Mesozoic radiolarian faunas from the Antarctic Peninsula: age, tectonic and palaeoceanographic significance

first_imgNew assemblages of Radiolaria, including some of the few occurrences of high southern latitude Jurassic and Cretaceous radiolarian faunas, show that several localities in the LeMay Group of Alexander Island range in age from latest Jurassic–earliest Cretaceous to at least Albian. By demonstrating that sedimentation and deformation in the LeMay Group was diachronous, younging oceanwards to the northwest, these new age assessments support the model of the LeMay Group as an accretionary complex. The polarity of subduction beneath Alexander Island was not affected by arc collisions from at least the Lower Jurassic to the Oligocene, and such a long period of continuous accretion appears to be unusual. Deposition of the LeMay Group spans the Kimmeridgian to Albian sedimentation in the Fossil Bluff Group fore-arc basin, thus making the earlier concept of the LeMay Group as pre-Jurassic ‘basement’ untenable. Allochthonous latest Jurassic–earliest Cretaceous radiolarian assemblages with some supposed Tethyan affinities are present in the LeMay Group. In contrast, an in situ latest Jurassic assemblage from the Nordenskjöld Formation of the back-arc basin and a further Jurassic assemblage from a probable trench-slope basin have characteristics believed diagnostic of high latitudes. The biogeographic affinities of radiolarians from cherts in the LeMay Group accretionary complex suggest that both these cherts, and associated basalts, are far-travelled slices of the Phoenix plate. Rocks from the probable trench-slope basin, formerly assigned to the younger Fossil Bluff Group fore-arc basin sequence, now appear to be part of a new, previously unrecognized formation.last_img read more

Real Good Food secures further £8.2m funding

first_imgHaydens and Renshaw owner Real Good Food has secured a further £8.2m financing – and stated that, without this, there was a “significant risk” it would not be able to trade.The funding is to come from Real Good Food’s (RGF) three major shareholders, Napier Brown Ingredients, Omnicane International Investors, and funds managed by Downing LLP, which have previously supplied the business with additional financing on a number of occasions.The funding issues have followed a troubled period for RGF that has included a shake-up of its board and an overhaul of its corporate governance procedures. In January, the company warned it was set to make a £3.5m earnings loss following poor trading at the end of last year, and last month it sold its Garrett Ingredients business to Kent Foods Limited.Around £4.5m of the new funding will be used to make the final payment for the Brighter Foods snack bar business, acquired by RGF a year ago.In addition, up to £4.2m will be used to fund the company’s foreseeable working capital needs, including inventory build-up ahead of RGF’s busiest period, which is October to December.The new funding is being provided through secured loan notes, with an annual coupon of 12% from the three shareholders, and it is intended these will be replaced by convertible loan notes. The shareholder loans will carry a redemption premium that, when added to interest already received, will generate a total annualised return of 30%. In the event of conversion of the initial principal amount, no redemption premium will be payable.RGF said these terms reflected the “severe financial challenges” the company has faced over the past 12 months.“Without this funding, the directors believe there is a significant risk that the company would fail to be able to trade,” it stated. “However, the new management team believes that a turnaround of the business is now under way and this additional financing will allow the company to meet its obligations and trade without working capital constraint.”last_img read more

Colombia and Panama Hunt FARC Chief for Drug Trafficking on Border

first_imgBy Dialogo June 16, 2009 BOGOTA, June 15, 2009 (AFP) – Colombian and Panamanian authorities are working hard to capture the leader of Front 57 of the FARC guerrillas, Gilberto Torres, a.k.a. ” El Becerro,” (“The Calf”) who is in charge of drug and weapon trafficking on the border, according to the newspaper El Tiempo in Bogota on Monday. ‘El Becerro’ is a priority for the authorities of both countries because he has become “one of the key men for the FARC finances, as the area has become a strategic corridor for drug, weapon, and explosive trafficking, and the abduction of civilians,” according to the newspaper. Torres is accused in Panama of being responsible for the kidnapping of the Cuban-American businessman Cecilio Cubas, for whose release $60 million was demanded. Once released, Cubas said that during his captivity he was confined in a jungle area on the border of Colombia. The report stated that “at least a dozen towns and mobility corridors, including rivers, are controlled by ‘El Becerro’ on the border with Panama.” One Police Intelligence source, quoted by the newspaper, said that “the Perancho, Salaqui, and Jampayadó rivers are the main corridors used for drug trafficking.” The source also states that Front 57 of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas has a network of partners in neighboring towns such as Zapzurro, Pinigana, El Naranjal, Manana, Guayabo, Unguía, Paya, and Riosucio. Finally, the source noted that ‘El Becerro’ has links with gangs in Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. However, his main contact is in Panama and it would be the man known as ‘Boa,’ who coordinates the transport of drug cargos through two points: Turbo, in Colombia, and Jaqué, in Panama.last_img read more

Suffolk Cops Seek Tips in String of Swastika Cases

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are asking for the public’s help in finding the vandals that spray painted “Trump Lies” with a swastika replacing the M in five locations since last month, authorities said.The messages were found on the County Road 19-Long Island Expressway overpass in Holtsville on Jan. 1, the Hawkins Avenue-LIE overpass in Ronkonkoma the next day, on a wall on Horseblock Road in Yaphank on Jan. 18, on a cement barrier on the Horseblock Road-Long Island Rail Road overpass in Medford on Feb. 3 and on a billboard on Veterans Memorial Highway in Ronkonkoma on Feb. 27, police said.Hate Crimes detectives are investigating the incidents are bias crimes. The incidents are the latest in a recent string of swastikas that have been found on LI.Last month, a swastika made of Silly String was found on a sidewalk in Jericho and two  swastikas were found spray painted in a park in Massapequa. A 20-foot swastika was found dug into a Levittown ball field in December and that same month a Nassau Community College student was arrested for drawing swastikas around campus.And in late November, swastikas were found spray painted along with the message “Make America White Again,” a play on President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, on a sidewalk in Mineola.In addition to these incidents, someone recently spray painted two swastikas on the side of a Pear Street home in Central Islip, Suffolk County police said. The homeowner reported the crime at 11 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20.Under New York State law, swastika graffiti is considered aggravated first-degree harassment punishable by up to four years in prison and $5,000 in fines, plus restitution.Suffolk County Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest in the “Trump Lies” cases. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.last_img read more