More Britons want pre-nups

first_img More Britons want pre-nups THE NUMBER of young Britons seeking pre-nuptials has risen as lawmakers are urging the courts and the government to decide on whether to make the pre-marriage contracts legally binding. A recent poll of 1,000 people across the country found that nearly half of all 18-24 year olds would consider taking out a pre-nuptial agreement.The research, published by Dawsons law firm and conducted by OnePoll, found that the youngest group surveyed were more likely to seek out the pre-marriage contract than any other as high-profile divorce disputes continue to hit the courts. “It is clear that pre-nups are no longer the exclusive territory of the rich and famous. Younger men and women are aware that divorce is more than prevalent now than it was in the age of their parents and grandparents,” said Suzanne Kingston at Dawsons. Similarly, 42 per cent of people surveyed between the ages of 45-54 years have considered taking out a pre-nuptial agreement as they have either gone through a divorce or know someone who has.But Britons are still unsure about it and 65 per cent said they would not consider taking out the pre-marriage contract.The results come as lawyers are eagerly awaiting a landmark ruling to come out of the Supreme Court on the bitter dispute between heiress Katrin Radmacher and husband Nicolas Granantino. Lawyers are expecting the “landmark” ruling to give guidance to the legal status of the pre-nuptial agreement. Kingston said: “The ruling by the Supreme Court on the Radmacher divorce will mark the end of what has been one of the most acrimonious and high profile divorce cases in recent years…this will see the status of pre-nuptial agreements clarified by the highest court in the country at last.” Tags: NULL Share KCS-content Show Comments ▼ Video Carousel – cityam_native_carousel – 426 00:00/00:50 LIVERead More whatsapp Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyUndoTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesUndoBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndomoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comUndoMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesUndo Sunday 10 October 2010 10:59 pm Read This Next’Kevin Can F**k Himself’: Here’s Why Only Allison and Patty Are SeenThe Wrap20 Stars Who’ve Posted Nude Selfies, From Lizzo to John Legend (Photos)The Wrap’Batwoman’: Wallis Day on Circe’s ‘Deranged’ Warpath and the Key to SavingThe Wrap’Godzilla vs Kong’ Reaches $100 Million in US After Grossing $250,000 inThe WrapJoin a Conversation on ‘Cancel Culture in Comedy’ with Maz Jobrani, SkyeThe WrapAnya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Fiennes Join Searchlight’s Dark Comedy ‘The Menu’The WrapAfter ‘Black Widow,’ Kevin Feige Leaves Open the Possibility of OtherThe Wrap’Pose’ Creator Steven Canals on Life After His Groundbreaking Show: ‘I’mThe Wrap’The Boys’ Star Aya Cash Took Inspiration From YouTube, TikTok and SteveThe Wrap whatsapplast_img read more

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Better Collective plans Nasdaq Stockholm listing

first_img Email Address Finance Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Better Collective has announced its intention to proceed with an initial public offering (IPO) and list its shares on Nasdaq Stockholm in Sweden Tags: Online Gambling 17th May 2018 | By contenteditor Topics: Finance Strategy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: Europe Nordics Sweden Better Collective plans Nasdaq Stockholm listing Better Collective has announced its intention to proceed with an initial public offering (IPO) and list its shares on Nasdaq Stockholm in Sweden. The company said that an IPO will help to promote its development and growth through improved access to the capital market, as well as diversification of its shareholder base. Capital raised via the listing will be used to support the firm’s ongoing growth strategy. Nasdaq Stockholm has already given its approval to the Better Collective shares for listing, subject to customary conditions, and the firm expects to complete its IPO before the end of the year. Jesper Søgaard, co-founder and chief executive of Better Collective, said: “Since Christian Kirk Rasmussen and I started the Better Collective journey together in 2002, we have made it our mission to make sports betting and gambling entertaining, transparent and fair. “In recent years, we really went beyond the organic growth path and started executing our M&A-strategy. “We have delivered solid growth, launched new innovative products, and lifted the company to new standards on all levels. “We find ourselves in a strong position based on our scale, international presence, and technological expertise. “We find that the time is right for accelerating our growth even further and taking a leading role in the ongoing consolidation of iGaming affiliates.” Søgaard added: “Our ambition is to empower even more igamers around the world by strengthening our already leading position in the sports betting affiliate market through our growing portfolio of digital tools and platforms. “We welcome new investors to become a part of this journey that we, and the Better Collective team, already know to be an inspiring one.”Related article: Better Collective confirms Danish acquisitionlast_img read more

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Newly ordained Anglicans, seminarians make fact-finding visit to Anglican Communion…

first_img Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Curate Diocese of Nebraska [Anglican Communion News Service] Recently ordained Anglicans and seminarians from 14 countries have visited the Anglican Communion office in London to learn about its work through a series of presentations by staff members. The guests came from Australia, Brazil, India, Ghana, Hong Kong, Kenya, Korea, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, United States and Zimbabwe.Full article. Tags Featured Events Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Belleville, IL Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Submit a Press Release 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 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Collierville, TN Director of Music Morristown, NJ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Newly ordained Anglicans, seminarians make fact-finding visit to Anglican Communion office Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Posted Jun 7, 2017 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI 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 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Hopkinsville, KY 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 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Washington, DC Rector Martinsville, VA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Submit an Event Listing Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Anglican Communion Associate Rector Columbus, GA Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Tampa, FL Press Release Service Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Shreveport, LA Submit a Job Listing Rector Bath, NC Rector Knoxville, TN Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Albany, NY Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET last_img read more

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Islington House / Neil Dusheiko Architects

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/463856/islington-house-neil-dusheiko-architects Clipboard 2013 Year:  United Kingdom photographs:  Dennis Gilbert, Neil Dusheiko ArchitectsPhotographs:  Dennis Gilbert, Courtesy of Neil Dusheiko Architects Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project 2013 Manufacturers: GDStonesSave this picture!© Dennis GilbertText description provided by the architects. The existing house was in a run down state and required considerable repair work. In our initial planning negotiations with Islington Council, we agreed to reinstate the traditional bay window that had been removed and this eased the way to getting permission for a substantial contemporary rear extension. Save this picture!© Dennis GilbertThe remodeled house accommodates a family of five. The ground floor has been completely opened up into a single open plan space linking living room, kitchen, dining and garden together. The kitchen is placed at the heart of the home allowing the family to interact with one other across the space. The floor and ceiling levels vary to alter the scale and proportion within the main volume. Save this picture!© Dennis GilbertLarge skylights the over the kitchen and dining spaces bring light right into the heart of home and creates a feeling of being outdoors and at one with the outside environment which was important to the family. This use of natural light is continued throughout the house, in the long slot window over the bath connecting to the garden and in the en-suite bathroom and master bedroom where use of more skylights creates the feeling of showering and sleeping under the stars. Save this picture!Proposed Section BBThis connection of the domestic environment to the outdoors is further reinforced by the palette of materials – the polished concrete floor runs seamlessly from inside to the garden through retractable glass doors. The utility spaces for the kitchen and the guest toilet are housed behind an Iroko slatted wall, which feels like an extension of the boundary fence further blurring the boundary between inside and outside. Save this picture!© Neil Dusheiko ArchitectsThe folded geometrical planes are an important feature of the space and allow daylight to enter deep into the house. Sunlight bounces off an angled screen, which is painted white and reflects light onto the ceiling and into the living room. Reliance on artificial lighting is kept to a minimum. We worked closely with the clients to meet their specific requirements and the house has many special features and elements of bespoke design namely: Save this picture!© Dennis GilbertThe Western Red Cedar Brise Soleil shutters outside the bathroom were specially made and create privacy, they can be rotated and opened like gates in order to access the skylights below for cleaning. Save this picture!Existing Section BBWe used an insulated render system over the existing brick, overcladding the existing render layer with a high performance insulated render increasing thermal performance of the existing envelope. This was used in conjunction with double glazed traditional sash windows and high performance double glazed aluminum windows to the modern extension – further reducing energy bills. The client lovingly refers to the pink façade as the house’s jersey. Save this picture!Axonometric ViewWe used polished concrete on the floors alongside an underfloor heating system. This allowed us to take advantage of the embodied thermal mass within the concrete slab, which stores heat for long periods decreasing the amount of energy used to heat the spaces. Save this picture!© Neil Dusheiko ArchitectsSkylights and LED lighting – we used large expanses of overhead glazing to bring natural light indoors reducing reliance on artificial lighting. We used strip LED lighting, which benefits from low energy use alongside a longlife lamp system also creating a warm and diffuse light in the interiors. Save this picture!Proposed Ground Floor PlanIroko cladding – The ground floor of the house is broken up into ‘served and servant’ spaces. The utility spaces for the kitchen including the fridge, freezer, pantry, laundry and guest toilet are all hidden neatly behind an iroko wall giving a hierarchy to the more public spaces of the home.Project gallerySee allShow lessSeeleben Condominium / Spado ArchitectsSelected ProjectsJinan Vanke Marketing Center / Tsushima Design StudioSelected Projects Share CopyAbout this officeNeil Dusheiko ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentRenovationGreater LondonHousesRefurbishmentRenovationUnited KingdomPublished on January 06, 2014Cite: “Islington House / Neil Dusheiko Architects” 06 Jan 2014. ArchDaily. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Year:  Projects Architects: Neil Dusheiko Architects Year Completion year of this architecture project Islington House / Neil Dusheiko Architects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/463856/islington-house-neil-dusheiko-architects Clipboard “COPY” Photographs “COPY” Islington House / Neil Dusheiko ArchitectsSave this projectSaveIslington House / Neil Dusheiko Architects CopyHouses, Renovation•Greater London, United Kingdom Houses ArchDaily Save this picture!© Dennis Gilbert+ 39 Sharelast_img read more

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Human trafficking law promotes reproductive injustice

first_imgThe Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 (S. 178) was considered a bipartisan bill when it was introduced in the U.S. Senate on Jan. 13. When an anti-abortion provision was discovered on March 10, protests from human rights, civil rights, legal, reproductive health and women’s groups erupted.If passed, the bill would discriminate against victims by denying essential medical coverage for abortions, and it could expand the Hyde Amendment far beyond its current scope. The amendment currently restricts federal Medicaid funding for abortions for poor women.In a survey of 67 sex trafficking victims conducted by Laura J. Lederer for the Department of State, more than half reported having had abortions. About three out of four women said they’d had at least one pregnancy while being trafficked, and 20 percent reported five or more. Amnesty International estimates 60 percent of women and girls who come across the border report being raped. (fusion.net, March 11)The stated goal of the JVTA, which passed the House earlier this year, is to go beyond earlier bills in addressing child abuse and protections for victims of trafficking. One provision is funding programs for victims by using fines charged to traffickers That sounds innocent enough. But by including fees and fines, not just taxpayer funds restricted by Hyde, pro-choice groups fear that could entrench the Hyde amendment and lead to many more abortion restrictions in the future. (thinkprogress.org, March 11)Reproductive health care activists have fought to repeal Hyde since it was passed in 1976. It was the first major national attack on access to abortion, which unfairly discriminates against those who have the least financial resources — women of color, young, immigrant, disabled, rural and transgender women.Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) denies tacking on the provision in a sneak attack on abortion rights. Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas, executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, told fusion.net the provision is “inexcusable.” “Even more so given the high rates of sexual abuse experienced by Latina survivors. Women, not politicians, should make our own decisions when it comes to pregnancy.”Kate Stewart of Advocates for Youth said, “Human trafficking survivors, overwhelmingly young women, deserve to have all reproductive health options available to them. This move by politicians is an underhanded attempt to harm women most in need.” (thinkprogress.org)To sign a reproductive justice petition condemning the provision, visit ­allaboveall.org.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Charges dropped against blogger who was arrested under new cyber-crime law

first_img Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom to go further 07.09.07 : Blogger Praya Pichai freed on bail, faces up to ten years in prison October 12, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Charges dropped against blogger who was arrested under new cyber-crime law Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years Reporters Without Borders calls on the Thai authorities to explain the situation of the blogger known by the pseudonym Praya Pichai, who had been facing up to 10 years in prison under the new Computer Crime Act until charges were dropped for lack of evidence.“Even if the charges have been dropped, he has not been cleared,” the press freedom organisation said. “Anything he says or does on the Internet will be monitored for the next 10 years, during which he could be imprisoned if he posts another political comment on a website. Such control is excessive and his situation must therefore be clarified before more arrests occur.” Help by sharing this information ————————————————— Reporters Without Borders urges the Thai authorities to drop all charges against a blogger using the pseudonym Praya Pichai who was arrested last month under the new Computer Crime Act and who was released on bail yesterday.“The charges against this blogger must be withdrawn as soon as possible,” the organisation said. “They pose a threat to online free expression and highlight the abuses that can result from this new cyber-crime law.”According to the website Prachatai.com, the blogger has been charged under section 14 of Computer Crime Act, which provides for a sentence of up to ten years in prison for “false data” that can cause injury to persons, the public, national security or public disorder. Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar ThailandAsia – Pacific News Follow the news on Thailand ThailandAsia – Pacific center_img August 21, 2020 Find out more News 05.09.07 : Blogger reportedly held under new computer crime law Organisation Receive email alerts May 12, 2021 Find out more News News RSF_en Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about the reported detention of a Thai blogger for the past 12 days under the new Computer Crime Act, which took effect on 18 July.“We call on the information and communications technology ministry to take an official position on this arrest, which would be the first of its kind since the adoption of the Computer Crime Act,” the press freedom organisation said. “It confirms our fears about the dangers of a law that is supposed to combat pornography but turns out to be a way of restricting and controlling press freedom.”The website site Prachatai.com quotes a “reliable source” as saying a 36-year-old computer programmer was arrested because of comments posted anonymously on web forums. The offending post appears to have been one deemed “critical of the monarchy.” After being held for six days at the Police Crime Suppression Division office, he was reportedly transferred to a Bangkok prison on 30 August.The Computer Crime Act allows the police to seize computer files from people suspected of circulating insulting or pornographic messages. Information and communications technology ministry spokesman Vissanu Meeyoo said at the time its aim was “to prevent the owners of computers from transmitting pornographic content or libellous messages. —————————————————– June 12, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Award Recipient

first_imgLocal News Facebook Pinterest Award Recipient Pinterest Previous articleGOOD NEWS: DWWTS-Sam GonzalezNext article020317_OHS Permian Girls_04 Digital AIM Web Support Facebook TAGS  center_img WhatsApp Twitter Twitter Dr. Agosto Sepulveda comments after receiving the Ignacio Cisneros Puro Corazon Award during a Hispanic Heritage of Odessa and LULAC luncheon Wednesday at ORMC. By Digital AIM Web Support – February 19, 2021 WhatsApplast_img read more

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Gold Smuggling Case : Kerala High Court Reserves Orders On M Siva Sankar’s Anticipatory Bail Applications

first_imgNews UpdatesGold Smuggling Case : Kerala High Court Reserves Orders On M Siva Sankar’s Anticipatory Bail Applications LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK23 Oct 2020 5:11 AMShare This – xThe High Court of Kerala on Friday reserved orders on the anticipatory bail applications filed by M Siva Sankar IAS, former Principal Secretary to the Kerala Chief Minister, in the cases registered by the Customs and the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the smuggling of gold through diplomatic channel.A single bench of Justice Ashok Menon reserved the orders for October 28,…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe High Court of Kerala on Friday reserved orders on the anticipatory bail applications filed by M Siva Sankar IAS, former Principal Secretary to the Kerala Chief Minister, in the cases registered by the Customs and the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the smuggling of gold through diplomatic channel.A single bench of Justice Ashok Menon reserved the orders for October 28, after hearing Additional Solicitor General of India S V Raju for the ED, Senior Advocate K Ramkumar for the Customs, and Senior Advocate P Vijayabhanu for Siva Sankar.The Court directed that the interim protection from arrest granted earlier to Siva Sankar will continue till the pronouncement of orders.ASG SV Raju submitted that Siva Sankar was aware of the activities of Swapna Suresh, the prime accused in the case. He said that the former Principal Secretary was not cooperating with the investigation and was giving evasive replies.”It has come out in the investigation that Sivasankar had contacted customs officials in TVM airport for clearance of cargo. Also, come out that commission was going to him”, the ASG said.He submitted that Siva Sankar and Swapna Suresh were close to each other and used to have frequent Whatsapp chats throughout the day. Swapna used to tell Siva Sankar everything and it is highly likely that he was aware of her dealings. The ASG further submitted that Siva Sankar had introduced Swapna Suresh to his Chartered Accountant and had helped her to open a bank locker, from which an amount of Rs 64 lakhs has now been recovered by the agency. This amount, the ASG said, represented the proceeds of the crime.The ASG said that the ED had strong reasons to believe that Siva Sankar was the “kingpin” of the transactions. “We have reasons to believe that Swapna was only a pawn and Siva Sankar was the real beneficiary. Swapna was completely under his control and strings were pulled by him. This is a possibility we are investigating.It could be that the proceeds of the crime belong to Siva Sankar and Swapna was only a face. His conduct shows full, neck-deep involvement.”, the ASG said.Referring to the Supreme Court decisions in P Chidambaram v Enforcement Directorate, Gautam Kundu v Manoj Kumar, Assistant Director, the ASG aruged that in economic offences, the discretion to grant anticipatory bail cannot be exercised. Custodial interrogation is essential in such cases. The ASG highlighted that the Prevention of Money Laundering Act has inherent safeguards to ensure that arrest was made only when it is necessary. As per Section 19, the power of arrest is granted only to high-ranking officials. And, reasons to believe that the person is guilty of offence are to be recorded in writing before arrest. If anticipatory bail is granted, it will hamper the investigation. He is a very influential person being the senior-most civil servant and the former Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, the ASG added.Senior Advocate Ramkumar supplemented the submissions of ASG by stating that in economic offences, bail is an exception.Senior Advocate P Vijayabhanu, appearing for Siva Sankar, submitted that the report filed by the ED before the Special Court had no mention that Siva Sankar had called the customs officials at the Thiruvananthapuram airport. “In the 302-page report submitted by ED, there is no such mention. Even in the complaint filed by the ED there is no allegation that Siva Sankar is the kingpin. They have no such case in the counter too. They are making off the cuff allegations”, Mr. Vijayabhanu said.The Whatsapp chats between Sivasankar and Swapna were with respect to the Rs 30 lakhs which was deposited in 2018 and they have no connection with the gold smuggling case. The senior counsel added that anticipatory bail can be granted for any offence, if there is no statutory bar.There is no statutory bar to grant anticipatory bail under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.”ED is trying to arrest Siva Sankar on suppositions that he may be the kingpin. This is only harassment. He has been cooperating. They have questioned him for over 90 hours. Even after that, there is no evidence”, he said.The case relates to the seizure of 30 kg of 24 carat gold worth ₹14.82 crore at Thiruvananthapuram airport on July 5 by the Customs (Preventive) Commissionerate, Kochi, which was sought to be brought through the diplomatic consignment sent to UAE consulate at the State capital.Sivasankar came under the cloud of suspicion on account of his connections with the prime accused in the gold smuggling case, Swapna Suresh and P R Sarith.After the reports about gold smuggling surfaced in media, the state government suspended him from service last July for alleged violations of conduct rules.Next Storylast_img read more

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Recent rapid salinity rise in three East Antarctic lakes

first_imgResearch in East Antarctica has shown several recent environmental changes that may be linked to human impacts on climate. In order to detect the influence and context of these changes on coastal aquatic ecosystems we examined lake sediment cores from three lakes in the Windmill Islands, East Antarctica; Beall Lake, Holl Lake and ȁ8Lake Mȁ9. Cores were sectioned at␣2.5 mm intervals. Their diatom species composition was examined to detect changes in lake salinity using a diatom-salinity transfer function, and their algal pigment content was examined to detect photoautotrophic community responses to environmental change. Results showed that Holl Lake originated in a depression exposed by Holocene recession of the continental ice sheet and that Beall Lake and Lake M originated as isolated marine basins formed by changes in relative sea level. A general late Holocene trend of declining lake salinity was evident in all three lakes, interrupted by one short-term high salinity event in Beall Lake. This is consistent with a long-term positive moisture balance. This general decline in salinity has been followed by a remarkable recent rapid increase in salinity in all three lakes in the last few decades. We speculate that this rapid increase in salinity might be linked to changes taking place in the region including feedbacks resulting from decreasing sea ice extent as recorded in the nearby Law Dome ice core, and positive feedbacks in the catchments whereby reduced snow cover has led to decreased albedo, which in turn has caused increased evaporation and sublimation. Collectively these changes have shifted the lakes across a threshold from positive to negative moisture balance. A minor, but not rapid shift in the abundance of diatom pigments relative to pigments from green algae and cyanobacteria was also detected suggesting that some changes in photoautotrophic community composition have occurred. Measurements of modern nutrient levels are also higher than would be expected in Beall Lake and Holl Lake, given the extremely low sediment accumulation rates. This may be associated with a c. 300% increase in the population of Adélie penguins in the Windmill Islands recorded since the 1950s, or may a first signs of a rapid increase in catchment development and associated lake productivity as experienced in Antarctic and Arctic lakes subject to recent rapid regional warming. The most marked feature of the records is the rapid increase in salinity in all three lakes in␣the last few decades, which has occurred in lakes both with and without resident penguin populations.last_img read more

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Geolocation tracking of the annual migration of adult Australasian gannets (Morus serrator) breeding in New Zealand

first_imgThe long breeding period and high reproductive investment of seabirds make use of resource-rich foraging areas pivotal both during and between breeding seasons. We tracked adult Australasian Gannets (Morus serrator) from their New Zealand breeding colony at Cape Kidnappers to Australia during the non-breeding period to assess wintering behavior and migratory routes for this species. Data from three recovered geolocation sensor (GLS) tags showed that both a male and a female M. serrator, and a hybrid M. capensis × M. serrator migrated across the Tasman Sea to winter in Australian and Tasmanian coastal waters. Tracked birds covered distances of up to 13,000 km on their migration. These movements were consistent with historical records of band recoveries.last_img

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