Strontium-isotope stratigraphy of the CRP-1 drillhole, Ross Sea, Antarctica

May 9, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgStrontium isotope stratigraphy was used to date five discrete horizons within CRP- 1. Early and late Quaternary (0 87- 1 3 Ma and 0-0 67 Ma respectively) age sedimentsoverlie a major sequence boundary at 43.15 meters below sea floor (mbsf) This hiatus is estimated to account for -16 m y of missing section. Early Miocene (16 6-20 8-25 Ma)age deposits below this boundary are in turn cut by multiple erosion surfaces representing hiatuses of between 0.2 and 1.2 m.y. Estimated minimum sedimentation rates rangebetween 0.9 and 2.8 cm/k.y. in the Quaternary, and 1.5 and 6.4 cm/k.y. in the lower Miocene.last_img read more

United States Senator Mike Braun On Ag Trade, 2nd Amendment, Government Shutdowns

May 3, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgThe United States Senator Mike Braun joined MSNBC Live with Hallie Jackson to react to how President Trump’s trade negotiations with China are affecting Hoosier agriculture, protecting the Second Amendment, and how to end government shutdowns by budgeting for the long-run instead of from calamity to calamity.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

Buy tickets for Hoboken’s 2nd Annual Pizza Fest

May 2, 2021 0 Comments

first_img× HOBOKEN–The 2nd Annual Pizza Fest will take place on Saturday Oct. 13 at Our Lady of Grace, 400 Willow Ave.Pizza Fest will feature several Hoboken pizzerias including Napoli’s, Tony Boloney’s, The Brick, Hot House Pizza, and more.Attendees will be able to try pizza from every vendor listen to live music and participate in pizza-themed games and contests, including a pizza eating contest. Pizza Fest benefits the local nonprofit, True Mentors — an organization that offers one-to-one mentoring by patching children ages 7-17 with adult mentors in the community.Tickets are $25 and go on sale on Wednesday Sept. 12. and roughly 700 people are expected to attend.More event details can be found at www.hobokenpizzafest.com.last_img read more

Autism conference examines therapy method

January 26, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgThe Special Friends Club of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s — a student group that pairs students with children in the South Bend community who are affected by autism spectrum disorders in the hopes of building friendships — hosted the sixth annual Notre Dame Autism Conference on Tuesday.Junior Allison Baglini, president of the Special Friends Club, said the group chose the keynote speaker for their first conference after a two-year hiatus to focus the conference on applied behavior analysis (ABA).“Another goal of our club is to increase education and awareness of autism and autism research, and this year’s conference is about applied behavior analysis,” she said. “ … It’s a great opportunity to reflect on the fact that there are many different approaches to intervention in the lives of individuals with autism, and that’s what I hope people take from it — just to think a little bit more about different approaches towards intervention.”The club chose ABA as the topic for the conference to explore due to its relevance, as well as interest from parents of children involved with the club who may be searching for effective methods of intervention, Baglini said.The conference consisted of a lecture aimed at students, faculty and staff entitled “Working Towards a Progressive Model of ABA,” and a family workshop entitled “Making Meaningful Differences Through ABA.”Keynote speaker Justin Leaf, director of research at the Autism Partnership Foundation, said the Autism Partnership Foundation provides intervention assistance to people affected by autism. This disorder affects one in every 68 children, a number that has objectively risen, Leaf said.Though there are hundreds of approaches to improving the lives of those with autism, Leaf said he, along with The Autism Foundation, endorses ABA, an approach developed by psychologist Edward Thorndike in the 19th century and based on behaviorism.In other words, Leaf said, ABA is “simply good teaching,” which involves providing motivation, clear feedback and assistance when necessary, but building independence at the same time.Leaf said he has seen positive results from the ABA method in his own clinic. When using the ABA method, he said, 70 percent of the children who received intensive ABA intervention are now considered to meet the best outcome according to clinical data.“We know that when individuals receive quality intervention they can make really good improvements, life altering changes for the better,” he said.However, Leaf said, ABA has gained a negative reputation among those who have seen it implemented in incorrect forms, including an overly rigid curriculum, the use of food as reinforcement and other characteristics that Leaf deemed “bad ABA.”Components of the progressive model Leaf has seen success with include a more structured, yet flexible approach that allows parents and teachers to make in-the-moment decisions regarding reactions to their child’s behavior, he said. This quality ABA is conducted intensively in a natural setting that teaches a child to handle distractions, with a curriculum that does not necessarily have to adhere to rigid protocols.Leaf voiced some concerns about inadequate training of instructors of people with autism, and said staff members should be fun, engaging, receptive to feedback and professional. The majority of instructors are certified using the Routines-Based Interview (RBI) technique, which Leaf said he believes involves a smaller amount of training than should be required.“There’s no research that shows 40 hours is enough,” he said. “For me it takes years and years of training to be proficient at it … the certificate means you are only minimally qualified.”To combat this issue, Leaf said he promoted time training academies, such as the Center for Applied Behavioral Analysis (CABA), which provides intensive quality ABA training to individuals.“We need people who are investing in training and realize investing in our professionals is the way to go,” he said. “Our approach is based on clinical judgment. Our approach is not rigid protocols, our approach is to have flexibility to adapt and change based on the needs of the child and the environment which they’re in.”Leaf warned against falling for the resurgence of “social thinking” — a procedure based on the idea that change in thought will force a change in behavior — and other intervention techniques that have little to no scientific research to back up their claims of success. Warning signs of such procedures include the reliance on anecdotal evidence to prove success, Leaf said.“I want you to behave differently if you’re in the field,” he said. “I want you to do that progressive model, I want you implement letting teachers make clinical judgments and make their own decisions, as opposed to following rigid protocols. And that’s my hope for the field.”In his second talk aimed at parents of children on the autism spectrum, Leaf once again discussed the same ABA techniques, and provided additional information that would assist a parent in using the methods in their home. In addition to implementing clinical judgment, curriculum that teaches applicable skills and quality staff, Leaf urged parents to keep high hopes for their children affected by disorders on the autism spectrum.“We are in this field to make meaningful differences, and parents, you should have high hopes and professionals, you should have high hopes,” he said. “We have to be like the little engine that could, we have to be like my idol from Notre Dame, Rudy … or Rocky or Helen Keller. It’s having high hopes. These are the components of quality ABA to me, and when we implement these components we get good quality outcomes.”Tags: applied behavior analysis, Autism, Notre Dame Autism Conference, Special Friends Club of Notre Dame and St. Mary’slast_img read more

NY Governor Says China Is Donating 1,000 Ventilators To The State

January 18, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgPhoto: CDCALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday that New York will receive 1,140 ventilators from China and Oregon.The Chinese government has facilitated a donation of 1,000 ventilators that are expected to arrive at JFK Airport.“This is a big deal and it’s going to make a significant difference for us. Also, the state of Oregon contacted us and is going to send 140 ventilators,” Cuomo said during a press conference. “Which is I can tell you just astonishing and unexpected. And I want to thank Gov. Brown, I want to thank all of the people in the state of Oregon for their thoughtfulness.”Meanwhile, New York State has a total 113,704 Covid-19 cases, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday. The state recorded a new high of positive cases Friday with 10,841. There are 15,905 people in the hospital and 4,126 in ICU, Cuomo said.As of today, 3,565 people have died due to Covid-19. 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)last_img read more

Horticulture Tour.

January 17, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgThe University of Georgia horticulture department and State Botanical Garden of Georgia will offer a tour of research plots, ornamental plant evaluations and gardens Friday, Sept. 28 in Athens, Ga.At the horticulture farm, see the latest research on landscape amendments. These include poultry-litter compost and products called stalite and zeolite.UGA Professor Mike Dirr will discuss the woody ornamentals in his plant evaluation program. At the new College Station Road shade garden, you’ll see Dirr’s collection of Calycanthus, camellia, Cephalotaxus, fothergilla, gardenia and more than 80 hydrangea cultivars.The annual and perennial trial garden on campus is always a favorite tour stop. Viewing an extensive evaluation of the newest annuals and perennials, you’ll want to make notes of those still doing well in the late-summer heat.Talk With FacultyThe tour will offer time to talk with UGA faculty from the Athens, Griffin and Tifton campuses. Lunch will be in the new Heritage Garden at the State Botanical Garden. The garden staff will be on hand to answer questions.Buses leave promptly at 9 a.m. from the upper parking lot of the State Botanical Garden at 2450 South Milledge Ave. (It’s about 1 mile outside the Athens Bypass). The tour will end at 4 p.m.The $20 fee covers the lunch and bus ride. The deadline to sign up is Sept. 21. Mail a check to “Georgia 4-H Foundation” to Extension Horticulture, Attn: Open House, 205 Hoke Smith Bldg., University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602.Driving directions to the State Botanical Garden are on the Internet at www.uga.edu/~botgarden/ConDir.html. To learn more, phone (706) 542-2861, or e-mail Angela Anderson at [email protected]last_img read more

UN Voices Concern about Violence in Venezuela

December 20, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo May 21, 2019 “The United Nations Human Rights Office is extremely worried by reports of excessive use of force by security forces against demonstrators across Venezuela,” said Marta Hurtado, spokesperson for the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), May 1. The statement followed the news of violence from armed groups such as “colectivos,” that support the illegitimate regime of Nicolás Maduro. Five people died and 239 were injured during demonstrations called on by Interim President Juan Guaidó, April 30 and May 1. Guaidó called on the people and military supporters to take part in Operation Freedom to restore constitutional order. The United States and more than 50 other countries recognize Guaidó as the legitimate leader of Venezuela. Violent attacks included gunshots and tear gas bombs — a military vehicle also ran over protestors on the street — in response to the protest. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), three of those killed during the protests were under 18. At least 15 of the injured were teenagers, ages 14 to 17. “I urge all those involved to take immediate measures to protect children from any type of violence,” said Henrietta H. Fore, executive director of the United Nations Children’s Fund, via Twitter. The injured included journalists attacked while covering the demonstrations. “We understand that at least 10 journalists were injured on May 1, including five who were wounded by buckshot,” Ravina Shamdasani, a UN Human Rights Office’s spokesperson told the press in Geneva, Switzerland. The UN Human Rights Office urged Venezuelan authorities to protect people’s human rights. The UN also urged political leaders to engage in meaningful discussions to work toward resolving the current crisis. “The UN Human Rights Office will continue to monitor developments in the country,” OHCHR said. Looking for a way out Venezuelans’ living conditions have been deteriorating since 2013, when Maduro took office following Hugo Chávez’s death. Since then, Venezuelans suffer from increasing violence and lack of basic supplies, such as food and medication. The situation has created a massive Venezuelan exodus, considered to be the largest migration crisis in the recent history of Latin America, according to a 2018 report on Venezuela produced by the international nongovernmental organization, Human Rights Watch. In February 2019, the office of the UNHCR reported that the number of Venezuelan refugees and migrants now stands at 3.7 million. During 2018, an estimated 5,000 people left the country every day. Colombia hosts the highest number of refugees and migrants from Venezuela, with more than 1.2 million. Peru follows with 700,000; Chile, with 288,000; Ecuador, with 200,000; Argentina, with 130,000; and Brazil, with 96,000. Mexico and countries in Central America and the Caribbean also welcomed a significant number of Venezuelan refugees and migrants. In Brazil, UNHCR manages the flow of Venezuelans at the borders, especially coming from three border posts in the cities of Pacaraima and Boa Vista, in Roraima state, and Manaus, in Amazonas state. “Our main intent is to get a quick profile of these people and identify their primary needs,” said Miguel Pachioni, from the UNHCR’s Press Office, in São Paulo. The institution has been seeking partnerships with governments, as well as public and private Brazilian institutions that could provide initial shelter and, as a longer-term solution, promote the social inclusion of Venezuelans in Brazil.last_img read more

Suffolk Sued for $117M in ‘Over-taxation’

December 18, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A lawsuit seeking $116.9 million has been filed against Suffolk County on behalf of an estimated 340,000 residents of the county’s Southwest Sewer District No. 3, claiming that the county has “illegally overtaxed owners of real estate” in violation of four public referenda that called for surpluses to be returned.According to the law firms of Paul Sabatino II and Reilly, Like and Tenety, Suffolk officials have not complied with the requirements that voters had approved by public referendum in 1983, 1989, 1995 and 2006. Filed in New York State Supreme Court earlier this month, the lawsuit asks the court to grant class action status “to protect all taxpayers in the district, not just those who can afford the cost of litigation.” The 57-square-mile district covers Babylon, Islip and a sliver of Huntington.“By holding on to this money, Suffolk County has knowingly thwarted the will of the people, as expressed by the voters on four separate occasions,” said Sabatino, who was County Executive Steve Levy’s chief deputy from 2004 to 2007 and former counsel to the Suffolk County Legislature for almost 20 years before that. “The purpose of the lawsuit is to enforce the will of the people and return the $116.9 million to the taxpayers.”The attorneys say the targeted total amount consists of the 2013 surplus fund balance of $35,177,582, the 2014 surplus fund balance of $42,265,864 and the 2015 fund balance of $39,5236,337. Instead of returning these fund balances to the taxpayers as required, the attorneys allege, the county put the monies in a fund known as Fund 405, which they describe as “an illegal fund…used by the county as a subterfuge.”According to the attorneys’ calculations, the average taxpayer in the sewer district is entitled to a refund of about $1,542. They say the over-taxation stemmed from the failure of county officials to pass on “the substantial savings” that arose from the amortization of South West Sewer District’s debt that had been issued in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. As the debt was paid off “in increasingly large amounts,” the county held on to the savings instead of returning it to the taxpayers as the county statute and state law required, the attorneys say.“My understanding is that these numbers have just really accrued in the last three or four years,” said Sabatino, who left county government seven years ago. “I think they’ve been caught with their budgetary pants down on this one.”“Failure to stop this violation of the constitutional rights of the taxpayers and allowing it to continue in the future will imperil the public interest, cause public injury, and promote public mischief,” attorney Irving Like said in a statement. “The strong policy of the law requires a full accounting of all public funds and is designed to prevent municipal governments from acquiring tax proceeds faster than they are needed and for costs and expenses not incurred.”The county attorney’s office has reportedly asked the court for an extension in order to reply to the lawsuit, which is filed under index number 15-01596. Neither the county attorney’s office nor the county executive’s representatives responded to requests for comment from the Press.This issue doesn’t involve Suffolk County’s Drinking Water Protection Program, which county voters have approved by referenda because it is funded by a ¼ cent sales tax. Recently, the county had borrowed $30 million of that program’s money without voters’ approval, sparking a three-year lawsuit which ended last summer when county lawmakers and environmentalists struck a deal to end the legal battle and restore the money to the program.But what’s at stake is the same principle, according to Richard Amper, executive director of the Long Island Pine Barrens Society.“When the will of the voters is ignored, government has betrayed the public trust,” Amper told the Press. “What’s really both bad and stupid is that if government keeps playing ‘April Fools’ with the voters, they’re going to stop authorizing spending for important government programs, such as the Drinking Water Protection Program. The public won’t continue to reward bad faith.”last_img read more

This year’s Meeting & Incentive Forums will be held in Šibenik

November 18, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgLocated in the heart of Dalmatia, Šibenik is a combination of history, architecture, beaches and a relaxed Mediterranean way of life. Participants will have the opportunity to experience the city center of Šibenik, the natural beauty of the Krka National Park and sail to nearby islands such as Zlarin. Participants will get to know the natural beauties of Šibenik by visiting the Dalmatian ethno village, the Barone Fortress and the En Vogue beach. The organizers have announced that they will announce the main dates for the events that will take place in Šibenik next year. Amadria Park Šibenik After the success of last year’s conference in Dubrovnik, “Meeting & Incentive Forums” is bringing its network of experts to Croatia again. The world-famous conference will be held from 19 to 22 June 2019, in Šibenik’s Amadria Park hotels. The gathering will be held in the newly opened Convention Center Šibenik Amadria Park Hotel, whose largest hall can accommodate up to 1.500 people. Amadria Park hotels are located near the airports of Zadar and Split and are surrounded by beaches with a total length of four kilometers. M&I Forums will bring together over 220 European clients who will have the opportunity to meet 180 leading global suppliers in individual meetings and participate in various business activities during the three days of the conference. The organization of the “M&I Forum” in Amadria Park is a unique opportunity to promote Šibenik, the oldest Croatian city on the Adriatic. Eleven congress halls of the Convention Center Šibenik are located on 6 thousand square meters, and in addition to congress tourism, Amadria Park with its five hotels in Šibenik, and almost 1.500 rooms, provides tourist, experiential and business experience. RELATED NEWS: “M&I Forums” has been gathering a network of experts since 2006 and encourages cooperation in the congress industry. Their networking program, which comprises more than 130 forums around the world, has positioned them as world leaders in the field of organizing B2B meetings in the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) industry, which we commonly call the Congress. CONVENTION CENTER ŠIBENIK RECEIVED CERTIFICATE OF PRESTIGIOUS BRITISH PLATFORM HEALTHCARE VENUESlast_img read more

Managed business space: investors start circling as recovery kicks in

October 20, 2020 0 Comments

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