A newly defined small lithospheric plate in the eastern Scotia Sea accounts for the intense seismicity at the South Sandwich Trench.
YESTERYEAR: The Flood of 1937The Ohio River has caused numerous episodes of flooding throughout Evansville’s long history, and the “Great Flood” of 1937 still holds the record for high water in the city, cresting at 53.7 feet on February 1. Damage was so severe and widespread that martial law was declared to assist in relief operations, as thousands of families fled their homes. This is a view of Main Street, looking north towards Eighth Street. The Imperial Hotel stands on the left, and the sole vehicle is an Indiana National Guard truck slogging its way down the abandoned street.FOOTNOTE: We want to thank Patricia Sides, Archivist of Willard Library for contributing this picture that shall increase people’s awareness and appreciation of Evansville’s rich history. If you have any historical pictures of Vanderburgh County or Evansville please contact please contact Patricia Sides, Archivist Willard Library at 812) 425-4309, ext. 114 or e-mail her at www.willard.lib.in.us.We are asking our readers to “like page” on Facebook and encourage friends and family to do so, as well?If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that “Keep Evansville Beautiful” should take a more active role in keeping political signs off the public right a way?Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributedFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
A £4.4m food and drink skills ’academy’, which co-ordinates existing training programmes in England, will launch in April.Food and drink sector skills council Improve has worked with employers, including Warburtons and RHM, to establish the academy, which is expected to give skills to over 28,000 people during its first four years.It will do this through a network of approved Academy Training Centres, of which there are five at the moment. “Another 35, including Thomas Danby in Leeds, are expected to be approved within three years,” said Paula Widdowson, Improve’s commercial director.Improve aims to extend the scheme into in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland at a later date.
View Comments Tonight, tonight! Skylar Astin and Bianca Marroquín will play Tony and Anita, respectively, in a Carnegie Hall presentation of West Side Story. Directed by Amanda Dehnert, performances will take place from March 4, 2016 through March 6 at the Knockdown Center, a restored factory in Queens.Joining Astin (Spring Awakening, Pitch Perfect) and Marroquín (Chicago, In The Heights, The Pajama Game) will be newcomer Morgan Hernandez, who is set to take on the role of Maria. Additional cast members will be announced later.West Side Story takes place in New York City in the mid-1950s amidst widespread racial and social tension. Tony is a Jet ready to leave the gang life behind. Maria is the sister of Sharks leader, Bernardo. When Tony and Maria unexpectedly meet and fall for each other, the tension that has been building between the rival gangs explodes. The beloved score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim features such classics as “Something’s Coming,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Tonight.”Marin Alsop, a protégé of Bernstein’s, will serve as musical director and conductor, with professional artists in lead roles and the participation of more than 200 high school students from around the city both in the cast and in a chorus specially created for this presentation.The production will feature choreography by Julio Monge and Sean Cheesman, musical supervision by Leslie Stifelman, scenic design by Eugene Lee, costume design by Tracy Christensen, lighting design by Edward Pierce, sound design by Nevin Steinberg and technical direction by David Benken.
University of Georgia researchers have completed the first comprehensive molecular map of the peanut plant. Like a roadmap, it will give scientists the directions they need to develop better varieties for farmers and better products for consumers.Unlike a roadmap, the molecular map identifies plant genes and where they’re located.”We have developed landmarks and determined how the landmarks are arranged with respect to one another (within the peanut plant),” said Andrew Paterson, a plant geneticist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “The landmarks enable us to determine what important genes, instead of cities, are nearby.”Mapping the genes of plants has revolutionized crop breeding over the past decade, Paterson said.”Most major crops already have genetic maps, but the peanut was especially difficult,” said Paterson, who began looking into the peanut genome five years ago.The Peanut HighwayThis map is the beginning of a framework for a physical map and sequence for the peanut genome.”The molecular map is like putting mileposts along the highways. The physical map is like driving along the highways from milepost to milepost,” Paterson said. “The sequence is having total and immediate recall of everything that lies along every highway.”That kind of information can help plant breeders develop better plants.”One of the important uses of the map is to transfer desirable genes from wild relatives and exclude undesirable genes. This is badly needed in peanut,” Paterson said.John Beasley, a UGA Extension peanut agronomist, agrees. By understanding genes, scientists can efficiently develop plants with good traits, such as better quality and yields, he said.Those Wild RelativesPeanuts are native to South America. Many peanut species still grow wild there.”Some of the wild species have resistance or immunity to some of our pest problems,” Beasley said.Technology could take those wild, useful traits and put them into a peanut Georgia farmers can grow.”Farmers would benefit because any improvement in yield and quality will provide an economic benefit to the grower,” Beasley said. “And a more drought-tolerant cultivar would require less water.”Consumers will benefit, too, from a higher quality product.Better oil quality and chemistry will add to peanuts’ reputation as a healthy food, Beasley said.Some ResistanceThe peanut industry also needs a peanut that has resistance to aflatoxin. Aflatoxin occurs when a certain mold attacks the peanut plant. It can be dangerous if consumed.”The entire industry, of which Georgia accounts for about 40 percent,” Beasley said, “would reap benefits from knowing there were cultivars with a much lower risk of aflatoxin development.”Beasley sees only one negative: the public’s perception that genetic manipulation is wrong.”What many do not understand is that with genome mapping and identification, scientists can develop cultivars that would require less pesticide. This would benefit the environment,” he said.Genetic technology has become “central” in the development of many crops, Paterson said. And it will continue to grow in importance as the cost of the technology becomes cheaper.Paterson’s lab in Athens, Ga., has also developed the world’s leading genetic maps for cotton, sorghum, sugarcane and buffel grass. He plans to map Bermuda grass and cactus next.
Thirty-six candidates have submitted entries for the first round of the Fourth Annual Business Plan Competition offered by the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC). Sixteen are in the New Business category and 20 in the Existing Business category.Contestants range from a proposed kitchen store to a naturopathic health clinic. Several finalists from previous years returned with new ideas or refined plans. Three business proposals consider using the Internet as their primary medium for interacting with customers for various forms of teaching. Other proposals include candlemakers, timber-frame builders, architects with special design offerings, a farm-based brewhouse, and a Vermont liqueur maker. There are plans to expand a drum-making business, create a new high-end audio product, expand concrete businesses, and manufacture knapsacks.Jeffrey Lewis, BDCC executive director, said, Each year we are surprised and pleased to see the evidence of business entrepreneurship in Vermont. This is a great place to bring new businesses into being. He noted, We were not sure what we would see for entrants in these economic times. Thirty-six entries is larger than last year s 28, so that suggests that people are thinking harder.Winners from the three previous years — New England Center for Circus Arts, Fulcrum Arts, and Grafton Fiber — are all still pursuing the plans that won them first-place prizes.Judges will be reading the entries this week and deciding by March 9 who the finalists will be. They will choose up to six finalists in each of the two categories: Existing Business and New Business. The fact that there are more entries in the Existing Business category suggests that people are thinking this is a good time to do a new business plan to prepare for the economic recovery when it happens. Finalists will have until April 20 to develop a business plan with complete financial projections, analysis of competitors and markets, plus a full description of how the business can be successful. Final judging will be on April 30, at which time contestants will present their business ideas and answer questions. Governor Jim Douglas will make prize awards at a 3 p.m. ceremony that day at the Marlboro College Tech Center in Brattleboro.Founded in 1954, BDCC is a private, nonprofit economic development organization that serves as a catalyst for industrial and commercial growth in southeastern Vermont. More information about can be found online at BDCC’s website, http://www.bdccbusinessplancompetition.com(link is external) or by contacting BDCC at 802-257-7731.
4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The FFIEC has released mortgage lending transaction data pertaining to 7,062 financial institutions covered by the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, the council announced Tuesday. The data includes applications, originations, purchases and sales of loans, denials and other application-related actions. Institutions covered by the HMDA include banks, savings associations, credit unions and mortgage companies, the FFIEC said.The data released Tuesday shows the disposition of loan applications, as well as whether a loan is subject to the Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act, and whether a loan is secured by a first or subordinate lien or is unsecured. continue reading »
Sharing is caring! Tweet Share 177 Views no discussions Share Share BusinessLifestyleLocalNewsTravel Discover Dominica Authority partners with LIAT by: – October 15, 2015 Roseau, Dominica – (October 15, 2015) Discover Dominica Authority has partnered with LIAT to launch discounted airfares to hoteliers and travel agents visiting Dominica between October 1 – December 31, 2015. Travel agents and hoteliers originating from Antigua, Barbados, Guadeloupe, St. Lucia and St. Maarten are eligible for US$100 discount off a return fare flight to Dominica. In addition, five Dominican hotels are offering reductions on hotel rooms ranging from 25 – 50 per cent off their regular rates. Hotel specials are available from the Anchorage Hotel, Citrus Creek Plantation, Fort Young Hotel, Pagua Bay House and The Champs. This initiative is just one of the many collaborative efforts between Discover Dominica Authority and regional carrier, LIAT, to facilitate travel for promotional purposes. In July, LIAT carried Barbadian professional surfer Brian Talma’s to Dominica for Dive Fest activities from July 17 – 20, 2015. The airline also assisted with the travel arrangements and transportation of costumes for Miss Dominica 2015 to participate in the Miss Jaycees Queen Pageant held in Antigua on July 26, 2015 and the Miss Caribbean Culture Queen Show held in Nevis on August 6, 2015. “LIAT works closely with its main Shareholder Governments to facilitate their travel to key events around the region, to assist them in travel arrangements for visiting artists and to attract people to visit the island,” said a LIAT representative. Meanwhile Director of Tourism, Mr. Colin Piper sees this partnership as one that is mutually beneficial.According to Piper, “Air access is critical to facilitating travel of residents and visitors in and out of Dominica and LIAT has been willing to work with Dominica in this regard”.
Wolves are close to signing Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez on a season-long loan. Press Association Incidentally, former Arsenal striker Benik Afobe is already at Wolves, who tweeted: “(Manager Kenny) Jackett has confirmed that Wolves have a verbal agreement with @Arsenal for the loan of Emiliano Martinez. Hopefully completed today.” Martinez was last season loaned to Wolves’ Championship rivals Rotherham, whose manager Steve Evans said: “(He was) great for us. “We’re going to be watching Emi on Match of the Day in six to eight months and then for a number of years as Arsenal’s No 1.” The 22-year-old Argentinian has little hope of first-team football under Arsene Wenger following the £10million arrival of Petr Cech and the fine form of David Ospina last season. Martinez’s departure would, however, also represent a risk for Wenger – Wojciech Szczesny has already been loaned to Roma and Martinez’s departure would leave Arsenal with only two senior goalkeepers.