July 12

Go Life International Limited (GOLI.mu) 2013 Abridged Report

first_imgGo Life International Limited (GOLI.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2013 abridged results.For more information about Go Life International Limited (GOLI.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Go Life International Limited (GOLI.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Go Life International Limited (GOLI.mu)  2013 abridged results.Company ProfileGo Life International Limited is a multi-faceted healthcare company that offers products serving market needs in pharmaceuticals, generics, nutraceuticals, and medical consumables through to high end sophisticated hospital equipment. Go Life International Limited has a primary listing on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius and a secondary listing on the AltX of the Johannesburg Stock Exchangelast_img read more

July 5

Stock market crash alert! Avoid these 3 investment errors and you could make a million

first_img Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Image source: Getty Images. Enter Your Email Address Harvey Jones has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Harvey Jones | Wednesday, 10th June, 2020 The stock market crash is a great opportunity to pick up cheap FTSE 100 shares at bargain prices. This can turbo-charge your efforts to build a million-pound portfolio. If you do that, you can get rich and retire early.However, a few simple errors at this crucial stage can cost you dear. Avoiding unforced errors is vital, as the world’s greatest investor Warren Buffett pointed out: “You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong.”5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Now is an exciting time to buy shares, with the FTSE 100 still more than 1,000 points below its January highs. The stock market crash has thrown up plenty of cheap FTSE 100 stocks, so I suggest you go looking for them. In your bid to make a million before you retire, beware these three errors.1. Looking to make a quick profitThe stock market is not a get-rich-quick mechanism. It can make you rich, but slowly, steadily, over many years. This is a core part of the Motley Fool UK philosophy. Our chief investment adviser Mark Rogers says we do not aim to make fast profits by forecasting short-term price or market movements: “We have no clue in which direction the market or individual stocks will go in the short run, and we don’t think short-term trading is a sensible or profitable strategy.”While we recommend taking advantage of a short-term stock market crash, your eyes should always be on the long term.2. Trading rather than investingMark Rogers regularly reminds Fool writers that when you buy a share, you become a part-owner of that business, sharing in its future profits and growth. Investors should therefore “buy with the mentality of a business owner, rather than a stock trader”.Again, this means investing for the long term. Buying and selling shares to make a quick profit backfires, as you cannot repeatedly time the market with any accuracy. You will also rack up excess trading charges which will deplete your wealth. This lesson is just as important in a stock market crash, as at any other time.3. Run scared of a stock market crashToo many investors hold back from buying shares in the stock market crash. That is understandable, these are disorientating times. However, you cannot afford to miss this opportunity to pick up cheap FTSE 100 shares.We are likely to see further stock market volatility in the months ahead as the world struggles out of lockdown. Do not let that put you off. Provided you are buying FTSE 100 shares with the aim of staying invested in the business for many years, you can look beyond today’s short-term volatility and build meaningful wealth measured over decades.It really is possible for ordinary investors to make a million on the stock market. Just think long term and cut out those errors.center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Stock market crash alert! Avoid these 3 investment errors and you could make a million See all posts by Harvey Jones Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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June 17

Great Wall of Warburton / BKK Architects

first_img 2008 Area:  322 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Projects Great Wall of Warburton / BKK ArchitectsSave this projectSaveGreat Wall of Warburton / BKK Architects Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/104243/great-wall-of-warburton-bkk-architects Clipboard CopyHouses•Australia Great Wall of Warburton / BKK Architects Save this picture!© Shannon McGrath+ 14 Share Year:  Architects: BKK Architects Area Area of this architecture project Photographs:  Shannon McGrath Text description provided by the architects. On an elevated site set amongst native bushland with rolling hills to the north, the Great Wall of Warburton withholds views upon approach, presenting a mute block wall embedded into the site. This wall further explores our interest in how a line drawn becomes a wall that acts to claim space or mark territory. At this point you are still denied the view. Passing through this wall via the compressed point of entry, the panorama is suddenly revealed to the viewer; and further heightened by the dramatic angled ceiling. The interior face of the wall acts as a constant, omnipresent anchoring device as you move through the house. It is visible from every space. Each space unfolds from one to the other as the wall shifts in plan. This unfolding of space is subtle and yet dramatic as you journey through the house. Save this picture!© Shannon McGrathThis project continues our exploration of how interiors engage with the landscape. This is a vigorous, emphatic relationship commensurate with the power of the Australian landscape. Not a ‘touch the earth lightly’ approach. The relationship is symbiotic rather than subservient. The large, solid masonry wall acts as an anchor to the house that embeds it into the landscape. We have long been fascinated with the power of building; the cultural and political act of constructing walls in the landscape; how we claim territory and inhabit the landscape. Save this picture!© Shannon McGrathWe are interested in the journey both to the house and through it. The ceiling/floor levels are manipulated to modulate the space of this journey. Level changes are strategically placed to demarcate specific living zones as well as contributing to the sense of journey the inhabitant encounters as they navigate along the wall. The thinness of the plan (never more than the width of one room and hallway) continually thrusts the occupant into the space above the landscape. Each interior space becomes a framing device with subtle variance in the outlook from each room.Save this picture!plan 01Project gallerySee allShow lessCultural and Spiritual Russian Orthodox Center in Paris / DATA ArchitectesArticlesAstrium Nature Select Shop / Popular ArchitectureArticles Share “COPY” Australia Photographs ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/104243/great-wall-of-warburton-bkk-architects Clipboard “COPY” CopyAbout this officeBKK ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesWoodHousesAustraliaPublished on January 23, 2011Cite: “Great Wall of Warburton / BKK Architects” 23 Jan 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogMetal PanelsAurubisMill Finished Copper: Nordic StandardWindowsMitrexSolar WindowAluminium CompositesTechnowoodHow to Design a Façade with AluProfile Vertical ProfilesBulbs / SpotsCocowebLighting – Compact Gallery White TracklightConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMSealantsEffisusCrossing Perforations on RoofsWall / Ceiling LightsLouis PoulsenLamp – LP RiplsTiles / Mosaic / GresiteMargresPorcelain Tiles – Linea CosmosWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodValchromat Panels for Interior DesignWindowspanoramah!®ah! MotorisationHingesSaliceHinges – PactaDrawers / Filing Cabinets / ShelvesBeneStorage Partition – PORTS StorageMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

June 17

M-House / TOFU

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/577761/m-house-tofu Clipboard Projects CopyAbout this officeTOFUOfficeFollowProductsSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesAshiyaHousesJapanPublished on December 17, 2014Cite: “M-House / TOFU” 17 Dec 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogFaucetshansgroheKitchen Mixers – Aquno Select M81Vinyl Walls3MVinyl Finishes in HealthPartners Regions HospitalPartitionsSkyfoldWhere to Increase Flexibility in SchoolsCoffee tablesBoConceptMadrid Coffee Table AD19SkylightsLAMILUXFlat Roof Exit Comfort DuoMetallicsTrimoMetal Panels for Roofs – Trimoterm SNVSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights in Atelier Zimmerlistrasse OfficeStonesNeolithSintered Stone – Iron Moss – Iron CollectionCeramicsTerrealTerracotta Facade in Manchester HospitalWoodBlumer LehmannConsulting and Engineering in Wood ProjectsGlassBendheimLuminous Mirrored GlassWire MeshTwentinoxMetal Mesh – Golf Romeo 7More products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream 2014 Area:  158 m² Area:  158 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project 2014 photographs:  Stirling ElmendorfPhotographs:  Stirling Elmendorf Save this picture!© Stirling ElmendorfRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsWoodEGGERWood-based materials in EGGER HeadquartersWoodLunawoodThermo Timber and Industrial ThermowoodText description provided by the architects. This warehouse like residence in Ashiya city, Japan is designed by the design studio from Osaka, TOFU Architects. The site is located close to a national highway overpass connecting the cities of Kobe and Osaka. Due to large vehicles moving across the highway and a constant traffic volume throughout the day noise and vibration were two problems that the designers had to face when planning for the project. The architects decided to go for a steel frame construction where the living space rests on pilotis hence detaching it from the road below.Save this picture!SectionAlso by increasing the size of the structural steel members more than the usual norm and a deep foundation the architects were able to realise a strong structure inside which one hardly feels the vibrations caused by vehicles moving on the road. Usually a house that is situated along or close to a highway with a high traffic volume isn’t desirable but by raising the living space on pilotis and controlling the vibrations caused by the movement of vehicles has given the clients a home with a view from the living area that is never boring as it constantly changing each second thanks to the close proximity of the national highway. Also the view of the Rokko mountain from the large window that spans two floors in the front façade is beautiful.Save this picture!© Stirling ElmendorfAs far as the plan of the house is concerned it is simple and clear. The 2nd and 3rd floor box like living volume is raised on top of pilotis and this gives it a warehouse like appearance. Inside the architects have tried to reduce walls separating space as far as possible.  Since the entire living volume is raised on pilotis the first floor is used as a carport with a small vegetable garden as well. The café like 2nd floor is the primary living area from where one can enjoy the view outside. The 3rd floor houses the bedroom and the children’s room that is tied with a balcony connecting both rooms. The large window in the front that also spans across two floors results in the space feeling far more expansive that it actually is. The rooftop,  a place to watch fireworks in the summer and play with the kids is a nice space for relaxing.Save this picture!© Stirling ElmendorfProject gallerySee allShow lessCasa Tabique / Alejandro D’ AcostaSelected ProjectsSuppakids / ROKSelected Projects Share Houses M-House / TOFU CopyHouses•Ashiya, Japan Architects: TOFU Area Area of this architecture project Save this picture!© Stirling Elmendorf+ 22 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/577761/m-house-tofu Clipboard Photographs Year:  Japan ArchDaily “COPY” Year:  “COPY” M-House / TOFUSave this projectSaveM-House / TOFUlast_img read more

June 12

Attackers freed after beating Turkish columnist with baseball bats

first_img Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit Condemning the beating that opposition columnist Yavuz Selim Demirağ received outside his Ankara home on 10 May, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the Turkish authorities to ensure that the attack does not go unpunished and to end the climate of hate towards critical journalists in Turkey.In what was clearly a planned ambush, six or seven individuals used baseball bats to beat Demirağ, a columnist for the nationalist daily newspaper Yeni Çağ, as he arrived at his home on the night of 10 May after appearing on a TV talk show. He was hospitalized with serious head injuries.The police arrested six suspects but prosecutors quickly granted them a conditional release on the grounds that “the victim’s life is not in danger.” The charge finally brought against them, “aggravated assault,” seemed to endorse their version of the attack, namely that it was the result of a dispute between car drivers.“This shocking attack was aimed at press freedom and has reinforced the chilling climate in Turkey,” RSF’s representative in Turkey, Erol Önderoğlu, said. “It is incomprehensible that the justice system, which is so quick to jail journalists, seems so lenient with their assailants. We urge the authorities to end impunity, which paves the way for more attacks, and to end the climate of hatred towards critical journalists.”Violence against journalists often goes unpunished in Turkey. For example, although an investigation was announced, no measures were ever taken against the policemen and ruling AKP party members who attacked 12 journalists in the southeastern city of Midyat in June 2016. Several of the journalists had to be hospitalized but the prosecutor’s office waited eight months before requesting a medical report on their injuries.As the rule of law is steadily dismantled in Turkey, the situation of its media has become increasingly precarious, especially since a coup attempt in July 2016. Ranked 157th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index, Turkey now holds the world record for the number of professional journalists in prison. News News Follow the news on Turkey April 2, 2021 Find out more TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Council of EuropeImpunityViolence April 2, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img RSF_en TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Council of EuropeImpunityViolence Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law April 28, 2021 Find out more May 14, 2019 Attackers freed after beating Turkish columnist with baseball bats Help by sharing this information Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Organisation Newslast_img read more

June 12

Syrian journalist missing, Reuters reporter deported

first_imgNews On Libyan revolution’s 10th anniversary, authorities urged to guarantee press freedom LibyaMiddle East – North Africa March 31, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Syrian journalist missing, Reuters reporter deported RSF_en Reporters Without Borders is worried about what may have happened to Syrian journalist Rana Akbani, who has been missing in the east of the country since 28 March. In an interview with her that was broadcast by Al-Libya TV, a presenter accused her of spying.A resident in Libya for the past 15 years or so, Akbani works for the arts and culture section of the Libyan newspaper Al-Shams. In the Al-Libya TV interview, which has been posted online (http://almanaramedia.blogspot.com/2011/03/blog-post_7932.html), presenter Hala Misrati accuses her of lacking objectivity and lying in her coverage of street demonstrations in Benghazi.Referring to her Syrian nationality in the interview, Misrati also accuses her of collaborating with foreign countries, which is tantamount to accusing her of being a spy. Akbani responds that she has been living in eastern Libya for a long time and rebuts the allegations of disinformation.The Libyan authorities meanwhile yesterday deported Michael Georgy, a US journalist working for Reuters, without giving any reason. Normally based in Pakistan, Georgy arrived in Tripoli on 28 February with a group of foreign journalists who were invited by the Gaddafi government and who have been kept under close surveillance ever since.Georgy was escorted to the Tunisian border after being notified the day before that he was to be deported. Reuters said it regretted his expulsion and the fact that no reason was given. June 24, 2020 Find out more February 23, 2021 Find out more to go further Six imprisoned journalists to finally appear in court in Istanbul Receive email alertscenter_img Well-known Libyan journalist missing since his arrest Organisation LibyaMiddle East – North Africa News Follow the news on Libya December 17, 2019 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Newslast_img read more

May 26

Delhi High Court Directs RBI’s Appellate Authority To Reconsider Revocation Of Registration Certificate Of Shubh Lakshmi Capital

first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi High Court Directs RBI’s Appellate Authority To Reconsider Revocation Of Registration Certificate Of Shubh Lakshmi Capital Srishti Ojha3 Feb 2021 9:15 AMShare This – xRevocation Of Registration Certificate Of The NBFC To Be Reconsidered: Remands The Matter To Reserve Bank Of India’s Appellate AuthorityThe Delhi High Court has recently directed the Appellate Authority of the Reserve Bank of India to reconsider the revocation of registration certificate of Shubh Lakshmi Capital Limited- a Non Banking Financial Company, on grounds of shortfall in its its Net Owned Fund (NOF). The Court has also asked the Authority to give the petitioner similar treatment that was meted out to other NBFCs who…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Delhi High Court has recently directed the Appellate Authority of the Reserve Bank of India to reconsider the revocation of registration certificate of Shubh Lakshmi Capital Limited- a Non Banking Financial Company, on grounds of shortfall in its its Net Owned Fund (NOF). The Court has also asked the Authority to give the petitioner similar treatment that was meted out to other NBFCs who had suffered similar cancellation and whose cancellation was directed to be reviewed by the Appellate Authority or recalled by the RBI itself. A Division Bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Rekha Palli issued the direction while hearing a plea filed against the order Reserve Bank of India’s order cancelling the petitioner’s registration as a Non-Banking Financial Institution (NBFI).FactsThe petitioner, Shubh Lakshmi Capital Limited was registered as a Non-Banking Financial Institution (NBFI) and its certificate of registration had been cancelled on the ground that it had failed to achieve the Net Owned Fund (NOF) of Rs. 200 Lakhs (Rs. 2 Crores) before 01.04.2017, thereby not fulfilling the conditions referred to in Clauses (a-g) of sub-section 4 of Section 45–IA of the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934.The petitioner had then filed an appeal against the order before the Appellate Authority contending that it had, in any event, met the NOF requirement of Rs. 200 Lakhs as on 31.03.2018. However, his appeal was rejected by the Appellate Authority through an order dated 18th November 2019.Submissions of the PartiesThe petitioner in the present case had submitted before the Court that before issuing the cancellation order, the RBI had sent a Show-Cause Notice requiring the petitioner to show cause as to why action be not initiated against the petitioner for not meeting the NOF requirement of Rs. 200 Lakhs as on 31st March 2017. The petitioner responded to the notice and had informed RBI that the Company had informed RBI the total sum is about 2 crores and it will be difficult to include the profit and loss account for the calculation of net wealth every year as that will fluctuate every year. The petitioner had requested RBI to drop the above notice issued against the company and to not remove company’s name from its records and cancel its Registration Certificate as the company’s Net wealth was above 2 crores.However, according to the petitioners, RBI did not accept the explanation offered by the and proceeded to cancel the registration by the impugned order.The petitioner had contended before the Appellate Authority that though it had achieved the required NOF as on 1st April 2016, it could not achieve the same as on 31st March 2017, but only due to its Auditor’s irregularities. It also placed the position of its NOF as on 31.03.2018 as certified by its Chartered Accountant before the Appellate Authority to show that it clearly met the NOF requirement of Rs. 200 Lakhs on the said date. The Appellate Authority did not consider these aspects and its order suffers from non application of mind to the petitioner’s submissions, with an inconsistent as the petitioner’s appeal has been rejected without assigning any reason whatsoever.The petitioner contended that in an another similar plea, where the company failed to achieve its NOF requirement as on 31.03.2017 but had subsequently achieved on 14.06.2017, on account of its Managing Director having been taken ill, the explanation was accepted by the Appellant Authority and RBI was directed to review its order of cancellation the certificate of registration. (M/s Countwell Management Services Private Limited v. RBI.)In order to prove the RBI’s and the Appellate Authority’s inconsistency in dealing with similar case, the petitioner Counsel cited another case of M/S Juhie (India) Private Limited v/s Reserve Bank of India and Anr, where a similar order of cancellation passed by the RBI under Section 45-IA of the RBI Act was challenged. During the pendency of the case, the RBI had itself reconsidered the matter and decided that it was not necessary to cancel the Certificate of Registration issued to the petitioner. He contended that neither the RBI nor the Appellate Authority has been acting consistently in the matter of cancellation of registration of certificate under Section 45-IA of the RBI Act.The Reserve Bank of India on the other hand contended that the requirement of meeting the NOF benchmarked of Rs. 100 Lakhs by the cut-off date of 31st March 2016 & of Rs. 200 Lakhs by the cut off 31st March 2017 are sacrosanct and the period for meeting the requirement cannot be extended.Court’s ObservationsThe Delhi High Court observed that in the present case, the petitioner’s stand that it met the NOF requirements as on 31st March 2017, was not accepted by the RBI. Before the Appellant Authority the petitioner sought to explain that it was on the advice of its Auditor that it was under a bonafide impression that it met the requirement of maintaining a NOF of Rs. 200 Lakhs as on 31st March and that in any case, it met the said requirement as on 31st March 2018.The High Court held that the Appellate Authority should have considered the submissions of the petitioner with due application of mind that whether the stand of the petitioner’s original Auditor – on the basis of which the petitioner believed that it met the NOF requirement of Rs. 200 Lakhs, was correct or not. Even if it found that the petitioner’s stand was not correct, it should have considered whether the petitioner was deserving of such a drastic action of cancelling its Certificate of Registration for a minor shortfall – which was in any event made up as on 31st March 2018.The Court noted that the petitioner is also entitled to expect similar treatment at the hands of the Authorities, including the Appellate Authority, as was meted out to other NBFCs who had suffered similar cancellation of their Certificate of Registration as NBFCs, and whose cancellation was directed to be reviewed by the Appellate Authority or recalled by the RBI itself.The Court, therefore set aside the order passed by the Appellate Authority dated 18th November 2019 and remanded the matter back to the Appellate Authority to reconsider the matter in the light of the High Court’s observations. The parties have been directed appear before the Appellate Authority on 22nd Feb 2021 for fixing a date for hearing.Advocates KC Mittal, Yugansh Mittal and Amit P Sahi appeared for petitioner.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Next Storylast_img read more

May 9

Biogeography of photoautotrophs in the high polar biome

first_imgThe global latitudinal gradient in biodiversity weakens in the high polar biome and so an alternative explanation for distribution of Arctic and Antarctic photoautotrophs is required. Here we identify how temporal, microclimate and evolutionary drivers of biogeography are important, rather than the macroclimate features that drive plant diversity patterns elsewhere. High polar ecosystems are biologically unique, with a more central role for bryophytes, lichens and microbial photoautotrophs over that of vascular plants. Constraints on vascular plants arise mainly due to stature and ontogenetic barriers. Conversely non-vascular plant and microbial photoautotroph distribution is correlated with favourable microclimates and the capacity for poikilohydric dormancy. Contemporary distribution also depends on evolutionary history, with adaptive and dispersal traits as well as legacy influencing biogeography. We highlight the relevance of these findings to predicting future impacts on polar plant diversity and to the current status of plants in Arctic and Antarctic conservation policy frameworks.last_img read more

May 4

USA: Harry S. Truman CSG Passes Deployment Midpoint

first_img Training & Education December 9, 2013 USA: Harry S. Truman CSG Passes Deployment Midpoint Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Harry S. Truman CSG Passes Deployment Midpoint center_img The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HST CSG) passed the approximate midway point of its 2013-2014 deployment Dec. 6.HST CSG deployed from Norfolk, Va., and Mayport, Fla., in late July and after transiting the Atlantic Ocean and U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR), entered the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR Aug. 18 to conduct maritime security operations, support theater security cooperation efforts and support Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).HST CSG is currently the only continental U.S.-based carrier strike group forward-deployed.“I could not be more proud of the performance of our Sailors and Marines,” said Rear Adm. Kevin Sweeney, commander, HST CSG. “Their efforts in supporting coalition warfighters on the ground in Afghanistan and maritime operations throughout the region have been the key to building trust and confidence with our partner nations.”HST CSG includes the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), the guided-missile cruisers USS Gettysburg (CG 64) and USS San Jacinto (CG 57), the guided-missile destroyers USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) and USS Mason (DDG 87); Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3; and embarked Carrier Strike Group 10 and 1st Combined Destroyer Squadron staffs.Harry S. Truman, the strike group’s flagship, has teamed up with CVW-3 to launch more than 7,000 sorties, amassing more than 19,700 flight hours, since departing for deployment. Nine days after entering the 5th Fleet AOR, an F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the “Checkerboards” of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312, piloted by Marine Lt. Col. Joseph Reedy, commanding officer of VMFA-312, launched from Harry S. Truman in support of OEF Aug. 27. Since that time, CVW-3 squadrons have flown more than 8,900 hours and 1,500 sorties in support of OEF.Squadrons assigned to CVW-3 include the “Seahawks” of Airborne Early Warning Squadron 126, the “Zappers” of Electronic Attack Squadron 130, the “Ragin’ Bulls” of Strike Fighter Squadron 37, the “Gunslingers” of Strike Fighter Squadron 105, the “Swordsmen” of Strike Fighter Squadron 32, the “Dusty Dogs” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 7 and the “Swamp Foxes” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 74.“Its inspiring to watch the young men and women of Truman and Carrier Air Wing 3 work so closely together,” said Capt. Bob Roth, Harry S. Truman’s commanding officer. “It’s their hard work and tireless dedication to the mission that keep the jets launching, in the air, and supporting the warfighters on the ground in Afghanistan.”Capt. Sara Joyner, commander, CVW-3, also spoke of the teamwork that makes HST CSG’s support of OEF a success.“Whether from the air wing or from Truman, every Sailor and Marine understands the importance of what we’re doing out here and how vital teamwork is to our success,” she said. “The ship and air wing team work side by side, every day for hours on end, in all sorts of conditions, to make sure we can get support to those who need it on the ground.”Each ship in the strike group has made an impact on regional security and safety by providing assistance and medical support to fishermen and merchants on multiple occasions, and by participating in theater security cooperation exercises.Other major highlights of the deployment thus far include port visits to Marseille, France; Manama, Bahrain; and Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates; a Thanksgiving Day visit by the Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens; and the advancement of approximately 350 Sailors.During the first 136 days of the deployment, Sailors and Marines consumed more than 15,175 gallons of milk, 52,718 lbs. of beef, 134,203 lbs. of chicken, 5,560 lbs. of hot dogs, 108,435 lbs. of fresh vegetables and 10,975 dozens of eggs.“I’m proud of my Ney Award-winning Sailors for being able to feed a crew of over 5,000 Sailors and Marines four times a day, seven days a week,” said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Brian Armstrong, Harry S. Truman’s food service officer. “They work long hours to prepare enjoyable meals while keeping the galleys to the highest standard of cleanliness to ensure the good health of the crew and maintain the Truman standard. They’ve done an incredible job for the first half of this deployment and I know they’ll continue their stellar performance till the end.”To date, Harry S. Truman has completed 16 underway replenishments (UNREP), during which more than 11.4 million gallons of JP-5 fuel was received, 9.5 million gallons of which was issued to aircraft for flight operations.UNREPs also supplied the ship with essential food and repair parts required for daily operations of an aircraft carrier. Harry S. Truman also processed a combined 259,051 lbs. of incoming and outgoing mail.“Over the past four-and-a-half months, this ship has done amazing things from supporting OEF, completing a physical readiness test while on a combat deployment, had numerous Sailors advanced, Sailors getting multiple warfare qualifications, and Sailors continuing their education,” said Harry S. Truman Sailor of the Year Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Ryan Smith. “We still have a long road ahead of us with much more to accomplish before the end of deployment, but we’ll ensure we remain vigilant and we’ll keep meeting every challenge safely until we return safely to our loved ones.”[mappress]Press Release, December 09, 2013; Image: US Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

May 4

10 tonnes of WWII munitions destroyed in Solomon Islands

first_img Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today 10 tonnes of WWII munitions destroyed in Solomon Islands during month-long mission 10 tonnes of WWII munitions destroyed in Solomon Islands during month-long mission View post tag: Royal Australian Navy View post tag: RENDER SAFE October 7, 2016 Authorities View post tag: Solomon Islands A month-long multinational mine clearing operation has destroyed over 10 tonnes of World War II munitions in the Solomon Islands.Led by Australia, operation Render Safe aimed to remove explosive remnants of war which continue to pose a potential danger to local communities across the South West Pacific.Commander of the Australian Contingent, Royal Australian Navy officer Commander Etienne Mulder said over 2500 individual munitions were found (18.7 tonnes total) in the waters and land around Honiara, the Russell Islands and Florida Group.“People have come out of their homes, out of their gardens and as they see people from Render Safe walk past, they’ve actually handed them mortars, grenades, bullets and all sorts of other munitions,” he said.Over 180 personnel from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United Kingdom were involved in the operation partnered with members from the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force.The Australian Defence Force contributed two mine hunter vessels, HMA Ships Diamantina and Huon to the operation as well as explosive ordnance disposal specialists from the Royal Australian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force.Commander Mulder said the operation was a success because of the direct input from the Solomon Islands community.“We fundamentally rely on the people of the Solomon Islands and also the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force because without them it would take us so much longer to actually identify the ordnance to ensure that it’s safe,” he said.“Safety of the people leads to increased confidence, both social and economic, and it means growth for tourism and fisheries.“We are by no means at the end but we are certainly taking a step in the right direction.”The operation ran from 12 September–7 October 2016.last_img read more