A customised GIS to aid Gondwana research

first_imgGeographical information Systems (GIS) provide tools for manipulating and analysing the large thematic datasets associated with Gondwana research. We have used a customised version of Environmental Systems Research Institute’s ArcGIS, version 8.2, as the basis of our ‘Gondwana and Southern Ocean Computer Model’ (GSCM). The additional functionality necessary for paleogeographic work was written in Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), and includes routines for assigning data to the relevant plates (Plate Sieving) and transformation from present to paleo-coordinates (Rotate Data). The sieving function employs a user-supplied plate network, so that the same data can be assigned to different plate systems at different scales. Paleo-coordinate transformations are handled entirely within ArcGIS, preserving the links to data attributes, and thereby permitting spatial analysis with continents in their former configuration. We give a detailed description of these functions, together with some simple examples of the system’s capabilities using data to large igneous provinces.last_img read more

First time buyers and movers keep on borrowing despite Brexit

first_imgThe mortgage markets for people moving home, remortgaging and buying their first home have experienced healthy increases despite the damage that Brexit is inflicting on consumer confidence and vendor numbers, latest lending figures reveal.But the buy-to-let market’s problems are evident in the figures, which reveal how hard the extra taxes, costs and regulation is choking off activity among landlords.Trade body UK Finance’s figures for September reveal that first time buyer mortgages increased year-on-year by 1.6% to 29,100.Home moving mortgages increased by 1.8% to 29,500 and remortgaging with extra borrowing increased by 5.9% to 17,740. But buy-to-let mortgages were down by 3.5% to 5,500.“This is a strong set of figures, with both new loans and especially remortgages showing a big improvement on the same time last year,” says John Phillips, national operations director, Just Mortgages (left).“This is offset by the steep fall in new buy-to-let mortgages – more than 11 per cent by value.“There have been a number of changes to regulations in recent years, not to mention the impact of the Stamp Duty surcharge for buy-to-let.“It would not be surprising if this was deterring landlords from expanding their portfolios and putting new entrants off altogether.”Richard Pike (left) of Phoebus Software agrees, adding that the “buy-to-let sector is still suffering”.“That may well be in line with the government’s plans but, with everything that has been thrown at landlords over the past eighteen months, it is hardly surprising that the foot has come off the pedal.“Of course, things may be all about to change with the election just around the corner.”  November 20, 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 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » First time buyers and movers keep on borrowing despite Brexit previous nextHousing MarketFirst time buyers and movers keep on borrowing despite BrexitFirst time buyer, remortgaging and home mover loans increased year-on-year during September but the buy-to-let sector is still reeling from the government’s assault.Nigel Lewis20th November 20190601 Viewslast_img read more

Sailors, Marines Aboard USS Green Bay Run Namesake City 5K

first_img View post tag: Bay View post tag: 5K Training & Education View post tag: Namesake View post tag: USS View post tag: Aboard View post tag: Marines View post tag: run Back to overview,Home naval-today Sailors, Marines Aboard USS Green Bay Run Namesake City 5K center_img Sailors and Marines aboard amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) ran laps on the flight deck May 18, for the crew’s 2nd annual participation in the Cellcom Green Bay 5K, as the same race took place more than 2,000 miles away from ship’s namesake city of Green Bay, Wisc.The crew ran the race a day before the city, as runners in Green Bay took to the streets May 19.“It is an honor to once again participate in the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon weekend by running a joint 5K with the City of Green Bay,” said Ensign Tim Mahoney from Green Bay, who organized the event in 2011 and 2012. “Last year on our maiden deployment, we had tremendous involvement from our Sailors and Marines. This year we are running the 5K in our homeport of San Diego, Calif., and it will give our Sailors and Marines a well-deserved break as we continue preparations for our next deployment.”“The USS Green Bay 5K is our way of honoring the courageous men and women of our Armed Forces who put their lives on the line every day,” said Sean Ryan, race director of the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon. “It’s a small gesture for the work that they do every day to protect our freedom.”Some runners feel participating in joint events with the ship’s namesake gives the crew a kindred bond with the city most crews don’t get.“I have never been to Green Bay, but one thing that always stands out when talking about the people of Green Bay is their spirit,” Cmdr. Putnam Browne, Green Bay commanding officer said. “I hope with events like this, we can further connect with the city to enhance our spirit and esprit de corps.”There was limited room on the flight deck so runners were divided into three separate heats. The runners listened to a message from the Mayor of Green Bay prior to each race.“All of us here in the Green Bay community appreciate what you do aboard USS Green Bay,” Mayor Jim Schmitt said. “We wish you well in your 5K we’ll do our best here in Green Bay for our 5K run. Thanks again for what you’re doing. God bless you, and go Green Bay!”[mappress]Naval Today Staff, May 22, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: green View post tag: sailors May 22, 2012 Share this article View post tag: City Sailors, Marines Aboard USS Green Bay Run Namesake City 5Klast_img read more

Oxford students set up COVID-19 support website for Zimbabwe

first_imgThe website states: “We are a group of Zimbabwean professionals and researchers in the diaspora. We all have family and friends in the country. We are living through COVID-19 in other countries, but are deeply concerned about the threat of the virus to Zimbabweans. Zimbabwe faces challenges of poverty, a weakened public health system, high rates of HIV-AIDS and other underlying medical conditions, food insecurity, unemployment and fiscal instability that make the COVID-19 threat to Zimbabwe particularly severe.” “Two, through amplifying the efforts of others in Government and civil society in Zimbabwe, including by encouraging Zimbabweans in the diaspora to help wherever they can. This includes information on GoFundMe campaigns and innovations by local universities.” Five Oxford students are part of a global group of Zimbabwean students and young professionals who have founded the Zimbabwe Covid-19 Support Hub. The website pools data, advice, and support information to amplify the Zimbabwean government and civil society’s responses to coronavirus. Abudu told Cherwell: “It was really the first COVID-19 death that was the wake-up call, because the case was of a young rising media star we all knew: Zororo Makamba. Motivated and deeply saddened by this, we had to act in such uncertain times and provide a platform to use our talents to contribute to the fight against COVID-19 in Zimbabwe.” Zimbabwe Covid-19 Support Hub shares information on its website, and can also be found on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Are you wondering how you can explain COVID-19 (coronavirus) to 3-6 year olds in ways they can understand? Worry no more, here’s verified information in Shona and Ndebele to help you. Share with family and friends! https://t.co/oLzqMGrR5p#Covid19Zim #ZimCovid19 pic.twitter.com/lNDlxskfXN— Zimbabwe COVID-19 Support Hub (@zimcovid19) April 9, 2020 They collect and share information from authoritative sources, including accurate health advice, government information on the spread of the virus in Zimbabwe, and government measures. The website also collates details about how to access and support community-based projects, and the organisations to contact for assistance. About 30 Zimbabwean volunteers use their expertise in programming, communication, economics, law, and other fields to run the website. The Oxford students are postgraduates originally from Zimbabwe: Terrens Muradzikwa from Keble College, Prince Abudu and Itai Muzhingi from Balliol College, and Jason Brickhill and Ngoni Mugwisi from Trinity College. Muradzikwa explained to Cherwell how the website will support Zimbabwe’s response to coronavirus: “One, through busting fake news by sharing verified and accessible COVID-19 information in local languages such as Shona, Ndebele and Kalanga. We have translated expert-reviewed information from various sources such as the Ministry of Health, WHO, and COVID-19 Health Literacy Project. We have been distributing this information over our website and social media channels reaching over 100,000 people.last_img read more

No Outside Contributors in Low-Budget School Board Race

first_imgThe state released 20-day post-election campaign finance reports for the Nov. 4 election on Wednesday, and the information shows campaigns that were almost entirely self-funded in the only local race — for three seats on the Ocean City Board of Education.Two of the four candidates spent nothing. The top vote-getter, incumbent Board President Joseph S. Clark Jr., and the bottom vote-getter, Dale F. Braun Jr.Michael Allan James contributed $2,056.56 of his own money to a successful campaign for a first three-year term on the board. He spent $950.16 for signs (MC Signs of Ocean City), $945.90 for campaign coordination and postcard printing (JASM Consulting of Ocean City), and $160.50 for telemarketing (VoiceLogic of Toronto, Canada).Cecelia Gallelli-Keyes spent $272.58 of her own money for posters and campaign cards. She accepted $425.69 from her father, Mario Gallelli, for lawn signs.The state Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) requires all candidates for public office to file reports on campaign contributors and campaign expenses. New Jersey’s ELEC was formed in 1973 to make elections more transparent. The reports are designed to give the public a glimpse of potential influences on candidates and to ensure that candidates follow laws governing campaign finance.The final results of the election were as follows:Joseph S. Clark Jr. (2,189)Cecelia Gallelli-Keyes (2,150)Michael Allan James (2,072)Dale F. Braun Jr. (1,742) Ocean City Board of Education winners Cecelia Gallelli-Keyes, Mike James and Joe Clark.last_img read more

Mayor Jay Gillian: Budget Address for 2015

first_imgOcean City Mayor Jay GillianThe following is Ocean City, NJ Mayor Jay Gillian’s weekly update to citizens posted on Friday, Feb. 13. Dear Friends:Last evening I presented the administration’s recommended 2015 operating budget to City Council and delivered my annual budget address.I was pleased to report that Ocean City is in very good shape as both a local government and a community.  Financially we are very sound with property values on the increase and our fund balance at a record level.  We are positioned nicely to responsibly advance an aggressive capital improvement program over the next few years.  The full text of my remarks can be found HERE.A great place to escape the cold and celebrate Valentine’s Day this weekend is the Music Pier as  the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company presents the Off-Broadway sensation “Forbidden Broadway Greatest Hits: Volume 1.” This family-friendly Broadway show will be presented on February 13 and 14 at 7:30 PM and February 15 at 2:00 PM.  Forbidden Broadway is a guaranteed night of sidesplitting laughs and fantastic professional talent.   Hope to see you there!Have a great weekend and stay warm!Warm regards,Jay A. Gillian Mayorlast_img read more

FBI arrests Puerto Rico producer in government chat scandal

first_imgSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The FBI has arrested a radio producer in Puerto Rico for allegedly trying to extort money from a government official to prevent the release of private messages that would “burn down Puerto Rico.” The indictment announced Wednesday is related to leaked communications sent via an encrypted messaging app that later brought down Gov. Ricardo Rosselló. Sixto Jorge Díaz Colón faces federal charges including attempted extortion and the destruction, alteration or falsification of records in a federal investigation. An attorney for Díaz could not be immediately reached for comment. The FBI says he was arrested at his home early Wednesday.last_img read more

Ally Week looks to promote support for LGBTQ Community

first_imgIn order to promote allyship and solidarity with the LGBTQ community, the Gender Relations Center is celebrating its fourth-annual Ally Week this week by hosting a series of events intended to raise awareness for the struggles faced by members of the LGBTQ community and educate students on how to be supportive. Events include service opportunities, a Catholic Mass, a lecture and a social, which will take place Friday on Fieldhouse Mall.Notre Dame junior Kendrick Peterson, president of PrismND — a student organization dedicated to serving the LGBTQ and ally community at Notre Dame — said Ally Week looks to instruct the Notre Dame community about issues faced by LGBTQ individuals and how to combat them.“The purpose of Ally Week is to not only to foster allyship education for LGBTQ individuals, but to ultimately provide the University as a whole a general idea of what allyship looks like for marginalized communities on campus,” he said in an email.The term “ally” refers to someone who stands in solidarity with members of the LGBTQ community, Sara Agostinelli, assistant director for LGBTQ Initiatives at the Gender Relations Center, said.“An ally is somebody who utilizes their place — whether it’s a place of privilege [or] it’s a place of resources — to bring a voice for and to a community to better serve that community,” Agostinelli said. “The LGTQ community is never going to be the majority in numbers … and so it’s really through allies and building that community that you’ll create that culture change that makes Notre Dame the place we want it to be.”Senior and former Notre Dame student body vice president Corey Gayheart said the most important aspect of being an ally is simply doing one’s best to stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ community.“An ally doesn’t have to know and understand everything,” he said. “But if they’re willing to learn, and their intentions are good and they’re willing to try and understand us and love us, I think that’s an important component of being a good ally.”The week’s events include a lecture by Jamie Tworkowski, founder of “To Write Love on Her Arms,” a nonprofit organization whose mission aims to help those battling with depression, suicide and other mental health struggles. Tworkowski will speak Thursday at 7 p.m. in Montgomery Auditorium at the LaFortune Student Center. Tworkowski’s talk will center on mental health in the LGBTQ community, PrismND secretary and Holy Cross junior Jenny Gomez said.“I personally am very excited for [Tworkowski’s] talk,” Gomez said. “The mental health statistics on the LGBTQ community are things that should be spoken about. I hope that Jamie’s presence and talk on campus will encourage students on campus to have those difficult conversations. Hope is real, and helping our friends and loved ones find that is an important key to what being an ally really is.”Junior Elizabeth Boyle, Notre Dame student body president, said Ally Week is particularly important if one considers that the University has a duty to make amends for previous wounds to the LGBTQ community.“Being a Catholic school, Notre Dame already is entrenched in a legacy of an institution that has not been the most welcoming and open to the LGBTQ community,” Boyle said in an email. “It is incredibly important that Notre Dame continues to take an active role in supporting LGBTQ members of our Notre Dame community so that we can set a precedent that all are welcome here and that all are welcome in the Catholic Church.”Gayheart said at a religious university like Notre Dame, one can find the foundation for allyship within their religious and spiritual life.“At the end of the day, everyone’s religion — especially Catholicism — calls for us to recognize the dignity in every human person, and it calls us to love one another and care for one another, especially for those in marginalized communities,” he said. “So, I think our faith is actually one of our biggest strengths in this department, and I hope that our University can better use that to recognize that there is dignity in every person, and we are all created in the image and likeness of God.”A complete schedule of Ally Week events can be found at www.grc.nd.edu/events.Tags: Ally Week, allyship, Gender Relations Center, LGBTQ, prism nd, To Write Love on Her Armslast_img read more

Sneak Peek! Learn How to Become a Motown The Musical Supreme on Broadway Balances America

first_imgStop! In the name of Diana Ross! Broadway Balances America, the special six-part series airing on The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television, returned on November 18 with a behind-the-scenes look at the new national tour of Motown The Musical. Correspondent Amber Milt goes backstage to learn just what goes into a “Supreme” transformation at Motown, with insights from the cast and crew about beaded dresses, wigs and how they balance their lives on stage and at home. Wouldn’t you love to know the story behind all the classics you love by The Supremes, The Jackson 5 and more of the Motown family? Click play! View Comments Broadway Balances Americalast_img read more

High corn costs

first_imgSevere drought in the Midwest corn-belt is driving up poultry feed costs in Georgia. Economists and poultry industry experts predict corn costs will increase 50 percent in 2012 compared to typical years. Some economists say corn prices could double by the end of the summer.Corn is the single largest ingredient in poultry diets and usually makes up 60 percent of the total weight of a poultry ration. Consider this: Each year, Georgia produces 1.3 billion broiler birds. Each bird eats 10.45 pounds of feed. In a non-drought year, corn is about $5 per bushel. The cost of corn as a result of the drought: $7.50. A $2.50 rise in corn prices will cost the Georgia poultry industry more than $430 million per year in higher feed costs. These higher prices will cost the typical Georgia broiler complex $1.1 million in additional feed costs per month equaling more than $13 million per year. On an individual broiler farm, the annual increase in feed costs would exceed $155,000. A broiler breeder farm would pay $63,000 more.The uptick in prices is intensified by the demand for corn to make ethanol. Biofuel plants now buy more corn than poultry and livestock producers combined. In spite of last year’s particularly strong corn harvest, corn reserves hit historic lows this spring. Experts are concerned the lack of corn reserves, continuing ethanol mandates and the current drought will lead to severe grain shortages and unprecedented price spikes in the coming months.Soybean is the other major component of poultry diets. It’s still too early in the season to tell if the drought will affect the 2012 soybean harvest as severely as the corn harvest. However, experts expect soybean prices, which typically rise in step with corn, to be higher this year than usual, serving Georgia poultry producers a second helping of price increases.last_img read more