a team led by Arielle Dworkin, the center’s digital communications manager, helped to develop the site. “We want to remind people that the lessons are still relevant, that there are current crises where the key lessons from the original Cuban missile crisis are still very useful today.”Allison, an authority on the crisis, wrote in the publication Foreign Affairs in June, “The lessons of the crisis for current policy have never been greater.”His 1971 treatise “Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis” is widely credited with transforming the field of international relations. (Based on the release of new material about the crisis, he rewrote the book in 1999 with author Philip Zelikow.) The work explores the nature of the crisis from three decision-making perspectives: the rational actor, governmental politics, and organizational behavior.During an interview in his Harvard office, Allison offered his take on the lessons from the crisis. The first is that nuclear annihilation is possible. In the aftermath of World War II, tensions escalated between the United States and the Soviet Union. As worries and distrust mounted between the two superpowers, so did nuclear arsenals, bomb shelters, and public service announcements that trained countless schoolchildren to take refuge under their desks in a nuclear attack. The crisis in Cuba looked like a struck match.From the outset of the conflict, said Allison, it was clear that both President Kennedy and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev were “willing to take action that they knew could end in a nuclear war.”Secondly, the world learned that such disaster was preventable, thanks to what Allison calls a “combination of wise policy and good fortune.” Both leaders, he said, “having peered over the precipice and seen and felt what a nuclear war could actually mean, determined first to escape the brink by actions both of them took … and never to go there again.”Their decisions had lasting repercussions. The choices the two men made led to what Kennedy referred to at the time as the “precarious rules of the status quo,” said Allison, to which each subsequent generation has strictly adhered. The U.S. and Soviet leaders who followed assiduously avoided provocations and “surprises that could have ended up in confrontations that could then move inexorably to a nuclear war.”Allison said that while the threats of nuclear terrorist attacks that could devastate a city remain horrific, they are of a scale far smaller than during the Cold War. Then, the world faced a “genuine nuclear war that might have succeeded in extinguishing the species on Earth.” Today the risk of that kind of nuclear annihilation, he added, “has now shrunk to nearly zero.”Of course, the world still has nuclear-armed states to contend with, including the worrying case of Iran, a country many fear is well on its way to developing nuclear weapons. Allison has called the situation in Iran “a Cuban missile crisis in slow motion.” Iran’s leaders insist its interest in nuclear technology is purely to generate energy, but critics point to Iran’s use of deep underground centrifuges used in the production of nuclear fuel as evidence that the country is ramping up its ability to enrich uranium and develop a nuclear weapon.Oct. 23, 1962: U.S. Navy low-level photograph of medium range ballistic missile site in Sagua La Grande, Cuba. Credit: National Security ArchiveIn dealing with Iran, the lessons from the Kennedy administration remain relevant, said Allison. When approaching negotiations with Iran’s leaders, the United States administration should ask itself, “What would Kennedy do?”According to Allison, Kennedy wouldn’t rest until he had the best choice available. Kennedy’s advisers offered him an either-or scenario, to attack Cuba or acquiesce. But Kennedy refused both, judging each option “as bad as the other.” Instead, he “concocted a very imaginative but strange combination,” said Allison, consisting of a public deal (remove your weapons, and we will not invade Cuba), a private ultimatum (you must respond within 24 hours, or we will conduct action ourselves), and a secret sweetener (if the missiles in Cuba were withdrawn, within six months the United States would remove its missiles from Turkey, near the Soviet border).President Barack Obama’s advisers are likely offering him similar advice on Iran, said Allison: “Either you are going to attack Iran to prevent it from acquiring a nuclear bomb, or you are going to acquiesce to Iran becoming a nuclear-armed state.”“The United States will simply have to accept the unacceptable, the recognition that Iran now is capable of enriching uranium and building a bomb,” Allison said, but then added that Washington also can craft a deal reminiscent of Kennedy’s. The Obama administration, Allison said, “should demand as a price for that the supreme leader’s solemn commitment that Iran would never develop a nuclear weapon, combined with transparency measures that would give the United States maximum confidence that they are not cheating, and thereby minimize the likelihood that they decide to cheat, and a credible threat of devastating consequences if Iran violates these terms.”If another foreign conflict is any indication, it appears that Obama may have already learned the lessons of the Cuban crisis. Journalist Michael Lewis’ profile of Obama in October’s Vanity Fair describes how the president grappled with the growing humanitarian crisis in Libya last year as Moammar Gadhafi “and his army of 27,000 men were marching across the desert toward a city called Benghazi and were promising to exterminate some large number of the 1.2 million people inside.”During a meeting of top advisers to explore what Gadhafi might do and how the Pentagon might respond, Lewis wrote, “The Pentagon presented the president with two options: establish a no-fly zone or do nothing at all.” In the end, Obama, after taking the unusual step of turning to junior staffers in the room to solicit their opinions, left the meeting, but not before “he gave his generals two hours to come up with another solution for him to consider.”Like Kennedy 50 years earlier, Obama took the third option — the one that only emerged after he insisted on finding another way.last_img read more

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Chautauqua County Sheriffs Investigate Monday Night House Fire

first_imgMGN Online HARMONY – A residential fire on Blockville-Watts Flats Road Monday evening was caused by an indoor woodstove being left unattended, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Fire Investigation Team. Deputies say a passerby reported the fire at about 8 p.m.No injuries were reported. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),HOPE THE HELL THEY PROSECUTE THE LITTLE BASTARD.last_img

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