RBS set to sell Priory Group for up to £1bn

first_imgSunday 9 January 2011 10:59 pm RBS set to sell Priory Group for up to £1bn whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Share THE Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) could finally be on the verge of selling care homes operator the Priory Group, famous for providing refuge to pop stars like Pete Doherty and Robbie Williams. RBS is poised to close a deal with private equity firm Advent International within the next few weeks.Advent was one of several firms interested in purchasing the Priory Group in September. Bain Capital, a US private equity firm originally led the way, yet negotiations dragged through November as disagreements over the asking price couldn’t be settled. RBS is said to have reopened the auction to earlier bidders such as Advent and Blackstone, before Bain’s bid officially collapsed last month.RBS, which acquired the group in 2007 when it bought ABN AMRO, still hopes to raise about £1bn from the sale, as it looks to shed its non-core assets.However, the asking price could yet again prove to be a stumbling block.RBS, along with Deutsche Bank, is also thought to be a leading candidate to finance the deal. Yesterday RBS and Deutsche Bank declined to comment. Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayotBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof Tags: NULL whatsapp KCS-content last_img read more

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Lloyds beats lending targets

first_imgWednesday 23 March 2011 12:04 pm Part-nationalised bank Lloyds Banking Group has met its targets for lending to businesses and for mortgages, it has announced.The high street lender extended £11.7bn in lending to small and mid-sized businesses and £37bn to larger companies in the year to February 2011, beating its annual target by £4.7bn.It also provided £23.5bn in gross mortgage lending to more than 50,000 people, excluding re-mortgages, beating its commitment of £23bn.“Through the Business Finance Taskforce, we are delivering 18 measures, focused on improving access to finance, and we’ve also agreed collectively to make up to £190bn of gross new lending available to businesses, subject to demand, alongside four other major banks,” it said.Lloyds said it approved eight out of ten requests for lending by businesses and eight out of ten mortgage applications.It had also kept its lending margin for businesses at 2.6 per cent over the Bank of England’s base rate, which it said was almost identical to the margin charged in 2007. It also said it was responsible for 30 per cent of all loans offered through the government’s Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme. Lloyds has extended 4,000 loans, worth £300m to date, it said. Tags: NULL Share whatsapp Lloyds beats lending targets Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’Small Axe’: Behind the Music Everyone Grooved On in Steve McQueen’sThe Wrap Show Comments ▼ whatsapp alison.lock last_img read more

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Auning-Hansen to exit as CFO of Danske Spil

first_img Danish gambling operator Danske Spil has revealed that Allan Auning-Hansen is to step down as its chief financial officer. Auning-Hansen will become a partner and CFO of juice bar and coffee shop chain, Joe & The Juice. Topics: People Strategy Auning-Hansen to exit as CFO of Danske Spil Danish gambling operator Danske Spil has revealed that Allan Auning-Hansen is to step down as its chief financial officer.Auning-Hansen will become both a partner and CFO of Joe & The Juice, joining the juice bar and coffee shop chain in October.Danske Spil has now launched a search to appoint a replacement for Auning-Hansen ahead of his official departure.“Danske Spil is a unique company that gives entertainment and dreams to the Danes and thus creates a great profit, which contributes to the Danish society – not least for sports,” Auning-Hansen said.“For joy and benefit, as we say, and something that I will always be proud of having been a central part of. I am sure that the future of the company and the many skilled employees will be just as distinguished as the past, and I promise to keep the tab high until my last day.”Susanne Mørch Koch, group CEO at Danske Spil, added: “Although I am sorry to lose Allan, a skilled daily business partner, I am pleased on his behalf and that Danske Spil can deliver talented managers to other ambitious Danish companies“I know this is an opportunity that Allan could not refuse. I have appreciated Allan’s skill and high spirits, and I wish him all the best in his further career.”Confirmation of Auning-Hansen’s departure comes after Danske Spil earlier this month brokered a deal to acquire Tivoli Gardens’ online gaming business. Danske Spil will be able to use the TivoliCasino.dk brand for the next 10 years, after which the parties will evaluate the success of the venture and decide whether the arrangement should be extended. People Email Address Tags: Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Regions: Europe Nordics Denmark 29th May 2019 | By contenteditor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletterlast_img read more

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National Breweries Plc 2016 Abridged Report

first_imgNational Breweries Plc (NATBRW.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Beverages sector has released it’s 2016 abridged results.For more information about National Breweries Plc (NATBRW.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the National Breweries Plc (NATBRW.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: National Breweries Plc (NATBRW.zm)  2016 abridged results.Company ProfileNational Breweries Plc produces, packages and markets traditional sorghum beer products in Zambia. Popular variants of its opaque beer are Chibuku Shake-Shake and Chibuku Super. The Chibuku beer brands are packaged in cartons and returnable plastic bottles and distributed through a nationwide network. The world-leading brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev SA, has a 70% majority shareholding in National Breweries but the company is considering sharing a controlling stake to Delta Corporation which is one of the largest holding companies in Zimbabwe by market value. National Breweries is a subsidiary of Zambia Breweries Plc which was previously majority-owned by SAB Miller. National Breweries Plc is listed on the Lusaka Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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African Alliance Insurance Company Plc (AFRINS.ng) 2019 Annual Report

first_imgAfrican Alliance Insurance Company Plc (AFRINS.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Financial sector has released it’s 2019 annual report.For more information about African Alliance Insurance Company Plc (AFRINS.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the African Alliance Insurance Company Plc (AFRINS.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: African Alliance Insurance Company Plc (AFRINS.ng)  2019 annual report.Company ProfileAfrican Alliance Insurance Company Plc is a life insurance company in Nigeria offering a combination of protection (term assurance and group life), savings and investment products. The company is regarded as one of the most experienced and strongest Specialist Life Assurance Offices in Nigeria with some 60 years’ experience in the insurance sector. The company also offers annuity and group life products as well as savings schemes and investment products. African Alliance Insurance operates a network of 18 branch offices. African Alliance Insurance Company has additional business interests which includes developing and managing properties in Nigeria, owning and managing an airline, operating a restaurant and providing catering services. The company has a 100% stake in Axiom Air Plc, a cargo airline company, Frenchies Foods (Nigeria) Plc and a restaurant and catering services company. It has a 96% stake in Ghana Life Insurance Company Plc. African Alliance Insurance Plc is a subsidiary of Conau Plc and has the backing of world-class reinsurers, Munich Reinsurance Company. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. African Alliance Insurance Company Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Church of Pakistan remembers its martyrs

first_img Featured Jobs & Calls Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Submit an Event Listing Anglican Communion, Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Smithfield, NC Featured Events 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 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC Tags Rector Pittsburgh, PA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Tampa, FL Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Shreveport, LA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Church of Pakistan remembers its martyrs Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Press Release Service The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Hopkinsville, KY By Gavin DrakePosted Oct 18, 2016 center_img Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Washington, DC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR 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 Submit a Press Release Rector Albany, NY Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN Youth Minister Lorton, VA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Director of Music Morristown, NJ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Submit a Job Listing Asia Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT [Anglican Communion News Service] The Church of Pakistan has designated Sept. 22 – the anniversary of the deadliest terror attack against the country’s Christian community – as the Day of the Christian Martyrs in Pakistan. Twin suicide bombers killed 127 people and injured more than 250 others when they attacked All Saints Church in Peshawar on Sept. 22, 2013. There have been numerous other attacks – included an attempt to attack the Warsak Christian compound in Peshawar last month. A resident was killed foiling that attack.Full article. Curate Diocese of Nebraska Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL 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 Rector Belleville, IL Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Martinsville, VAlast_img read more

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Clermont score sensational team try after the hooter

first_imgMonday Nov 1, 2010 Clermont score sensational team try after the hooter As we get into the round up of the best of the weekend, highlights or clips from the bigest matches will be featured soon, but for now here is a short clip of a fantastic try that was scored by Clermont in the Top 14 as they produced an impressive 27-3 bonus point win over Stade Francais.The reigning champs had lost their last two games so were in a need of a big one, and they delivered by scoring three tries in the second half, including this one in the 82nd minute that went through the hands of virtually their entire team.Their first try came while Stade captain Sergio Parisse was in the bin for a dangerous tackle, and upon his return, they scored their second. Vincent Debaty then stayed in support to get on the end of a flowing movement after the hooter.The bonus win at the Stade Marcel Michelin means that Clermont have bounced back nicely after their defeats and now move up three places, to 5th on the table.It was an action packed weekend of rugby so while theres a few obvious clips that will be posted soon, if theres anything else you spotted that you think should be featured here on RD please get in touch via the contact pageADVERTISEMENT Time: 03:01 Note: Thanks to Layathollah Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyShe Was the Most Beautiful Girl in the World. What She Looks Like Now is InsaneNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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Two weeks to Perfect Pitch

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Two weeks to Perfect Pitch Tagged with: Technology Howard Lake | 15 June 2005 | News UK Fundraising’s Perfect Pitch IT/online showcase takes place a fortnight today. There are still some delegate places available for those interested in services or products from IT/online providers to charities/nonprofits and fundraisers.Perfect Pitch has already attracted an impressive range of senior charity staff, with registrations from CEOs, Heads of Fundraising, and Directors of IT.There are still some places available, so register today if you are in the market for IT/online services and want to view some of the leading services available. Advertisement  23 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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Astronomical imperialism!

first_imgOn the 50th anniversary of the first U.S. space land grab on July 20, when the Apollo 11 mission planted a U.S. flag on the moon, there was intensified hoopla about research in astronomy and future space travel. However, buried in the romantic exhilaration are motives that are anything but benign. The world’s richest billionaires are in on the space race and are investing untold millions of dollars to reap enormous financial gain. Private corporations are investing heavily in not just space tourism, but in plans to mine the moon and the asteroid belt to obtain materials that will yield huge profits. The imperialists’ ultimate goal: appropriating the solar system’s moons and Mars to establish ownership for future mining, strategic U.S. military bases and settlements. The struggle against imperialist hegemony must oppose Pentagon domination and capitalist exploitation of the newest target: outer space.  Asterank database of over 600,000 asteroids. Using that information, Asterank, owned by Planetary Resources, explains, “[W]e can estimate the costs and rewards of mining asteroids.”‘Star Wars’ not sci-fiThe possibility of space wars is no longer just in “Star Wars” creator George Lukas’ mind. It is real.  While corporations scheme to gain riches, the Pentagon’s militarization of space is intensifying to protect capitalist interests and uphold U.S. domination. In 2018, Commander in Chief, President Donald Trump ordered the Department of Defense to set up a sixth branch of the military, the U.S. Space Force, which is slated to be established by 2020.In March, the DoD submitted a $2 billion budget to Congress to be parsed out over five years. So far, the House Appropriations Committee has allocated $15 million, while its counterpart in the Senate agreed to $72.4 million for fiscal year 2020.   The DoD’s proposal asserted: “The establishment of the U.S. Space Force will help ensure the United States is postured to deter aggression and outpace potential adversaries in order to protect and defend our national interests.” The militarists claim this is due to “a changing space environment and growing threats.” The Pentagon’s stated goals are to: “Fundamentally transform our approach to space; establish the U.S. Space Force; maximize warfighting capacity and advocacy for space; outpace future threats [and] defend our vital national interests in space.” (tinyurl.com/y39tqeze) Also, according to Reuters, “NATO aims to recognize space as a domain of warfare this year … partly to show … Trump that the alliance is relevant and adapting to new threats, after he signed off on the creation of a U.S. Space Force.” (June 21)In another ominous development, the U.S. Space Command — SPACECOM — is being established as the precursor to the U.S. Space Force. Trump announced Aug.   29, “As the newest combatant command SPACECOM will defend America’s vital interests in space — the next warfighting domain. The Space Force will organize, train and equip warriors to support SPACECOM’s mission.” That would uphold U.S. dominance in space because “the best way to prevent conflict is to prepare for victory,” quoted that day’s New York Times.Defense News listed SPACECOM’s missions: “to deter potential adversaries in space, defend American assets in orbit [includes spy satellites], deliver war-fighting capabilities to other combatant commands and to develop joint war fighters to … operate in the space domain.” Already, 287 military personnel have been moved from the U.S. Strategic Command into SPACECOM. (Aug. 29) The article quotes Air Force Gen. Jay Raymond, the new head of SPACECOM, as saying, “We are at a strategic inflection point. There is nothing that we do that isn’t enabled by space.” He states “the best way …  to deter a conflict from extending into space … is to be prepared to fight and win.” “A sharper focus,” Raymond stresses, will be put on “dangers from other nations in space … including competitors such as China and Russia … and any other future competitors who might gain space capabilities.” Iran is also cited as a country “willing to invest significant national capital to put national assets into orbit.”There is no doubt that the Pentagon and White House are sending a clear warning to Russia, China, Iran and any other countries that they view as global competitors, and informing them that the U.S. is staking its claim to supremacy over space technology — and over outer space itself.  In contrast, North Korea passed the Law on Space Development in 2013, which governs its National Aerospace Development Administration. In addition to opposing the militarization of space, it includes international cooperation and respect for international law and regulations for space. Notably, unlike North Korea, the U.S. does not have a declaration that opposes the militarization of space.Astronomical science age-oldContemporary scientists and the public are fascinated by the possible existence of life on other planets and their satellites, and have built huge telescopes that examine the origin of the universe by peering backward in time. Moon landings and stories about projected colonies on and beyond Mars stimulate people’s imaginations. However, in reality, astronomical science has been around ever since humans looked skyward. For tens of thousands of years, Aboriginal peoples in what is now “Australia,” have handed down through storytelling their knowledge about the constellations to accurately predict the seasons, when to plant and more.  Pacific Islanders navigated the Pacific Ocean by the stars, passing down their knowledge through song from generation to generation.Ancient and Indigenous peoples studied the stars for timekeeping, designing calendars and predicting eclipses.  These include the East African peoples of Nomoratunga, the Sumerians and Akkadians of ancient Mesopotamia, the Minoans, Indus Valley peoples and peoples living in China as early as 3,000 BCE. In the Western Hemisphere, the Aztecs developed a complex calendar and the Incas used their knowledge of astronomy in agriculture.  For the Papago Indigenous of Arizona, Sicangu Oyate Lakota and other Indigenous peoples, their knowledge of the skies played a major part in agriculture and other essential areas of their lives.Astronomical developments occurred in the Muslim world, as early at the 9th century CE, in the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa, mostly written in Arabic. Ulugh Beg, a 15th century Muslim sultan, known for his precise astronomical measurements, built in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, the largest observatory in Central Asia at the time.In 1609, Galileo perfected the telescope and proved that Copernicus was right: The earth revolves around the sun. The Vatican found him “suspect of heresy” and put him under house arrest for life.In another example of science for its own sake, scientists recently substantiated Einstein’s theory of general relativity using the Keck Observatory, Gemini Observatory and Subaru Telescope in Hawai’i.  Historically, however, astronomical science has not always advanced scientific knowledge, but has been harnessed for warfare, plundering and colonizing. In 1504, Columbus successfully threatened Indigenous people of Xaymaca with a lunar eclipse, predicted by his mariner’s almanac, unless they provided food for his crew. British colonialists renamed the island Jamaica.European conquerors steered their ships using celestial navigation. Right after Galileo perfected the telescope, he showed the Doge (leader) of Venice how to identify enemy ships 10 times farther away than they previously could.“Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military,” a book written by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and historian Avis Lang, chronicles the historical use of astronomy for war and conquest up to the present day.  The space ‘Gold Rush’Between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter lies the asteroid belt replete with precious metals, including iron, nickel, gold, cobalt and platinum. Tyson suggests the first trillionaire will be an asteroid miner. Space mining companies, including Planetary Resources, estimate the asteroid Davida is worth $100 trillion, over five times the U.S. gross domestic product.How will countries and private asteroid prospecting companies get there? When split into hydrogen and oxygen, water becomes rocket fuel. So, the first order of business is to mine for water on the moon, eventually using it as a launching pad for reaching nearby water-laden asteroids from which to travel farther. According to Science Focus, Planetary Resources aims “to bake the water out of these rocks, turning them into Space Age petrol stations.” (tinyurl.com/y4pebs7w) Not to mention plucking water from the icy rocks in Saturn’s rings.However, the biggest payload is nearby and plentiful for the scooping. Lunar dust, the upper layer of the moon’s regolith (layer of unconsolidated rocky material covering bedrock), abounds in helium-3, an estimated 1 million tons. When brought to Earth and processed, it is theorized that 25 percent of lunar helium-3 might provide an alternative clean energy source for the entire Earth for five centuries. It is valued at an estimated $5 billion a ton. Companies vie for richesAmong the companies vying for the booty are Moon Express and NanoRacks. Some have partnered with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to stake out claims starting in 2020.The British-based Asteroid Mining Corporation, after touting its benign motives, boasts: “[W]e will also gain a much deeper understanding about humans as a species and as a civilisation [sic], finding answers to … questions, such as ‘Are we alone in the Universe?’ and get incredibly rich in the process.” (tinyurl.com/y58jpvzf)   The company predicts asteroids will be mined by 2030. Britain, France, India, Iran, Israel, Japan, Luxembourg and Russia are also in the space race. These countries, along with China and North Korea, are parties to the Outer Space Treaty that covers cooperation and peaceful utilization of space.  It forbids national appropriation of celestial bodies but allows a state to maintain jurisdiction over a space object. The treaty does not protect against space tourism, estimated by Swiss bank UBS to be worth $805 billion by 2030, nor does it cover mining by private and public entities.It is not surprising that China and North Korea have developed sophisticated space programs for their own economic and strategic protection. Their leaders know the U.S. history of breaking treaties, going back to the plundering of Indigenous lands and resources, and are quite cognizant of corporations’ financial motives and imperialist governments’ military and strategic goals.Because China has now landed two rovers on the moon, with the third scheduled for December 2019, Washington has ratcheted up funding to establish dominance over the moon as quickly as possible.  Some corporate profiteers may be concerned that China is exploring the potential of obtaining helium-3 to make it available on Earth before Western companies and governments can obtain the gas and reap megaprofits from its sale — and predominate on the moon to protect their assets. Billionaires invest in space venturesBillionaire Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, has invested in multimillion-dollar space ventures. His SpaceX ticket to the moon is estimated to cost $35 million. His company recently signed a $1.6 billion contract with NASA to facilitate space colonization and travel to Mars. In preparation for Hurricane Dorian, SpaceX coordinated with its partners at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Kennedy Space Center to protect its facilities there.Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg is on the board of Starshot, whose mission is to reach Alpha Centauri within a generation. Alpha Centauri is the closest planetary system to the solar system — 4.37 light-years or 25.7 trillion miles from the Sun.Other billionaires who have invested millions of dollars in space ventures include Amazon owner Jeff Bezos, who established the Blue Origin company; Richard Branson, whose spaceflight company Virgin Galactic is part of the Virgin Group; and Google co-founder, Larry Page, backer of the space-mining company Planetary Resources.  They make massive investments in these projects rather than pay decent salaries to the workers whose labor they exploit to make them rich. In June, NASA announced it will open the International Space Station to non-NASA employees to conduct “commercial and marketing activities” to fund ongoing missions on the station. Boeing and SpaceX are slated to replace Russian-made rockets that currently carry astronauts to the station at $82 million a seat.Profiteers plan to plunder solar systemTo mine for extraterrestrial gold, private companies are setting their sights on exerting dominance over the moon and other areas of space, as so-called  “explorers” plundered and grabbed Indigenous lands around the globe. Employing well-funded research and development, they are mapping out areas to occupy, first on the moon and then on Mars. Their sights are far-ranging, perhaps extending to establishing societies on a moon of Jupiter or Saturn. The history of rampant imperialist ecological destruction precludes the preservation of these solar bodies. Shockingly, Musk has advocated exploding nuclear bombs on Martian poles to chemically warm its atmosphere for human habitation. (Business Insider, 2019) Martin Elvis, astrophysicist, and Tony Mulligan, philosopher, propose, in the September issue of Acta Astronautica, that humans use up only one-eighth of the resources available in the solar system — i.e., for ownership and plundering, with the rest set aside as “wilderness.” (tinyurl.com/y5qrz6v8)  But the historical encroachment on U.S. public lands shows how profiteers will grab any land they can to make super-profits.    No corporate land grabs anywhere! Environmental exploiter-in-chief Trump issued a proclamation that opened over 2 million acres of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments in Utah for corporate mining and drilling in December 2017. A longtime struggle by five Native nations won national monument status for the park to protect Indigenous cultural sites in 2016.  These nations, joined by scientific organizations, conservation groups and others are legally contesting Trump’s action.It is intriguing to imagine possible life on exoplanets and their moons which could be in the habitable “Goldilocks zone” —  meaning not too hot and not too cold. The newest, projected telescopes are well-equipped to locate such entities for future settlements.  These telescopes are not just designed for “pure” science, even though the literature about the projected Thirty Meter Telescope claims otherwise. Significantly, the Kānaka Maoli people in Hawai’i are protesting TMT’s installation on Mauna Kea because it is a sacred site for all Pacific Islanders, a conservation site and the watershed for Hawai’i, the Big Island. It is not unreasonable to assume that some obscenely wealthy individuals are planning their “escape route” from Earth’s impending climate catastrophe. Searching for new sites in space on which to establish these “elite” societies would appeal to them more than pooling their resources to save this planet.However, to combat the growing climate crisis, the focus should be on stopping capitalist degradation of this planet.  Everyone who is concerned about this growing disaster should join the protests to confront global warming caused by greenhouse gases. Ultimately, system change is crucial for the sake of all life on planet Earth.Janet Mayes, an amateur astronomer, authored a science fiction novel about U.S. hegemony in space, “Beyond the Horse’s Eye, a Fantasy Out of Time,” under the pen name Janet Rose. A review can be found at tinyurl.com/y6fzefun. Kathy Durkin contributed to this article.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Edward McNamara angling to save Shannon salmon from extinction

first_imgBirdwatch Ireland Limerick and conservation of species Edward McNamara clearing the the river outside of ‘Sleepy Hollow’ along the Shannon riverbank.Photo: Cian ReinhardtEdward McNamara has been angling on the Shannon River for the past 60 years and still uses the hut from where he started his lifetime passion on the riverbank at Plassey.He has seen the river transform over the last half century and believes it has reached a critical point for the sustainability of salmon fishing in the area.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “We used to breed salmon in Plassey, but now it is unsustainable. They dammed off Plassey when they built the Ardnacrusha Power Station and the Parteen Weir. Now we have to use Birdhill, where they are breeding salmon and letting them off into the waters.“But when all the overflowing water comes down from the Parteen Weir and Ardnacrusha all the fish are washed away as it flows through Plassey,” he told the Limerick Post.“The Shannon is supposed to be the best river for salmon in Ireland but the ESB and Inland Fisheries Ireland are not treating it well. I want the fisheries managers to come out of their offices and look after the Shannon, the way they should.” Garda investigation launched into death of woman outside Limerick Print Advertisement The ESB are responsible for this section of the Shannon and have acknowledged the difficulty in sustaining salmon levels in the region.A spokesperson said: “Salmon spawning activity may be naturally compromised, also the flooding event of the past season represents a natural event, which is irrespective of the presence of ESB installations.”A spokesperson for Inland Fisheries Ireland said that they had an enforcement and conservation role in this area, ensuring that Wild Salmon stocks and other fish species are protected.“Inland Fisheries Ireland is ensuring the protection of the vulnerable wild salmon stock through conservation measures such as restricting salmon angling where they are below conservation limits, providing advice to anglers on methods of angling, providing an environmental remit on any planning developments on or near the river, water quality inspections and carrying out surveys to estimate the numbers of fish available in the catchments,” the spokesperson explained.However Mr McNamara said they still aren’t doing enough to save the Shannon salmon stocks. He also maintains that money collected from allowing foreign companies to use the river, competitions and license fees needs to be put back into river.“If this river is going to be kept the way it used to be, they need to come out of their offices, take off their coats and look after the river,” Mr McNamara said. Edward McNamara clearing the the river outside of ‘Sleepy Hollow’ along the Shannon riverbank. Photo: Cian Reinhardt Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleLimerick athlete James Quinlan rows on to double goldNext articleTen years of Bad Reputation Ireland Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Emailcenter_img NewsEdward McNamara angling to save Shannon salmon from extinctionBy Staff Reporter – August 3, 2017 1849 Headrace: A cautionary tale from Theme Tune Boy Twitter Fisheries Officers wanted to protect and develop fisheries resource in Limerick Young Limerick anglers learn how to cast at free fishing event Linkedin TAGSanglingArdnacrushaconservationfishingPlasseysalmonShannon RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Blocked river access is threatening Limerick’s fishing heritagelast_img read more

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