Rogers & Co Ltd (ROGE.mu) HY2016 Interim Report

first_imgRogers & Co Ltd (ROGE.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the half year.For more information about Rogers & Co Ltd (ROGE.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Rogers & Co Ltd (ROGE.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Rogers & Co Ltd (ROGE.mu)  2016 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileRogers & Co Limited is an international and investment services company  headquartered in Mauritius, that primarily focuses on operations in four markets which are, financial tech, hospitality, logistics and property where the company provides services such as fiduciary, outsourcing, and consulting services, such as tax advisory, captive insurance management, fund administration, and actuarial services, technology services, including integrated business solutions, cloud computing, unified communications and collaboration, and mobile and converged connectivity services and financial services. Rogers & Co Limited operates through the following segments, aviation, financial services, hospitality, logistics, property, real estate and agribusiness, technology, corporate office, and corporate treasury. Rogers & Co limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Episcopal priest announces death of dog Wili, made popular on…

first_img Rector Washington, DC 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 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Press Release Service Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Smithfield, NC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Submit a Press Release AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Nawiliwili Nelson, better known as Wili, spent more than two weeks on the road in a Honda CRV last year with the Rev. Bill Miller, who calls dogs “God’s best work.” Photo: Bill Miller[Episcopal News Service] The road-tripping, four-legged Episcopalian whose celebrity rose as he melted hearts and raised spirits last year on the “Last Howlelujah Tour” has died.Nawiliwili “Wili” Nelson was 12 years old. Or maybe 13.“He was truly a ‘one-in-a-million’ dog!” said the Rev. Bill Miller, Wili’s devoted human and rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Covington, Louisiana.Wili, a terrier mix, received a cancer diagnosis in November 2016 and was given as little as three months to live. Instead, with the help of surgery, chemotherapy and a healthier diet, the terrier mix was able to survive quite a bit longer, giving him and Miller the time to embark on last year’s road trip from New Orleans to Las Vegas and back again.Along the way, the pup and pastor generated news headlines while holding book signings and charity events that raised more than $14,000 for animal wellness charities.Miller announced Wili’s death Monday on Facebook and later wrote up what he calls Wili’s “Obarktuary.”Born in Hawaii, Wili’s “first recorded public appearance simply notes that the Kauai Humane Society found him wandering happily by the side of the road,” Miller wrote. “It is thought that he was humming ‘On the Road Again’ by an alternative country-western singer with pig tails whom he greatly resembled, and who resided in his dad’s home state of Texas.”The “Last Howlelujah Tour” took the Rev. Bill Miller and Wili from Louisiana to Nevada, passing through Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona. Photo: Bill Miller, via Facebook.Miller, serving at a church in Hawaii at the time, adopted him from the humane society in July 2006 and named him after that singer, Willie Nelson.A 59-year-old Texas native, Miller was in Austin when he got his first dog, an Airedale named Sam, in 1993. The dog’s story of surviving a house fire became the foundation for Miller’s 2005 book, “The Gospel According to Sam.” (Miller’s other book is “The Beer Drinker’s Guide to God.”)Miller’s side gig as a storyteller shows through in his final tribute, such as his description of their move to Louisiana in 2015. “Wili never met a stranger — he quickly became friends with everyone in his neighborhood, dogs and humans alike. In Louisiana, Wili became well-known as a stuffed-alligator wrestling champion.”Miller thanked the veterinarians who cared for Wili through the years and offered this guidance for those wishing to pay their respects: “In lieu of bones, everyone is encouraged to sniff your loved ones today, and send a donation to your favorite animal welfare organization, especially those Wili supported on his Last Howlelujah Tour, plus the Kauai Humane Society, and the St. Tammany Humane Society.”A celebration of Wili’s life is in the works, Miller said, “featuring barbecue and beer.”And a book about the Last Howlelujah Tour? “Perhaps.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Rector Tampa, FL Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Submit an Event Listing Associate Rector Columbus, GA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Knoxville, TN Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Shreveport, LA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Submit a Job Listing Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Albany, NY New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Course Director Jerusalem, Israel 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 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 Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Belleville, IL By David PaulsenPosted May 10, 2018 Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Bath, NC Episcopal priest announces death of dog Wili, made popular on ‘Last Howlelujah Tour’ Rector Collierville, TN Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Featured Events Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Director of Music Morristown, NJ Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Youth Minister Lorton, VA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Featured Jobs & Callslast_img read more

Reporters Without Borders calls on Syrian president for release of journalism student

first_img February 16, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders calls on Syrian president for release of journalism student March 8, 2021 Find out more SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Accused of “membership of an illegal organisation” he should appear before the State Security Court”, a military tribunal notorious for the unfairness of both its procedures and verdicts.Hamid has not been allowed to receive any visits, apart from a brief ten-minute meeting with a member of his family who reported having seen evidence that he had been tortured. Amnesty International has confirmed that it believes him to have suffered ill-treatment and condemns the regular use of torture of prisoners of opinion in Syria.The German-based Kurdish language site www.amude.com is mainly devoted to Kurdish identity and culture. It gets up to 5,000 hits a day. SyriaMiddle East – North Africa News Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law Receive email alerts Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists Follow the news on Syria Reporters Without Borders has called on Syrian President Bashir Assad to immediately release Massud Hamid, a journalism student at Damascus University. He has been unfairly imprisoned and ill-treated for seven months after his photos of a peaceful Kurdish demonstration in June 2003, were posted on the Internet. center_img to go further News Organisation March 12, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF_en News News Reporters Without Borders has called on Syrian President Bashir Assad to immediately release Massud Hamid, student in journalism and photographer, who has been held incommunicado since 24 July 2003 in Adra Prison, near Damascus.The international press freedom organisation also said in a letter to the president that it was extremely concerned about his physical and mental health and feared he has suffered ill-treatment in prison.”The time has come for the Baath Party, which in a few weeks marks the 41st anniversary of its time in power, to finally allow the Internet and press freedom to flourish in Syria,” said the organisation.”The authorities can no longer turn a deaf ear to the growing and legitimate aspirations within Syrian Society demanding wide-ranging political reforms, nor pretend not to know that the regional and historical context has considerably changed.””The state monopoly of radio and television, the total control of news and information, the imprisoning of Internet-users and journalists are practices that are destined to disappear. The release of Massud Hamid should be the first sign that promised changes are finally going to be put into effect”, it said.Police arrested Hamid, aged 29 and a member of Syria’s Kurdish minority on 24 July 2003, in the middle of an exam at Damascus University. Witnesses told Reporters Without Borders that the manner of his arrest, in which he was handcuffed in front of a large number of students appeared deliberately intended to intimidate prospective journalists.Hamid was arrested one month after photos which he took on 25 June 2003 during a peaceful Kurdish protest in front of the Unicef offices in Damascus were posted on the Kurdish-language site : www.amude.com. February 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Chadian journalist abducted, two others threatened by intelligence agency

first_img ChadAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImpunityPredatorsViolenceDisappearances News to go further The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Reports News Tribune Info publisher Eric Kokinangué and Mutations publisher Malachie Dionbé Mbaigara have been in hiding since they began getting threatening phone calls from the ANS, Chad’s counter-espionage and intelligence agency, that depends directly from the Presidential palace. “We condemn these attempts to intimidate journalists and we urge the authorities to respect the rule of law,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “Practices of this kind just perpetuate the prevailing violence and impunity, which are incompatible with lasting democratization.” Mbaigara has been harassed ever since he announced in his newspaper earlier this month that he would reveal the identity of “false journalists” working for the ANS. On 21 February, he was kidnapped from his office in N’Djamena by two Arabic-speaking armed men, who asked him why he was writing about the ANS. They drove him across the city in their car and released him a few hours later. Two days later, Mbaigara and his editor received an unexplained summons from the head of the ANS. “We refused to go,” Mbaigara told RSF. “We will respond if there is a plaintiff and a summons from the judicial police.” A worrying disappearance Kokinangué’s home was searched by masked gunmen on the evening of 25 February. He was not there at the time, but his wife and children were, and they were very upset by the raid, he said. He told RSF he did not understand the reasons for this search. Shortly thereafter, the same men telephoned Tribune Info journalist Daniel Ngadjadoum and summoned him to a meeting. He refused to go. On the evening of the next day, 26 February, two gunmen in a car with tinted windows and no licence plate kidnapped Ngadjadoum as he left church. His whereabouts have been unknown since then. Some local sources link his abduction to a column he wrote on 22 February that was headlined, “President Idriss Déby, deceptive poker player.” It recalled that Déby, Chad’s president since 1990, had promised in interviews in the early 2000s that he would not to run for office again, but amended the constitution in 2005 and was reelected yet again in 2016. The president of the Union of Chadian Journalists has condemned these acts of violence and has urged those who feel they have been defamed by journalists to seek redress via the courts rather than resorting to the use of terror. All of Chad’s online social networks were disconnected during the April 2016 elections and were not restored until a few weeks ago. Frequent arbitrary arrests of journalists and intimidation of media outlets perpetuate a climate of fear and discourage criticism of the government. Chad is ranked 127th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Organisation Follow the news on Chad Reporters Without Borders (RSF) joins the Union of Chadian Journalists in condemning the intimidation of two newspaper publishers by Chad’s National Security Agency (ANS) during the past few days and the abduction of one of their reporters two days ago. Journaux Tchad © Tchadinfos RSF_en center_img December 1, 2020 Find out more Many historic publications threatened with closure in Chad Chadian radio stations on strike in protest against violent raid News Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts November 27, 2020 Find out more ChadAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImpunityPredatorsViolenceDisappearances February 28, 2017 Chadian journalist abducted, two others threatened by intelligence agency October 7, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Holy Family Church: Being a Catholic in the 21st Century – A Parish Mission

first_img Subscribe Parish Missions are a time to reflect. Past, present and future the Catholic Church has had its trials. Holy Family Church in South Pasadena will hold a series of talks on issues that confront us as Christians in the contemporary world. Fr. Richard Leonard, SJ will offer practical direction about how we can live a deeper walk of faith despite the circumstances that surround us.Rev. Dr. Richard Leonard, SJ is a bestselling author of many books including the international bestselling title, Where the Hell is God? Finding God in Pain and Suffering.Fr. Leonard will speak at the Saturday evening Mass, February 23 and at all the Masses Sunday, February 24. February 25, 26 and 27 the mission program will be in the mornings at 9 am and repeated in the evenings at 7 pm. All are welcome to attend. A light continental breakfast will be served after the 8 am Mass. A light dinner will be served at 6 pm for a small fee.Topics for the sessions include, A Sane Approach to Catholic Tradition and Devotion, Nine steps to Making Better Choices for My Life, Where the Hell is God? Holding on to Faith through Tough Times.Holy Family Church is a welcoming Catholic Eucharistic community connecting faith with life and reaching out to those in need.Holy Family Church, 1501 Fremont Avenue, South Pasadena, (626) 799-8908 or visit www.holyfamily.org. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. First Heatwave Expected Next Week More Cool Stuff Top of the News Community News Community News Make a comment HerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Metabolism-Boosting Foods For Weight LossHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeauty EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Faith & Religion News Holy Family Church: Being a Catholic in the 21st Century – A Parish Mission Article and Photo courtesy of THE HOLY FAMILY CHURCH Published on Thursday, February 14, 2013 | 11:10 am Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Comstock: 4Q Earnings Snapshot

first_imgLocal NewsBusinessState Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – February 16, 2021 FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Comstock Resources Inc. (CRK) on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $81.9 million. On a per-share basis, the Frisco, Texas-based company said it had profit of 30 cents. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring gains, were 14 cents per share. The results beat Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 9 cents per share. The oil and gas company posted revenue of $274.8 million in the period, also topping Street forecasts. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $267.1 million. For the year, the company reported a loss of $52.4 million, or 39 cents per share, swinging to a loss in the period. Revenue was reported as $858.2 million. Comstock shares have increased 29% since the beginning of the year. In the final minutes of trading on Tuesday, shares hit $5.63, a fall of roughly 4% in the last 12 months. ————— This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on CRK at https://www.zacks.com/ap/CRK Pinterest Comstock: 4Q Earnings Snapshot WhatsApp Facebookcenter_img TAGS  Twitter Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleWinning numbers drawn in ‘Two Step’ gameNext articleBringCom Completes Pan-African Fiber Ring Network Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Breaking: Election Commission Moves Supreme Court Against Madras HC’s Remarks That “EC Responsible For Covid & It’s Officers Should Probably Be Booked For Murder”

first_imgTop StoriesBreaking: Election Commission Moves Supreme Court Against Madras HC’s Remarks That “EC Responsible For Covid & It’s Officers Should Probably Be Booked For Murder” LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK1 May 2021 8:03 AMShare This – xElection Commission has moved the Supreme Court against Madras High Court’s April 26 oral observations that the Election Commission was singularly responsible for the COVID-19 situation in India today and that it should probably be put on murder charges for failing to ensure adherence to COVID-19 protocol during election rallies.It is also prayed that that directions be issued to media houses to confine their reports to observations recorded in orders or judgments and to refrain from reporting on oral observations made during court proceedings.A Supreme Court Bench headed by DY Chandrachud will hear the matter on May-3.”We have filed an appeal in the Supreme Court against the high court orders,” EC’s counsel Amit Sharma told PTI.The EC, in its appeal in the apex court, said the high court’s remarks were “uncalled for, blatantly disparaging and derogatory”.The division bench of the high court, on April 26, made the stinging observation on a plea moved by Tamil Nadu’s Transport Minister M R Vijayabaskar, who was the AIADMK candidate from Karur in the April 6 Assembly polls, seeking a direction to the authorities concerned to ensure a fair counting of votes on May 2 in his constituency by taking effective steps and ensuring proper arrangements while following the COVID-19 protocols.Earlier the Commission moved Madras High Court seeking the same. However, the Bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthikumar Ramamurthy did not consider the submissions.The Counsel for the Commission pleaded with the Court to issue directions, drawing attention to fact that it was tasked with the difficult job of conducting elections amid the pandemic.”Media should be instructed not to sensationalise, the EC has a difficult job…,” he submitted.He proceeded to narrate that FIRs were being lodged against its officials for murder following the Court’s widely reported remark that the Election Commission is singularly responsible for the COVID-19 situation in India and that it should probably be put on murder charges for failing to ensure adherence to safety norms.Your Lordship’s observation was only to spur us to action, not accusing us of committing a crime. We need an observation…”, he beseeched.”Courts will take care of frivolous complaints”, the Chief Justice said.Dictating the Bench’s daily order in the suo motu proceeding, the Court said,”Two aspects cannot be missed – the Union’s endeavour to indicate that the surge in numbers may have been unexpected and that preparatory measures had been taken for quite some time. The second aspect is the EC’s concern at sensationalism. The post mortem on either counts may have to wait particularly in the light of the immediate measures that have to be put in place.”With PTI InputsTags#Supreme Court #election Commission #Murder Charges #Covid Second surge #Madras High Court Next Storylast_img read more

Kidnap victim defiant in exclusive interview: ‘I’m a survivor’

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — The Los Angeles actor who was a victim in an alleged kidnapping-for-ransom scheme said in an exclusive interview with “Good Morning America” that he is not a victim, but a survivor.“I think it’s a state of mind,” Joseph Capone said. “Yeah, that happened. What’s tomorrow?”Capone said he survived an extraordinary ordeal, during which he was stripped naked, pistol-whipped, forced into a bathtub and had a gun put in his mouth by his alleged captors.The drama allegedly began on May 3 of last year at the home of actress Daisy McCrackin, who is best known for her role in “Halloween Resurrection.”McCrackin and Capone were at McCrackin’s Los Angeles home at the time when two men entered the home, pistol-whipped Capone, absconded with the pair and drove them to a home in Compton, several miles away, according to authorities.“He whacked me on the head with the gun and then proceeded to stomp on me and give me a pretty good beating,” Capone recounted in the interview.One of the kidnappers then allegedly forced the pair into McCrackin’s car.“He grabbed me by the collar and dragged me outside and drag me down the driveway and threw me in the back of a car where Daisy was already in the backseat,” Capone said. “And they put bags over our heads and then proceeded to drive.”Capone said he was held hostage at a home in Compton — a neighborhood in Los Angeles County — while the other two drove off in McCrackin’s 2011 red Lexus. The kidnappers allegedly drove her to multiple ATM machines, demanding a $10,000 ransom, according to an indictment.Eventually, the trio forced McCrackin to write a $10,000 check, which was reportedly deposited into one of the kidnappers’ accounts.Meanwhile, back at the Compton house, Capone was allegedly isolated in a dingy bathroom while his captors made repeated threats on his life.“They strip me naked and they threw me in this filthy bathroom with no lights on,” he said.Capone said he attempted an escape, but didn’t get too far before being recaptured.“I was seen immediately and given another solid beating and thrown back into the bathroom where one gun was put into my mouth,” he added.Prosecutors say McCrackin was dropped at her home the next day, when she promptly called 911 to alert authorities about the alleged kidnapping and beating.Keith Andre Stewart, Johntae Jones and Amber Neal were indicted Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court on charges that include kidnapping, assault with a firearm, grand theft, mayhem, conspiracy and possession for sale of a controlled substance, methamphetamine. The indictment was filed on June 18 and recently unsealed.Los Angeles police investigating the incident arrested Neal at gunpoint. It remains unclear when and how the other two suspects were apprehended.A spokesperson for the LAPD declined to detail the circumstances of the other two men’s arrests.In a twist, Neal drew widespread support after a video showing her being arrested went viral. The video, which was viewed 3 million times, showed LAPD officers with their guns drawn on an apparently unarmed Neal.In response to the social media backlash, the Los Angeles Police Department released a statement: “We are aware this video has raised concerns from the community. Although we are limited in what info we can release, we can confirm this individual was arrested on a felony kidnapping warrant & taken into custody without a use-of-force. She is being held on 1 million dollars bail.”Stewart and Jones face a maximum possible sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole and Neal faces up to life in prison if convicted on the charges.The defendants are expected to appear in court on July 23 for a pretrial hearing at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.ABC News has also learned that famed O.J. Simpson prosecutor Christopher Darden is representing one of the suspects in the case.He did not respond to a request for an interview with ABC News. Stewart’s lawyer, Tiffany Blacknell, did not respond, either.For his part, Capone survived his ordeal and remains defiant in the aftermath of the terrifying experience. Now that arrests have been made in the case, he said he’s moving on.“I’m not a victim,” he told “GMA.”“I’m a survivor,” he said. “You know I think it’s a state of mind.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Accumulation and fragmentation of plastic debris in global environments

first_imgOne of the most ubiquitous and long-lasting recent changes to the surface of our planet is the accumulation and fragmentation of plastics. Within just a few decades since mass production of plastic products commenced in the 1950s, plastic debris has accumulated in terrestrial environments, in the open ocean, on shorelines of even the most remote islands and in the deep sea. Annual clean-up operations, costing millions of pounds sterling, are now organized in many countries and on every continent. Here we document global plastics production and the accumulation of plastic waste. While plastics typically constitute approximately 10 per cent of discarded waste, they represent a much greater proportion of the debris accumulating on shorelines. Mega- and macro-plastics have accumulated in the highest densities in the Northern Hemisphere, adjacent to urban centres, in enclosed seas and at water convergences ( fronts). We report lower densities on remote island shores, on the continental shelf seabed and the lowest densities (but still a documented presence) in the deep sea and Southern Ocean. The longevity of plastic is estimated to be hundreds to thousands of years, but is likely to be far longer in deep sea and non-surface polar environments. Plastic debris poses considerable threat by choking and starving wildlife, distributing non-native and potentially harmful organisms, absorbing toxic chemicals and degrading to micro-plastics that may subsequently be ingested. Well-established annual surveys on coasts and at sea have shown that trends in mega- and macro-plastic accumulation rates are no longer uniformly increasing: rather stable, increasing and decreasing trends have all been reported. The average size of plastic particles in the environment seems to be decreasing, and the abundance and global distribution of micro-plastic fragments have increased over the last few decades. However, the environmental consequences of such microscopic debris are still poorly understood.last_img read more

USS Stethem sailor missing in South China Sea

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US Navy searching for missing USS Stethem sailor in South China Sea US Navy searching for missing USS Stethem sailor in South China Sea August 2, 2017 Share this article View post tag: USS Stethemcenter_img Authorities View post tag: US Navy A U.S. Navy sailor from the guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem went missing on Augist 1 during routine operations in the South China Sea and the search is still ongoing, the U.S. Navy said.Ships and aircraft from the U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force are taking part in search and rescue efforts.Stethem reported a man overboard at about 9 a.m. local. The navy said multiple searches were conducted inside the ship, but were unable to locate the sailor.USS Stethem, USNS Amelia Earhart, USNS Vice Admiral K. R. Wheeler and a U.S. Navy P-3 aircraft are assisting in the search.In addition, JMSDF ships JS Izumo and JS Sazanami are searching the area along with helicopters from Izumo.The U.S. Navy said the sailor will not be identified while the search is ongoing.last_img read more