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Faunal remains on the Ross Ice Shelf in McMurdo Sound

first_imgIn February 1902, members of Scott’s Discovery expedition found the remains of a fish 18 in. long on the surface of the “pinnacled ice” near the ice front of the Ross Ice Shelf in McMurdo Sound. In 1903, a party under Wilson found three Nototheniid fishes, sponges, shells, and seaweeds among similar ice on the floating section of the Koettlitz Glacier. The fishes, which were up to 48 in. in length, were all headless. They resembled a specimen caught in a seal blow-hole near the Discovery winter quarters, whose head was bitten off by a seal before it could be landed, but whose body weighed 40 Ib. and was 46 in. long. This fish was a Notothenia, close to N. colbecki Boulenger. In 1911, a party under Taylor found another large headless fish, which may have been as much as 4 ft. long, embedded in the ice of the Lower Koettlitz Glacier some 5 miles from its seaward end, and among the pinnacled ice near the Dailey Islands the same party found corals, shells, sponges, patches of sediment, and about a dozen small fish. The ice in this region was so rich in sponges that it was difficult to get spicule-free ice for cooking.last_img read more

St. John’s hires former Arkansas coach Mike Anderson

first_imgApril 19, 2019 /Sports News – National St. John’s hires former Arkansas coach Mike Anderson FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailWesley Hitt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Former Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson has been named the next coach at St. John’s University, the school announced Friday.Anderson was fired last month after taking his team to the second round of the NIT.During his eight season with Arkansas, Anderson led the team to five postseason appearances and won 169 games. His best season was in 2014-15 when he won a 27 games and finished second in the SEC regular season.“My family and I are extremely excited to join the St. John’s University community,” said Anderson. “This basketball program is rooted with such great tradition and it has a history built by legendary coaches, so this is a humbling experience. I look forward to mentoring the young men who will represent St. John’s proudly on the court, in the classroom and in our community.Anderson has a career record of 369-200 with Arkansas, Missouri and UAB. He has led teams to 12 postseason appearances in his 17 years of coaching, including 9 trips to the NCAA tournament.Anderson is one of only four current Division 1 coaches with at least 15 years of experience who have never had a losing record. The other three are North Carolina’s Roy Williams, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and Gonzaga’s Mark Few.St. John’s head coach Chris Mullin resigned last month following a 21-13 record and a berth in the NCAA first four against Arizona State.The former St. John’s great leave’s the school with a 59-73 record after four seasons in charge.As a player, he led the team to the 1985 Final Four and finished as the school’s all-time leading scorer. MullinCopyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

In the Archives

first_img== September 4, 1925: a bone to pick ==Lady Auckland is vexed. It seems that she received a loaf which contained a piece of bone. She sent it to the Inspector of Foods Department, London, who referred her to the Ministry of Health, who in turn referred her to the County Analyst.It was a bone-headed thing to do. The Ministry should have known, of course, that a titled lady should have been treated differently from a plebeian citizen.Lady Auckland wrote to the Standard Bread Crusader about it – the refuge of anyone with a grievance about bread – and her remarks on the Ministry of Health were reported to be very uncomplimentary.This should be a lesson to the Ministry not to tamper with the delicate feelings of a titled lady, outraged by seeing a piece of bone in her bread.last_img read more

News story: Civil news: next steps in 2018 HPCDS contracts tender process

first_imgHow will these announcements be made?We will formally write to each affected organisation using the e-Tendering system, advising them of the status of their tenders, from 30 January 2018.We anticipate that all notifications will have been sent out by Thursday 1 February 2018.Applicants bidding for HPCDS contracts who have not been notified by 1 February should contact us through the e-Tendering message board.When will new contracts begin?Services under new HPCDS contracts will begin on 1 October 2018.How long will the contracts last?Each contract will initially run until 30 September 2021, with an option for the LAA to extend for up to a further 2 years.What will happen next?We will continue to consider tenders in line with the process set out in the Information for Applicants (IFA).Provider enquiriesUpdate concerning announcement published on GOV.UK Legal Aid Civil Tender 2018 page: Civil 2018 contracts tender bid for a HPCDS contract but failed to reach the minimum threshold to be given further consideration; have not been shortlisted for a HPCDS contract; have been shortlisted for a HPCDS contract. We are contacting organisations from 30 January 2018 with updates and guidance on next steps about their bids for 2018 HPCDS contracts work.Following the closure of tenders for HPCDS contracts on 11 December 2017, the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) will now advise those organisations that:last_img read more

Ginsters unveils new low-fat and vegetarian options

first_imgGinsters has launched two new low-fat slices and expanded its vegetarian pasty range in response to growing demand for healthier food-to-go options.The two reduced-calorie options are a Katsu Chicken Slice, which contains coconut milk with a Japanese Katsu curry sauce, and a Piri Slice that combines chipotle chilli and tomato for a spicy flavour.The 150g slices will be available from 9 April in selected supermarkets at an RRP of £1.70 each. Both contain less than 375 calories and tap the trend towards healthy eating. By comparison, Ginsters’ traditional Chicken and Mushroom Slice comes in at around 420 calories per 150g.“We appreciate that our customers want healthy options that still deliver maximum taste and flavour and we’re determined to respond to this demand,” commented Ginsters managing director Kieran Hemsworth. “We want to introduce food-to-go options that are totally delicious, can be enjoyed on-the-move or at home, and contain only quality British produce with the added reassurance of our Cornish heritage.”Also set to roll out next week is the Ginsters Moroccan Vegetable Pasty, which combines butternut squash, chickpeas, roasted red piquillo peppers and red harissa paste with spices, apricots and dates.It will be joined by the Cheddar Cheese & Caramelised Onion Pasty, a blend of Cornish extra mature Cheddar, caramelised onions, spring onions and wholegrain mustard.“More than a third of evening meals now contain no meat at all and we’re on a mission to respond to this consumer demand,” commented Hemsworth.According to Ginsters, over a third of food-to-go shoppers want to see an expanded range of vegetarian products.Both vegetarian pasties will be available from selected retailers on 9 April, with an RRP of £1.70.last_img read more

BAE AREA: Erykah Badu Serenades San Fran For Valentine’s Day Soiree With Thundercat

first_imgThe band set about torching the joint on the bombastic smoke-out “Back in the Day”, the fatback funk scooping the vibe up in its gargantuan back pocket. For the first time this evening, an all-out dance party broke out in the audience, which had thinned a bit. With room to boogie, San Francisco’s finest freaks and funkateers got loose the rest of the way home. Erykah seemed to feed off this audience stimulation, growing more and more animated as the show wore on past midnight. The singer took this opportunity to clutch this intimate audience into her bosom, hold us in the palm of her hand, to open her heart and speak her motherly mind directly to the audience. Now that her own eldest child Seven (from her partnership with Outkast’s Andre 3000) is old enough to receive this particular dose of musical medicine as an adult—so are all the babies born during her artistic coming of age in 1997, a notion that brings Erykah comfort. The singer repeatedly referenced the twenty-first anniversary of her breakout release Baduizm; she acknowledged that while she’s grateful for her fans born in the 1970’s and 80’s, Badu has been longing for the 90’s babies to grow up and finally receive Baduizm.  As Lo Down Loretta Brown is wont to do, Erykah Badu rearranged her songs with a fervent imagination. She revisited Baduizm chestnuts like “Appletree” and “Tyrone” to a raucous reception, enhancing and sometimes rendering them (nearly) unrecognizable. Per usual, on this night, it would be the deep cuts, those spirited rearrangements, that would fully reveal the unabashed unicorn genius that is BADOULA. Beyond the musical mysticism and her mischievous mind, Badu is style icon—no less than three brilliant outfits were revealed over the course of the two-plus hour celebration.Photo: Tim Mosenfelder/SF Gate What could be more perfectly apropos than an Erykah Badu concert in San Francisco’s Mission District at The Armory—former headquarters for Kink.com—on Valentine’s Day? Fat Belly Bella’s annual sojourn to the Fog City delivered the goods to lovers on so many levels, not the least of which was a two-and-a-half hour tour de force through Badu’s mighty catalog of siren songs.  The myriad of musical excursions borrowed the keys to many different vehicles, all rich in nuance and reimagined across a kaleidoscopic quilt that blanketed a California queen-sized bed of bewilderment. In between these fantastic voyages, the mystic witch pontificated aloud from the stage, offering gem after gem of sage wisdom and personalized perspective. On this blustery February night, patience would be a virtue from start to finish. Beginning with opener Thundercat, a veteran of Badu’s live band who’s quasi-jazz/rock trio battled horrible sound and a chatty audience throughout their engaging set. The TDE affiliate rocked a hot-pink hoodie and wailed on a modified bass that sounded like rock and roll guitar. “Cat” later returned to join Erykah’s group for the entirety of her performance, but not before a one-hundred-minute DJ set that frustrated a good percentage of the sold-out Armory. By the time Erykah took the stage, it was nearly 11 p.m.; the audience grew restless as the band warmed up, and the singer stretched her lungs out with the chorus to “But You Caint Use My Phone”. Photo: Tim Mosenfelder/SF GateBadu had little regard for folks who only came to hear the hits or jams that sound like the radio versions; instead, the star chose to unveil “Hello” drenched in Floydian psychedelia after a lengthy tune-up jam. Soon, the massive hit “On & On” from 1997’s Baduizm arrived to a roar. Badu instructed her band to rewire the song with updated verve while retaining the song’s classic DNA. For those who were unfamiliar with her modus operandi, Badu made it known early and often that she wasn’t interested in whether anyone in the audience would be making it into work in the morning—she was more than content taking her time and ours.  An early highlight saw Badu nod to some fallen heroes of her culture. She led her band through the beginnings of Mobb Deep’s timeless anthem “Shook Ones Pt. 2” and the dearly departed Aaliyah’s sultry swan song “Rock the Boat” before dipping merrily into her own titanic paean to hip-hop “Love of My Life”. Always a barn-burner live, this version would be no different, careening through the vibrant verses and jubilant choruses atop a salaciously funky groove thanks to Badu’s slammin’ band.  Musical director RC Williams led this tremendous troupe in and out of classic call-backs and syrupy samples, from A Tribe Called Quest to Yarbrough and Peoples, all swimming in Soulquarian smooth. Thundercat knew his role and performed it well, locking in with another bass player, a funky drummer, and perfunctory percussionist. Three vocalists backed up Badu, and the bandleader commandeered an MPC and drum pads set up to either side of her at the front of the stage. The vocalists took their solo turns freestyling to Erykah or joining her to layer iridescent harmonies atop her schizophrenic arrangements for the duration of this spiritual workout.   As a bandleader, Badu has no peer. She’s a descendent of Prince and commands the room like Springsteen, but there is only one analog girl in this digital world. She spoke of her long-lost partner and baby-daddy Andre 3000 before joking that she wrote his lyrics, she then promptly performed a mesmerizing rendition of Outkast’s “Liberation.” Interspersed between the songs, Badu riffed with a comedic wit and offered priestly benedictions alike. She stressed how in today’s culture, words are somehow less important, and that art, music, drums, and dance are what really bring people together on a unified field of vibration or our collective higher frequency. Badu cautioned against spending energy revisiting the past or focusing on the future, urging each and every soul in that auditorium to invest themselves in the moment, to be here now. By this point, it was nearing 1 a.m., and the remaining third of the audience, stoned and swaying in the night, hung on her every breath. Badu referenced 4th World War, a documentary that sparked the ideas behind her 2008 masterpiece New Amerykah Part One, and she spent a few good minutes schooling folks on the plight of the Zapatista movement and how she gave birth to “Soldier”. This set upon a massive home stretch that continued with 2011’s stirring “Window Seat” and an all-time take on the Dilla-helmed “Didn’t Cha Know.” Badu recounted some personal memories of the long lost legend, pulling at the strings of every beating heart in the joint.  After the first encore of “Tyrone”, Erykah and her blistering band uncorked (what may be) her signature jam, the boisterous “Bag Lady” from 2000’s shape-shifting Mama’s Gun. Blending in Motown and Kingston tones with aplomb, this one song encapsulated the gutsy gumbo that sets Erykah apart. Pushing beyond the frayed ends of anything resembling of a curfew, Badu continued to wow the remaining factions of slack-jawed lovers and determined dancers. Slow, acapella verses from both “Honey” and the spiritualized “The Healer” had worked us into a dithers, and once again, Sarah Bellum had just the right serum to send us into the night, where she might see us “Next Lifetime”.words: B.Getzlast_img read more

At last, the edible science fair

first_imgIllustrating the tenacious bond between science and cooking, students used physics, chemistry, and biology to manipulate recipes and create foods that stretch the imagination.last_img

Police tighten Congress security in era of rising threats

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The House’s chief law enforcement officer says he’s tightening security for traveling lawmakers. The moves come as Congress reassesses safety at a time when threats against members were surging even before Donald Trump’s supporters attacked the Capitol this month. Timothy P. Blodgett is the acting House sergeant at arms. And he says Capitol Police officers will be stationed at Washington-area airports and the city’s Union Station train depot on busy travel days. Blodgett says he’s set up an online portal so lawmakers can notify the agency about travel plans. He also wants them to coordinate trips with local police and airport officials and report suspicious activity.last_img read more

Cyclocross Nationals

first_imgPhoto courtesy of USA Cycling, picture shows Scott Paisley on the podium at 3rd place.This past weekend was Cyclocross Nationals in Wisconsin, and the best of the best from across the nation made the trip North to battle it out for the podium. If you are not familiar with this high intensity cycling sport, basically riders race a set course on road bikes with wider knobbier tires and a bit different geometry. Races usually last 45 minutes to an hour, and traverse obstacles such as barriers, sand pits, stairs, and steep hills.Three top notch riders from the Blue Ridge had performed well enough this season to earn a spot at Nationals. Fred Wittwer, Ron Huebner, and Scott Paisley battled it out and brought home the bacon. Fred was 2nd in the 60+ race, Ron was 3rd in the 50+, and Scott was 3rd in the 55+. Full USA Cycling results can be found here.These results are incredible, and show that the Virginia Cyclocross series put on by Sean Yeager packs a punch. We want to wish these riders the best of luck as they head to Louisville, Kentucky to battle it out at Cyclocross Worlds. This is a huge achievement for these riders and goes to show that the Blue Ridge is home to quite a lot of talented athletes!last_img read more

Are you prepared for your next IT security exam?

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NCUA Report highlights the “Top 10” areas examiners reviewTo help you better prepare, the August edition of The NCUA Report highlights the “Top 10” areas examiners look at during an IT security exam:1. Information security policies: Do you have a board approved policy that meets the requirements of NCUA Rules and Regulations Part 748?2. IT audit: Have you developed an audit plan addressing IT-related areas appropriate to the size and complexity of the credit union, including ongoing assessments of internal and external vulnerabilities?3. Virus and malware: Is your network—and all critical components—running updated virus and malware protection soft ware?4. Risk assessments: Have you recently performed and documented an information security risk assessment to identify and assess potential threats and their probability, potential effects, controls, and risk remediation plans?5. Passwords: Do you enforce a strong password policy that meets or exceeds industry standards? continue reading »last_img read more

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