Tectonic evolution of the Pacific margin of Antarctica. 1. Late Cretaceous tectonic reconstructions

first_imgWe present new Late Cretaceous tectonic reconstructions of the Pacific margin of Antarctica based on constraints from marine magnetic data and regional free-air gravity fields. Results from interpretation of new seismic reflection and gravity profiles collected in the Bellingshausen Sea are also incorporated in the reconstructions. The reconstructions show regional constraints on tectonic evolution of the Bellingshausen and Amundsen Seas following the breakup between New Zealand and West Antarctica. The breakup began at c. 90 Ma with the separation of Chatham Rise, probably accompanied by the opening of the Bounty Trough. Campbell Plateau separated from West Antarctica later, during chron 33r (83.0-79.1 Ma). A free-air gravity lineation northeast of Chatham Rise represents the trace of a triple junction that formed as a result of fragmentation of the Phoenix plate a few million years before Chatham Rise separated from West Antarctica. Remnants of the western fragment, the Charcot plate, are preserved in the Bellingshausen Sea. Subduction of the Charcot plate stopped before 83 Ma, and part of it became coupled to the Antarctic Peninsula across the stalled subduction zone. Subsequent convergence at the western margin of this captured ocean floor produced the structures that are the main cause of the Bellingshausen gravity anomaly. Part of a spreading ridge at the western boundary of the Phoenix plate (initially Charcot-Phoenix, evolving into Marie Byrd Land-Phoenix, and eventually Bellingshausen-Phoenix (BEL-PHO)) probably subducted obliquely beneath the southern Antarctic Peninsula during the Late Cretaceous. All of the Phoenix plate ocean floor subducted at the Antarctic Peninsula margin during the Late Cretaceous was probably <14 Myr old when it reached the trench. Several observations suggest that independent Bellingshausen plate motion began near the end of chron 33n (73.6 Ma). Reconstructions in which part of the West Antarctic continental margin, including Thurston Island, is assumed to have been within the Bellingshausen plate seem more plausible than ones in which the plate is assumed to have been entirely oceanic.last_img read more

2007: The Summer of Cinema?

first_imgThis film follows career-girl Alison’s drunken one-night stand with the sweet but useless Ben. Considering the title, the end result is fairly predictable, but the real subject of the film is the journey through Alison’s nine months of pregnancy and her attempt to transform pot-smoking, unemployed Ben into a suitable father. The film includes the inevitable dose of crude humour, but raises important questions about what it takes to be a good parent, partner, and to make a relationship work. The graphic birth scene suggests that men should definitely remain at the head of the hospital bed while their partner gives birth, but strong performances from the leading actors and a genuinely funny and honest script make this amusing and enjoyable viewing.Emily DamesickMolièreThe premise is simple: take a period of Molière’s life about which next to nothing is known, and fill it with events strikingly similar to those in his masterpiece, Tartuffe. So far, so Shakespeare in Love. Director Laurent Tirard’s creation, however, is  refreshingly different. This surreal farce casually tackles such weighty issues as infidelity, unrequited love, and the pointlessness of attempting to be what you are not – aptly illustrated by comedic genius Molière’s doomed desire to be a great tragedian. The illustrious cast are laugh-out-loud funny, and the script is sharp and witty. If you can stand the subtitles, this is definitely worth a watch. Emma Whipday 1408Starring Samuel L. Jackson and John Cusack, one can be forgiven for expecting 1408 to be at least partially worthwhile. Cusack stars as Mike Enslin, a writer who tours hotels in the hope of finding paranormal activity. Mike eventually stumbles across a haunted hotel room (number 1408, as it happens) that apparently kills anyone who sleeps there. Despite many ominous warnings he stubbornly insists on staying in this room and terrifying experiences naturally ensue. Unfortunately, after the first 20 minutes, the film disintergrates faster than you could say ‘Snakes on a Plane’. It’s hard to pin down exactly where the film became so utterly unwatchable; maybe it was when an assortment of Mike’s dead relatives emerged from various corners of his suite for cheesy reunions. In any case, the death knell for 1408’s chances of success came with the final ‘twist’; predictable and downright lame. Definitely one to miss.Mary Clare WaireriThe Simpsons MovieAt the beginning of The Simpsons Movie, Homer complains about paying for something he can usually watch for free. The irony is deliberate, of course, but the disappointment is that he’s right. Our television screens are often graced with classic Simpsons  episodes, mostly from the first few seasons. They’re a consistently and brilliantly funny concoction of wit, satire and endlessly quotable one-liners. So what do we get with the film? Well, there’s Spiderpig… In fact, like said pig, the film is silly, repetitive and full of pop-culture. It’s perfectly watchable and intermittently funny, but it’s also hugely inconsistent and sadly lacking in memorable scenes or dialogue, which means the experience is really just like paying to watch four newer episodes of The Simpsons back to back. And that’s pointless, because my college still has Sky. Jonathan Tan MISSESTransformers Unfortunately, the idea of taking a range of plastic toys and turning it into a summer blockbuster is not as unheard of as it should be. Shia LeBoeuf brings an adequately gawky presence to the role of the young man who happens upon a car that turns out to be a super-advanced alien robot, (cue jokes about the Japanese), but despite his efforts the film can’t deny what it is; a two-hour advert for the disturbing Optimus Prime and his companions. Michael Bay’s hamfisted portrayal of the heroic armed forces does nothing to help. In short, supremely missable. Unless you really, really, really like explosions.Monique DavisPrivate Fears in Public PlacesDirected by Alain Resnais and based on Alan Ayckbourne’s play, Private Fears in Public Places is an attempt to cash in on the tried and tested model of interwoven love stories – see Love Actually. Unfortunately, it fails miserably. There are three principle problems with this film: firstly the pile-up of short scenes (there are almost fifty in total) means that the film doesn’t unfold comfortably and development comes only in brief bursts. Secondly, and rather unconvincingly, the characters seem oblivious to their own interconnections – despite the fact that there are only six of them. Worse still, even with this restricted social spectrum, they do little more that tap one another on the shoulder, never really engaging and failing to convince us that there’s even anything interesting going on. Finally, the failure to make a complete departure from the stage makes this interpretation unsuccessful and clumsy: ‘invisible walls separating people’ are portrayed as an opaque office partition between two of the characters while snow marking the distinction between each scene symbolises the ‘coldness of their isolation’. It tries to tick all the boxes but sadly it’s a far cry from Renais’ acclaimed Last Year at Marienbad or Smoking/No Smoking. Katherine Evecenter_img For many, 2007 was to be the year in which the cinema was the place to see and be seen. With about 80 films released, it seemed a fairly safe bet that there would be something to cater to everyone’s tastes. However, it was also a summer of ‘threequels’- five of the ten highest-grossing films have been third installments of previous box office winners. So, we should ask whether the so-called summer of cinema represented a return to a golden age of film or just the film industry’s increased ability to churn out the kind of cinematic experience that inexplicably gets bums on seats. The many eyes of the Cherwell have been busy and here we present a breakdown of this summer’s most memorable films…HITSDeath ProofHeavily influenced by the low-budget high-carnage exploitation films of the ‘60s and ‘70s, Death Proof follows the exploits of maniacal stuntman Mike, expertly portrayed by Kurt Russell, and who uses his specially-reinforced car to stalk and brutally murder groups of unsuspecting girls. The plot may seem pedestrian but there is much more than meets the eye here; the dialogue is razor sharp, the stunts are jaw-dropping and the performances flawless. It’s unlikely that Tarantino’s latest offering will meet all tastes but, let’s face it, that’s not really the purpose of any Tarantino film. Ultimately, those appreciative of Tarantino’s slick, daring and borderline offensive style will find much to love about Death Proof. Despite receiving a lukewarm reception from some quarters, it seems clear that in time Death Proof will be recognised as one of Tarantino’s masterpieces. Mary Clare WaireriTell No OneBased on the bestselling novel by Harlen Coben, Tell No One opens with the brutal murder of Margot Beck. Several years after the tragedy, her husband Alex (Francois Cluzet) receives an e-mail containing a link to a live video feed of a woman he believes to be Margot. Haunted by the images he sees, and the accompanying message that he must “Tell no one”, Alex is convinced that his wife is still alive. As Alex embarks on a struggle to uncover the truth behind the e-mail, he becomes entangled in a web of deceipt and crime.  One of the best things about Tell No One is Cluzet; not only is he convincing as the grief-tormented widower, but also the sense of impotence he feels as he finds himself increasingly embroiled in a situation beyond his control is perfectly expressed. In short, Tell No One has all the ingredients of a tense, unpredictable and stimulating thriller.Genevieve GreyKnocked Uplast_img read more

Taste of the Med

first_imgByron Bay Cookie Company has added a Lemon & White Chocolate Cheesecake Cookie to its range. Unveiled at this year’s Caffe Culture exhibition at the end of June, the cookie features chunks of white chocolate, the zest of Mediterranean lemons and lemon curd.Baked in the UK, the new cookie is made with locally sourced flour, butter and free range eggs where possible, and has been approved by the Vegetarian Society.MD Mark Perrin said the cookie has already proven to be a success in Australia. He said the firm was confident that it would be just as popular on the UK market and that initial tastings “have gone down very well”.last_img

Tasty String Cheese Incident Performance From 1997 Surfaces On Archive [Listen]

first_imgWe love our String Cheese, that’s for sure. For 20+ years, The String Cheese Incident has continued to break down sonic boundaries, incorporating just about every style of music into their repertoire. From sets collaborating with The Doobie Brothers, Skrillex, Ms. Lauryn Hill – three names rarely uttered in the same sentence – to thoughtful original music, the future is big and bright for Cheese.Recently, we noticed that a new classic SCI concert made its way onto the Archive. Taken from a show in Idaho in 1997, the newly posted audio sees Cheese getting into some of their staples, including “Black Clouds,” “100 Year Flood,” “Johnny Cash,” “Round The Wheel” and more! There are also covers of The Stanley Brothers’ “How Mountain Girls Can Love,” Allman Brothers Band’s “Ramblin Man” and so many great songs. The bluegrass influences are in full force for this Cheesy performance.Listen to the whole show below, courtesy of John L:Setlist: The String Cheese Incident at The Roosevelt, Ketchum, ID – 12/15/1997Set 1: Chili Dawg/How Mountain Girls Can Love, Pent Up House, Good Times Around The Bend, The Road Home, Moonflower, Got What He Wanted/Black CloudsSet 2: John Hardy, 100 Year Flood > Ramblin’ Man, California Rain, When Will I/Blue Bossa, Round The Wheel/Johnny CashEnc: Elvis’ Wild Ridelast_img read more

Les Miz Flag-Waver Kyle Scatliffe on Why He’d Make a Terrible Ninja

first_img Age: 27Hometown: Westwood, NJCurrent Role: Waving the flag as Enjolras, student revolutionary, in the Broadway revival of Les Miserables.Stage Cred: Coalhouse Walker in Ragtime in Austin, Jud Fry in Oklahoma! in Seattle and Haywood Patterson in the London premiere of The Scottsboro Boys, a role that just earned him an Olivier Award nomination.“I grew up around Italians, so I talk with my hands all the time. If I’m talking and I start getting passionate about what I’m saying, my hands just start flying around. Big hand talker.”“People in high school would tell me they can hear me coming down the hallway. I have a big laugh. They’d be like, ‘Is Kyle here?’ and you’d hear ‘HAHAHA’ and they’d be like, ‘Kyle’s here.’ It’s like a warning signal. I’d be a terrible ninja.”“I’m 6’5″. When I was a kid, I was 5’7” and I played basketball. But I stopped ’cause it’s not the best height for basketball. Then, out of nowhere, I grew over the summer to six feet and then 6’1” by 11th grade. Everyone was like, ‘Hey, you should come back and play basketball!’ And I was like, ‘I think I like theater more so I’ll see you guys later!”“I was leaving on a Disney cruise when I got cast in The Scottsboro Boys. I would play villains in their Villains Tonight! show. I’d do Hades from Hercules, Jafar from Aladdin… But the best to play was Scar, because The Lion King is my favorite.”“A black kid in Hawaii messaged me after I got the part of Enjolras. He played the role there and was really happy to see that someone could play the part on this scale. It was surreal for me and I thought, ‘This is what Barack Obama must have felt like,’ because when he was voted President, all black people said, ‘Wow, a black person can be President!’”“I stopped moving when I first saw the Enjolras vest and just went ‘Ooh!’ I ran into the boys dressing room and was like, ‘The vest! The vest!’ I was very excited to put it on!” Related Shows Kyle Scatliffe Kyle Scatliffe photographed at the Paramount Hotel for Broadway.com by Caitlin McNaney Star Filescenter_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016 Les Miserableslast_img read more

Giant pumpkins

first_imgGardeners here produce 200- to 350-pound pumpkins each fall. Some of those gardeners are only about one-quarter of the size of their prize pumpkins. This year dozens of Georgia 4-H youths tried their hands at growing mammoth pumpkins and entered them into the 2012 Georgia 4-H Pumpkin Growing Contest”t. Trey Thomas, of White County, won first-place with his 342-pound pumpkin. Tift County’s Jasper Utley took second place with a 281-pound pumpkin and Piper Brown, of Henry County, took third with her 260-pound gourd. “This year’s contest showcased the heaviest crop we have seen since 2008, and Georgia 4-H could not be more proud of each of the participants,” said Jenna B. Daniel, the Georgia 4-H program assistant who manages the contest. “The preparation, research, and patience these 4-H’ers put into their projects is a perfect representation of their commitment to engaging in learning and their mastery of skills essential to successfully harvesting their pumpkin.” The top three 4-H’ers will each receive a cash prize, sponsored by the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Association, in recognition of the months they spent tending their plants. 4-H organizers like the pumpkin contest because it teaches students the responsibility needed to complete a long-term project, the self motivation and confidence needed to tackle a project independently and the ability to use problem solving skills to persevere against insects, dry spells and pumpkin diseases. But more importantly for the 4-H members, the payoff is really the chance to wow their friends and neighbors and have people ask if they can take a picture with their pumpkin. To learn more about the Georgia 4-H Pumpkin Growing Contest, contact Jenna B. Daniel at [email protected] or (706) 542-4444. Every year around this time the national news is filled with stories of monument-sized pumpkins from places like Maine and Michigan, but Georgians are no slouches when it comes to giant produce. last_img read more

The Best (or Worst), Funniest (or Stupidest) Thing You’ll See All Day (or Year) (or Ever) (I Love Parentheses)

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Here at The Buzz, I usually give you a sure thing. Whether it be gloriously screaming goats, great bad lip reading or some damn fine pole dancing, I think it’s safe to say I haven’t yet steered you wrong.But this one can go either way.It’s probably loosely based on your level of childishness.But don’t feel bad if you think you are mature and classy, but end up laughing your posterior off at this.(I used the word posterior instead of ass because it’s what I envision snooty people who think they’re mature and classy would say.)Personally, I think if you don’t laugh, you’re simply unpatriotic.Now, if you watch this and like it, you’re welcome, I’ve done it again. If you hate it, blame Scott. He found it.Yes, it’s stupid. And yes, people have to clean up the mess. But it can still be funny.Or maybe it can’t be.It’s a polarizing issue. You either love it or hate it.Like President Obama.Or Snuggies.Fondue.Rihanna’s gigantic forehead.So go ahead and watch it. Laugh. Or don’t.But if you don’t, the terrorists have won.(Too soon?)last_img read more

Keep an eye on international laws (GDPR)

first_imgAll of us have been bombarded recently with those updates on our mobile phones and on the various websites asking us to accept the new privacy terms.  Very few of us take the time to actually read those, myself included, instead opting to “click the box” and move on to where you want to be. Many of these recent updates, however, are driven by the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) which went into effect in Europe on May 25, 2018.  Which brings us to the question, how is it that a European regulation is governing the conduct of U.S. businesses, including U.S. credit unions, and why do I have to comply with a European regulation when I already have privacy laws governing me in the U.S.?  These questions do not have simple, easy answers, but it is clear that the European Union is attempting to extend its influence beyond its borders and is setting a new and higher standard in the data privacy/data protection arena. By way of background, the EU GDPR applies whenever an entity (such as a credit union) processes the personal data of an EU resident when offering them goods or services; or when you monitor the behavior of an EU resident; or where a country’s public law provides for it.  Any of these potential jurisdictional thresholds warrant extensive discussion, but basically the more contacts you have with EU residents or businesses or perhaps a physical presence in the EU, the more likely you will be subject to the GDPR. This is why, with our world becoming increasingly connected through the internet and otherwise, big tech companies such as Google, Amazon, and Facebook, with their extensive data collection activities and global focus are being dramatically affected by this regulation (hence the increase in those privacy update requests).So, yes, as a credit union you will need to pay attention to certain international regulations and look closely at your operations in the United States to figure out if this EU regulation affects your credit union and whether this regulation can be enforced against your credit union.  Further, with the publication of the ePrivacy regulation as a proposal text (affecting electronic communications such as email, instant messaging, electronic marketing, etc.) which will round out the EU data protection framework, the compliance picture will likely get more complicated.  To that end, it could have been much worse.  WOCCU was active during the development of this regulation in urging the elimination of registration requirements and fees, and flexibility in who can be a data protection officer (such as a BSA officer) under the regulation.  Also, there are still ways to ensure compliance with the EU regulation without having to significantly alter your operations (i.e. through contractual provisions, the Privacy Shield). So don’t ignore those international laws from some far off place.  Keep an eye on them. The world isn’t that big any more. A complete guide to the EU GDPR available for WOCCU and CUNA Members is available at:  https://members.woccu.org/documents/EUDataProtectionPrivacyShield2017ComplianceGuide 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Andrew Price Andrew “Andy” T. Price currently serves as the Regulatory Counsel for the World Council of Credit Unions where he engages in advocacy on behalf of credit unions worldwide before the … Web: www.woccu.org Detailslast_img read more

Medco Energi to offer Rp 1.5t in bonds to refinance debt

first_img“The public offering period for the bonds will run from Feb. 12 to 13 and will be listed on the Indonesia Stock Exchange [IDX] on Feb. 19,” the company said in an announcement posted on the IDX website on Friday.The proceeds of the bond issuance will be used to refinance some of its debt owed to state-owned Bank Mandiri, which will be due on Dec. 21, 2021.The company also issued $650 million worth of US dollar-denominated bonds through its subsidiary, Singapore-based Medco Bell Pte Ltd, on Jan. 16 on the Singapore Stock Exchange (SGX).The bonds, scheduled to be due on Jan. 30, 2027, offered a 6.38-percent annual coupon. Medco Bell will transfer the proceeds of the bonds to Medco Energi to be used to refinance its previously issued bonds that will be due in 2021 and 2022.The company received early commitments from several Singapore-based financial institutions for the bonds, such as DBS Bank Ltd, Mandiri Securities Pte Ltd, Standard Chartered Bank (Singapore) Limited, Morgan Stanley Asia (Singapore) Pte and Credit Suisse (Singapore) Limited, as well as Hong Kong-based Societe Generale.Topics : Privately-owned oil and gas company PT Medco Energi Internasional is set to offer rupiah-denominated debt papers following a recent global bonds issuance in a bid to refinance its debts that are due in the next two years.The company will issue Rp 1.5 trillion (US$ 110.15 million) in bonds in its third round of shelf-registration bonds.The rupiah-denominated bonds are set to be offered in two series, namely series A, which amounts to Rp 908.7 billion with a coupon of 8.9 percent per year that will be due in three years, and series B, worth Rp 476.15 billion with an annual coupon of 9.3 percent and a tenure of five years.last_img read more

Brazil’s Bolsonaro, long a skeptic, tests positive for coronavirus

first_imgFinishing the interview, he stepped back and removed his mask to reveal a smile, adding: “You can see from my face that I’m well and I’m calm.”Bolsonaro said he has been taking hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug with unproven effectiveness against COVID-19.Bolsonaro has emulated his political role model Donald Trump in voicing skepticism about the virulence of the virus, although the US president has moderated his tone. Bolsonaro tested negative in March for the coronavirus after several aides were diagnosed following a visit to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, Florida, resort.The positive test on Tuesday looks set to spark a frantic period of contact tracing and tests for those who met Bolsonaro in recent days, including Economy Minister Paulo Guedes, lender Banco Bradesco’s Chairman Luiz Carlos Trabuco and planemaker Embraer’s CEO Francisco Gomes Neto. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Tuesday he tested positive for the novel coronavirus after months of playing down the severity of the virus and defying medical experts, even as the pandemic killed more than 65,000 people in his country.The right-wing populist told a group of television reporters that he had developed symptoms at the weekend.”It started on Sunday with a certain malaise and became worse throughout the day on Monday, feeling poorly, exhaustion, a bit of muscle ache, fever hit 38 [degrees Celsius],” he said. Topics :center_img Over the weekend, Bolsonaro was also in close contact with US Ambassador Todd Chapman during July 4 celebrations. Pictures showed neither wearing a mask.Brazilian financial markets retreated following the news. Brazil’s currency, the real, swung into negative territory and the benchmark stock index deepened losses to 1.5%.CriticismBrazil has the world’s second-largest outbreak behind the United States, with more than 1.6 million confirmed cases.Bolsonaro has drawn criticism from public health experts for fighting state and city efforts to impose social distancing, arguing that the economic damage of those orders is worse than the disease itself.He has fired two health ministers during the crisis, both trained doctors, and replaced them with an active duty army general on an interim basis.He joins a list of government leaders to become infected with the coronavirus, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, both of whom were treated in hospital and needed extra oxygen.Pan American Health Organization director for communicable diseases Marcos Espinal wished Bolsonaro a “speedy recovery” but said his infection carried a message.”The message is that this virus is unpredictable and does not respect race, class or people in power, despite security around any president,” Espinal said. “For Brazil, the infection of its president should reinforce the need to strengthen implementations of social distancing recommendations and the use of masks to mitigate the spread of coronavirus,” he added.Bolsonaro has often defied local guidelines to wear a mask in public, even after a judge ordered him to do so in late June. Bolsonaro has also railed against social distancing rules supported by the World Health Organization.The US embassy in Brasilia said via Twitter on Monday that the ambassador had lunch on July 4 with Bolsonaro, five ministers and the president’s son, Congressman Eduardo Bolsonaro. The ambassador had no symptoms, but would undergo testing and is “taking precautions,” the embassy said.last_img read more