Kenya Airways Limited ( 2004 Annual Report

first_imgKenya Airways Limited ( listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Transport sector has released it’s 2004 annual report.For more information about Kenya Airways Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Kenya Airways Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Kenya Airways Limited (  2004 annual report.Company ProfileKenya Airways Limited is the flag carrier airline of Kenya operating domestic, regional and international flights to destinations in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe. The company was founded in 1977 after the dissolution of East African Airways and was wholly-owned by the government of Kenya until 1995 after which it was privatised. Kenya Airways is a public-private partnership where the largest shareholder is the government of Kenya (48.9%). Kenya Airways wholly-owns Jambojet, a low-cost carrier which was created in 2013; and African Cargo Handling Limited. Companies partly owned by Kenya Airways include Kenya Airfreight Handling Limited (51%) which handles perishable goods cargo; and Precision Air (41.23%) which is a Tanzanian carrier operation. Kenya Airways head office is in Nairobi, Kenya with its main operations based in Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Kenya Airways Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

For Good Causes loyalty points donation scheme officially launches

first_imgFor Good Causes loyalty points donation scheme officially launches Melanie May | 21 April 2020 | News Thousands of Vodafone customers have donated their rewards so far with points being converted to an average charity donation of £6.49 per customer. In one month, Vodafone consumers donated to 850 different charities.Overall, For Good Causes generated donations to over 1,750 charities throughout its pilot and charity partners participating in the launch include Macmillan Cancer Support, Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity, Combat Stress, The Trussell Trust and NHS Charities Together. For Good Causes unites hundreds of brands and retailers with more than 20,000 charities and enables consumers to convert their loyalty points and rewards into digital monetary donations.Wendy Martin, Chief Marketing Officer at For Good Causes said: The Koin Rewards App, which includes brands such as Neals Yard, Able & Cole, Ecotricity, and Elvis & Kresse is also joining the platform, and its existing partners, which range from Vodafone, Quidco, and Pure Planet, to Yulife, Perkbox, Sodexo, Gift Cloud and WeGift. Louise Parkes, Chief Executive at GOSH Charity, commented: About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via Sue Freeth, Chief Executive at Combat Stress, added: “We’re on a mission to raise £500m for UK charities over the next 5 years. By empowering consumers to donate their rewards to their favourite causes, we’re enabling charities of all sizes – big and small, national and local – to benefit from this brand-new income stream.” Advertisement “We are 90% dependent on public donations to deliver our life-changing and life-saving services to former servicemen and women across the UK with complex mental health problems. The cancellation of crucial fundraising events during this pandemic has impacted our ability to support veterans, so we’re delighted to be partnering with this fantastic initiative that has come at a critical time for charities.” Fintech firm For Good Causes, which helps consumers donate their unwanted rewards to charity, has launched officially this month, with BP and Rakuten among the new brands joining the platform. Tagged with: Donated goods Technology “Now more than ever, we are relying on the generosity of our supporters to be able to continue supporting the hospital to deliver the very best care to seriously ill children from across the UK. Making it easy for people to donate by using rewards they’ve earned in their daily lives is a fantastic way of raising vital funds, and we’re thrilled to be one of the charities involved in this initiative.”  501 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4last_img read more

World unions meet in South Africa

first_imgSome of the delegates to the WFTU Congress. Martha Grevatt is in second row, center.Durban, South AfricaThe 17th Congress of the World Federation of Trade Unionists, held in Durban, South Africa, from Oct. 5 to Oct. 8, drew over 1,500 militant unionists from over 100 countries on five continents. “Class-oriented” unionism, anti-capitalism and the need for socialism were stressed by speaker after speaker. Over 100 union leaders from every corner of the globe took the floor.The theme of its 17th congress, “Struggle, Internationalism, Unity,” showed the WFTU’s differences with another federation, the less struggle-oriented International Trade Union Congress.Many key struggles were represented, including the 180-million-strong general strike in India this September, the resistance to the coup regime in Brazil and the continuing fight for labor and student rights in South Africa.Hundred of delegates from the Congress of South African Trade Unions — co-host of the Congress — energized the meeting by spontaneously bursting into song between speeches, sharing the revolutionary spirit of the heroic fight against apartheid.On Oct. 8, COSATU and WFTU rallied together at Curries Fountain Stadium, the site where COSATU was founded in 1985. A monument to labor was erected, bearing the COSATU emblem and the slogan “An injury to one is an injury to all.” COSATU held a nationwide general strike the day before. “We say to capital, ‘You are the loser,’” a spokesperson for COSATU said.The WFTU, founded in 1945, is the world’s oldest trade union federation still in existence. It has grown since its last congress in Athens five years ago, with member unions now representing 92 million workers combined, up from 74 million. “Unions are real schools for the working class,” said WFTU Secretary-General George Mavrikos at the final session.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

HSNT “Trick or Trot” to raise money for North Texas animals

first_imgCaitlin Andreen HSNT “Trick or Trot” to raise money for North Texas animals Caitlin Andreen Twitter Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature ReddIt Caitlin Andreen Paschal High School head football coach named coach of the week + posts Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store “Modern ’til Midnight” brings fine arts to Fort Worth Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday “Modern ’til Midnight” brings fine arts to Fort Worth Caitlin Andreen Linkedin ReddIt Previous articleVolleyball takes on Oklahoma WednesdayNext articleTCU showgirl makes strong comeback Caitlin Andreen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Caitlin Andreen Twitter printTrick or trot!Runners and their pups will gather on the Trinity Trails this Saturday, Oct. 10 for a Halloween-themed “Trick or Trot” race.The run for a cause has the goal to raise $15,ooo for North Texas animals, with all proceeds benefitting the Humane Society of North Texas.Participants have the option to take part in the 5k run or a one mile walk.Attendees can dress up their prized pooch in its most adorable ghost and goblin getups in hopes to win the dog costume contest.  Entries will be accepted up until the day of the event.The event runs from 7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.Tickets are priced between $10 to $30, but donations are also accepted online.After runners finish, all are invited to head over to the Landmark Bar and Grill for the “Yappy Hour” after party.  The dog-friendly after party will include doggy ice cream, treats and toys.Image courtesy of HSNT.orgThe full event schedule can be seen below.Event Schedule:7:30 a.m. – Packet pick-up and race day registration8:30 a.m. – 1 mile walk/fun run begins9:00 a.m. – 5K begins10:00 a.m. – Doggy costume contest10:30 a.m. – Award ceremony11:30 a.m. – Trick or Trot endsFor more information, visit the Humane Society of North Texas’s website. Facebook Facebook Linkedinlast_img read more

TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history

first_imgFacebook Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Living on campus during a pandemic Linkedin Students react to guilty verdict in Chauvin trial + posts World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution JD Pells JD Pells ReddIt Twitter Facebook Previous articleWelcome TCU Class of 2025Next articleWorld Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution JD Pells RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR printA campaign touting Tinder as more than an app for hooking up claimed second place in the National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC), the highest a TCU team has ever placed. The 13-woman team of strategic communication students was awarded $2,500 for the 21-page marketing campaign that they delivered in a 20-minute presentation and talked about in multiple 15 to 20 minute Q&A’s at the regional, semi-final and national levels. “Our campaign illustrated all the perceptions that Tinder needs to combat,” said Madison McQuary. “When we had to tell it to the actual executives of Tinder, I think they were shocked but not surprised that a group of Gen Z women could be so real and honest with them about hooking up and relationships.” In addition to McQuary, the team members involved were Liza Bilich, Huyen Ho, Emma Huels, Kayla Koski, Katie Kramp, Margaux Nersesian, Vivian Noyd, Riley O’Donnell, Alison Parks, Grace Pizzala, Liv Shin and Lauren White.This year, the NSAC team was all-female and began preparing in November 2020 for the competition — whereas most teams spend an entire year preparing.The competition began with 95 teams competing from across the United States.The judges from Tinder called the TCU campaign “the most provocative and bold” and recognized their “great creative executions coupled with a well-thought-out media plan” and “incredible presentation”. Road to the finalsTeam 516 of TCU had no idea how long the road would be.McQuary, one of the two project managers and a recent graduate from TCU’s strategic communication program, remembered what initially drew her to the NSAC — an article about the 2019 team that placed third in the district competition. The article mentioned, “TCU has been competing in NSAC for more than 30 years and has been awarded a district-level win, but has never successfully competed at the national level.” McQuary said she wanted to prove to the nation that TCU can produce great work in advertising.The journey to the 2021 NSAC for Team 516 kicked off in November — virtually.Row 1 (from left to right): Emma Huels (Project Manager), Madison McQuary (Project Manager), Riley O’Donnell, Vivian Noyd (Lead Strategist). Row 2: Kayla Koski (Lead Researcher), Liv Shin, Margaux Nersesian, Liza Bilich. Row 3: Lauren White, Grace Pizzala, Katie Kramp, Huyen Ho, Wendy Macias (Team Advisor). (Courtesy photo)“Once we were able to get together in-person, our ideas began to flow as we collaborated and brainstormed all over the whiteboards,” McQuary said.Even after the group was able to get together in person, some team members like Liv Shin, in Oregon, and Huyen Ho, in Vietnam, continued to work virtually and overcome time-zone differences.Despite unprecedented roadblocks, McQuary was thrilled to see how well the team got along from the beginning.“Sometimes when you throw 13 girls into a room, it can be challenging to work together. But it was so much fun working together throughout the semester,” she said.Faculty advisor Wendy Macias played a huge role for the team, mentioned McQuary.“I personally had a conversation with Dr. Macias about this client, and we discussed a plan for keeping on track and not producing a raunchy campaign,” McQuary said.The teams managed a budget of $10 million in their marketing campaigns, allowing for a realistic experience that has the potential to be used in Tinder’s real marketing plan. “I think that, if Tinder were to use this campaign, it would be so successful in reaching a wide range of people in many different ways. I really hope they consider using our recommendations,” McQuary said.June 4, the reality sets-inTeam 516 had already put in hundreds of hours of work into the campaign once the competition rolled around in June.“We truly believed in our campaign idea,” said Emma Huels, one of the lead project managers on the team.When the news came out that Team 516 placed second, McQuary said she “immediately started crying tears of joy.”For McQuary, the result came full circle, achieving what she set out to do — make history at TCU.“I can’t wait for more industry professionals and top executives to see our campaign at ADMERICA and the quality of work that can come out of TCU,” McQuary said.“Winning second place in the nation made all of that time and effort worth it!” Huels said.“I immediately started crying tears of joy.”Madison McQuary, 21′“My favorite part of this experience was just spending time with the team and developing friendships with all of the women,” said Huels.“In the advertising industry, we are experiencing a lot of change, women becoming leaders, especially in this ever-growing digital landscape,” said McQuary, who earned her first post-grad job as Brand Engagement Coordinator at Agency Habitat, a Fort Worth advertising agency. “The NSAC judges this year were an all-women group of executives from Tinder.“Women are actually the huge majority in the strat comm program at TCU so it’s often hard to stand out in a female-dominated community. It’s very cutthroat when searching for jobs, so women have to be able to have the confidence to pursue higher roles and up-skill,” said McQuary.“I hope that our story can inspire other students to sign up to take this class, even if it doesn’t fulfill any major or minor credits, take it as an elective for the unique experience,” she said. Twitter Team 516 of TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC), the highest a TCU team has ever placed. The second-place finish came with an award of $2,500. (Courtesy photo) A fox’s tail: the story of TCU’s campus foxes JD Pells ReddIt JD Pells JD is a journalism major at TCU from Maui, HI. When he isn’t too busy studying, he’s jamming out or daydreaming about sunset surf sessions. Linkedin Former Fort Worth, TCU Police Department officer dies of COVID-19 and on-duty injury complications Paddle-out in Maui honors Floyd, other black lives Background on the AAF and NSAC:The following information on AAF and NSAC comes from their website:“The National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC), sponsored by the American Advertising Federation (AAF) is the premier college advertising competition that provides more than 2,000 college students the real-world experience of creating a strategic advertising/marketing/media campaign for a corporate client.”“The AAF is divided into 15 geographical regions, and based on their school location, student teams first compete at the district level, either in-person or virtually. The winning team(s) from each district then advances to the semi-finals, where NSAC teams compete for one of eight spots at the finals.”This year’s competition was entirely virtual and was conducted June 3 through 4, 2021. TAGSAAFAdvertising TCUMarketing TCUNSACNSAC TCUSTCOSTCO TCUStrat COMM TCUStrategic Communication TCUTCU makes school historyTCU newsTCU TinderTinder marketingUS colleges marketingUS colleges Strategic CommunicaitonUS collegiate marketingWomen at TCU JD Pells last_img read more

Two newspaper journalists held for 48 hours without being told why

first_img October 21, 2020 Find out more June 5, 2020 Find out more News News The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa News November 7, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two newspaper journalists held for 48 hours without being told why Follow the news on Burundi Reports Reporters Without Borders is disturbed by the way the authorities are treating two journalists employed by the newspaper Iwacu, Elyse Ngabire and Dieudonné Hakizimana, who were arrested for unknown reasons on 5 November, held incommunicado for 48 hours and released at noon today. They have been told to appear before Bujumbura police chief Arthémon Nzitabakuze on 9 November but it is still not known what they are alleged to have done. “We are obviously pleased by their release but our concern is unchanged,” Iwacu editor Antoine Kaburahe told Reporters Without Borders. “Elyse and Dieudonné were arrested for no reason and then freed for no reason.”“We share Iwacu’s concern about Ngabire and Hakizimana,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is completely abnormal for the authorities to hold two journalists in this way without giving any explanation. Not even the journalists were told why they were arrested. What are they supposed to have done? What grounds did the authorities have for denying them any visit?”The treatment of the two journalists is the latest in a series of incidents affecting the privately-owned press in recent months. Jean-Claude Kavumbagu, the editor of the online newspaper Net Press, has been held on a treason charge since 17 July while the authorities have been harassing Radio Publique Africaine, a radio station that criticizes the government. Arrested at about 1 p.m. on 5 November, after visiting a friend in Mpimba prison, Ngabire and Hakizimana were taken to the Special Investigation Bureau (BSR), where they were questioned and detained for the next two days.The newspaper’s lawyer, Jean de Dieu Muhuzenge, was refused permission to see them or talk to them while they were held. Yesterday, the newspaper accused the authorities of “flagrantly violating procedures, especially articles 92 and 93 of the code of criminal procedure under which ‘the suspect enjoys all guarantees necessary for the right of defence including the help of a lawyer’ and ‘the lawyer is able to communicate freely with the suspect’.”Reporters Without Borders reached Nzitabakuze, the Bujumbura police chief, in an attempt to find out why the journalists were arrested, but he refused to answer our questions.More information about the case of Jean-Claude Kavumbagu BurundiAfrica center_img November 27, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Burundian appeal court upholds prison sentences for four journalists Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Four Burundian journalists complete 12 months in arbitrary detention to go further Organisation BurundiAfrica last_img read more

National Communications Council suspends two private newspapers

first_img to go further Receive email alerts January 24, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Gabonese journalist could spend New Year’s Eve in prison Organisation The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa GabonAfrica Follow the news on Gabon News GabonAfrica center_img May 23, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 National Communications Council suspends two private newspapers November 27, 2020 Find out more Reports Reporters Without Borders is concerned about the recent measures taken by theNational Communications Council (Conseil national de la Communication, CNC)against four private media outlets. During the week of 16 May 2003, the CNCdecided to suspend the publication of two private newspapers, “Misamu” andLe Temps. In addition, the publications “Jeunesse Action” and “l’Espoir”received official warnings from the council.”These measures, which appear to be part of an intimidation campaign againstthe private press, are a means of preventing citizens from having access tounbiased news and information about the government’s various plans,” Reporters Without Borders’ Secretary-General Robert Ménard said in a letter to CNC President Pierre Marie Ndong. The organisation urged him to reverse the measures and to allow the targeted media outlets to continue publishing.In a 12 May press release, the CNC ordered the twice-monthly Misamu tocease publishing, on account of a legal dispute over ownership of thenewspaper. The legal battle pits Senator Jean-Pierre Nzoghe Nguema, formerleader of the opposition party Morena and the paper’s founder, against NoélNgwa Nguema, the paper’s current publisher, who is also a priest.According to information collected by Reporters Without Borders, Misamu plans to continue publishing for the moment, as it has not received an official suspensionnotice. The CNC’s decision follows revelations in the press about themysterious death of Pascaline Bongo’s aide-de-camp. Pascaline Bongo isPresident Omar Bongo’s eldest daughter and principal private secretary.Misamu had accused Finance Ministry Secretary-General Eyamba Tsima MauriceNestor of being behind the aide-de-camp’s death.On 15 May, the CNC suspended the weekly Le Temps for three months. Thenewspaper was targeted because of a 14 May article, entitled “Over 50billion CFA Francs (over US$89 million; 76 million euros) squandered in twonights”, in which questions were raised about financing for an organisationthat is coordinating independence celebrations in August. The contentiousarticle was “likely to undermine the nation’s standing,” the CNC said.In addition, two other newspapers received official warnings from thecouncil. The first paper, Jeunesse Action, was warned after it publishedphotographs of mutilated persons and children being raped in its 12 to 19May issue. The CNC said the images were likely to “offend readers’sensibilities.” As for l’Espoir, it was warned because it did not fill outthe paperwork necessary for the launch of a publication, as required underunder Gabon’s Communications Code.Reporters Without Borders recalls that Communications Minister Medhi Teale recently granted 500 million CFA Francs (approx. US$890,000; 762,000 euros) to the private press as part of the National Press Development Fund (Fonds national pour le développement de la presse). News News Weekly seized from Gabon’s newsstands Help by sharing this information December 31, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

Application before Kerala High Court In Sprinkr Petition Seeks Release Of Madhavan Nambiar Report On Sprinklr Deal

first_imgNews UpdatesApplication before Kerala High Court In Sprinkr Petition Seeks Release Of Madhavan Nambiar Report On Sprinklr Deal Lydia Suzanne Thomas4 May 2021 7:22 AMShare This – x(Image Courtesy : Kerala Kaumudi)”My application is to call for the Committee report which is very helpful for me in the adjudication of my writ petition”Nearly a year after the Kerala High Court last took up petitions challenging the agreement between the Kerala Government and US-based Sprinklr Company processing of data related to COVID-19 patients, the High Court heard the batch of petitions again today. A Bench of Justices Devan Ramachandran and Kauser Edappagath initially expressed surprise at the listing of the pleas today.However, Advocate T Asaf Ali for the Kerala Leader of Opposition, one of the petitioners informed the Court that he had filed an Interim Application in his petition. He sought the production of the Report tabled by a Committee headed by Madhavan Nambiar which probed the Sprinklr deal. “My application is to call for the Committee report which is very helpful for me in the adjudication of my writ petition”, he said.The Counsel for Sprinklr submitted that the company had yet not received a copy of the application. Again, Advocate Asaf Ali stressed that the Report “is essential for the just adjudication of the case” and urged the Court to consider his application.Without venturing a remark, the Court proceeded to direct that the matter be posted after the vacation. Last year, a Bench of Justices Devan Ramachandran and TR Ravi issued a slew of directions in an interim order that stated these – Government of Kerala is directed to anonymize all data that have been collected and collated so far, and allow Sprinklr to access data only after such anonymization is completed.Sprinklr is restrained from committing any act which will be in breach of confidentiality of data entrusted with them by Kerala Govt under the impugned contract.Sprinklr shall not directly or indirectly deal with the data entrusted to them by the Kerala Govt in conflict with the confidentiality clauses in the contract, and will return the data as soon as their contractual obligations are over. They should not disclose or part with the entrusted data to any third-party entity.Sprinklr is injuncted from advertising or representing to any third party that they have access to data relating to COVID-19 cases.Sprinklr is restrained from exploiting directly or indirectly any data entrusted with it for commercial purposes.Sprinklr is further injuncted from using the name or logo of Government of Kerala for its promotional acts.Government has to take informed consent from individuals that their data will be processed by a third-party foreign company. The petitions, filed by lawyers Balu Gopalakrishnan and Krishna Prasad N, programmer Binosh Alex Bruce, Kerala Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala, assailed the decision of the Pinarayi Vijayan-government to choose the services a foreign-private company Sprinjlr for storing and analyzing COVID-19 data. The decision to entrust the job with a foreign company, overlooking state entities like the C-DIT and NIC, was specifically brought in question. Additionally, the pleas further pointed out that the agreement with Sprinklr was executed without seeking approval of the Council of Ministers or other concerned departments of the State including the Law Department, which is empowered to prepare agreements on behalf of the government. The petitioners averred that the data of citizens were collected without their informed consent, and was stored in a foreign server. According to the petitioner, more than 1.5 lakh sensitive medical information of the COVID -19 patients are with the company. Notably, M Sivasankar, the-then IT Secretary, admitted that the opinion of legal department was not taken before the contract, due to the emergency situation, when he appeared in interviews last year. Following the highly-publicised challenges to the deal, the Government constituted a two-member committee to examine the issues in relation to the deal. M Madhavan Nair IAS (retired), former Civil Aviation Secretary & IT Secretary, Government of India and Rajeev Sadanandan IAS (retired), former Additional Chief Secretary (Health and Family Welfare Department) Government of Kerala were declared members of the committee. According to a New Indian Express Report, the Committee led by M Madhavan Nair found that former IT secretary M Sivasankar unilaterally signed the deal keeping even the Chief Minister in the dark, giving a “clean chit to the Chief Minister”. The New Indian Express’s story explained that the Madhavan Nambiar committee was of the view that the proposal for installing a digital platform for analyzing a crisis situation like COVID-19 should have been discussed with the Crisis Management group. The Crisis Management group, headed by the Chief Secretary along with the Secretaries of finance, revenue, health, law and IT, should have been closely involved. It has been revealed that the Sprinklr proposal was not discussed with the then Chief Secretary Tom Jose. Health and Family Welfare Secretary Dr Rajan N Khobragade too has confirmed that no formal consultation was taken with the health department, the story stated.The New Indian Express story also quoted the Report as stating,”The committee would like to point out that the approval of the Chief Minister who is also the IT minister was not taken before the agreement was executed with Sprinklr Inc. Since we are dealing with date security issues and entrusting sensitive data to a foreign company, this could be detrimental to the interest of the state and its citizens,” said the report.”TagsSprinklr COVID -19 Data Protection Law Data Sharing Justice Kauser Edappagath Justice Devan Ramachandran Personal Data Protection Bill 2019 Next Storylast_img read more

It’s set to be very chilly this bank holiday weekend!

first_img Twitter FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Harps come back to win in Waterford Pinterest Facebook Google+ Pinterest It’s set to be very chilly this bank holiday weekend! Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction WhatsApp Twitter AudioHomepage BannerNewscenter_img By News Highland – October 26, 2018 Facebook Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 It’s set to be very chilly this bank holiday weekend.Snow and hail is forecast with temperatures dropping to minus three overnight in places.A dusting of snow is most likely on higher ground in Connacht and Ulster.Met Eireann’s Pat Clarke says a drop in temperature will be felt over the long weekend:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ Previous articleParents face anxious wait over school building assessmentsNext articlePatsy McGonagle elected Chairperson of DLDC News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

Aerial dispersal of lichen soredia in the maritime Antarctic

first_imgAn aerobiological monitoring programme was carried out for over a year on Signy Island, South Orkney Islands, Antarctica. Collections were made using arrays of rotorod samplers at three sites. Lichen soredia were found to be the most abundant air borne propagules, more so than ascospores, the sexual propagules of lichen fungi. The dominance of soredia over ascospores appeared to decrease with increasing maturity of fellfield sites. No correlations were found with temperature, relative humidity or wind speed. Collections at 1 m above ground level were shown not to be significantly different to those at 0·15 m at two of the sites. Size range distribution also differed at two of the sites. Soredial clumps in excess of 100 μm in diameter were collected at 1 m above ground level and at some distance from potential source plants, though most fell in the range 30–60 μm. Peaks in numbers of air borne soredia were found after winter snow melt, demonstrating that soredial production continues at subzero temperatureslast_img read more