Isotopic evidence for the provenance of some Caledonian granites

first_imgA combined Nd- and Sr-isotope study of Caledonian granites in Scotland and northern England demonstrates the importance of continental crust in their petrogenesis and places limits on the involvement of contemporary mantle-derived material.last_img

County Reports 12 New Coronavirus Cases

first_imgWEST WILDWOOD01 DENNIS TOWNSHIP10441181 UPPER TOWNSHIP28182 AVALON116 The Cape May County Health Department reported 12 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday.Cape May County has a total of 314 confirmed cases, including 20 deaths. Fourteen deaths are associated with long-term care facilities, according to a county press release.Following is a breakdown of the total number of coronavirus cases and deaths for each municipality in Cape May County: COVID-19 testing in Ocean City will be done at the Community Center’s parking lot. SEA ISLE CITY02 Public health officials continue to investigate and contact all individuals who may have had exposure to people who tested positive for COVID-19.Cape May County Department of Health continues to encourage all residents to conduct preventive measures, practice social distancing and follow Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive orders.COVID-19 appears to spread from person-to-person mainly with close contact (less than 6 feet away), but may also be spread by a surface that has the virus and then touching one’s mouth, nose or possibly eyes.The Centers for Disease Control states that the spread is through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.For a list of Long Term Care facilities in New Jersey with COVID residents visit: STONE HARBOR0 109 OCEAN CITY149 CAPE MAY CITY03 60 NORTH WILDWOOD43 WEST CAPE MAY11 CAPE MAY POINT0 TOTAL ACTIVE125 WILDWOOD CREST17 MUNICIPALITYACTIVE CASESREPORTED TODAYOFF QUARANTINEDEATHSLONG TERM CARE ACTIVE CASESLONG TERM CARE CENTER DEATHS TOTAL CASES IN CAPE MAY COUNTY314 614 TOTAL RECOVERED WOODBINE21117 TOTAL DECEASED LOWER TOWNSHIP1613422113 MIDDLE TOWNSHIP291244 WILDWOOD1946last_img read more

CVPS honored by National Arbor Day Foundation

first_imgCentral Vermont Public Service has been named a Tree Line USA Utility and winner of the 2011 Tree Line USA Award by the National Arbor Day Foundation.The award is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters, and recognizes utilities that provide high-quality tree care, annual worker training in tree care and tree planting and public education programs. This is the ninth straight year CVPS has been recognized as a Treeline USA Utility.‘Utility providers like Central Vermont Public Service are setting a good example about the importance of recognizing the taking of care of a valuable community resource like trees,’ said John Rosenow, the founder of the Arbor Day Foundation.CVPS is on the cutting edge of forest management in the utility industry, creating practices that have improved reliability and the environment. The CVPS Forestry Department’s innovative and cost-effective forestry program has reduced herbicide use by 90 percent, and CVPS was the first utility in the country to replace fossil-based chainsaw oil with oil made from animal fat.The forestry department at CVPS consists of five certified arborists with degrees in urban forestry, environmental science, forest studies and botany. These employees put environmental policy first, under the belief that sound environmental policy ultimately improves tree health and reduces outage problems.‘By focusing on the quality and type of trees in our rights-of-way, rather than clear-cutting like most utilities, we have improved biodiversity, plant health and service quality,’ said Duane Dickinson, the systems forester for the company.CVPS has planted dozens of crabapple orchards in transmission corridors to ease out taller species and reduce the need for cutting, mowing or even selective spraying. The trees selected for this purpose hold their fruit well into the winter, providing an excellent feed source for wild turkeys. As a participant in the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Energy for Wildlife Program, the company also focuses on soil conservation, native plant protection and water-quality in streams, lakes and other bodies along rights-of-way, aesthetics and education.The company also plots deeryards with GIS, and manages transmission corridors to improve deer habitat by providing good feed and cover.‘We’re not just forest managers, but stewards of the environment,’ Dickinson said. ‘As a utility, we understand that our work affects the environment, but we strive to incorporate best practices to not only reduce our impacts but actually improve wildlife habitat.’last_img read more

Give Me a Lift

first_imgDownhill mountain biking grows up.Think downhill mountain biking at ski resorts is only for hucksters wearing full body armor and jacked up on Red Bull? Think again. Lift-assisted mountain biking is making a comeback, with more Southern resorts cranking their lifts during the warmer months for bikers. And this time around, they have beginners and families in mind with new flow trails that run top to bottom.“What we want is for a beginner to get on the same lift as Aaron Gwyn, ride a separate trail, then meet back up at the bottom of the hill,” says Talia Freeman, spokesperson for Beech Mountain Resort, which hosted the National Downhill Championships this year on its new bike trail system designed for experts. Next summer, they’ll run the lifts for the general public and unveil a new beginner-friendly system. It’s a pattern that’s playing out across the country as resorts rethink their mountain bike programs, looking to offer more than just big hits and gnarly terrain.“You have to crawl before you can walk. People need to be able to progress through downhill biking at resorts, and until recently, they haven’t had a lot of opportunity to do that,” says Geoff Allen, owner of Bergrad Trails, the company building a new beginner trail at Wisp Resort in Maryland. “There’s typically a steep learning curve in downhill biking. You show up at a resort and see bikers in full-faced helmets and pads. It’s intimidating. But these new trails will be different.”Here’s a look at three lift-served downhill trails in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic with beginners in mind.Rock and Roll, Seven Springs Resort, Pa.This double-track drops gently through open glades and meadows offering countless banked turns and rollers that the whole family can tackle. The occasional rock garden is thrown in to keep things interesting. Beginners will enjoy a mellow cruise, but more advanced riders will be able to dig in and enjoy the flow at higher speeds. On this trail, you’re pedaling to build speed, not because you have to.Resort Overview: Seven Springs runs one lift from Spring through Fall servicing nine downhill trails. Rock and Roll is on one end of the spectrum, but there are 20-foot jumps on the other end for those looking to test gravity. After styling Rock and Roll, step up to the mountain’s signature trail, 007, an intermediate piece of singletrack with moderate tabletops and banked turns. Lifts run through October 28 on weekends.  ($37 lift ticket; Pine, Snowshoe Mountain, W.Va. This manicured beginner trail runs from top to bottom in Snowshoe’s Basin Area, serviced by the Ball Hooter lift. Optional wooden drops kick off the entrance of the trail, with more optional jumps built into the ride throughout. You’ll also hit some fun, but wide wood bridges as you drop more than 1,000 feet of elevation.Resort Overview: The largest and most well-regarded downhill system in our region, Snowshoe maintains 40 trails covering 1,500 vertical feet of drop, all serviced by two high speed quads. The mountain has plenty of manmade structures, but Snowshoe is expanding its beginner trail portfolio this summer with the help of Gravity Logic, the trail masterminds behind Whistler’s uber successful bike park. They’ve also begun offering a Family Introductory Clinic, five hours of downhill skills and guided trail riding ($99). Snowshoe’s bike season runs through October 7, Fridays through Sundays ($39 lift ticket;, Wisp Resort, Md.  Wisp has always had a single beginner trail that basically followed a green ski slope down the mountain, but this summer, they’ve reinvented their easy terrain with a purpose built flow trail that runs top to bottom with a beginner-friendly grade and small features like berms, rollers, and wide wooden bridges. It’s a super-flowy, super-smooth piece of singletrack designed to give mothers, fathers, and kids the downhill experience without the downhill risk.Resort Overview: Wisp is known for its rock gardens and natural rock drops. Rodeo/Rocket is a double black with big, burly rock gardens on steep terrain, but there are a few wooden ramps and bridges thrown in for good measure. Expert terrain abounds, but there’s also plenty for intermediate riders. Wisp also offers an Intro to Downhill clinic that focuses on how to create that symbiotic relationship between bike and body that’s key to downhill success ($119). One high-speed lift services 13 downhill trails. Lifts run seven days a week until mid-September, then on weekends through October. ($35 lift ticket; Ahead: Beech Mountain, N.C.No resort in the South is putting more energy into their downhill mountain bike trail system than Beech Mountain. The resort started building new downhill trails in 2009 and has been beefing up their portfolio of dirt ever since winning the bid to host the 2012 and 2013 USA Cycling Mountain Bike Gravity National Championships. The resort’s terrain is only open for races this year (the last race is Sept. 14-15), but next year, look for the lifts to run during weekends, giving bikers access to the downhill terrain, including new beginner trails being built now. The lifts will also give you quicker access to several miles of cross country terrain at Emerald Outback.last_img read more

Jamaicans Run For Gold

first_imgBy Dialogo July 21, 2011 One of the most traditional countries in the training of sprinters, Jamaica has seven players competing in track and field at the 5th Military World Games and they all came to Rio for one single purpose: to win gold. “I am very happy to represent my country, both as a member of the Armed Forces, and as an athlete, but I came here to take home the gold medal in the 100m,” said Soldier Cleon Hall, shortly after his debut at the track at João Havelange Stadium, (Engenhão) on July 19. “I liked everything I’ve seen so far…the city, the competitions. But the next day I will have to focus, because I have a race,” said Warrant Officer Richard Robinson, highlighting the dedication Jamaican have toward the sport. Robinson is a sprinter in high school and is competing in the 4×400m relay. Christie Oliver, who is competing in the 200m dash and is an integral part of the Jamaican 4×100m relay team, joined the Coast Guard 3 years ago and is proud to be serving her country. “I still have about 20 more years left in the Coast Guard and some editions of the World Military Games,” she added.last_img read more

NAFCU’s Templeton takes credit union reg relief proposals to Congress

first_imgProposals for easing credit unions’ regulatory burden – comprehensive capital reform, field-of-membership flexibility and regulations based on clear cost-benefit analyses – are being delivered to the Senate Banking Committee today in testimony by Ed Templeton, NAFCU’s chair and the president and CEO of SRP Federal Credit Union.Templeton testifies during today’s hearing by the committee, led by panel Chairman Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., on regulatory relief for credit unions and community banks, the second of two hearings the committee will have held this week on this issue.Today, Templeton will reiterate the need for the relief called for under NAFCU’s five-point plan for credit union regulatory relief and for action on its “Top Ten” list of rules (revised from last year’s “Dirty Dozen”) that should be revised or eliminated.In his testimony, Templeton will emphasize the need for regulators to base their rulemakings – particularly NCUA’s risk-based capital proposal, or RBC2 – on a clear cost-benefit basis. He will also discuss credit unions’ regulatory burden under the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act.Since the second quarter of 2010, 1,100 federally insured credit unions have been lost; 96 percent of them had less than $100 million in assets. “While NAFCU and its member credit unions take safety and soundness extremely seriously, the regulatory pendulum post-crisis has swung too far,” he says. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

CFPB: “Hello, hello. It’s pay by phone fees and UDAAP”

first_imgRecently, the CFPB issued a Compliance Bulletin that provides guidance to credit unions regarding fee assessments for pay-by-phone services and the potential for unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts or practices (UDAAPs) when assessing phone pay fees. The Bulletin also provides guidance to debt collectors about compliance with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) when assessing phone pay fees.The CFPB’s Compliance Bulletin summarizes the current law, highlighting relevant examples of conduct observed during supervisory examinations and enforcement investigations that may violate Federal consumer financial law. Today’s post will provide an overview of some of the CFPB’s fact specific examples.BackgroundThe CFPB has observed across various consumer financial products and services, many financial institutions provide consumers with multiple payment options. For example, a credit union may provide its members the option of making payments over the phone by using an automated system or speaking with a live representative. A credit union may also provide members the option to make phone payments by using a debit card, electronic check, or to have their payment expedited. A number of financial institutions also use third-party service providers to handle and process the payments. continue reading » 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Prepare for take off: CX lessons for credit unions

first_imgI recently took a trip and my flight reminded me of the challenges we have in the industry today. Many industries are ahead of banking in the transformation process. While credit unions are learning how to maximize digital and renew their branch spaces, airlines, retail and education are ahead when it comes to integration and customer experience.My flight made some things crystal clear. The three key lesson I observed are:1-A great digital experience makes life easier for the consumer. I was able to purchase a ticket, pick my seat and complete my transaction in minutes. I received emails and later was able to check in for my flight seemlessly. CUs have already stepped into this digital world, but must consider how easy and reliable the technology is for members. Also, they must ensure their communication, such as onboarding, is also digital.2-Human interaction should not be lost for the convenience of digital. When I arrived at the airport and boarded the plane the staff greeted me with less warmth than the device with which I booked my trip. The flight was on time when I boarded, but due to administrative issues, was delayed two hours at the gate. There was little information shared in that time between the crew and passengers. I received more information on my phone than from the people standing right in front of me. The point here is that CUs should ensure they are communicating, engaging and asking questions at every step of the way with their members. How nice would it have been if the passengers heard regular announcements about the flight status? Or, if the crew walked up and down the aisles to interact with passengers? Simple things mean a lot with consumers.3-You can’t properly market your CU without considering these points. If you are sending a marketing message that your staff is friendly, yet they don’t smile or worse, ignore your members, your plan will fail. That is what happened with my trip. I lost my confidence in the airline’s ability to treat me with common courtesy. Thus, my loyalty is at question.Remember to look outside of the industry for examples of best practices and innovative ways to transform your CU. It will help provide inspiration to set you apart and lead in the marketplace.Now, up, up and away! 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Helen Lawler Helen Lawler, president of FINspiration, has more than 20 years of leadership in marketing financial services. FINspiration is a strategic Marketing firm focused on financial services and specializing in the … Web: Detailslast_img read more