Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited (MUA.mu) 2017 Abridged Report

first_imgMauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited (MUA.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2017 abridged results.For more information about Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited (MUA.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited (MUA.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited (MUA.mu)  2017 abridged results.Company ProfileMauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited offers general insurance for individuals and corporates. The company operates through Casualty, Property, Life, and Other segments, where the Casualty segment offers motor, liability and cash in transit, personal accident and health insurance products. The Property segment provides fire and allied perils, engineering, marine, and all risks insurance products. The Life segment offers life and pension insurance products. The Other segment provides stock-broking services. The company provides additional financial services as well, where housing, educational and vehicle loans are offered. Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited has four subsidiaries that work under it, Feber Associates Ltd, National Mutual Fund Ltd and Phoenix TransAfrica Holdings Ltd are fully owned subsidiaries. The Group also owns an 80% stake in Associated Brokers Ltd. Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

First ceremony for Archbishop of Canterbury’s new awards

first_img Rector Belleville, IL Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET [Lambeth Palace] The first recipients of a new set of non-academic awards for outstanding service to the church were recognized in a ceremony at Lambeth Palace March 31.Archbishop Justin Welby gave out the new awards, which recognize outstanding service in different fields, including those of Archbishop Justin’s ministry priorities: prayer and the religious life; reconciliation; and evangelism and witness.The new suite of awards consist of three existing Lambeth Awards – the Lambeth Cross, the Canterbury Cross and the Cross of St Augustine – and six new awards named after previous holders of the office of Archbishop of Canterbury.Forty people received the awards, many Christians but some of other faiths. Recipients included religious, political and community leaders, musicians and others.The medals were made from Fairtrade silver by the London firm Cred Jewellery.Opening the ceremony, the Archbishop explained why he wished to give these awards. “The first reason is that I want people who make outstanding contributions through their engagement with the Church of England and the wider Anglican Communion to know that they are recognized. Of course I know that none of you here today have done what you have done with any thought of public recognition. Nevertheless. I hope you will allow the Church to honor you in this way.“The second reason for giving awards is to point the church at large and the world at large at examples of lives and actions which embody our beliefs and values. St Francis of Assisi is often quoted as saying, ‘Preach the Gospel always: when necessary, use words.’ Your actions and your lives speak volumes.”The Lambeth Awards will be presented in the spring each year.The awards’ recipients are (click here to read the individual citations):The Lambeth Cross for EcumenismHis Grace, Bishop Angaelos OBE, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United KingdomHis Eminence Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great BritainCanon Simon Stephens OBE RNThe Canterbury Cross for Services to the Church of EnglandMr. Peter BeesleyDr. Philip GiddingsDr. Sarah HorsmanMr. Carl LeeThe Rev. Canon Bob MackintoshCross of St Augustine for Services to the Anglican CommunionProfessor Salvatore BordonaliThe Rev. Canon James CallawayThe Rev. Hamdy DaoudBishop Omindo Hilkiah DeyaProfessor Fabiano Di PrimaMrs. Phyllis RichardsonThe Dunstan Award for Prayer and the Religious LifeFr. Laurent Fabre CCNBrother Samuel SSFThe Hubert Walter Award for Reconciliation and Interfaith CooperationMr. Bill MarshShaykh Ibrahim MograSir Andrew Pocock KCMGRabbi Dr David Rosen KSG CBEThe Rev. Martin TurnerThe Alphege Award for Evangelism and WitnessMrs. Chrysogon BamberThe Rev. John ColesThe Rev. Pamela CooperDeaconess Susan C EssamPastor Agu IrukwuMr. Tim RoyleThe Lanfranc Award for Education and ScholarshipMr. David DayMiss Maureen HogarthDr. Eeva JohnThe Langton Award for Community ServiceCanon Sir Tony BaldryBishop Geoffrey DaviesThe Rev. Joel EdwardsThe Ven. Duncan GreenThe Ven. Arthur HawesSir Hector SantsThe Cranmer Award for WorshipCanon Dr. James LancelotDr. Philip MooreMr. Matt RedmanMr. Michael Williams Submit an Event Listing Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Featured Events Posted Apr 1, 2016 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Tampa, FL Youth Minister Lorton, VA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA People Submit a Job Listing AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Submit a Press Release The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Tags Rector Pittsburgh, PA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Hopkinsville, KY center_img Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Bath, NC Rector Smithfield, NC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Knoxville, TN The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Shreveport, LA Archbishop of Canterbury, Rector Washington, DC Rector Albany, NY First ceremony for Archbishop of Canterbury’s new awards Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Press Release Service Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Curate Diocese of Nebraska Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME last_img read more

Council lays on free parking for Christmas

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SOME 3,000 on-street car parking spaces in Limerick city centre will be free from 3pm every day from Monday, November 24 until January 4, Limerick City and County Council announced today.On-street parking charges will also be suspended from 3pm each day in Newcastle West, Abbeyfeale and Kilmallock on the same dates.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The council unveiled a number of other Christmas parking initiatives today, including overnight deals in off-street car parks, €1 an hour on-street parking, and all-day parking for €4 in all Q Park carparks for shoppers who prebook online or over the phone .Limerick City and County Council consulted with a working group set up to discuss Christmas parking initiatives in the city centre, which included nominated councillors, the Mayor and a representative group from Limerick City Business Association.Mayor Michael Sheahan said he hopes the parking promotion will encourage and attract families into the city centre “to enjoy the vibrancy, quality of retailing and entertainment offering this Christmas”.“We’re specifically doing the ‘Free from Three’ promotion to encourage greater footfall into the city centre in the afternoons and early evenings, which will be a hive of activity with free festive events, traditional food and craft markets, an impressive display of Christmas lights and an exciting entertainment line up,” he said.Rory McDermott, Limerick City and County Council Traffic Department, said there is an inaccurate perception in Limerick city centre that parking is too expensive, unavailable or over-enforced.“There are 8,500 car park spaces in Limerick city centre. These consist of 3,000 on-street spaces, of which 1,000 are in the core business district and 5,500 off-street spaces, which are privately operated. The cost of on-street car parking in Limerick city centre is one of the cheapest in the country at €1 per hour,” he explained.“Our role is to operate a parking management policy across Limerick where there is 100,000 daily vehicle trips across the city road network. We want to accommodate on-street demand as efficiently as possible by sharing the number of spaces available amongst shoppers, visitors and residents. At the end of the day, our message is that parking in Limerick city is good value, there is good choice and there is plenty availability for those wishing to come in and enjoy the city centre at Christmas time.”Limerick’s Christmas Lights will be switched on the day before the parking promotions start on Sunday, November 23. Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleShopping is Limerick’s top family activityNext articleJazz and cathedral recital on November 5 John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie TAGSChristmaslimerickLimerick City and County CouncilLimerick City Business AssociationMayor Michael Sheahanparking center_img Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Print Email Linkedin NewsCouncil lays on free parking for ChristmasBy John Keogh – November 3, 2014 821 WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Advertisementlast_img read more

World Intellectual Property Day : The Square of Infinity

first_imgColumnsWorld Intellectual Property Day : The Square of Infinity Naveen Gopal25 April 2020 8:31 PMShare This – x”The Square is a sanctuary of trust and caring Within its boundaries we share equal rights and obligations” “The Square”, a Swedish movie which was screened at the International Film Festival of India at Goa in 2017, amazed many with its different approach in communicating an age old common message of humanity, the echoes of which have been ignored persistently. It…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?Login”The Square is a sanctuary of trust and caring Within its boundaries we share equal rights and obligations” “The Square”, a Swedish movie which was screened at the International Film Festival of India at Goa in 2017, amazed many with its different approach in communicating an age old common message of humanity, the echoes of which have been ignored persistently. It bagged various awards at film festivals including the Palme d’Or (highest prize awarded) at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. The story revolves around a curator of museum who faces many challenges in life, both personal and professional. However, the thrust of the feature film is over an art installation brought to the museum created by an Argentinean artist and sociologist. The piece of art is nothing but an empty square which carries a message engraved on a piece of metal which says, “The Square is a sanctuary of trust and caring. Within its boundaries we share equal rights and obligations.” The curator while addressing a group of visitors at the museum tries to explain the artist’s intended meaning of the art installation which would be later on exhibited in the museum. He asks the audience present there to imagine that they are in the middle of a busy public place and while looking down they find themselves standing in a square. The artist compares this square to a pedestrian crossing on a road. Just like drivers passing by are to look out for pedestrians, similarly the square carries an implied contract to help each other in times of need. If anyone enters this square and asks for help, for instance, they might be hungry asking for a meal, or may ask you to spare some time to patiently listen to their grief, in such situations another person passing by is obliged to help. This is the basic message which the artist seeks to convey through his art installation. Later on in the movie, we find the curator feeling the heat while trying to stick to the philosophy illustrated by the piece of art. We see this thread woven into different situations in the movie and the conflicts arising from those situations. This whole concept of everyone helping the needy might seem as a utopian concept but when applied to particular systems it might prove to be more meaningful. Consider a legal system in which an intangible property right like patent is granted. It confers certain exclusive rights to the holder of patent over his invention against the rest of the world. The claims made by the patent holder/patentee in a patent document forms the vital part of the description of his invention which in turn clearly defines the rights of the patent holder. These patent claims play a significant role in a court of law in deciding over a case of patent infringement by a third party. When we compare a patent to a piece of land and the claims with its boundaries, every patentee enjoys a set of rights over his property and every other individual of the society has an obligation not to trespass the boundaries of such property. Expanding this theory to a larger framework, we can draw an analogy between the patent regime and the concept of ‘The Square’ described in the movie, whereby the patentee shares equals rights and obligations with the rest of the society. When an obligation is being created on the society to refrain from copying a patented invention, the patentee in turn has an obligation to make his invention available and affordable to the public. This is indeed one of the quid pro quo for getting a patent grant. The legislature, judiciary, academia and international trade organizations act as cornerstones of such a framework which helps in regulating the interplay between the patent holder and society. Legislators must provide safeguards in the legal framework in order to check the abuse of patents. Judicial authorities must interpret laws and grant orders considering the social interest involved in such issues rather than granting excessive protection to the patent holder. Academicians and researchers also have an important role to play in this space in helping the legislature and judiciary in understanding and articulating the balance between owner and user rights. Above all, powerful international trade organizations must be able to function independently in order to lay down an unbiased jurisprudence which will enable countries to achieve the above mentioned objectives. The introduction of S.3(d) into the Indian Patent Act which was an attempt to prevent ever greening of patents and the upholding of the constitutionality of the provision by the Supreme Court in the Novartis case (2013) with the help of expert advice from academics is a classic example where the legislature, judiciary and academics had equally contributed to balance the rights of a patentee vis-à-vis the rights of the society. The first compulsory license issued by The Controller General of Patents in India in the case Natco. v. Bayer(2012), which was upheld in subsequent appeals filed by Bayer at the IPAB, High Court and Supreme Court, since Bayer failed to make its drug available to the public at an affordable price, is another instance of judicial intervention. At the international level, the WTO Panel’s decision in Canadian Pharmaceutical Patent Case (2000) is noteworthy, where it held that patent rights are not a means to derive all possible economic exploitation ignoring interests of other stakeholders. In the present state of affairs, where the world is going through a crisis, and is desperate to develop drugs to fight the pandemic, the patent regime becomes an integral part of the process since the drug development process would involve the use of certain patented molecules. While the Member States which have an obligation under TRIPS (Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights) to protect intellectual property, are adopting measures such as introducing bills and issuing compulsory licenses to overcome the hurdle of patents, those holding patents over molecules are bargaining for an extension of the patent term by 10 years in order to compensate for the non-exclusive use of their patents during the national emergency prevailing in their States. Patentees constantly trying to assert their rights over patented molecules must also be aware of the fact that the right of the society to an affordable drug co-exists with the patent right and that the patentee is not entitled to all possible economic exploitation of the patent at the cost of the society. If we look back at the history and evolution of patents, we realize that a patent was a mere privilege bestowed by the King in exchange for the introduction of a new trade or invention. The grant of this privilege was discretionary in nature and was solely based upon the policies adopted by the King from time to time. The Venetian and English history of patents suggest that the term of patents were much lesser than the present term of 20 years. Moreover, the holder of patent had an obligation to teach the skill or art to the local people of that place. In the present scenario, it is doubtful to what extent the know-how disclosed in a patent document enables the working of an invention. History gives us striking examples like Thomas Edison and James Watt who kept on excessively and unreasonably enforcing their patents, which had prevented the technology involved from progressing. The balancing of rights and obligations of both IP holders and users is the true spirit of the TRIPS document which is stated in Article 7 of the agreement – “The protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights should contribute to the promotion of technological innovation and to the transfer and dissemination of technology, to the mutual advantage of producers and users of technological knowledge and in a manner conducive to social and economic welfare, and to a balance of rights and obligations.” The philosophy envisaged in the film, “The Square” does apply to any kind of property which becomes a tool for exploitation. The realms of this philosophy can be expanded to the contours of International Law remembering what Prof.(Dr.) Upendra Baxi had recently said – “Nations must not ignore principles of existing international law in fight against COVID-19.” World IP day celebrated on April 26th every year has approached us. Every year on this day WIPO focuses on a particular theme. This year WIPO seeks to examine the role of innovation & IP rights in creating a green future. Let’s hope that all stake holders of IP ponder over this idea to understand their responsibility in creating a greener future since the eminent danger faced by the environment is as threatening as the present pandemic is and requires immediate attention. “A Patent is a right for innovation and development Within its claims we share equal rights and obligations”(The author is a a research scholar at Inter University Centre for IPR Studies, CUSAT, Kochi. The author may be reached at [email protected]) (This is the fifteenth article in the “Law On Reels” series, which explores legal themes in movies)Views Are Personal Only Next Storylast_img read more

Questions and answers

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Questions and answersOn 1 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today The employment law team at Addleshaw Booth answer questions on workplaceissuesPaid holiday entitlement Q:  We operate in the publicsector and one of our workers was recruited two months ago and is entitled tothe minimum statutory leave of four weeks. He now wants to take a day’s holidaybut we’ve told him that he does not accrue any rights to holiday leave until hehas been continuously employed for 13 weeks. Is that right? A:  Not any more. According tothe Working Time regulations a worker’s right to paid holiday is conditionalupon the worker having been continuously employed for 13 weeks by the sameemployer. However, a recent European Court of Justice decision, Bectu vSecretary of State for Trade & Industry, has decided that this condition iscontrary to European law. This means that workers in the public sector candirectly enforce their to holiday entitlement from day one against theiremployer, the state. However, it remains the case that if the worker wants totake a day’s holiday then he must comply with the notice requirements and givetwo days’ notice. The company may come back within one day to refuse thatleave. Malcolm Pike Monitoring e-mails Q:  We are aware that a number ofstaff have been spending time accessing pornographic material on the Internet,downloading images from particular workstations and e-mailing them to eachother in contravention of our e-mail/Internet policy. We have a good idea ofthe identity of the culprits, but we would like to monitor their e-mailsprivately as part of our investigations into gross misconduct. Is this a safecourse of action? A:  The Telecommunications(Lawful Business Practice) (Interception of Communications) regulations 2000permit monitoring without consent in circumstances which would cover aninvestigation of abuse of the e-mail policy. However, an important preconditionof carrying out monitoring is that you should already have taken reasonablesteps to inform your employees of the scope of any monitoring you intend tocarry out. You will need to check that your e-mail/Internet policy reserves theright to carry out monitoring for this purpose and, importantly, check that thepolicy has been communicated effectively to your employees. This is to ensurethat any monitoring you carry out is carried out lawfully. The risk withmonitoring unlawfully is that it will flaw your investigation and render itunfair. Any subsequent misconduct dismissals would therefore, potentially, beprocedurally unfair. Colin Tweedie Tax implications Q:  Are there any tax implicationswhich arise when repeating in a compromise agreement restrictive covenants fromthe service agreement? A:  If you simply affirm in asettlement existing enforceable restrictive covenants then there should be noproblem. However, if you insert new restrictions, for example due to an earlierbreach of contract by the company which render the original restrictivecovenants unenforceable, or because the existing ones are too wide, these willbe chargeable to tax. Apart from the restrictive covenants, if the settlementincludes a termination payment it is likely to attract the £30,000 taxexemption. In order to prevent the whole payment attracting tax, a separate sumshould be allocated as consideration for any new covenants. Michael Leftley Acas arbitration scheme Q:  We are currently handling anunfair dismissal claim from a former employee, M. Her solicitor has written tous inviting us to consider settling the matter under the Acas arbitrationscheme. This is something we are prepared to consider but we would like to knowwhat procedure we would need to follow and whether it will prevent M returningto the employment tribunal. A:  The scheme is voluntaryand will only apply if both parties enter into a written arbitration agreement.This may take the form of an agreement conciliated through Acas, or a statutorycompromise agreement. In addition the parties must sign a waiver form(available on the Acas website) waiving any rights they would have had if thecase had been referred to an employment tribunal and resolved there. Once both parties have agreed in the appropriate manner to submit to thescheme the relevant documentation (the arbitration agreement, originatingapplication and defence) is lodged by the parties or their representatives withAcas within six weeks and Acas will appoint an arbitrator. Once the partieshave agreed to refer their case to arbitration they cannot later bring the sameclaim before an employment tribunal. Robert Riley Compromise agreement Q:  We recently terminated thecontract of employment of J. A compromise agreement was agreed settling”all claims howsoever arising”. J is now claiming sex discriminationalleging harassment by one of her managers, a complaint never previouslyraised. Surely she was under a duty to mention the complaint before signing thecompromise agreement? Is the compromise agreement effective in excluding theright to bring this claim? A:  There is no such duty onan employee to disclose potential claims before signing a compromise agreement.Moreover, a blanket agreement covering “all claims howsoever arising”is not permitted. The problem you now face has been caused by the fact that J,whether deliberately or otherwise, had not disclosed the existence of thispotential claim when the compromise agreement was signed. To guard against this happening again in the future it is worth consideringreviewing the terms of your compromise agreement to include a warranty wherebyemployees undertake to disclose all known claims (which can then becompromised). While a failure to comply with such a warranty would not preventa member of staff from bringing a claim in respect of an undisclosed complaint,the warranty would act as a deterrent because breach of it would entitle theemployer to sue on the warranty. Joe Glavina Request for referencesQ:  Recently we carried out aninvestigation into various allegations of misconduct against one of our seniormanagers, G. Subsequently, G offered his resignation before we had completedthe pending disciplinary proceedings and we accepted. G has now foundalternative employment and we have received a request for a reference from G’sprospective future employer. Must we continue with and complete ourinvestigations before we are in a position to provide an accurate and fairreference and are we able to make unfavourable comments about G?A:  You do not need to providea full and comprehensive report on all the material facts surrounding theinvestigation since your duty is only to provide a fair and accurate reference.It follows that you do not need to complete the investigation in order toprovide a reference but you do need to be very careful to confine anyunfavourable comments to those matters which had been investigated before Gresigned and which provided reasonable grounds for statements about him. Infuture, if you are agreeing to provide a reference try to agree the exactwording, after careful discussion, and record that wording in writing in acompromise agreement or other severance terms. This approach should help avoidtime consuming and costly disputes about job references.Andrew Chamberlainlast_img read more

Multicolony tracking reveals potential threats to little auks wintering in the North Atlantic from marine pollution and shrinking sea ice cover

first_imgAim Extensive development of human activities in combination with ocean warming is rapidly modifying marine habitats in the Arctic and North Atlantic regions. To understand the potential impacts on marine biodiversity, there is an urgent need to determine distributions and habitat preferences of potentially vulnerable species and to identify sensitive hotspots that might require particular protection. Our aims were to track one of the most abundant seabirds of the world, the little auk (Alle alle), to provide a large, meta-population scale overview of its non-breeding distribution and to document potential threats to this species from human activities and other environmental changes. Location Arctic North Atlantic. Methods Using light-level geolocators, we investigated the 2010/11 non-breeding distribution of 65 little auks from four major colonies distributed throughout the Arctic North Atlantic. Bird distribution during the moulting, wintering and pre-breeding periods was compared with (1) the extent of the marginal ice zone and (2) the areas covered by the main shipping lanes and oil and gas activity licences. Results We identify several hotspots for this species, including two key areas located in the Greenland Sea and off Newfoundland. Crucially, we show that some of these hotspots overlap extensively with areas of intensive human activities, including oil and gas extraction and shipping. As little auks, which spend the major part of their time on the sea surface, are extremely vulnerable to marine pollution, our results emphasize the risk associated with the projected expansion of these activities. Main conclusions We conclude that management of further human enterprises in the Arctic needs to be based on more thorough risk assessment, requiring a substantial improvement in our knowledge of the distribution of sensitive species.last_img read more

Russia: Grachonok to Become Black Sea Fleet Member on May 7

first_img View post tag: Black Sea Fleet View post tag: Russia View post tag: become View post tag: Grachonok April 18, 2012 Back to overview,Home naval-today Russia: Grachonok to Become Black Sea Fleet Member on May 7 Share this article View post tag: May 7center_img View post tag: member View post tag: Navy Russia: Grachonok to Become Black Sea Fleet Member on May 7 The ensign-hoisting ceremony on special-purpose boat Grachonok will be held on May 7, a source in Black Sea Fleet HQ told Central Navy Portal.Project 21980 anti-terror boat Grachonok (serial number 982) is the second vessel in the series. The boat was built in Tatarstan at JSC Zelenodolsk Shipyard.Lead boat of the project – P-104 – has been serving in Leningrad Naval Base since 2009. She took part in the International Maritime Defense Show 2011 and aroused great interest of experts and guests.Main purpose of Grachonok-class boats is countering terrorist forces and facilities in basing sites of Russian Navy.The project developer is Vympel Design Bureau (Nizhniy Novgorod). Up-to-date equipment and perfect navigability make those boats capable to perform wide range of tasks typical for larger vessels.At present, Zelenodolsk Shipyard constructs the third Project 21980 boat meant for Black Sea Fleet.Project 21980 anti-terror boat (serial number 982) was laid down in Zelenodolsk on May 7, 2010; launched in July 2011 and transferred to Novorossiysk for delivery trials. The acceptance certificate was signed in Oct 2011.Basic characteristics of Project 21980 special-purpose boat:Displacement: 139 tonsDimensions: length – 31.05 meters; beam – 7.4 meters; draft – 1.85 metersFull speed: 23 knotsOperating range: 200 milesEndurance: 5 daysArmament: Igla SAM system (4 surface-to-air missiles), 14.5-mm pedestal machine gun mount, DP-65A counter-terror grenade launcher, DP-64 grenade launcherRadioelectronics: MR-231 navigation radar, MT-201 optoelectronic observation system, Calmar sonar, Anapa counter-terror dipping sonarCrew: 6 men(rusnavy)[mappress]Source: Russian Navy , April 18, 2012; Image: sdelanounas View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topiclast_img read more

UK: Royal Marines Training Unit to Move to Amphibious Centre

first_img View post tag: Unit UK: Royal Marines Training Unit to Move to Amphibious Centre Training & Education July 22, 2013 The Royal Marines small craft training squadron will be arriving at a new multi-million pound amphibious centre in the South West next week.The unit of specialist amphibious assault troops (10 Landing Craft) Training Squadron Royal Marines and craft is moving permanently from its base at Royal Marines Poole to Royal Marines Tamar in HM Naval Base Devonport, Plymouth, on Tuesday 23rd July.The new facility has been delivered by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) in partnership with Debut Services and comprises new HQ offices, workshop and maintenance space, boat park, jetty, slipway, craft hoist and marina.The unit trains Marines to use landing craft and the unit will travel by sea in the craft to Plymouth in orderly formation to become the latest Marines and craft to occupy the new centre of amphibious excellence.RM Tamar houses hovercraft and landing craft of all sizes for training and from fully trained battle combat experienced operational assault squadrons on amphibious ships such as HMS Bulwark, HMS Ocean and HMS Albion.  The centre trains the small craft crews, and provides both a base for operational boat squadrons and engineering support.This seaborne move will be an historic moment for the landing craft specialisation and that of 10 Training Squadron in particular.  The craft will leave RM Poole for the final time and instead of heading east to conduct their usual training near Portsmouth in the Solent, they will head west towards Plymouth.Officer Commanding 10 Training Squadron Major John Fidler said:“The opportunity is here at RM Tamar to embrace future technologies and the development of a true centre of excellence not just in amphibious warfare, but in military best practice. The training cycle directly fed by operational context and supported by bespoke engineering facilities all contained within one centralised locale.”On the way to Plymouth the Marines will conduct exercises involving landing vehicles and troops along the beaches of Hampshire, Devon and Dorset, to put into practise what the four vocational landing craft courses have been taught over the past 14 weeks.Ninety permanent staff from the Hamworthy base move with the squadron to the Royal Navy’s new £30million training centre. They will join Commandos of 539 Assault Squadron, previously based at Turnchapel, Plymouth,  which has already completed their final move to RM Tamar with their impressive fast offshore raiding craft and landing craft air-cushion (hovercraft).Colonel Garth Manger, commanding officer of 1 Assault Squadron and Royal Marines Tamar, said:“The official handover of Royal Marines Tamar from a building site to an operating amphibious base is fantastic.   RM Tamar is the first of the Royal Navy’s centres of specialisation and has been delivered on time and in budget.“It offers defence, the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines a modern, bespoke amphibious operating base capable of delivering support to worldwide operations, training and maintenance in a one-stop shop for amphibious troops and craft.”DIO Project Manager Jonathan Hart said: “DIO’s priority is to support the Armed Forces to live, work and train in the UK and abroad and it has been an honour to be involved in the delivery of this excellent new facility for the Royal Marines.“While maritime projects are always challenging, through collaborative working with the Royal Marines, Naval Base & Dockyard staff and our partners at Debut Services we have achieved a successful outcome.”The history of the Royal Marines’ involvement at Poole dates back to the latter stages of WWII when the base was re-assigned from the RAF and named HMS Turtle, tasked with the training of landing craft crews for D-Day.  The branch and the Corps of Royal Marines has come a long way since then.D-Day marked the single largest involvement of Royal Marines in the Second World War with 17,500 men providing almost two thirds of the landing craft crews on the day.  Now, especially with the drawdown of operations in Afghanistan, the focus of the Corps returns once again to its unique role within the UK’s defence – providing the UK’s amphibious manoeuvre capability.What is now known as Royal Marines Poole became the Amphibious School, Royal Marines and expanded to be renamed the Joint Service Amphibious Warfare Centre.In the early 1960s, it was renamed Amphibious Training Unit Royal Marines.  The Technical Training Wing was moved in and became Royal Marines Poole. In 2001 1 Assault Group Royal Marines was created and was responsible for training Marines in operating landing craft.Training is accredited by the Royal Yachting Association at various stages in a Marine’s career at entry to the specialisation as a qualified Marine and at promotion to sergeant.  The Landing Craft Officer Qualifying course delivered to those who join the landing craft specialisation and prepares them for command of troops of the  squadrons.Additional training tasks include amphibious training for Royal Marines recruits, young officers and on the All Arms Commando Course, small boat training for the Royal Navy, Army, Police and Customs, engineering and navigation training for the Assault Squadrons, specially-tailored landing craft for the Royal Marines Reserves and expertise to amphibious troops.[mappress]Press Release, July 22, 2013; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Royal Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: Royal Marines Training Unit to Move to Amphibious Centre Share this article View post tag: Defensecenter_img View post tag: Amphibious View post tag: Naval View post tag: Defence View post tag: Centre View post tag: Navy View post tag: Move View post tag: Marines View post tag: Traininglast_img read more

US Navy eases tattoo policy

first_img April 1, 2016 The U.S. Navy has released its most liberal tattoo policy update which now allows sailors to have tattoos even on their necks.The Navy has done this in order to retain more sailors from the millenial generation in which, as some statistics show, 30 to 40 percent have at least one tattoo on their body.It has also been said that the updates were made in response to feedback from the fleet and senior enlisted leadership.“This policy update is being made in response to the increased popularity of tattoos for those currently serving and in the population from which the Navy draws its recruits. It is also meant to ensure the Navy does not miss opportunities to bring in talented young men and women who are willing to serve”, the service said.Under the new policy which will go into effect on April 30 sailors will be allowed to have one tattoo on their neck that does not exceed one inch in any direction. The sailors can now also have visible tattoos below the elbow or knee with no restrictions on their size or amount.Additionally, sailors with sleeve tattoos now can be assigned to Recruit Training Command and Recruiting Command positions which was previously not the case.However, restrictions on the content of tattoos will remain the same, the Navy said.Tattoos that are obscene, sexually explicit, and or advocate discrimination based on sex, race, religion, ethnicity, or national origin are not allowed. Also, tattoos that symbolize affiliation with gangs, supremacist or extremist groups, or advocate illegal drug use remain prohibited. Authorities US Navy eases tattoo policy, allows sailors neck tattoos Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy eases tattoo policy, allows sailors neck tattoos View post tag: US Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

Survey Shows Majority of Hoosiers On Board with Legalizing Marijuana

first_imgSurvey Shows Majority of Hoosiers On Board with Legalizing MarijuanaNOVEMBER 13TH, 2018 MITCH ANGLE INDIANAResults from a telephone survey conducted by The Old National Bank/Ball State University 2018 Hoosier Survey show Indiana residents are concerned about hard drugs, but are mostly ok with legalized marijuana.The telephone survey of 604 adults Indiana residents found the majority believes that communities should direct additional resources to treatment-related approaches and cracking down on drug dealers.Additionally, 39% of respondents said marijuana should be legal for personal use, while 42% said it should be legal only for medicinal use. Only 16% said it should not be legal at all. If marijuana remains illegal, then only 16% said that people should serve jail time for possessing small amounts.“In considering drug problems in their community, Hoosiers seem to consider marijuana as fundamentally different than ‘hard’ street drugs, such a methamphetamine and heroin, or commonly abused prescription drugs, such as OxyContin,” said Charles Taylor, managing director of the Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State, which conducts the annual public opinion survey.The Hoosier Survey found that improving school safety, improving public safety and reducing crime, improving local public schools, and attracting jobs were Hoosiers’ top four priorities.Other findings from the survey can be seen below:About 24 percent of Hoosiers rate the state as an excellent place to live, a decline from 2012, when 30 percent gave the state an excellent rating.Overall, 40 percent said that road maintenance had improved, compared to 18 percent that indicated it had worsened.For the first time in several years, more Hoosiers reported that the quality of their local schools had improved than reported it had worsened, by a margin of 23 to 19 percent.Satisfaction with the state’s job attraction efforts continues with 69 percent of Hoosiers approving. Satisfaction is lower, however, among Hoosiers in households with less than $30,000 annual income, at 64 percent, and higher among households with income greater than $75,000, at 74 percent.A solid majority of Hoosiers continues to approve of the 10-cent gas tax increase and an associated increase in vehicle registration fees. Overall, 55 percent approve, compared to 38 percent who disapprove. The state’s proposal to toll interstate highways, however, is much less popular. About 1 in 5 Hoosiers approve of tolling interstates.About 72 percent of Hoosiers support increasing cigarette taxes; about 61 percent support increasing the smoking age to 21 years of age.Only 37 percent of Hoosiers favor legalized sports betting as a revenue source for the state, compared to 50 percent opposed. TwitterFacebookcenter_img FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more