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Barclays Bank of Botswana Limited ( HY2011 Interim Report

first_imgABSA Bank of Botswana Limited ( listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2011 interim results for the half year.For more information about ABSA Bank of Botswana Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the ABSA Bank of Botswana Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: ABSA Bank of Botswana Limited (  2011 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileAbsa Bank of Botswana Limited formerly (Barclays Bank of Botswana Limited) is an established financial services group; providing solutions in the retail, commercial and corporate sector in Botswana. The group has a national footprint, with 34 branches and 75 ATMs located in the major towns and cities of Botswana. Its personal banking products and services range from savings and fixed deposits to graduate loans, funeral cover and smart phone banking services. Its business banking division provides the standard solutions for commercial and corporate transactions, investments and loans, as well as an array of specialised financial solutions such as treasury services, foreign exchange and currency repo, risk management and trade finance products. Absa Bank of Botswana Limited is a subsidiary of Barclays Africa Group Limited.last_img read more

Guinea Insurance Plc ( 2018 Annual Report

first_imgGuinea Insurance Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2018 annual report.For more information about Guinea Insurance Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Guinea Insurance Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Guinea Insurance Plc (  2018 annual report.Company ProfileGuinea Insurance Plc is a composite insurance company in Nigeria offering products for life and pension, general business and special risks cover. The company is one of the most highly capitalised companies in the insurance industry in Nigeria. General Accident cover includes burglary and housebreaking, electronic theft and malfunctions, public liability, professional indemnity, personal/group accident, all risk insurance, goods-in-transit and health travel insurance. Fire and Special Perils cover includes industrial all risk, consequential loss, home owners and fire and special perils insurance. Engineering cover includes machinery breakdown, plant all risk, contractor all risk and erection all risk insurance. Guinea Insurance Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Guinea Insurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Box on the Rock / Schwartz and Architecture

first_img Projects Architects: Schwartz and Architecture Area Area of this architecture project CopyHouses•Sonoma, United States ArchDaily Year:  Civil Engineering: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Houses Photographs Box on the Rock / Schwartz and ArchitectureSave this projectSaveBox on the Rock / Schwartz and Architecture 2015 Photographs:  Bruce Damonte Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project PJC & Associates Inc. Adobe Associates Inc. “COPY” Geotechnical Engineering: center_img CopyAbout this officeSchwartz and ArchitectureOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSonomaUnited StatesPublished on February 25, 2016Cite: “Box on the Rock / Schwartz and Architecture” 25 Feb 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BrassGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseLouvers / ShuttersTechnowoodSunshade SystemsFaucetsDornbrachtKitchen Fittings – EnoWoodSculptformTimber Tongue and Groove CladdingMembranesEffisusFaçade Fire Weatherproofing Solutions in Design District Project LondonHanging LampsLouis PoulsenPendant Lights – KeglenBlinds / Mosquito Nets / CurtainsBANDALUXPleated ShadesEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAWoodBlumer LehmannCNC Production for Wood ProjectsMaterials / Construction SystemsCaneplex DesignPoles – Tonkin BambooFibre Cement / ConcreteTegralFibre Cement Slate Roofing – Thrutone Endurance SmoothMore 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 United States Box on the Rock / Schwartz and Architecture Civil Site Surveyor:Adobe Associates Inc.Civil Septic System:Adobe Associates Inc.City:SonomaCountry:United StatesMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Bruce DamonteText description provided by the architects. With an economy of means, this simple form morphs to amplify the experience of the dramatic site and create an expansive feeling home that belies its small footprint.  Each adjustment to the diagrammatic box negotiates the functional and environmental needs to foster self-contained and site-specific living with a minimal environmental impact. Save this picture!© Bruce DamonteThe tightly constrained footprint of the affectionately named “Box on the Rock” is a response to a limited budget and difficult site.  Shallow underground hillside waterways run across the site often daylighting in unexpected and unwanted locations. Save this picture!Floor PlanThese necessitated relatively expensive pier footings thus motivating an extremely efficient 2,000 sq ft footprint.  With no initial resources to develop the wild scrub and rock landscape of the 3-acre property, the home becomes a lone outpost settling the higher ground of the larger natural site –a literal box on a rock. Save this picture!© Bruce DamonteGiven these limitations, the architecture of this outpost needs to provide for all indoor and outdoor functions within its area.  With the extremes of the wine country microclimate on the exposed site, this becomes an even more critical requirement for year-round comfort.Save this picture!© Bruce DamonteThe central courtyard and the cantilevered deck are strategically carved out of the diagrammatic box to ensure that over the course of the day, temperate options for both sun and shade are always available. In particular, the geometry of the overhang at the front cantilevered deck and the inward angle of its exterior glass walls are carefully calibrated to capture morning sun and winter warming while shielding the internal space from the harshest summer glare. Save this picture!© Bruce DamonteLater in the day the central courtyard comes alive as the sunniest developed outdoor space, yet one that is naturally cooled by capturing the valley cross breezes.Project gallerySee allShow lessArchitect’ 16: “ASA Back to Basic”ExhibitionTalk & Book Signing: Smart Economic Development through Enterprise PollinatorsLecture Share Structural Engineering: Area:  2000 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project iAssociates MEP: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” Save this picture!© Bruce Damonte+ 36 Share NRG Compliance Inc. Manufacturers: Neolith Products translation missing: read more

Real Business profiles new economy millionaires

first_img Howard Lake | 3 July 2006 | News Tagged with: Prospect research Recruitment / people Real Business magazine is profiling the leading business people in the dotcoms, mobile and IT industries.Joint top of Real Business’s list are Russell De Leon & Ruth Parasol, the husband and wife team who own 31% of poker website PartyGaming. They sold £436 million of shares at flotation.You can view profiles of the 200 list members, and download the list at no charge. It is available in Acrobat format (PDF). Advertisement Real Business profiles new economy millionaires  20 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

War Child emergency Syria appeal radio advert

first_img  35 total views,  1 views today Tagged with: Individual giving Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis War Child emergency Syria appeal radio advert War Child is one of the only NGO’s to be working in the Syria region, and is setting up safe spaces to help protect children from the trauma of conflict.The radio advert has been created by The Good  36 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 23 August 2012 | Newslast_img read more

State Council Begins Work for Better Control of Invasive Plants

first_imgThe council is encouraging certain state agencies, land trusts and other organizations with an interest in invasive plants to participate in a two-year pilot project that will assess the feasibility of implementing best management practices broadly across Indiana.It also has recommended that the state Department of Natural Resources, the regulatory agency for invasive plants, explore whether all plants the council rates as highly invasive should be taken out of commercial trade in Indiana. The full list is available at such plant is crown vetch, a perennial legume native to Europe, southwest Asia and northern Africa. U.S. transportation departments plant it along highways to help prevent erosion. But it spreads easily and can quickly cover and shade out native vegetation.Coordination is needed among state agencies, industry and the public to prevent invasive species from getting established, said Steve Yaninek, Purdue’s representative to the council and head of the university’s Department of Entomology.“Once a species gets established, the probability of eradicating it is near zero,” Yaninek said. “A better strategy is to manage habitat so it doesn’t get invaded in the first place.”Other council members are Amy Cornell, Indiana State Department of Agriculture; Bill Fielding, Indiana Department of Transportation; Sandi Norman, Indiana State Board of Animal Health; Eric Fischer, Indiana Division of Fish and Wildlife; Phil Marshall, Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Entomology and Plant Pathology; Philip Gramelspacher, Indiana Forestry and Woodland Owners Association; Kristopher Krouse, Shirley Heinze Land Trust; and John W. Williams, Indy Parks and Recreation.Source: Purdue Ag Communications By Andy Eubank – Dec 10, 2012 SHARE SHARE A council created by the state Legislature has begun an effort to help agencies and the public better understand the need to prevent invasive plant species from getting established and spreading in Indiana.Invasive plants are a major threat to Indiana and the nation and, when left uncontrolled, spread quickly, said John Jachetta, chairman of the Indiana Invasive Species Council, which has secretarial offices at Purdue University.“They are a form of biological pollution that disrupts the function of our natural ecosystems,” he said. “What were once unique regional characteristics resulting from thousands of years of natural selection start to blur, and decades of conservation achievements are lost.”Jachetta, a weed scientist at Indianapolis-based Dow AgroSciences, said invasive plants crowd out desirable species and forage used by game and livestock, reduce land productivity, degrade the aesthetic qualities of land, increase soil erosion, threaten the reliability of utility power lines, add to the need for railroad and road maintenance, and increase the likelihood of wildfires.“Collectively, these impacts can severely interfere with recreational activities in parks, forests and other public lands, resulting in reduced property value, eroding local tax bases and harming local economies,” he said.Lawmakers created the council in 2009 to enhance the ability of government agencies to detect, prevent, monitor and manage new and long-established invasive plant, insect, fish and animal species, as well as increase public awareness. The council currently consists of 10 members from various governmental offices and groups representing industries involving hardwood trees, horticulture, agriculture and aquaculture. It includes a representative of Purdue, which provides the secretary. Jachetta meets a council requirement that board membership includes a researcher.The council has prepared a set of best management practices to help landowners and managers reduce economic and environmental damage from invasive plants. Available at, it offers advice such as taking steps to avoid disturbing infested areas when planning major land developments, using native plants and seeds, and educating the public against using invasive plants in landscaping. State Council Begins Work for Better Control of Invasive Plantscenter_img Previous articleFarm Show Sets Record Despite DroughtNext articleU.S. Responds to Russia’s Test Requirements Andy Eubank Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News State Council Begins Work for Better Control of Invasive Plants Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Corn Growth Stages VE to V3…What’s Going On?

first_img Dan Quinn, Ph.D.Extension Corn SpecialistAssistant Professor of AgronomyDept of Agronomy, Purdue UniversityEmail: [email protected]: @PurdueCornAs much of the corn across the state of Indiana has emerged and is beginning early vegetative growth, it is important to understand the characteristics of these early growth stages and what is happening in the plant at this specific time.The VE growth stage is defined when the coleoptile breaks through the soil surface. The number of calendar days that this takes to occur is directly related to soil temperature. As farmers continue to push corn planting earlier and earlier, emergence can take much longer, which heightens the probability of corn seedling exposure to cooler temperatures and stress. As the coleoptile emerges, sunlight disrupts the mesocotyl (a white, tubular, root tissue between the seed and the base of the coleoptile) which fixes the depth of the corn growing point (~3/4 inch below the soil surface). In addition, through continued leaf expansion inside the coleoptile, the coleoptile tip is ruptured, the first true leaf begins to emerge, and photosynthesis begins.Image 1: Corn at the VE growth stage. Image shows the emergence of the first true leaf. Note: If seed is planted too shallow, the growing point is fixed closer to the soil surface which can result in floppy corn (e.g. leaning over) syndrome. This can also be caused by poor seed furrow closure or excessively dry conditions following emergence.The seminal root system is the primary root system of the corn plant at this point up until V3-V4 and is used to anchor the corn seedling and facilitate minimal nutrient and water uptake. In the background, a second root system is forming which is known as the nodal root system. If damage occurs to the seminal root system prior to nodal root establishment, plant stunting or death can occur.The V1 growth stage is defined as plants with their first collared leaf. The first collared leaf is unique because it is oval shaped compared to the rest of the leaves which are pointed, this is also the starting point for growth staging plants using the leaf collar method. The first leaf of the corn plant is referred as the first true leaf because it is the first leaf of the plant to use photosynthesis to produce energy.The V2 growth stage is defined as plants with the second collared leaf visible. At this growth stage formation of the nodal root system has begun and can be identified apart from the seminal root system.Note: nodal roots that grow aboveground are known as brace roots. These roots can help the plant acquire nutrients and water from the upper soil layers and also help stabilize the plant during the growing season.The V3 growth stage is defined as plant with three visible collared leaves. Up until this stage, corn seedlings are dependent primarily on the energy and nutrition reserves of the kernel for development. At V3, corn begins to shift its nutritional dependence to the nodal root system. This is an important transition stage in the corn plants life because successful transition will significantly influence the continued development of the corn plant. Success or failure at this growth stage can dictate whether stand establishment is successful or if stand establishment does not look so good. This transition period can also influence how well a corn plant can tolerate stress later on in the growing season which may influence yield potential.Note: use of a starter fertilizer (e.g. 2×2) application at planting can help aid young corn plants as they transition from using kernel reserves to the nodal roots.The good news is that as the corn plant advances from V3 and begins to shift its nutritional dependence to the nodal root system, the photosynthetic capacity or “factory” of the plant begins to increase. This allows the plant to ready itself for take-off and often move from a yellow-green, ugly corn plant, to a dark-green, attractive corn plant, which always makes those who produce and study this crop for a living, feel pretty good.Image 2: Root system of a V3 corn plant highlight the mesocotyl, seminal and nodal roots. Facebook Twitter By Purdue University News Service – May 28, 2021 Home News Feed Corn Growth Stages VE to V3…What’s Going On? Corn Growth Stages VE to V3…What’s Going On?center_img Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleHAT Market Analysis for 5/28/21 with Bob Utterback, Utterback Marketing ServicesNext articlePlanting Forecast: First Half of Week Cold, Second Half Unsettled Purdue University News Service SHARElast_img read more

Further doubt cast on future of Malin Head Coastguard

first_img Twitter Facebook Previous articlePartner of Donegal man saw two men kick him to deathNext articleGraffiti claiming to name people in drugs trade appears on walls in Derry News Highland Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp Watch: The Nine Til Noon Show LIVE The government has been unable to offer any reassurance over the future of the Malin Head Coastguard Station and has perhaps cast further doubt.The Fisher report published earlier this year suggested that Malin Head and Valentia Coastguard stations be closed and the service centralised to Dublin.The issue was raised in the Seanad by Brian O’Domhnaill ahead of an Oireachtas meeting on the matter later this month when it is expected the decision making process will be examined.Responding to concerns expressed by Senator Brian O’Domhnaill on the potential closure of the Malin Head Station – Deputy John Perry outlined the government’s view:[podcast][/podcast]Senator O’Domhnaill described the response as bleak:[podcast][/podcast] Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Google+center_img Further doubt cast on future of Malin Head Coastguard News Facebook PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme By News Highland – October 5, 2012 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers last_img read more

Mc Hugh wants others to become involved in IDA discussions

first_img Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Mc Hugh wants others to become involved in IDA discussions Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook As Oireachtas members in Donegal North East begin the process of quarterly meetings with IDA Ireland  Deputy Joe Mc Hugh wants other individuals and groups to become inv9lved.He says the recent KeyedIn investment in Letterkenny was secured after one LYIT lecturer intervened, and he wants other people and groups to consider what they can do to stimulate investment.Deputy Mc Hugh says while this weekend’s IDA meeting was constructive, the authority cannot operate in isolation………..[podcast][/podcast] WhatsApp News Twitter Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Google+center_img Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire WhatsApp Previous articleSearches in Omagh and Cumbria as part of Kerr murder investigationNext articleFour issued with Public Order offences after Strabane disturbance News Highland Pinterest Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry By News Highland – November 26, 2012 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitter Pinterestlast_img read more

Covid-19 testing programme being developed for children

first_imgA programme of Covid-19 testing for children is being developed by public health officials, ahead of schools planned re-opening later this month.The HSE and the National Public Health Emergency Team is working to give specific guidance to parents next week on when their children should be tested.40 further Covid-19 cases have been confirmed, and 1 new death, with three quarters of cases in people under 45.Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ronan Glynn says you can’t avoid outbreaks occurring when schools reopen:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Covid-19 testing programme being developed for children DL Debate – 24/05/21 Previous articleGardai renew appeal over man missing from DonegalNext articleStudents in North to find out A-level results today News Highland Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Twitter Facebookcenter_img Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Pinterest AudioHomepage BannerNews By News Highland – August 13, 2020 last_img read more

At least 80 women sue San Diego hospital alleging they were taped during procedures

first_imgCarla Jones claims she was secretly recorded at Sharp Grossmont Hospital. (ABC)(SAN DIEGO) — Dozens of women are suing a hospital in California after finding out the deliveries of their children as well as various operations were allegedly recorded by cameras in the facility without their knowledge. San Diego’s Sharp Grossmont Hospital is facing a lawsuit in which at least 80 women say their privacy was violated. They are accusing the hospital of invasion of privacy, negligence and the unlawful recording of private information. “I was extremely embarrassed,” said Carla Jones, who claims she was secretly recorded by the hospital’s cameras. “I was mortified at the idea there were video images of me in that extremely vulnerable and exposed moment.”Jones, who is part of a class-action lawsuit originally filed in 2016 against the hospital, claimed she was recorded during an emergency Cesarean section in May 2013 at Sharp Grossmont. “I was mortified at the idea that there was video or images of me in that vulnerable and exposed moment,” she told ABC News. “It really shook how comfortable I was with hospitals and doctors and if I could trust them.”Hidden cameras in three operating rooms allegedly filmed patients during childbirth and other procedures, according to court documents. ABC News affiliate KGTV-TV, which broke the story Friday, said a court had denied the class-action certification as well as Sharp Grossmont’s motion for a summary judgement. At least 80 women refiled, KGTV-TV said. One image obtained by ABC News from one of the undercover cameras showed an empty operating room.According to the refiled lawsuit, however, cameras recorded about 1,800 patients between July 2012 and June 2013. Patients were both “conscious and unconscious,” “partially robed” and “emotionally and physically exposed,” the lawsuit said. Jessica Lincoln, another woman who claims she was secretly recorded at the hospital and is part of the newest lawsuit, said she was “shocked” after learning about the alleged recording at the hospital. “They didn’t have my permission to do that so it was definitely wrong. It was definitely an invasion of my privacy. There’s images floating around somewhere potentially viewed or could be viewed in the future by others without my permission that exposed me,” said Lincoln, who said she had her youngest child as well as a tubal ligation in January 2013.According to court documents, the hospital claimed the cameras were placed on medication carts and set to record when they detected motion as part of an investigation into an employee accused of stealing medications from one of the operating rooms.“Even after they confronted the employee and they had identified the source of the missing drugs in their mind, they continued to operate the cameras for two additional months,” said Allison Goddard of the Patterson Law Group who filed the new lawsuit. Sharp Healthcare told ABC News in a statement:“Between July 2012 and June 2013, a computer monitor with a motion-activated camera was installed in each of Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s three Women’s Center operating rooms, where it was previously detected that powerful drugs were missing from the anesthesia carts. The three cameras were installed and operated to insure patient safety by identifying the person or persons responsible for the removal of the drugs. Although the cameras were intended to record only individuals in front of the anesthesia carts removing drugs, others, including patients and medical personnel in the operating rooms, were at times visible to the cameras and recorded. An initial lawsuit alleging privacy violations and other claims stemming from the video recording was filed against Sharp HealthCare and Sharp Grossmont Hospital in 2016. The case remains active and Sharp is unable to comment further about this matter. Sharp HealthCare and Sharp Grossmont Hospital continue to take extensive measures to protect the privacy of our patients. The surveillance methods in the 2012-13 investigation were used for this particular case only and have not been used again. We sincerely regret that our efforts to ensure medication security may have caused any distress to those we serve.”The Patterson Law Group said, however, that while Sharp Grossmont claimed that nearly half of the videos were deleted, the hospital had yet to say exactly when the videos were deleted, how they were deleted and who handled the deleting.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Energean to deploy ODYSSEA platform at gas production facility in Greece

first_img Energean to deploy the ODYSSEA Platform at its Gas Production Platform in Greece. (Credit: Pixabay/C Morrison) UK-based oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) company, Energean Oil & Gas has signed an agreement with the Democritus University of Thrace (DUTH) to deploy the ODYSSEA Platform.The ODYSSEA instrumentation, which was developed by the EU-funded ODYSSEA Project, will be deployed on the company’s gas production platform that is based in South Kavala, Greece.The equipment will be used to monitor the selected oceanographic parameters that include conductivity, water temperature (pH), water level, turbidity, and dissolved oxygen as well as the currents at various depths over the water column, suspended matter and marine noise.Energean will deploy ODYSSEA’s Modular Seafloor LanderODYSSEA coordinator Georgios Sylaios said: “The agreement illustrates the rapid progress made by the ODYSSEA Project.“This is the essence of ODYSSEA, since it aims to familiarise users with oceanographic instrumentation, models, forecasts and services.”The firm will also use an autonomous system, the ODYSSEA’s Modular Seafloor Lander that includes different sensor types which are powered by an on-board battery package.The system will be deployed at the sea bottom near Energean facilities in the Thracian Sea where it will collect data with a pre-defined temporal interval.The oil and gas company said that ODYSSEA is in advanced stages of developing, operating and demonstrating an interoperable and cost-effective platform.The platform completely integrates the networks of observing and forecasting systems across the Mediterranean basin, addressing both the open sea and the coastal zone.Energean HSE director Vassilis Tsetoglou said: “As a company that is focused on delivering energy transition and securing the sustainable development of natural resources in the Mediterranean, we are committed to advance research and data collection in the Mediterranean.”Recently, the firm has submitted an addendum to the field development plan (FDP) of the Karish North field to the Israeli government upon completion of an independent competent persons report (CPR). The ODYSSEA equipment will be used to monitor the selected oceanographic parameters that include conductivity, water temperature (pH), water level, turbidity, and dissolved oxygenlast_img read more

Profile: Michael Møller

first_imgIf the United Nations stopped its operations today,” Michael Møller told me, the repercussions “would be felt by each and every one of us. All seven billion of us.”Over the course of our conversation, Møller – who is Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva – displayed again and again an unimpeachable belief in the mission and purpose of the United Nations (UN), expressing too a faith that it will continue to exist and be an arena for its 193 members to discuss and negotiate.A faith that almost surprised me, seeming, as it does, all the rarer every day. Just last March, a scathing article by a former assistant secretary general was published in The New York Times, titled ‘I Love the UN, but It Is Failing’. Referring to a ‘sclerotic personnel system’, decisions being driven by ‘political expediency’ and a bloated bureaucracy, the article’s author, Anthony Banbury called the UN ‘a Remington typewriter in a smartphone world.’Not, of course, that Møller is not critical of the UN, an organisation he described as still reflecting its 70-year-old nature; and hence unfortunately gripped by archaism in its operation. The UN, he said, has become bloated. “If it is to be around in 30 years, hopefully it will be as leaner and more efficient.”In fact, almost as often as he expressed a belief that the UN served an important purpose as a place for discussion, advice, and cooperation, Møller pointed out that our world today is tremendously different to how it has been in previous decades.“The structural changes that we’ve seen,” he told me, “the pace of technological development, climate change, migration: because of these things, the United Nations needs new, interactive solutions – new ways of solving problems.“I see [the UN] growing into a more advisory body, coming to work more closely with these other forces that have cropped up” – referring to civil society and business – “no longer the sole force for tackling these kinds of problems facing the world, as it was when it was created.”As he spoke, we passed Balliol and Trinity colleges. I interviewed Møller over the course of a long walk, and never did he resist my pace: I noticed occasions on which I sped up but he matched me, in order that I would best be able to capture his point. There was a passion in his discourse, a quiet one perhaps, but nonetheless an emotion one might not have expected from a top UN official – deal, as he must with the bureaucratic obligations of “being the glue that keeps the Office at Geneva” together.He is also, as he added, assistant Secretary General of Disarmament – although above disarmament, Møller concentrates on climate change as the most pressing issue facing the world today. “Everything else” he told me, “must come as a secondary consideration.” Given the threat climate change poses it seemed to think all else pales in comparison. And he referred repeatedly to the Paris Agreement, the climate change accords of last year, as a major achievement of the UN – having been the impetus for the talks. “In the last year, we saw the Paris Accords,” he said when I asked about the UN’s recent accomplishments, “which ended up being more of a success than we initially thought possible.” At multiple other points, he raised the Paris talks as evidence, as well it is, of the United Nation’s potential impact even today.Another trend that I noted as he spoke was an almost visceral dislike of the power and influence larger countries wield over smaller ones, quickly positing on a couple occasions first, that the United Nation’s Security Council – which consists of five permanent members, the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Russia, and China, as well as ten others, chosen by rotation – needed institutional reform, and second, more fundamentally, that it is unfortunate the system allows for some nations to dominate others.He also described the United Nations’ peacekeeping efforts, which Banbury criticised harshly as well, as being underfunded. He said that without reform there too, it is uncertain the peacekeeping arm of the UN can continue to operate 20, 30 years from now – although he said he thought it would.Perhaps most of all, Møller thought the UN must harness its powers of interactivity and be vigilant in its mission to modernise and reform, as he claimed it has begun to do under its last ten years of leadership (the current Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, has served since January 1, 2007). Indeed, Møller seemed to be gripped by the challenge, even relishing it.And though I consider myself as cynical as the next too-clever-for-his-own-good-and-hence- prematurely-jaded Oxford student, I could not help but find myself starting to give the United Nations a second chance, to recognise that it does, in fact, fill an important place in society.I found myself doing so as a result of what I considered most admirable about Møller: that even at this point in his career, he sounded as idealistic as ever about the potential of the UN. In other words, he seemed a happy synthesis of maturity in experience on the one hand and a still youthful ambition on the other.It is my conclusion that Møller is exactly the advocate the United Nations needs if it wishes to remain relevant and serve an important role in coming years. That above all else, the UN needs to show that there still remain those, unlike Banbury, who have been exposed to the bureaucracy of the UN, but not consequently dissuaded – and convince everyone else that idealism in the UN’s democracy is not misplaced.last_img read more

Food Inspection Reports

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Speech: Acting with Unity

first_imgThank you very much Mr President. I wanted to start by apologising for my absence at the start of this debate. I left the chamber to go to a Remembrance service for the hundredth anniversary of the end of World War I. I think it’s very good and thank China that we’re having this debate day so close to that anniversary, which started the march to multilateralism in earnest, even though some foundations had been laid in the previous century. And of course the end of World War II saw the creation of the United Nations and the United Nations be the apex of the [rules-based international] system that, on the whole, has kept us all safe and prosperous since 1945.I wanted too to say at the outset how grateful we are to the United States for giving the United Nations its home here in New York and for their contribution, without which many of the gains of the preceding almost 70 years could not have been made.I’d like to speak on three themes today: One, on collective challenges; one on the particular role of the Security Council; and one on what we now need to do, in our view, to strengthen multilateralism.In my own country, public debate on foreign policy issues nearly always features as a reference to the need for a solution to be pursued through the United Nations, no matter where on the political spectrum the comment is made from. Post-Brexit you will find the United Kingdom an even more active participant in the affairs of the UN and of global affairs more generally.Mr President, 70 years ago no one could accuse the UN founding fathers of a lack of ambition but since its foundation, the United Nations has faced an almost unbridgeable gap between its ambition and our ability to help it deliver.Important gains have been made. Kofi Annan spoke of pushing heavy rocks to the top of the hill, even though some had eluded our grasp and that we needed to keep going. What I wanted to stress Mr President was that whatever country’s economic or security model, all the evidence shows that countries thrive best if they have open societies, if they pursue open trade, open speech, open association and open information.A rules-based international system which preserves stability is in the interests of the vast majority of the member states of this organisation but, as many of you have identified today, we face a proliferation of threats from many quarters. We have heard a lot of reference to those today. Some of them have been the cause of great dispute in this Council but they are all relevant to the entire membership, whether you are on the Council, electing a member of the Council or standing for election yourself. No nation can protect its people without engaging positively in the crises that affect the world. I cannot see a single major threat that can be solved by one nation alone, whether it’s migration, cybercrime, modern day slavery, terrorist threats, disease or climate change. All these threats challenge security and prosperity at home and they challenge collective security. They can be resolved only by collective action on the world’s stage.But effective collective action Mr President, can not only mean action by consensus. Threats to international peace and security, by their nature, often involve a challenge to international law and norms. It logically cannot be the case that action to uphold international peace and security must always be by consensus; that will not be sufficient.You, Mr President, spoke of the need for the Security Council to act with unity, wisdom and courage. Our collective wisdom tells us that inaction in the face of gross abuses of human rights and violations of international law – acts of genocide, acts of using prohibited weapons – [like chemical weapons] – leads to disastrous outcomes and hence we fail to uphold international peace and security because we lack the courage to act on the wisdom we display. We end up being disunited.From Rwanda to Srebrenica, to current conflicts in Myanmar and Syria, we are failing the cause of multilateralism by failing to act in line with the Charter. The United Nations Security Council was invested with powers under Chapter VII of the Charter in order to fulfil its duties to maintain international peace and security, but if we are blocked by one or two members from using those powers, that is not a legitimate expression of the Charter but an abuse of the power of the veto.Mr President, we completely share the views of those Security Council members who spoke about the importance of Chapter VI and Chapter VIII of the Charter relating to the Security Council. To that I would also add Article 99 which we believe is underused – the ability of the Secretary-General to draw matters to the Security Council’s attention.But I want to stress Mr President that under Chapter VI, the Security Council may investigate any dispute or any situation that may give rise to a dispute and may determine whether or not it constitutes international friction and endangers the maintenance of international peace and security. The Charter does not require the Security Council already to agree that such a threat exists, and it is our view Mr President that the more some countries try and stifle Security Council discussion of these situations under Chapter VI- for example, when a government is attacking its own people or abusing its neighbours – the more likely it is, if Chapter VI is stifled, that more dramatic action will be needed eventually under Chapter VII. That’s an irony Mr President, that I think the Security Council should do well to reflect on.A rules-based international system Mr President must, of course, adapt to thrive. It must even adapt if it wants to survive. A number of speakers today have called attention to the importance of supporting reform, and I would like to add the UK’s voice that as well, and I would say that that includes Security Council reform.I think we must also redouble our efforts to defend the rules-based international order. We need multilateral organizations that are fit for purpose. We need to reform outdated and bureaucratic structures. This is the best way to make sure that the institutions do not collapse. We need WTO reform so that we succeed in warding off the dangerous temptations of protectionism and we need World Bank reform so that its governance reflects the changing balance of the global economy. We need to strengthen the invisible chain that links democracies and we must also ensure though, at the same time, that we are better at acting in concert when we face real and present threats.[I have two difficult messages for member states today. The first is that the rules-based international system requires us all to uphold it; we cannot pick and choose the rules we would like to adhere to. Secondly, we must collectively but robustly confront that minority of states who defy this collective will. If you use chemical weapons, and a UN investigation finds that you have done so, we cannot sit in this Chamber and talk about the importance of multilateral solutions without talking about it. Sovereignty isn’t a license to play fast and loose with international rules and norms; it isn’t a license to abuse and attack your own people; it isn’t a license to annex other people’s territory. The P5 have a particular role in this regard, whether your preferred reading is President Franklin Delano Roosevelt or Stan Lee: with great power comes great responsibility.]Mr President, we would see one of the most important things as a renewed commitment from all members of the Council but also all members of the General Assembly, a more a stronger commitment to responsibility and partnership from both state and non-state actors – civil society, the private sector. It is all about what we can do together as we move towards the seventieth anniversary of the United Nations in 2020.The SDGs are the most supreme, if you like, manifestation of this goal. And this goal is all the more important as we grapple with new and disruptive technologies, like artificial intelligence and cyber which will change the way governments interact with each other and with their own citizens.So while the United Kingdom Mr President strongly agrees with the premise of this debate, we know that we must be vigilant against the tendency of this subject to become an exercise in mutual adoration. In conflicts, atrocities are committed and international laws are breached. An increase in the use of multilateralism should never be coded language for negotiating agreements with those who have violated the rules of our international system.Thank you Mr President. Note: remarks in square brackets were in the original version of this statement but were not delivered in the Council.last_img read more

Roosevelt Collier Jams On Allman Bros, Radiohead And More With Dopapod And Turkuaz Members

first_imgLoad remaining images Throughout last week, pedal steel guitar “Doctor” Roosevelt Collier toured throughout the Empire State with his New York Get Down crew, a lineup that consisted of Dopapod’s Rob Compa and Eli Winderman along with Turkuaz’s Michelangelo Carubba and Taylor Shell. As Dopapod and Turkuaz have collaborated in the past, the foursome proved quite the tight-knit backbone for this rocking show, as led by Collier’s soulful pedal steel sounds.Collier brought the crew to DROM last Saturday, February 12th, closing out a four-show run in New York, NY. The “Get Down” was true to its name, as fans everywhere were getting down at the intimate venue.The setlist was a mixed bag of covers spanning an array of genres, opening with Billy Cobham’s “Stratus” and never looked back. The show featured a version of The Allman Brothers Band’s “Hot ‘Lanta,” and moved soulfully into Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.” The group went back to the blues for the Allman’s “Don’t Keep Me Wonderin,” before busting out their version of Radiohead’s “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi.” Next up was John Scofield’s jazzy tune “Chank,’ and the set concluded with a powerful version of the folk anthem, “Freight Train.”Check out the setlist below, as well as a full gallery from Scott Harris Photo.Setlist: Roosevelt Collier’s New York Get Down at DROM, New York, NY – 3/12/16Set: Stratus, Hot ‘Lanta, Billie Jean, Don’t Keep Me Wonderin, Weird Fishes/Arpeggi, Chank, Freight Trainlast_img read more