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UK Warship Wraps Up Her First Month of Operational Deployment

first_img View post tag: operational View post tag: Naval Her Majesty’s Ship Somerset has completed her first calendar month on operations in the Gulf and Indian Ocean, and it has been a busy period for the West Countries’ favourite warship. View post tag: Deployment View post tag: Her View post tag: up View post tag: first Share this article View post tag: Wraps Training & Education Back to overview,Home naval-today UK Warship Wraps Up Her First Month of Operational Deployment View post tag: Navy View post tag: UK t has been a challenging initial month for the Devonport-based frigate, which sailed from the UK on 9th January, and is now on task in the Middle East and ready to be called upon for any mission. Having now officially assumed the role as the Royal Navy’s continuous presence in the region after taking over from HMS Westminster in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, the crew are now doing the job they have spent the last year preparing for.Commander Mike Smith, Royal Navy, Commanding Officer, HMS Somerset said: “The last month has allowed HMS Somerset to settle into her new role East of Suez. She is now ready to respond at a moment’s notice to any Multi-National Tasking. Somerset is at her height of readiness, ready to respond to whatever may be required of us, whilst maintaining the ability to train and exercise the crew.”During the first month the crew have been constantly put through their paces, conducting boarding training in Souda Bay, Crete, and conducting live small arms’ firings using the Ship’s General Purpose Machine Guns and Mini Guns. Due to the unpredictable environment the Ship’s Company practices, on a daily basis, the reactions to incidents including potential floods, fires and a number of other situations.HMS Somerset operates the Lynx HMA Mk 8 which is the Royal Navy’s Maritime Attack helicopter, capable of operating anywhere in the world from the back of a frigate or destroyer. With a crew of two highly trained aircrew as well as two Royal Marines or a winch-man, the Lynx can conduct anti-surface or anti-submarine warfare, force protection, search and rescue and load lifting. Holding the record for the fastest helicopter in the world, the Lynx is one of the ship’s primary weapon systems.Petty Officer Christopher ‘Stanley’ Matthews, one of the HMS Somerset’s Flight Deck Officers, (FDO) said: “This is my first operational deployment as a qualified FDO, and I am proud to be part of the Flight Deck Crew responsible for the launch and recovery of the Mk8 Lynx. The fast pace of the first month deployed, has ensured Somerset is ready for anything. I am looking forward to what the remainder of the deployment will bring.”In the last month, HMS Somerset has conducted two Replenishment at Sea (RAS) serials, one with US tanker USNS Laramie to embark fuel and the second with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Fort Austin to transfer stores. The latter also provided an opportunity for two members of Somerset’s Ship’s Company to visit close family members serving in RFA Fort Austin. Petty Officer Hughes and Leading Seaman Rogers were reunited with their brother and sister respectively during the three hour evolution.Writer Matthew Clark, who forms part of Somerset’s RAS team said, “These were my first RASs outside of training in UK territorial waters and I was pleased to have used my skills with a United States Tanker. It was very different completing a RAS for real outside the training environment, in the sun and in foreign waters; this is the kind of experience that made me join the Royal Navy in the first place.”The Royal Navy works within coalition forces to conduct Maritime Security patrols across the Mediterranean Sea, Horn of Africa, Indian Ocean and the Gulf to actively deter, disrupt and suppress piracy and the unlawful use of the sea in order to protect global maritime security and secure freedom of navigation for the benefit of all nations.[mappress]Press Release, February 27, 2014, 2014; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: month UK Warship Wraps Up Her First Month of Operational Deployment February 27, 2014 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Warshiplast_img read more

Buyers are splashing millions on houses and apartments near Gold Coast’s beaches

first_imgThe house is three levels, each of which has an outdoor area to admire the view. MORE NEWS: Coast doesn’t have enough land Check out the multimillion-dollar views! The house at 67 Jefferson Lane, Palm Beach sold for $4.01 million under the hammer at the weekend.HOUSE hunters are going to great lengths to secure property on the Gold Coast’s tightly held beachfront.A Brisbane couple splashed more than $4 million on one at the weekend that they won’t even get to live in — at least not straight away.The Palm Beach house is tenanted, fetching $2200 each week in rent.Marketing agent Lucy Cole, of Lucy Cole Prestige Properties, said it was ideal for the new owners who bought it at auction on Saturday with investment in mind. Among Savills’ sales in the past week are no. 51 in the Carmel by the Sea building on Old Burleigh Rd, which sold for $1.265 million, and no 2901 at The Wave Resort on Surf Parade, which fetched $1.38 million.“This is a really encouraging sign for the Gold Coast market, especially in light of some of the negativity we’re seeing come out of Sydney and Melbourne,” Mr Jones said. “Capital is continuing to flow into our property market and it’s evident that buyers are seeing value in the properties being presented at the moment. We’re quite confident this trend can continue well into the new year.”He said off-the-plan sales were also performing well, especially those backed by developers with a good reputation. Not a lot of people can say they can walk out their back door onto the beach.“It was just perfect for their needs and they’d been looking for a while,” she said.The auction drew a big crowd with five groups registering to bid.Mrs Cole said the bids rolled in quickly before the hammer came down at $4.01 million.“It just went on and on, it was a fantastic auction,” she said.“There would have been at least 45 people there.“The owner had even flown in from New Zealand.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoMrs Cole said demand for the home was particularly high because of its location, with many people passing beachfront properties down through the generations.“They’re very tightly held, especially at the southern end of Palm Beach,” she said.Meanwhile, demand for top end apartments, particularly those close to the beach, is surging with cashed-up buyers already spending millions before the Gold Coast’s traditionally busy holiday sales period has started. Wake up to the sound of waves crashing onto shore.Savills Gold Coast director Christopher Jones said they were seeing more buyers with “deeper pockets” coming into the market, many looking for apartments close to the beach.“There’s a solid level of interest from interstate and New Zealand buyers and especially from Brisbane while there is still a strong cohort of local Gold Coast buyers downsizing to luxury apartment living,” he said.“At the moment, our agents have eight potential buyers looking for beachside apartments priced above $1 million to $2 million at Broadbeach.”MORE NEWS: Live outside this summer Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59 Inside, it’s modern and open plan.last_img read more

Audio: Traveling the Pan Borneo Highway with Mongabay’s John Cannon

first_imgArticle published by Mike Gaworecki On today’s episode of the Mongabay Newscast, we speak with Mongabay staff writer John Cannon, who traveled the length of the Pan Borneo Highway in July and wrote a series of reports for Mongabay detailing what he discovered on the journey.The Pan Borneo Highway is expected to make commerce and travel easier in a region that is notoriously difficult to navigate, and also to encourage tourists to see the states’ cultural treasures and rich wildlife. But from the outset, scientists and conservationists have warned that the highway is likely to harm that very same wildlife by dividing populations and degrading habitat.Cannon undertook his 3-week reporting trip down the Pan Borneo Highway in an attempt to understand both the positive and negative effects the road could have on local communities, wildlife, and ecosystems, and he’s here to tell us what he found. On today’s episode of the Mongabay Newscast, we speak with our adventurous Middle East-based staff writer John Cannon, who recently traveled the length of the Pan Borneo Highway to assess the positive and negative effects the road could have on local communities, wildlife, and ecosystems.Listen here:Cannon spent three weeks traveling the proposed route of the Pan Borneo Highway which is being built to connect the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak as well as the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo. The idea is to make commerce and travel easier in a region that is notoriously difficult to navigate, and also to encourage tourists to see the states’ cultural treasures and rich wildlife, from elephants to clouded leopards and crocodiles.But scientists and conservationists have warned that the highway is likely to harm that very same wildlife by dividing populations and degrading habitat.You can also read his six-part series detailing the trip and his  “5 revelations from traveling the Pan Borneo Highway.”Here’s this episode’s top news:‘Full-blown crisis’: North America has lost nearly 3 billion birds since 1970At the UN, losing the race against time to fight climate change‘The Blob’ is back: Pacific heat wave already second-largest in recent historyWould you like to hear how Mongabay grew out of its founder’s childhood adventures in rainforests and a fascination with frogs? Or how a Mongabay editor reacted to meeting one of the world’s last Bornean rhinos? We now offer Insider Content that delivers behind-the-scenes reporting and stories like these from our team. For a small monthly donation, you’ll get exclusive access and support our work in a new way. Visit mongabay.com/insider to learn more and join the growing community of Mongabay readers on the inside track.If you enjoy the Mongabay Newscast, we ask that you please consider becoming a monthly sponsor via our Patreon page, at patreon.com/mongabay. Just a dollar per month will really help us offset the production costs and hosting fees, so if you’re a fan of our audio reports from nature’s frontline, please support the Mongabay Newscast at patreon.com/mongabay.You can subscribe to the Mongabay Newscast on Android, the Google Podcasts app, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn, RSS, Castbox, Pocket Casts, and via Spotify or Pandora. Or listen to all our episodes via the Mongabay website here on the podcast homepage.A mother Sunda clouded leopard and her cubs on a road in Sabah, still image from video footage shot by Michael Gordon.Follow Mike Gaworecki on Twitter: @mikeg2001FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Animals, Biodiversity, Biodiversity Crisis, Borneo Orangutan, Deforestation, Elephants, Environment, forest degradation, Forests, Habitat Degradation, Infrastructure, Interviews, Mammals, Mitigation, Orangutans, Podcast, Roads, Tropical Deforestation, Tropical Forests, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Female golden rocket frogs know a good father when they hear him

first_imgFemale golden rocket frogs prefer males with longer call lengths featuring more pulses, which correlates to their parental care abilities, researchers have found.Male removal experiments in Kaieteur National Park in Guyana revealed that hatching success is four times higher in clutches with attentive fathers than those without a father present.By honestly advertising their parental care abilities, male frogs can inform females of their potential to protect their eggs and tadpoles from desiccation and predation. Rain drenched a team of ecologists in the Kaieteur National Park in Guyana as they scrambled to keep their sound equipment dry. They were recording a male golden rocket frog (Anomaloglossus beebei) chirping in a nearby bromeliad, getting close enough to prevent the low rumble of Kaieteur Falls from drowning out the 1.9-centimer-long (0.75-inch) amphibian. The minuscule male advertised for a female mate with a series of high-pitched peeps akin to an oven timer going off. Simultaneously, the ecologists believed, he conveyed his parenting skills to the discerning females.When females of this rare species listen closely, it seems to improve the likelihood that their offspring will survive. In a recent study published in Behavioral Ecology, researchers showed that male golden rocket frogs with calls lasting just milliseconds longer are better parents to their eggs and tadpoles, increasing their hatching rates and keeping them safe from predators. Females prefer to mate with such fathers, the team found – the first evidence of “good parent” advertising in frogs.Female golden rocket frog sitting on a bromeliad leaf. Photo credit: Beth A. Pettitt/University of MinnesotaThese tiny neotropical frogs, an IUCN endangered species, are not found anywhere else in the world. Constant mist from the waterfalls and open glades of tropical flowering plants that collect pools of water provide an oasis for them, but recent mining expansion nearby poses a serious threat to their small habitat. For reasons scientists do not yet grasp, only the females are a bright golden yellow. Much more clear is the species’ special co-parenting arrangement: the mothers and fathers provide different types of care, with males playing an unusually extensive role. Males protect their eggs from drying out and, when threatened by predators, transport them between the pools of water formed in leaf axils for safety.The blandly colored males rely on their distinctive vocal chops to attract females. “I was curious to explore what kind of information the females might be able to gather via this call,” said Beth A. Pettitt, an ecologist from the University of Minnesota and lead author of the study. Specifically, she wanted to investigate whether females could gain insight about the potential quality of a male’s parental care through his “voiceprint” alone.Golden rocket frog in Kaieteur National Park. Photo credit: Beth A. Pettitt/University of MinnesotaHer team visited the Guyana highlands for three-month spans in two consecutive years to get up close to the frogs during their peak breeding times. Following accepted guidelines for amphibian field research, the researchers removed 40 males from their egg clutches to test the impact of male care on hatching. When fathers were present, hatching success rose nearly four times higher, they found, though some offspring survived even with an absent father.Pettit’s team also recorded 261 calls from 29 male frogs and observed their parental care behaviors. Attentive fathers spent more time within 30 centimeters (12 inches) of their eggs and tadpoles, and defended their territory from competitive males. They found that males with longer calls were among the more attentive fathers. On average, males with shorter calls spent less time with their eggs.Finally, the ecologists re-played recordings of male calls for individual females to test their preferences. They altered several sonic properties of the calls: the pitch (or frequency), the rates (number of calls per minute) and the duration (number of pulses per call). Pitch and rates didn’t affect the females’ attention. However, they clearly preferred longer calls with more pulses — directly corresponding with the males’ attentiveness as fathers.“Call duration was the only call trait we measured that females cared about at all,” said study co-author Mark Bee, also of the University of Minnesota. “It was an honest predictor of how much time males attended their developing embryos and defended the territories where their offspring were developing.”Female golden rocket frog perched and listening to a male call. Photo credit: Beth A. Pettitt/University of MinnesotaThe team concluded that golden rocket frog calls are a strong example of the “Good Parent Hypothesis,” which predicts that females select their mates based on an honest advertisement of parenting ability. It’s one of several competing scenarios for how mating calls work in the wild.As for why calling and parental care might be linked, Pettit’s team says most parents can relate to the likely answer: energy. Raising their young and advertising via loud calls both require significant outputs of energy. Some frogs increase their oxygen consumption and metabolic rates by as much as 25 times during active calling periods, rivaling human athletes during a workout. “That’s really quite remarkable,” said Bee.“I think this is a compelling example [of the good parent hypothesis],” said biologist James Tumulty of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, who was not involved in the study. “Since calling is energetically expensive in frogs, I would interpret these results as females preferring males who are in better condition, and males in better condition may be able to do everything better.”Biologist Eva Ringler of the Messerli Research Institute in Vienna, Austria, concurs. “It seems that indeed females select for honest traits [longer calls] that reflect male parental quality,” Ringler said. Given the generally low survival rates of the frogs’ egg clutches, she would like to see future studies to determine whether the females’ choices raise the reproductive success for the species long term.Citation: Beth A Pettitt, Godfrey R Bourne, Mark A Bee, Females prefer the calls of better fathers in a Neotropical frog with biparental care, Behavioral Ecology, arz172, https://doi.org/10.1093/beheco/arz172Lara Streiff (@LaraGStreiff) is a graduate student in the Science Communication Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Other Mongabay stories produced by UCSC students can be found at news.mongabay.com/list/ucsc. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Amphibians, Animal Behavior, Animals, Biodiversity, Frogs, Herps, Wildlife center_img Article published by Rhett Butlerlast_img read more

Hands off my keeper, Kerr tells Oluoch critics

first_img0Shares0000Boniface Oluoch training at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam in July 2017 before their friendly match against English side Everton FC. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 30- Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr has moved to defend goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch from the backlash he is facing following two mistakes that led to goals during their CAF Confederation Cup match against Tanzania’s Yanga in Dar es Salaam on Sunday night.Oluoch was at fault for the two goals Yanga scored, spilling the ball to the opponent’s feet in both occasions, but coach Kerr says the shot stopper should not be subjected to public stoning over the errors. “People are condemning Boni, I am not. Yes, it is a mistake and it happens, but he will learn from it. My goalkeeper makes two errors and everybody is on his neck. He makes several other brilliant saves and people are quiet. No one is even talking about the saves he made at 1-1 against AFC Leopards in the derby,” a furious Kerr told Capital Sport.He added; “His confidence is a bit low now but I have talked to him and I will continue keeping confidence in him. He is still my number one. He works very hard in training and well, we are not perfect. Mistakes are there,” Kerr further stated.Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr celebrates with goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch after their 2-0 win over Tanzania’s Simba SC in the SportPesa Super Cup final at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 10, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluGor though went on to hold on for the vital 3-2 win despite living dangerously in the final few minutes after Yanga scored their second.“We played very good football in the first half. The energy levels were outstanding and we were just brilliant. It ha snow become a routine playing like we do in training; the passing, the movement.. we were a different class. We should have had seven goals in the first half, “ Kerr quipped.The result, coupled with Rayon Sports’ 1-1 draw away to USM Alger in the second Group D fixture meant K’Ogalo move to the top of the standings heading into the penultimate round of fixtures.Gor Mahia will host Rayon Sport on August 19 in Nairobi while USM will be away to Yanga in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. A point for Gor will prove to be enough to take them into the quarter finals for the first time ever.“We know it is just a point and we are through and that is what we are working on. But we are going for the full prize; three points. Rayon picked a point away in Algeria and they have a chance. They will come to Nairobi looking for three points to take them back up,” Kerr said.Gor Mahia’s Ephrem Guikan (2nd left) scores the Kenyan team’s second goal in the 4-0 victory over Young Africans of Tanzania on July 18“It will be tough in Algeria but we will also go in there for a win. It’s possible. If we do that, we top the pool. I have told these players that they have proved they are the best in Kenya and East Africa. They should now prove they are the best in Africa,” added the British tactician.Meanwhile, Gor jetted back to the country from Dar on Monday afternoon and their focus now swiftly rocks back to their Kenyan premier League campaign where their dominance has been so emphatic it is now a norm.K’Ogalo lead the standings with 52 points after 20 matches, a massive 12 points ahead of second placed Sofapaka and with four matches at hand. They will face Kariobangi Sharks in Kisumu.“We want to go 15 points clear and probably get done with the league early. It will not be easy though because Sharks just got beat over the weekend and will come in to get the three points. Our target is to go for a win and keep our run going,” the tactician added.He has hinted that he will make changes to the squad and might give his second string players an opportunity to play, same way he did against Posta Rangers in the FKF Shield where they ended up picking a routine 3-1 win.Eye on the ball: Gor Mahia’s Humphrey Ochieng controls the ball“We have to keep everyone fresh and now we have a squad whereby everyone is capable of going in and doing the job. We are also playing over the weekend against Nakumatt so we have to ensure everyone is fresh,” the coach added.Among the players who might be in line for a place in the weekend game against Nakumatt is right back Karim Nizigiyimana who might make his first appearance in almost a year after picking a nasty ankle ligament injury in Thika September last season.“Karim has been doing his rehab and training and he looks okay now. He will be ready for the Nakumatt game. He might get a few minutes,” the tactician added.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Sprucing up your home? Let Charlie make it a 5* job!

first_imgAs the summer season comes closer, there’s no better time to give your home a quick makeover with a little bit of property maintenance.Whether it’s a beautiful garden you’ve always dreamt about, an exterior to impress the neighbours or internal repairs, Charlie Doherty can do it all. As the owner of his Donegal property maintenance company, Charlie prides himself on delivering a five star service every time.Leave the hard work to Charlie as he looks after your painting and decorating, spraying, fencing, landscaping, powerwashing and more. All you have to do is enjoy the results.With over 10 years of experience, in landscaping and property maintenance, Charlie’s 5 Star property maintenance is a one stop shop for all your property needs.Charlie DohertyHail rain on snow, they work through it all, only using top quality materials to ensure customers get peace of mind, that any job will be able to out stand all weather conditions.Charlie’s 5 Star Property Maintenance offers a full property and maintenance service, interior and exterior, including landscaping, home repairs, DIY, garden services, fencing, painting and powerwashing.  With the many services he offers, you can finally make use of that garden this summer. <spandata-mce-type=bookmark style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=mce_SELRES_end></span>Need a repair done fast or an emergency job on your property? Charlie’s 5 Star Property Maintenance offers a 24 hour call out service, available no matter how small the job, including storm/wind damage repair. They also cater for domestic and commercial cleaning, household rental, retail and private all cleaning services to a high standard finish. Get your property in shape or give your property that makeover, or a repair on your home, they cover it all to achieve a 5 star look.For your free quotation today, call Charlie – 0861020347. Visit http://www.5starpropertymaintenance.net“Prices will not be beaten for the quality of work we do.” Sprucing up your home? Let Charlie make it a 5* job! was last modified: April 17th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Charlie Doherty five star property maintenanceDIYfencingGardeninghome repairslandscapingpainting and decoratingpowerwashingsprayinglast_img read more

Parallel Universe of Microbial “Dark Matter” Revealed

first_img(Visited 38 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 As scientists continue to find incredible diversity in the smallest of organisms, realizations of all we’ve been missing are changing conceptions of life.Microbes: they live in and on us, and all around us – in the soil, in the air, and deep in the earth and seas.  “How many microbes are hiding among us?” Science Magazine asks.  It’s been hard to know, because most cannot be cultured in the lab.  New sequencing technologies are starting to shed light on the “dark matter” of the living world, as EurekAlert termed it in a Department of Energy press release reprinted by Astrobiology Magazine.  Eddy Rubin, leading a discovery initiative for the DOE, likens it to a new Lewis and Clark Expedition into unexplored territory.“Microbes are the most abundant and diverse forms of life on Earth,” said Tanja Woyke, DOE JGI Microbial Program Head and senior author on the Nature publication. “They occupy every conceivable environmental niche from the extreme depths of the oceans to the driest of deserts. However, our knowledge about their habits and potential benefits has been hindered by the fact that the vast majority of these have not yet been cultivated in the laboratory. So we have only recently become aware of their roles in various ecosystems through cultivation-independent methods, such as metagenomics and single-cell genomics. What we are now discovering are unexpected metabolic features that extend our understanding of biology and challenge established boundaries between the domains of life.”One of the boundaries being challenged is the distinction between viruses and microbes.  When you find a virus so large it contains more genetic material than some eukaryotes, how do you classify it?  Elizabeth Pennisi writes for Science Magazine,“It’s like finding a sasquatch,” says Elodie Ghedin, a virologist at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. That’s one of the amazed reactions to the discovery, reported on page 281, of two new viruses with by far the largest genomes ever seen in a virus, including one that’s bigger than the genomes of some parasitic eukaryotes. The virologists in France who unearthed the massive viruses—the biggest one is 1 micron long, a hundred times the size of many viruses—suggest that their finds challenge the longstanding view that viruses don’t qualify as life.“It is clear that the paradigm that viruses have small genomes and are relatively simple in comparison to cellular life has been overturned,” says Curtis Suttle, a virologist at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. The genome of one of the viruses is 1.91 million DNA bases long, while the other runs 2.47 million bases. That dwarfs some bacterial genomes and edges into the eukaryotic realm….This means that the division of life into archaea, bacteria and eukaryotes may be up for revision again.  Efforts to sequence genomes of unknown microbes so far have only been a drop in the bucket, there’s so much more out there to discover.Another thing this means is that our planet is awash in coded genetic information.  From the bottom of the sea to the edge of space, Planet Earth is the information planet!  No other place we know has instructional code to build organisms that function with respiration, digestion, reproduction and all the other functional systems that separate life from nonlife, but Earth has it in super-abundance.Creationists and intelligent design advocates would expect our Privileged Planet to be the Information Planet – and so it is.  Functional information, possessing purpose, complexity, and integration, does not emerge from rocks.  It is the organization of the raw materials into information that sets it apart from everything else we know in the universe. Creationists would also expect the information to be organized into a system with hierarchical organization, networks and functional interactions from the micro to the planetary scale – and so that is, too.  The information in viruses is part of that system.  Most viruses are beneficial; the few that are “virulent” are products of the curse due to sin, Biblical creationists believe.Ariel Anbar might try to make “the case for alien life” (Arizona State press release) but it is illogical to extrapolate a position from one instance.  “Is life a universal phenomenon, a planetary process just like plate tectonics?” Anbar asks. “Or is life some weird statistical fluke?”  That’s a false dichotomy.  From our universal experience with intelligent causes, we can deduce – whether alien life is discovered or not – that life is the product of an intelligent cause.  From other signposts we can narrow down the nature and identity of that Cause.   Hint: it is not a blind, aimless process of natural selection.  Follow the evidence where it leads, instead of the imagination of Creator-deniers.last_img read more

BEE property fund lists on the JSE

first_img12 August 2011The JSE has gained a new property fund with the successful listing of Vunani Property Investment Fund (VPIF), previously a private joint venture between black economic empowerment group Vunani Capital and property company Hyprop.The fund listed in the “Real Estate – Real Estate Holdings and Development” sector on the main board of the exchange under the share code “VPF”, with an initial market capitalisation of R850-million.“The JSE is pleased to welcome Vunani Property Investment Fund to its Main Board,” JSE chief executive Russell Loubser said this week. “The listing reflects further opportunities presented to investors looking to gain exposure to the real estate holdings and development sector.”Focus on continued growthVPIF was formed in 2006 when Vunani (50.2%) and Hyprop (49.8%) pooled two portfolios of commercial properties into a property fund with the intention of growing the fund.“We are proud to be making our debut on the JSE . and welcome all new shareholders,” VPIF chief executive Rob Kane said in a statement this week. “The take-up exceeded our expectations and enables us to list the fund with almost zero debt.”The fund will be managed by Vunani Property Asset Management, a 60% black-controlled fund, while JHI are the outsourced property managers.“We can immediately start to selectively assess various value-enhancing opportunities,” said Kane. “Our focus post listing will be to continue growing the portfolio, whilst maintaining the quality of the properties and delivering superior shareholder returns.”Office dominated property portfolioVPIF represents the only office-dominated property portfolio listed on the JSE. The portfolio currently comprises 21 buildings with an aggregate value of R947.6-million.These properties are mainly in Gauteng and the Western Cape and are predominantly leased by national clients, including Standard Bank of South Africa, Vodacom and the government.Vacancies are low at 4.8%, which includes planned vacancies of 2% due to yield enhancing refurbishments under way.Divesting from non-core assetsIn line with Hyprop’s strategy to divest from non-core assets, it has, pursuant to the listing, reduced its existing interest in VPIF. Taking into account new institutional investment in VPIF on listing, Hyprop’s interest in the fund now stands at 11.5%.Going forward Hyprop intends exiting its remaining investment in VPIF entirely.“The investment in VPIF has served as a successful realisation of Hyprop’s enterprise development strategy, particularly in light of today’s listing,” said Hyprop. “We look forward to VPIF’s continued future growth and success.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

#HackJozi – New ideas to feed South Africa’s digital economy

first_imgThe top three most innovative digital ideas in the 2016 #HackJozi Challenge wereannounced in Johannesburg in late May, marking the end of an intensive six-weekboot camp for aspiring South African tech entrepreneurs.This year’s winner was Neo Hutiri, founder of Technovera, whose smart lockers cutthe time patients have to wait when collecting chronic medication at clinics fromseveral hours to just a few minutes.Placed second was a multidisciplinary team behind Tuta-Me, a mobile applicationconnecting qualified tutors and students, enabling students to receive one-on-onetutoring while helping tutors earn additional income.Third place went to Lomile Mokoka, an architect who developed eSubmit, an online platform for submitting building plan applications to municipalities.The winner gets R1-million in funding to fully develop the idea, while the two runners up each receive R350 000.#HackJozi is a collaboration between Wits University’s Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) and the Johannesburg municipal government, designed to accelerate early stage ICT start-ups. Three winners were chosen from a shortlist of 10 finalists who best used technology to solve everyday problems.Professor Barry Dwolatzky, director of the JCSE, said the competition helped buildskills in South African ICT. More than that, each of the finalists contributed tofinding solutions for some of South Africa’s most pressing problems, particularly ineducation and health.“The winners and finalists also addressed a third challenge in that they eachcontributed to developing entrepreneurship,” he said. “What South Africa needs isfor more people to believe they can create their own future, and #HackJozi helpedfoster that spirit in participants.”The end of the challenge isn’t the end of the journey for the winners and finalists,Dwolatzky said. “The JCSE will work with each of the 10 businesses, and the wonderful entrepreneurs behind them, for the next year, with the support from the City of Johannesburg, to help drive their future success.”The top 10 will also get a one-year free membership at the prestigious ICT Tshimologong Precinct in Braamfontein, another Wits University initiative.“#HackJozi gives the JCSE a great opportunity to work with local government to help launch 10 new ideas into the world,” Dwolatzky said. “Through the finalists’ success, we feed the digital economy with new business start-ups, where each new start-up means new jobs. #HackJozi is so important because it creates jobs, economic activity and the opportunity to build a tech ecosystem based on meaningful partnerships.”Dwolatzky said he was confident #HackJozi, now in its second year, would continue to go from strength to strength.“Year-on-year we’ve seen a step change and even more great businesses come through. I’m so optimistic that next year we’ll see a similar change, and that is a mark of great progress. #HackJozi is about making innovation happen and we’re doing something better every year.”The Joburg Centre for Software Engineering is a three-way partnership between the government, academia and industry. Based at Wits University, the JCSE’s wide variety of programmes and facilities make it pivotal to the growth of software development in South Africa and the rest of the continent.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Case IH unveils new 2000 Series Early Riser Planter

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Producers can customize their planter with the right amount of technology for their operationCase IH recently revealed the all-new 2000 Series Early Riser planter.“From all-new cast iron components to an electrically driven low maintenance metering system to the entire toolbar, we redesigned every inch of the new Early Riser planter,” explained Tony McClelland, Case IH planter marketing manager. “It was all based on direct customer feedback and field-testing. We made sure that this new planter is not only extremely accurate, it’s also robust enough to deliver precise placement across all terrains, crop types and speeds for faster, more uniform emergence.”Announced in November 2015, the new 2000 series Early Riser planter is the first to factory-integrate industry-leading seed placement technologies from Precision Planting into a completely new system featuring a best-in-class, all-new, rugged row unit.Designed for modern seed types, treatments, populations and conditions, the new planter can be easily customized to a range of soil types, terrain, fertilizer/chemical application needs and varying crop residue management practices. Plus, a streamlined design and tool-free crop changes and adjustments result in simpler maintenance.Four levels of planter technology for 2016Case IH also detailed a four-tier planter offering for a variety of farm operations at the event. This offering features four levels, ranging in price, customization and factory-readiness — the highest tier being the new 2000 series.“The Early Riser planter family set the agronomic standard by providing the industry’s only flat-bottom seed trench, leading to earlier, more uniform emergence and higher yields,” said McClelland. “Building on this legacy, we’re excited to give producers the opportunity to work with their trusted Case IH dealers to customize their existing, new or future planter with the right amount of technology to meet their needs.”Retaining the agronomic value of the Early Riser planter series, each unique offering ensures consistent in-row spacing, accurate depth control, uniform soil density and good seed-to-soil contact.1.     The New 2000 Series — All-new, rugged row unit features factory-integrated Precision Planting componentsAs the first planter series built with factory-integrated Precision Planting technology, the new 2000 series Early Riser planter allows producers to customize their planter — direct from the factory. Built with heavy-duty cast components, the 2000 series stands up to high speeds and tough, fast-changing conditions. A 26-inch toolbar clearance, plus a 60 percent increase in vertical row-unit travel, helps accommodate uneven terrain without sacrificing accurate seed depth and consistent closing — even at speeds up to 10 miles per hour.Developed specifically for the 2000 series, the all-new vSet 2 meter and vDrive electric drive deliver accurate and consistent seed singulation, populations and in-row spacing for a variety of crop types. This new metering system, combined with DeltaForce hydraulic down force and row-by-row shut-offs for seed, liquid fertilizer and chemical, allows each row unit to react individually to changing conditions for better seed placement. Additional new features that can be customized from the factory include the Advanced Seed Delivery (ASD) system for the most accurate seed delivery and placement from the meter to the furrow.First models, including 12-, 16- and 24-row 30-inch front-fold machines, will be available for the 2017 planting season.“Of course, not everyone is in an operation that requires the ultimate in cutting-edge planting technology,” added McClelland. “But every operation can benefit from some level of technological improvement in planting accuracy. That’s why we’ve outlined three other alternatives for 2016.”2.      Factory deduct lets producers customize their planters to their exact specification on select 1200 series modelsCase IH continues to offer an industry-exclusive deduct on certain components to producers who order certain 1200 series Early Riser planter models with Precision Planting technology. Built with less mechanical components, their new planter will arrive at the dealership ready to accept the technology they desire. This includes the vDrive with vSet electric meter-drive system for optimal seed placement and accuracy, in-cab adjustable CleanSweep residue managers and DeltaForce hydraulic down force for uniform depth across varying soil conditions.3.     1200 Series — Conventional Early Riser planter offers field-proven technology from the meter to the seed trench  The Advanced Seed Metering (ASM) technology on the 1200 series Early Riser planter set the industry benchmark for consistent in row spacing and plant population accuracy. Proven on operations across the country, this system allows producers to plant a wide variety of seed types and sizes at high plant populations. The 1200 series features many other Agronomic Design advantages, including the two-stage closing system, furrow firming point, seed protection shoe and exclusive pulled gauge wheels. Case IH dealers are offering exceptional deals on these models.4.      Used Equipment — Upgrade early models with the latest Case IH technologyThrough unprecedented discounts and special interest-waiver programs, producers can upgrade to the technology they desire on certain used late-model Early Riser planters through participating Case IH dealerships. If producers wish to modify these models with Precision Planting components, their Case IH dealer is uniquely suited to modify existing models to the level that’s best for their farm.For more information about these four unique planting opportunities, visit your Case IH dealer or caseih.com/rethink.last_img read more