Kenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB.tz) HY2016 Presentation

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first_imgKenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB.tz) listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2016 presentation results for the half year.For more information about Kenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB.tz) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Kenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB.tz) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Kenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB.tz)  2016 presentation results for the half year.Company ProfileKenya Commercial Bank Limited is a leading financial institution in Tanzania offering retail and corporate banking services as well as mortgages, treasury and Bancassurance services. Kenya Commercial Bank offers financial solutions ranging from current accounts, overdrafts and loans to fixed and short-term deposits, mortgage finance, trade finance and forex, and business investment accounts. The banking institution participates in investments in Treasury Bills and Bonds with the central banks. Wholly-owned subsidiaries in the banking group include Kenya Commercial Finance Company Limited, Savings & Loan Kenya Limited, Kenya Commercial Bank Nominees Limited, Kencom House Limited, KCB Tanzania Limited, KCB Sudan Limited, KCB Rwanda SA and KCB Uganda Limited. Kenya Commercial Bank Limited is listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange.last_img read more

Sechaba Brewery Holdings Limited (SECHAB.bw) HY2018 Interim Report

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first_imgSechaba Brewery Holdings Limited (SECHAB.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Beverages sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the half year.For more information about Sechaba Brewery Holdings Limited (SECHAB.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Sechaba Brewery Holdings Limited (SECHAB.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Sechaba Brewery Holdings Limited (SECHAB.bw)  2018 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileSechaba Brewery Holdings Limited is an investment holding company with 60% controlling interest in Kgalagadi Breweries Limited (KLB) and Botswana Breweries (Pty) Limited. Kgalagadi Breweries produces lager beers, traditional beers, bottled water and soft drinks under license. The brewery has four traditional beer breweries, a clear beer brewery, a sparkling soft drinks production plant and six sales and distribution centres in Botswana. SABMiller has a 40% stake in Kgalagadi Breweries and has management control over the operation; offering manufacturing and technical expertise, brand building and distribution expertise. Botswana Breweries produces traditional opaque beer made from sorghum and maize under the brand names Chibuku and Phafana. The Botswana Development Corporation has a 25.6% shareholding in Sechaba Breweries Holdings Limited.last_img read more

2 FTSE 250 dividend stocks I’d buy in an ISA to get rich and retire early

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first_img2 FTSE 250 dividend stocks I’d buy in an ISA to get rich and retire early Royston Wild | Friday, 5th June, 2020 | More on: AGR BBOX These are the most uncertain macroeconomic and geopolitical times that we’ve seen for generations. It’s not just the fallout of the coronavirus outbreak that stock ISA investors need to consider. Rising protectionism across the globe, along with frantic money printing by central banks, are other serious things to ponder for the 2020s.Uncertainty might be growing, sure. But there remain swathes of stocks whose long-term outlooks are quite assured. FTSE 250-quoted Tritax Big Box REIT (LSE: BBOX) is one such safe haven, I feel. The UK already has the biggest e-commerce market in Europe, and the combination of rising corporate investment and technological improvements means that the internet shopping phenomenon should keep on growing.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Box smartAs a provider of ‘big box’ logistics and warehousing facilities Tritax Big Box is clearly well placed to capitalise on this phenomenon. Supply of these sites has long lagged behind demand, and the long-term impact of the coronavirus outbreak in hastening e-commerce adoption means that this issue should continue for some time yet. Property plays like this should be able to keep charging chunky rents as a consequence.At current prices Tritax Big Box trades on a forward price-to-earnings (P/E) multiple of around 23 times. A tad toppy on paper but, in my opinion, an attractive reading given the amount of headroom that e-commerce still has to grow in this country. Internet shopping accounts for just 20% of the total retail market right now.Besides, a bulging 4.5% dividend yield compensates for this heady ratio.Another ISA heroAssura Group (LSE: AGR) is another share from Britain’s second-tier share index I’d happily buy for my own ISA. It doesn’t matter that the domestic economy faces huge problems in the 2020s f0llowing Covid-19 and Brexit. Demand for this FTSE 250 stock’s services will continue to grow and grow.Britain’s rising population means that demand for GP surgeries and other healthcare facilities will keep  on increasing. This plays into the hands of Assura, a major developer and manager of primary health facilities on these shores. What is particularly encouraging for this firm is the rate at which the number of elderly citizens is growing. The Office for National Statistics reckons that the number of over-85s, for example, will more than double over the next quarter of a century. This property play is rapidly expanding through both acquisitions and new developments to fully capitalise on the bright trading landscape too.Assura’s shares don’t come cheap, the company currently carrying a forward P/E ratio of 28.5 times. Still, I reckon the company’s exceptional defensive characteristics and its strong structural opportunities make it worthy of such a premium. A chunky 3.5% dividend yield for the current fiscal year helps to take the edge off too. This share has all the tools to make ISA investors a fortune in the coming decades. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Image source: Getty Images See all posts by Royston Wild I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool.center_img Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Tritax Big Box REIT. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Enter Your Email Address Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!last_img read more

James Haskell humble after smashing tackle on David Pocock

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first_imgMonday Jun 13, 2016 James Haskell humble after smashing tackle on David Pocock James Haskell put in arguably the best performance of his career as he helped England to a famous victory over the Wallabies in Brisbane on Saturday. The veteran flanker started the match with huge intent, making this crushing tackle on David Pocock within minutes of kick off.ADVERTISEMENTThe 31-year-old has now been capped 69 times for England, but has said quite openly that he finally feels a core part of the team under new coach Eddie Jones.Haskell received major plaudits post match, with both Sky Sports and Fox Sports Australia naming him as their Man of the Match, heaping praise on a fantastic performance.He posted this photo yesterday and said that he was honoured to have swapped jerseys with Pocock after the match. He also said that he’s never had this many people be so nice to him.Well known for his banter and boisterous behaviour, Haskell showed great humility post match, deflecting praise and also mentioning the work former Wallaby George Smith has done during his time at Wasps in England.“He turned up to Wasps, won all the awards we had, won all the awards in the Premiership and he’s left, so I didn’t want to let him down,” Haskell told Fox Sports.ADVERTISEMENT“He’s (Smith) worked tirelessly with us and especially me, and tonight it came off, some nights it doesn’t. So I’m not getting carried away, but for an old dog like me it’s quite nice to have a bit of a moment in the sun.”England will now prepare for the second Test in Melbourne, and the Hask is already back to his role as entertainer on social media, posting this video yesterday of him chatting to Ben Teo.There’s a mention of the tackle on Pocock in there, with Haskell saying he thinks it must have been someone else who did it. He also rated Teo as a 8 out of ten in the looks department.ADVERTISEMENTPocock was unfortunately injured later in the match and will play no further part in the series, after fracturing his eye socket in contact at a ruck.That, and the dominance they showed in Brisbane, will give England even greater belief that they can go on to win a historic first ever series down under.– HIGHLIGHTS OF ENGLANDS 1ST TEST WIN OVER AUSTRALIA Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe 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

Arch Wall House / Naf Architect & Design

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first_img Japan Photographs “COPY” Year:  2014 Arch Wall House / Naf Architect & Design Arch Wall House / Naf Architect & DesignSave this projectSaveArch Wall House / Naf Architect & Design ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/615410/arch-wall-house-naf-architect-and-design Clipboard CopyHouses•Hachioji, Japan Projects Architects: Naf Architect & Design Area Area of this architecture project 2014 Houses “COPY” Save this picture!© Toshiyuki Yano+ 24 Share CopyAbout this officeNaf Architect & DesignOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHachiojiHousesJapanPublished on April 03, 2015Cite: “Arch Wall House / Naf Architect & Design” 02 Apr 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – FocusGlass3MInterior Finishes at U.S. Bank StadiumPartitionsSkyfoldMarkerboard Finish for Folding WallsFiber Cements / CementsSwisspearlFiber Cement Cladding Panels in B66 Business CenterMembranesEffisusFaçade Protection – Breather+Metal PanelsSculptformClick-on Battens in WestConnex M8 JunctionPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesBruagBack-Ventilated Facades – CELLONTiles / Mosaic / GresiteMargresPorcelain Tiles – Linea CosmosGlassDip-TechCeramic Printing for Public TransportationAcousticSchöckStaircase Insulation – Tronsole®Porcelain StonewareApavisaSlabs – Wild ForestBulbs / SpotsAmbiance LumiereLighting – ZetaMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?拱墙住宅 / naf architect & design是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Area:  243 m² Area:  243 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project photographs:  Toshiyuki Yano Photographs:  Toshiyuki Yano Save this picture!© Toshiyuki YanoRecommended ProductsWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsCeramicsTerrealTerracotta Baguettes in Vork CenterFiber Cements / CementsULMA Architectural SolutionsPaper Facade Panel in Leioa School RestorationWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesText description provided by the architects. A pair of houses stand on the sides of a slope, stretching walls over the slope in between in arch shape. The house on the left is a one-story building (A) for a woman living alone, and on the right is a two-story building (B) for a couple + child household. Three generations are living in the pair of houses, grandmother (A), daughter’s couple and grandchild (B).Save this picture!© Toshiyuki YanoThe vast premises of more than 1000 sq had a former main residence with a guest house, a small torii shrine gate and a small shinto shrine, Japanese traditional tea garden with delicately pruned trees. South of the premises faces a local street and north faces former national route.Save this picture!First Floor PlanThe building A and B are built where the main residence was dismantled, and the slope in between was extended from Japanese garden to make a path between the south and north sides of the premises. The rest features were preserved as much as possible, as it was considered better not to make drastic changes on the premises which was semi-public and open to the community for a long time, allowing access from the neighbors on the east and west sides and local street.Save this picture!© Toshiyuki YanoAs cars are the principal means of transportation, the slope in between building A and B serves as a driveway for daily convenience. Building A provides barrier free access to inside the building whose floor level is set to give more than 2 meters in height from the ground level to the windows for security purposes.Former national route has heavy traffic, thus building A and B do not have windows on the north. Windows facing the neighbors on the east and west sides are small and minimized, whereas the windows facing the garden are large. Both building A and B have courtyard and skylight with slanted ceiling and curved walls to give varied interior scenes.Save this picture!© Toshiyuki YanoThe courtyard has the largest daylight windows to provide light through transom windows and slanted ceiling. Daylight from skylight is reflected on ceramic tiles on the curved walls to give different effects by the time and weather; when sunny, it is sharp, when cloudy, it is soft, and in the morning and evening, pale violet blue light spreads inside.Save this picture!© Toshiyuki YanoThe edges of curved exterior walls stretching from both sides of the slope are slightly apart, not making building A and B a two-family home from legal perspective. However, these buildings, while they are independent, stand face to face and side by side to share everyday life and space.- Akio Nakasa -Save this picture!© Toshiyuki YanoProject gallerySee allShow lessBaillargues Nursery School / MDR ArchitectesSelected ProjectsStudent Accommodation / Wuyang ArchitectureSelected Projects Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/615410/arch-wall-house-naf-architect-and-design Clipboard ArchDaily Year: last_img read more

Purdue Extension Publication Offers Facts About New Herbicide-tolerant Crops

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first_imgHome News Feed Purdue Extension Publication Offers Facts About New Herbicide-tolerant Crops By Gary Truitt – Nov 15, 2012 Purdue Extension plant and weed experts have teamed up to author a new publication that offers information about controversial new herbicide-tolerant soybean varieties.Approval of 2,4-D- and dicamba-tolerant crops is pending, but many people, including some weed scientists and both agronomic and specialty crop growers, have concerns about spray drift. The publication, 2,4-D- and Dicamba-tolerant Crops – Some Facts to Consider, does not take a position on the crops; rather, it serves as an unbiased, research-based fact sheet.It is available for free download via Purdue Extension’s The Education Store at https://www.the-education-store.com/ by searching for item number ID-453-W. “It’s important to note that there is no unified opinion on this topic among weed scientists or agronomic crop growers,” said Bill Johnson, Purdue Extension weed scientist. “This publication shares the perspective of some Purdue University scientists on the subject of managing weeds in crops, explains why 2,4-D- and dicamba-tolerant crops were developed and why they are needed by some crop producers, and discusses some of the concerns surrounding the short- and long-term effects of this technology.”Opponents of the herbicide-tolerant crops fear that the new technology is unnecessary, will make farmers more dependent on the intellectual property held by large corporations, will injure nontarget crops sensitive to 2,4-D and dicamba, and will accelerate herbicide resistance in weeds, Johnson said.“Those in favor of the new soybean varieties argue that 2,4-D and dicamba have been used on millions of acres since the 1960s and have not resulted in widespread damage, so using them on tolerant crops should not concern growers of high-value horticulture crops, if the new low-volatility formulations are sprayed and applicators follow recommended stewardship guidelines to avoid off-site movement,” he said. Purdue Extension Publication Offers Facts About New Herbicide-tolerant Crops Facebook Twitter Johnson is one of the publication’s seven authors. Others are Steve Hallett, Purdue University associate professor of botany and plant pathology; Travis Legleiter, Purdue Extension weed scientist; Fred Whitford, coordinator of Purdue Pesticide Programs; Steve Weller, Purdue University professor of horticulture and courtesy professor of botany and plant pathology; Bruce Bordelon, Purdue Extension small-fruit specialist; and Rosie Lerner, Purdue Extension consumer horticulture specialist. SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter Topics reviewed are background on weed management and current problems, new weed management approaches, developments in herbicide-resistant crops, logic for this technology, concerns about off-site movement, factors affecting off-site movement, and methods of minimizing off-site movement. Previous articlePork Board Approves Additional Promotional FundingNext articleOil Prices Mixed amid Mideast Tensions Gary Truittlast_img read more

Heavy rainfall will hinder North Texas cash crop

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first_imgFacebook TCU athletes are “SPARK-ing” an interest in Fort Worth area students Linkedin TCU athletes are “SPARK-ing” an interest in Fort Worth area students ReddIt Linkedin Facebook The 109https://www.tcu360.com/author/the-109/ TAGSFarming Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store ReddIt printPlanting corn may not be an option for some farmers in North Texas this year.The year began with severe wet weather that has persisted through March and into April. With Texas in the middle of a drought, you would expect praise for this weather, but some Texans are feeling much different.“You can’t control the weather, it controls you,” said John Paul Dineen from Ellis County.Dineen is a dry land farmer, meaning his fields are not supplemented by irrigation, just by natural rainfall.Dineen Farms, and several others across the Dallas-Fort Worth area, have been forced to delay planting due to the impact from rain and snow. There is a small time slot in which corn, the largest cash crop, needs to be planted and that window closes rapidly.The previous weather has brought all of Dineen’s crops to a screeching halt. Although the weather has largely cleared up, his fields and many others have not.Dineen calls the still-damaged areas of his field’s ‘seeps’, areas where water is oozing out of the ground due to all of the rain.“You can go out and look across the field and you can see areas that are yellow and thin, which is where the water sits. Those areas will not be planted, therefore, the acres will not be complete,” said Dineen.If corn is not planted early to mid-March, there is a great risk of the crop not being mature during the really hot and dry months of summer. Corn is one of the least resistant crops when it comes to drought.“As far as corn, we are now 30 days late planting. We like to plant by March 1, it is the general rule of thumb,” said Dineen.In farming, there is a “sweet spot” for planting corn and that time has already passed. Every day that passes, pushes the harvest into the hottest part of summer.As if the farmers were not already pressed for time, the deadline for prevented planting insurance for corn was April 15.If they planted later than that date, their insurance and bank loans were affected.“These farmers are having to make some tough decisions right now on what to do,” said Roger Hall, Texas Farm Bureau area coordinator of field operations.Most of the farmers have already spent money preparing the fields for corn, which makes it difficult to plant anything else besides Grain Sorghum (Milo).Dineen will consider planting Milo, but he is weary because of a small insect called the Sugarcane Aphid.“Last year was the first time the aphid has ever made it this far, they generally stay in the sugar can fields in the South, hence the name,” said Dineen.The problem with the aphid is that it secretes honeydew that resembles molasses syrup all over the Milo crops. In turn, everything is sticky and the honeydew gums up the machines, making the Milo, in some cases, un-harvestable.If a farmer does choose to plant Milo, they have to spray their fields to protect them, starting at $20 an acre.Although these crops will not have an effect globally, Hall said the rural communities around North Texas would be impacted.“The impact will be on the farmers themselves and in rural communities,” he said. “If the farmers don’t have money to spend the local impact will be severe. Prices are expected to be bad for the remainder of the year.”With the realization of not making a good yield and the current price of the product, Dineen said he will be lucky if he breaks even.“That’s the concerning thing, trying to make a break-even crop.”Lexi Johnson is a public affairs reporter with The 109. Email her at [email protected]center_img + posts Fort Worth braces for more severe weather Twitter The 109https://www.tcu360.com/author/the-109/ The 109https://www.tcu360.com/author/the-109/ Stories from the polls: Election Day in The109! Previous articleOpen Streets livens up Fort Worth’s Near SouthsideNext articlePaschal softball dominates to end regular season The 109 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday Twitter The 109https://www.tcu360.com/author/the-109/ The 109 last_img read more

Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Apollo Connection

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first_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News Science and Technology Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Apollo Connection By JPL-Caltech/NASA Published on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 | 11:05 am 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. More Cool Stuff Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News HerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Celebrities Who’ve Lost Their FandomsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Fashion Tips Are Making Tall Girls The Talk Of The TownHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Celebrities People Don’t Love AnymoreHerbeautyHerbeauty EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday center_img Community News Subscribe Make a comment Business News Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot, walks on the surface of the Moon near a leg of the Lunar Module during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity (EVA) on July 20, 1969. Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, Apollo 11 commander, took this photograph with a 70mm lunar surface camera. The astronauts’ bootprints are visible in the foreground. While astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin descended in the Lunar Module Eagle to explore the Sea of Tranquility region of the Moon, astronaut Michael Collins, command module pilot, remained with the Command and Service Modules Columbia in lunar orbit.That “giant leap” from 50 years ago – when Neil Armstrong became the first human to step onto the surface of the Moon – is imprinted on several generations. Some savor that day as a treasured memory, while for others, it’s an inspirational chapter in history books.While NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena has long been associated with robotic missions rather than ones involving astronauts, the Lab helped pave the way for the historic Apollo missions that took humans to the Moon. Here are three contributions by JPL:Hard LandingsJPL was tasked in the 1960s with designing and building a series of impact probes, called Rangers, designed to fly to the Moon and crash into it, and return images to Earth. The Lab’s successful Mariner 2 mission to Venus was a modified Ranger spacecraft, but when it came to the Moon, “The Rangers ran into lots of trouble, with several failed missions,” said JPL Historian Erik Conway.Seven became the lucky number for the program, when Ranger 7 collided with the Moon on July 31,1964. (In a lighthearted moment, team members attributed the success to the fact that someone in mission control was eating peanuts. Since then, JPL teams have broken out peanuts for luck during milestone events, such as Mars landings and spacecraft orbit insertions.) The program ended in 1965, after Rangers 8 and 9 also proved successful.One lesson learned from the Ranger missions was that the Moon has rocks, lots of them – a reality that would prove challenging for future missions to land astronauts on the surface.A Softer ApproachInstead of building in-house, JPL developed the next generation of lunar spacecraft, the Surveyors, under a systems management contract with Hughes Aircraft.“These were intended to land a very large, broad variety of scientific instruments,” Conway said.The wrinkle was that Surveyor development began before the upper Centaur stage of the launch vehicle was ready, so engineers didn’t know how much payload it could hoist. Because of that, Surveyor 1 carried only a TV camera – no scientific instruments. And its official mission requirements were simple by today’s standards, according to Conway: “They had to survive the mid-course correction, land, and send back good engineering data.” A third goal – not a requirement – was to send back television pictures.Surveyor 1 succeeded on all three counts, landing successfully on June 2, 1966, and beaming back thousands of pictures.Once the engineers learned the capabilities and capacity of the launch vehicle, they added instruments to subsequent landers. Five of the seven Surveyors were successful, and the missions answered a key question that would face the Apollo program: “How strong is the lunar surface? There had been some fear that the landers would merely sink into dust, and that would be bad,” Conway said. He added that while a Soviet probe had already demonstrated that the fear was probably groundless, the Surveyor series used engineering instruments that “really nailed that down.”In the lull between the Surveyors and the Apollo program, there was a plan to have a version of a Surveyor tote a lunar rover, but the Surveyor program was cancelled before that rover flew. The rover hung around JPL for a long time, eventually becoming a prototype for the Mars rover program.A Parallel Network for Space TalkNASA’S human spaceflight program, based at what is now Johnson Space Center in Houston, originated at Langley Research Center in Virginia via an organization called the Space Task Group. It was set up before Apollo for the Mercury program.The Mercury and Gemini programs used a ground-based tracking and communication system called the Manned Space Flight Network and run by Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. It could not be adapted for use outside Earth orbit, so, Conway said, “They decided to make a clone of [JPL’s] Deep Space Network,” an array of giant radio antennas.The Apollo program needed full-time communications support, and JPL had its own missions, so DSN engineers helped design and operate a “parallel network.” After the Apollo program ended, the DSN inherited the equipment. Since then, the DSN has kept the legacy alive by providing communications for a very long roll call of missions – for NASA and other space agencies. Managed by JPL, the DSN will play a central role in NASA’s Artemis lunar explorations and the agency’s plans for astronauts to one day go beyond the Moon to Mars. 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Fears coastal erosion at Ballyliffin could affect Irish Open chances

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first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Harps come back to win in Waterford Fears coastal erosion at Ballyliffin could affect Irish Open chances Twitter Pinterest Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Pinterestcenter_img FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 WhatsApp Inishowen Municipal District has been told that the Irish Open Golf Championship will almost certainly return to Ballyliffin, but that may be jeopardized if action isn’t taken to tackle coastal erosion.Councillors were briefed on the preliminary findings of a study into erosion in North Inishowen, with Lagg and Ballyliffin identified as the most vulnerable areas.The full report, which will include recommendations for action, is due to be published in May, but Cllr Martin Mc Dermott says it’s already very clear that the situation is very serious:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/martinedfgdfgdfgdfrode1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Previous articleSaolta publish five year strategyNext articleRoadworks from Coolbouy to Kilmacrennan complete by April News Highland By News Highland – March 15, 2019 Google+ Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitterlast_img read more

Search consultants must produce goods

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first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Search consultants must produce goodsOn 18 Nov 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. As organisations struggle to secure the services of the best candidates fromthe marketplace, there is a need for search consultants to produce key playerswho match the pre-agreed specification, with the right attitude and requiredlevels of proactivity. Search assignment failure generates a strain on fragile corporate andpersonal relationships. Many key players are reluctant to move from one organisation to another intimes of market turbulence, even though many companies are experiencing growth.However, at such times, the introduction of new blood will assist with growthand add substantial shareholder value. It is at times like these that executive search consultants can greatlyassist strategic growth, but they need to have a close working relationshipwith the corporate client, and an intimate understanding of the needs of theorganisation and the human chemistry involved. Client and executive searchconsultant need to work hand-in-hand. Yet, as the end of 2003 approaches, thereseems to be a disconnection between them, even though more emphasis is placedupon supply chain management, preferred supplier routes and seamless serviceprovision within FTSE organisations. I suppose if supply chain management techniques involving regular appraisaland review are implemented, there is a greater chance of a successful outcome.But this cannot be a foregone conclusion, even where a 360-degree approach isused. In many cases, lip service is paid to the well-worn statement:”Successful search is a matter of strong personal relationships, achievingor exceeding pre-agreed targets, producing the right candidates, and managingthe process pre- and post- commencement”. Yet, failure to produce suitablecandidates still occurs, and consultants and agencies can often producemediocrity or a shortlist that bears little resemblance to the originalcriteria. To be successful, there needs to be close attention to detail and a specificbrief that fully covers the tangible and non-tangible aspects of the role andthe organisation. A robust process needs to be applied and re-iterated atregular intervals, and finally, total commitment must be given to full andregular communication between the client, the consultant and the candidates. So why do failures occur with such a well-scripted brief? Incomes for manysearch firms have been and are still reducing, although the first shoots of newgrowth are appearing. Major search companies are ‘down manning’. Boutiques arespringing up and, more dangerously, agencies are re-inventing themselves assearch consultants. Maybe it is because both clients and search companies need to go back tobasics and ask: who do I want to work with? Why do I want to work with them?What can we mutually achieve from the relationship that will add value to bothparties? By Stephen Hall, Group HR director, Costain Grouplast_img read more