The plutonic rocks of the Antarctic Peninsula magmatic arc form one of the major batholiths of the circum-Pacific rim. The Antarctic Peninsula batholith is a 1350 km long by < 210 km wide structure which was emplaced over the period ˜240 to 10 Ma, with a Cretaceous peak of activity that started at 142 Ma and waned during the Late Cretaceous. Early Jurassic and Late Jurassic–Early Cretaceous gaps in intrusive activity probably correspond to episodes of arc compression. In a northern zone of the Antarctic Peninsula, the batholith intrudes Palaeozoic–Mesozoic low-grade meta-sedimentary rocks, and in a central zone it intrudes schists and ortho- and paragneisses which have Late Proterozoic Nd model ages and were deformed during Triassic to Early Jurassic compression. In a southern zone the oldest exposed rocks are Permian sedimentary rocks and deformed Jurassic volcanic and sedimentary rocks. All these pre-batholith rocks formed a belt of relatively immature crust along the Gondwana margin. With few exceptions, Jurassic plutons crop out only within the central zone: many are peraluminous, having ‘S-like’ mineralogies and relatively high 87sr/86sri. They are considered to consist largely of partial melts of upper crust schists and gneisses and components of mafic magmas that caused the partial fusion. By contrast, Early Cretaceous plutons crop out along the length of the batholith. Few magma compositions appear to have been affected by upper crust, the bulk being compositionally independent of the type of country rock they intrude. They are dominated by metaluminous, calcic, Si-oversaturated, 1-type granitoid rocks with relatively low 87sr/86sri intermediate-silicic compositions (< 5% MgO). We interpret these to represent partial melts of basic to intermediate, igneous, locally garnet-bearing, lower crust. Contemporaneous mafic magmas (e.g. syn-plutonic dykes) form a more alkaline, Si-saturated series having higher 143Nd/144Nd at the same87sr/86sr than the intermediate-silicic series, to which they are not petrogenetically related. The change from limited partial fusion of upper crust in Jurassic times to widespread partial fusion of lower crust in Early Cretaceous times is considered to be a result of an increasing volume of basaltic intrusion into the crust with time.
The project will reconfigure the refinery and produce up to 650 million gallons per year of renewable transportation fuels Phillips 66′ San Francisco refinery. (Credit: Phillips 66) Worley is working with Phillips 66 to reconfigure its San Francisco refinery to produce renewable fuels.We’ve been awarded a front-end engineering services contract by Phillips 66 to convert its San Francisco refinery in Rodeo, California, USA into a renewable fuels manufacturing facility.The project will reconfigure the refinery and produce up to 650 million gallons per year of renewable transportation fuels from used cooking oils, fats, greases and vegetable oils. Once built, the renewable fuels facility is expected to be one of the world’s largest facilities of its kind.We will provide front-end engineering design services for the facility, which will be executed by our North America West team with support from our Global Integrated Delivery team.“As a global company headquartered in Australia, this project aligns with our strategic focus on sustainability and delivering a more sustainable world. We are pleased that Phillips 66 has engaged Worley in this important renewable fuels project and look forward to supporting Phillips 66’s energy transition goals, while also supporting Worley’s strategic focus on future fuels,” said Chris Ashton, Chief Executive Officer of Worley. Source: Company Press Release read more
Franchising giant Belvoir says it has enjoyed a ‘strong’ period of trading during the first six months of 2019 despite the tenant fees ban although its franchised branch network appears to have hit a ceiling at 300 offices.Belvoir says both profits and revenues from its network will be comfortably ahead of the same period last year when it reveals its half-year results on September 3rd.Management fees from its franchisees increased by 5% during the period across both sales and lettings despite a weakening sales market and the introduction of the tenant fees ban.The group’s results have also been buoyed by its recently-acquired mortgage arm Brook Financial Services where turnover increased by 23% year-on-year.Belvoir bought the mortgage broker in July 2007 for £2 million with a mixture of cash and shares.“The Board was very encouraged by trading during the first half of 2019 with our franchise model proving to be resilient to changes in the sector and our diversification into financial services providing an additional revenue stream for both our franchisees and the Group,” says Dorian Gonsalves, the CEO of Belvoir.“We have seen positive results both from our property franchise and our financial services networks, and are confident that the Group is well positioned to take advantage of the opportunities arising from a more challenging market.”Belvoir says it expects to meet City expectations for its performance this year.Belvoir August 5, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Belvoir says it’s beating the tenant fees ban as revenues rise by 5% previous nextAgencies & PeopleBelvoir says it’s beating the tenant fees ban as revenues rise by 5%Company claims that its 300 branches paid it increased management fees both from sales and lettings during the first six months of this year.Nigel Lewis5th August 20190613 Views read more
In 2005, DCMS (the Department for Culture, Media and Sport) commissioned a campaign, ‘The Music Manifesto,’ with an agenda of revolutionising the teaching of music to the masses. Or, in Whitehall language, to act as a statement of common intent for a disparate range of educational, musical and funding establishments and to provide government, the private sector and the wider community with a focus for making contributions to youth music education. Earlier this year, the campaign leader, the exuberantly titled ‘Music Champion’ Marc Jaffrey, presented his second report to the government, announcing five targets for improving musical education for children across Britain. Around the same time, Oxford alumnus Howard Goodall was appointed Singing Ambassador for the Nation and was promised £10 million in extra funds to hit these targets over the next five years. Goodall, who was first a chorister at New and then a music student at Christ Church, is most famous for his theme tunes to programmes such as Red Dwarf, Q.I. and Blackadder, and more recently he presented ‘How Music Works.’ In the wake of public interest through programmes like ‘The Choir’ and ‘The Singing Estate,’ set in Blackbird Leys, Goodall has been acclaimed as the Jamie Oliver of music.Although Goodall’s first task of creating a national songbook for schools may whiff of the ‘command culture’ of Soviet Russia, it’s hard to argue with the Manifesto’s five key aims (see box). Indeed, it’s hard enough to even wring any sense out of them, beyond a well-meaning gloss of empty epithets. When Blair abused the Royal Prerogative, he mangled the Queen’s English as well. Increased access, diversity, excellence – stripped to its bare bones, the Music Manifesto is a lexical compost heap of verbiage that has become ubiquitous to any DCMS publication. But once we’ve got past the less than controversial proclamation that ‘every child matters,’ what does the manifesto really offer?To meet the Manifesto’s aim of having every child sing ‘for the Olympics’ (is this some new event? Or a terrifying concept for the opening ceremony?), local councils and schools will have to make use of every penny of that extra £10 million. Teaching a single class let alone an entire school of youngsters, with varied musical backgrounds and abilities, to sing is no mean feat. Unlike in secondary schools, where the demands of the music curriculum necessitate competent and musically literate teachers, primary schools require no such specialists. In many cases, there may be no teacher who can confidently sing, provide piano accompaniment or even read music, and the costs and difficulty of training up or hiring professionals have been woefully underestimated.Helpfully, the Manifesto has a convenient clause to allow for the dumbing down and corner-cutting which is bound to happen. This goal of ‘singing,’ to which all children must aspire, is met by the simple definition of ‘vocalisation’. Our next generation, then, is to be reared on a diet of primitive warblings every morning and an extra-curricular calendar of vowel sounds in the afternoon. Perhaps this is where Goodall’s handy national songbook of 30 songs will step in and provide a basic minimum of exposure to music without requiring extensive retraining for teachers. Predictably, this debased musical ‘education’ is yet another example of an ignorance and rejection of all research into music psychology, and is patronising to the very core. Along with the myth of a universal ‘talent’, the blanket belief that all music is good for you is capable of poisoning any well-intentioned musical education plan. And come on; compulsory choir with a limited repertoire of 30 songs just might not engender a life-long love of music and certainly won’t provide adequate preparation for potential professionals. Is this measly level of education really worth the effort?After all, it’s not as if children will somehow be left in musical poverty if the state doesn’t step in. Music is already part of every child’s upbringing, whether as iPod listener, guitar player, aspiring rapper or pop diva. But government agendas for music suggest that this is not the ‘right’ kind of music. whereas a ‘relevant’ and ‘diverse’ selection by a thinktank is.Although it’s clear that Howard Goodall and those music teachers at the grassroots level who are behind the project are only concerned with promoting something they love and improving access to the benefits they believe music can bring, it’s just as clear that the government has quite a different agenda. The main focus of proposed benefits are framed in the jargon of other New Labour policies. Children are dubbed “the foundation of our internationally recognised creative economy and music industry” (Lord Adonis) and Arts funding is pushed, not as investing in innovation, but as investing in Industry. In general, the arts must keep in line with social inclusion, diversity, urban regeneration policy and contribute to economic growth to be deemed worthy of funding. The Music Manifesto will not deliver on any of these levels, nor will it provide significant benefits to the individual. In distancing himself from the Jamie Oliver food analogy, Goodall stated “there is no Turkey Twizzler in the musical world – Pop is not like chips and crisps, and Mozart is not broccoli al dente”, but if we are to have a national music education policy it must be more rigorous than this. For the government to be force-feeding children a prepackaged diet of factory-produced music in the interests of Industry is hardly healthy.Cara Bleiman read more
Atrocious speller can now blame their genetic make-up, after new research into dyslexia was published this week by Oxford University.According to John Stein, Professor of Neuroscience at the Medical School, spelling, reading, or any form of activity associated with the written word foxes our brains because the skills are relatively recent, and human brains had to adapt quickly to them.As opposed to linguistic ability, 30-40000 years old, the written word has only been around for around 5000. The study also labelled nutrition and proper sleep as major factors.
A Junior Tribunal convened on Monday afternoon has found the result of the NUS referendum conducted last week to be void, following the revelation over the weekend of evidence of grave electoral malpractice. The announcement follows the resignation last night of OUSU’s returning Officer Alex Walker and a complaint issued by Jack J Matthews, leader of the ‘No’ campaign, highlighting the misuse of the Unique Voter Codes (UVCs) issued for the online voting system mi-vote.com.Cherwell understands that thousands of “spare” voter codes were issued for the election process, and whilst the Returning Officer only issued 20 of these for legitimate purposes, over 1,100 are thought to have been used to vote in the referendum. The codes are thought to have been used in close clusters and from a single locaton. The Junior Tribunal concluded, “we understand from Ms Falck [acting returning officer] that about 20 replacement codes were issued during the course of the election, the number of spare codes used to vote far exceeds this. This means that votes were cast using a significant number of codes which were never distributed to voters. On this basis alone the referendum result cannot stand”.Whilst the result of the referendum has been anulled, the Junior Tribunal found that “we are unable ro recommend any changes to OUSU’s practises or governance”. The Tribunal was chaired by former OUSU committee members Madeline Stanley, Lewis Iwu, Rich Hardiman and was attended by the current Chair of Council Nick Cooper.It is understood that a decision on whether to reconvene a referendum will take place at OUSU Council on Wednesday.‘No’ campaign leader Jack J Matthews told Cherwell, “I welcome the result of the Junior Tribunal – it is absolutely right that the entire Referendum has been voided. We must now wait for a response from other investigations which will seek to discover who perpetrated this crime.” Matthews continued, “In the meantime, I would urge people to ask the questions that need to be asked for the future of OUSU, and not the ones that satisfy curiosity. I particularly look to those on OUSU Council, to find the courage to query and challenge our current practices, and also to set the tone for how this situation will be remedied. It is not for old codgers like me to decide whether we should have another referendum – it is for Council”.OUSU President-elect Louis Trup remarked, “I am genuinely shocked to hear of the electoral malpractice that has led to the results of the NUS referendum being declared void. It’s obviously a terrible thing to happen, but I just can’t really believe anybody cared enough to go to the trouble of sending off so many votes.”Current OUSU President and ‘Yes’ campaign leader Tom Rutland has since tweeted his intention to bring forward a motion for OUSU to re-affiliate with the NUS.I will bring a motion to 7th Week Council to reaffiliate to @nusuk, given that w/out 1000+ false ‘NO’ ballots, result wld hv been 70-30 YES— Tom Rutland (@tomrutland) May 26, 2014However, commenting on the ‘Yes’ campaign’s claim to victory, Jack J Matthews remarked, “While recognising that students did indeed vote to remain affiliated to NUS, it is hard to see how anyone can claim victory when democracy has been so brazenly violated”.Speaking with regards to the 7th Week motion Louis Trup said, “I hope that motion passes, as the real results of the referendum would have been to re-affiliate. However, by voiding the referendum, it is as though it didn’t happen, so I will push to have an in/out referendum next academic year. Yay.”Trup continued, “Although the Junior Tribunal could not offer any advice on ways to prevent a similar kerfuffle again, over the summer, the new sabbatical team will look into ways to improve OUSU’s systems.“In the meantime, once I take up my position at the helm of the OUSU ship, I will push for the changes in the NUS which were highlighted over the campaigning period. There has been an indication that around 30% of Oxford students are not happy with the NUS, and that is 30% too many.”Student campaigner Nathan Akehurst told Cherwell, “All those interested in democracy should condemn ballot-stuffing and admire the diligence and principle of Jack Matthews in his investigation. It seems apparent that Oxford did decisively choose to reaffiliate. However, the conversation about OUSU, NUS, democracy and representation should not stop here”.Likewise, Louis Trup observed, “In all of this, Jack Matthews has shown himself to be a truly honourable person. I think the students of Oxford owe a lot to his honesty and top-notch conduct.” read more
So, you have goods to deposit or extrude, but what’s theright piece of kit for your bakery? Here’s a selection Minipan Comby3 by EPP Who is it for?Bakers wishing to grow a specialist or niche cookie business, who do not require large-scale industrial production. It can extrude, deposit or wire-cut a wide variety of recipes.My operator’s not the cleverestNot to worry, the machine is very easy to run and clean and it employs the latest in touchscreen controls. It also retains 40 recipes in its memory. Moulds are easy and fast to replace.Techie specThe depositing head utilises three stainless steel rollers for high consistency and production rates, while hopper capacity ranges from 32 litres to 70 litres. Accessories include a stainless steel jelly topper, sugar sprinkler and washing kit. It handles 30in x 18in trays.Sounds too smallFor larger firms, EPP also supplies Comas depositors, which can handle virtually any batter. They can make 9,000 muffins an hour. Unifiller by Interbake What does it do?Unifiller offers precise portion control essential for muffin or cake batters that contain fruit, nuts or chocolate chips.Why is it worth a look?It’s said to be user-friendly in its design, fast and accurate, and it’s mounted on locking castors, making it mobile and modular.”You need hands”Unifiller machines are designed to quickly train new employees on how to operate, strip down and clean a machine. There are no tools required with the assembly just a pair of hands.Techie specRecently launched is a fully computer-controlled, servo-driven, multi-piston depositor, capable of making weight adjustments automatically when coupled to a check weighing load cell. This means that when the consistency of a cake batter or filling changes during production, the machine will automatically detect this and adjust the correction accordingly.Can I pimp it?Yes. There’s a wide choice of optional attachments. Cornucopia by Rheon What’s it for?These encrusting machines were originally developed to produce various biscuits and bread dough products. However, they’ve since found much wider applications in the manufacturing of snack and health foods and confectionery products.’owt else?Yes, they can be used to produce filled products of various shapes and sizes such as Scotch eggs, filled breadsticks, sausage rolls and open-top pizzas.How does it work?The basic concept of this encrusting machine is to combine two materials one material as an outer casing and the other as a filling. The machine extrudes the two materials as a continuous extrusion and the shutter device cuts and seals the extrusion to the desired weight and/or length.And for the mod squada range of optional devices are available, such as double filling feeders, solid feeders and twist and mosaic nozzles, which can be used to create a variety of unique products. Vemag by Reiser What’s it for?The Vemag HP15 is for large-volume production and the Vemag 500 for smaller volumes. It handles all types of depositing and extruding applications that require exact-weight portions.You can throw the kitchen sink at it then?Probably not advisable. But it will gently portion heavy doughs and those with large inclusions, all types of bread and cookie dough, cake and muffin batter, pie fillings, cream cheese and frosting. It can extrude sheets of fats or dough with consistent thickness and width.Techie specThe Vemag Filler features a powerful, positive displacement double-screw pump, providing high portioning accuracy. This transports the product from the hopper to the machine outlet without damaging it. All models feature a portioning computer, with multiple programme options.What about extras?A few modular attachments include a guillotine cut-off, a rotary sheeter and a water wheel for multiple-lane portions. Rotomax from Tromp What’s it for?High-accuracy depositing of hard doughs with large particulates. This was developed to handle cookie and biscuit doughs with inclusions, such as nuts, raisins and chocolate chips. It can also be applied to deposit shortcrust or savoury dough billets in scrapless pie lines.Problems solvedIt brings the shape and weight control accuracy of volume depositing to products based on a stiffer dough.How does it work?It combines the volumetric process of pressing the dough from a chamber on to a form or tray, with a wire-cut to the dough as it is ejected.Bolt-on with that?Yep, it joins a range of electronic, roll, auger and spot depositors, such as the Unimac a universal electronic machine, programmable to create virtually any shape over a wide size range. The product line includes cookies, batters, meringues and praline fillings. It can also be configured to fit above a make-up line. read more
Drowning can occur very quickly even in shallow water and the key to keeping safe is to take all necessary precautions to avoid getting into difficulty in the first place.Experience shows it is often young people who get into trouble whilst swimming in open water, which contains hazards, particularly in and around structures such as locks, weirs and bridges. Unexpectedly cold waters or strong currents can also catch bathers off-guard.Youngsters are often seen jumping off the many bridges along the Thames. While this may seem like great fun, there are hidden dangers in the water that can cause tragic consequences.Russell Robson, waterways operations manager for the Environment Agency in the Thames Valley and south-west London, said: teaching them to swim warning them not to go into water alone, or unsupervised ensuring they know where the children are and what they are doing supervising them closely when near any open water don’t jump or dive in as the depth may vary and there can be unseen hazards don’t go in near weirs, locks, pipes and sluices. These and some other water features are often linked with strong currents inland waters can be very cold no matter how warm the weather. Those going into cold water can get cramp and experience breathing difficulties very quickly keep a look out for boat traffic. Boaters especially on larger boats can find it very hard to spot and therefore avoid swimmers. Wear a bright swim cap and keep tucked into the river banks Most importantly, parents and guardians can help keep children in their care safe by: School’s out for Easter, and there is no better time to enjoy the beauty of the River Thames than over the holidays, when you can have fun, get close to nature and spend time with friends.As the navigation authority for the non-tidal stretch of the river – from Cricklade in Wiltshire, to Shepperton in south-west London – the Environment Agency is asking parents and guardians to warn children and young people about the dangers of playing by its locks, weirs, bridges, and anywhere else in and around the Thames.Guidance available online has lots of good advice, but the overall message is clear: vigilance can save lives, and water-related accidents can be avoided by knowing how to stay safe.Top tips for river safety: Easter is always a busy time on our rivers, especially if the weather is good! We expect the River Thames to be a focal point for a lot of people’s leisure time, whether out in a boat, taking a dip, or just hanging out by the riverside. But we urge parents and guardians to supervise younger children closely in and around water. Teenagers and young adults should be warned of the dangers and to remember some basic safety points when out having fun. We’d really like people to read and act upon our online water safety advice; it’s so important. There is more advice available online too, produced by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, the Canal and River Trust and others. One of the main risks is cold-water shock, which can have a dramatic effect on your body, such as causing you to breathe in water, make your muscles weaken, and can even cause your heart to go into abnormal rhythms, ultimately resulting in death. You also have no idea what’s beneath the surface of the water: there could be unseen currents and reeds, which could pull you under. In an ideal world, no-one would get on or in the river alone, so there would be someone around to help if they did get into any difficulties. Anyone out in any kind of boat should wear a lifejacket, just in case. As for swimming in the Thames, we’d really rather people didn’t do it unless it’s part of an organised and supervised event. Swimming should be confined to swimming pools and lidos. read more
Dead & Company kept the heat going for a great performance at the Jiffy Lube Live last night, bringing their exciting blend of Grateful Dead music to the Bristow, VA venue. The group is in the throes of a great tour, with newcomers John Mayer and Oteil Burbridge adding their flavors to the Grateful melodies. The band continues to bring out new songs at every show, and last night was no exception.Opening with a “Cold Rain and Snow” into the bluesy “New Speedway Boogie,” Dead & Company hit the ground running and never looked back. They broke out the first “El Paso” of 2016, as well as the tour debuts of “Candyman” and “Don’t Ease Me In.” The show also featured the tour debut of “Dear Prudence,” played near the end of the second set. Of course, the whole second set was on fire, with the opening combination of “Lost Sailor” > “Saint Of Circumstance,” a rocking “Viola Lee Blues,” “Terrapin Station” and a “Sugar Magnolia” to close out the set. The band encored with one of their 2016 debuts, “Black Muddy River.”Full audio from the show can be streamed below, courtesy of taperjeff.Check out the full setlist below.Setlist: Dead & Company at Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA – 6/23/16Set I: Cold Rain and Snow (JM) > New Speedway Boogie (BW), El Paso (BW), They Love Each Other (JM), Candyman (JM), Bird Song (JM, BW) > Don’t Ease Me In (JM)Set II: Lost Sailor (BW) > Saint of Circumstance (BW) > Viola Lee Blues (BW, JM), Lady with a Fan (JM) > Terrapin Station (BW) > Drums/Space > Dear Prudence (BW), Sugar Magnolia (BW)E: Black Muddy River (JM)[Photo via Instagram/alpineskishop] read more
Last May on Lilac Sunday, the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University introduced visitors and online audiences to two mobile applications for mapping and sharing information on the Arboretum’s living plant collections—Mobile Interactive Map (MIM) and Arboretum Navigator. Following a year of rigorous testing and evaluation, the Arboretum has combined the best attributes of both in a single application, Arboretum Explorer. Set for launch on May 12 as part of this year’s Lilac Sunday celebrations, Arboretum Explorer represents the latest advance in the Arboretum’s historical commitment to expanding access to its collections for science, learning, and recreation.All of the more than 15,000 accessioned plants at the Arnold Arboretum are mapped, recorded, and tracked digitally with the help of a collections database, BG-BASE. Arboretum Explorer allows users to tap into this information by harnessing the GIS (geographic information system) capabilities of their mobile phones and tablets to locate and identify specific plants in the landscape. Arboretum Explorer also significantly enhances how visitors interact with plants they encounter in the collection, from taking self-guided tours to finding information on Tree Mobs and sharing plants on social media. Read Full Story read more