Sechaba Brewery Holdings Limited ( 2014 Abridged Report

first_imgSechaba Brewery Holdings Limited ( listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Beverages sector has released it’s 2014 abridged results.For more information about Sechaba Brewery Holdings Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Sechaba Brewery Holdings Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Sechaba Brewery Holdings Limited (  2014 abridged results.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

Rainbow Tourism Group Limited ( 2018 Annual Report

first_imgRainbow Tourism Group Limited ( listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2018 annual report.For more information about Rainbow Tourism Group Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Rainbow Tourism Group Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Rainbow Tourism Group Limited (  2018 annual report.Company ProfileRainbow Tourism Group Limited (RTG) is a well-established tourism and hospitality management company in Zimbabwe, with an extensive portfolio of owner-managed or leased hotels and conference facilities in Zimbabwe and Mozambique, aswell as a tour operator company. RTG operators in two sectors; Zimbabwe and Outside Zimbabwe. Its marketing and channel management division operates out of South Africa. Well-known hotels in its portfolio include Rainbow Towers Hotel and Conference Centre, A’Zambezi River Lodge, Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel, Bulawayo Rainbow Hotel, Kadoma Hotel and Conference Centre, New Ambassador Hotel, Rainbow Beitbridge Hotel and Rainbow Hotel Mozambique. Rainbow Tourism Group Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Forget Cash ISAs and gold! I’m buying the FTSE 100 to retire early

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Unfortunately, the demand for safety hasn’t had the same impact on the interest rate for Cash ISAs.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…The highest easy access Cash ISA rate on the market at the moment is just 1.25%.FTSE 100 recoveryWhile investor sentiment towards stocks has dropped in recent weeks, it’s likely to improve in the long run. Indeed, following previous FTSE 100 bear markets, confidence has steadily returned over the medium term. In the years following a substantial drawdown, the market has gone on to outperform gold on many occasions.This suggests that prospects for gold are more limited than those of undervalued FTSE 100 stocks. The FTSE 100 also seems to offer a much better proposition than Cash ISAs today. The UK’s leading index currently supports a dividend yield of around 4.8%. This implies it offers the potential for income as well as capital growth over the long run.Mixed outlookWe don’t know what the future holds for the FTSE 100, the gold price, or Cash ISA interest rates. However, with the economic effects of the coronavirus crisis still unfolding, it’s clear investors may see more volatility in the near term.Nevertheless, many FTSE 100 shares appear to offer excellent value for money at present. For example, some of its top blue-chips have experienced falls of over 50% since the start of the year.Some of these companies have seen their values decline despite having strong balance sheets and wide economic moats. Others have seen significant share price falls, despite informing investors that profits are holding up relatively well.These advantages imply that while investor sentiment could remain weak throughout 2020 and into 2021, they could produce a positive long-term performance. Research shows that over the past 120 years, UK stocks have produced an average annual return of 5.5%, after inflation. Cash and gold have lagged this performance.ConclusionConsidering all of the above, while the outlook for the FTSE 100 is unclear at present, now could be the right time to buy a diverse range of undervalued blue-chips.It’s unlikely that we’ve seen the last of the markets decline in the short run. News regarding coronavirus is likely to continue to have a significant impact on investor sentiment for the foreseeable future.Nonetheless, in the long run, FTSE 100 stocks could offer impressive total returns relative to other assets, such as gold and Cash ISAs, as the economy returns to normal and investor sentiment improves.center_img Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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. Rupert Hargreaves has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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. See all posts by Rupert Hargreaveslast_img read more

H House / Wiel Arets Architects

first_imgSave this picture!Courtesy of Wiel Arets Architects+ 11 Share CopyHouses•Maastricht, The Netherlands Houses The Netherlands H House / Wiel Arets ArchitectsSave this projectSaveH House / Wiel Arets Architects Year:  Area:  130 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” H House / Wiel Arets Architects “COPY”center_img ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard ArchDaily Architects: Wiel Arets Architects Area Area of this architecture project 2010 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Text description provided by the architects. Designed for a couple and sited in a hilly suburban area of Maastricht near the Netherlands-Belgium border, the H House was designed for a couple with a strong interest in the arts. The clients formerly occupied a home directly adjacent to the site before appointing Wiel Arets Architects to design what would become their new home, the H House. Individually an actor and a dancer, and dually landscape architects, the owners are able to keep their landscaping skills honed in the formal garden behind the house, which they occasionally open to the public.Save this picture!Courtesy of Wiel Arets ArchitectsRecommended ProductsWoodHESS TIMBERTimber – GLT HybridEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornWoodAccoyaAccoya® CanalsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreThe interior of the home is comparable to that of a loft-like space with a central mezzanine. Adjacent to the main volume of the home, are two independent volumes – the entrance and the bathroom, the latter of which is cantilevered over the ground floor. Terraces define the position and shape of the house, each with its own distinct character. The interior of the house has no structural walls and very few rectangular columns support the structural slabs, each positioned to minimize their impact on the interior space. All other walls, whether internal or external, consist of glass in varying shades of opacity. Save this picture!Courtesy of Wiel Arets ArchitectsThe stair of the house was conceived as an independent sculptural object within this loft-like setting, producing an air of suspense, while simultaneously providing storage. The range of privacy desired by the owners resulted in a series of curtains that can be drawn to casually define‘interior rooms’on both levels of the house. The combination of transparent and opaque glass, as well as the sliding and fixed portions of the façade, create a number of different possible responses to the changing of seasons and patterns of daylight. The house is suffused with richness due to the layering of unadorned space, the transparencies of the material palette and the countless possibilities of spatial compilations.Save this picture!Courtesy of Wiel Arets ArchitectsProject gallerySee allShow lessUpdate: Glasgow School of Art / Steven HollArticlesINABA Awarded Permanent Artwork InstallationArticles Share Projects CopyAbout this officeWiel Arets ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductGlass#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMaastrichtHousesThe NetherlandsPublished on March 25, 2011Cite: “H House / Wiel Arets Architects” 25 Mar 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogFaucetshansgroheKitchen MixersGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ GeometricPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Classic™ SeriesPlumbingSanifloMacerator – Saniaccess®3WoodBruagAcoustic Panels with LEDMetallicsSculptformClick-on Battens in Ivanhoe ApartmentsSkylightsVELUX CommercialLonglight 5-30° – Modular SkylightsTiles / Mosaic / GresiteLove TilesPorcelain Tiles – SplashAluminium CompositesMetawellAluminum Panels for Interior DesignMetal PanelsRHEINZINKPanel Systems – Horizontal PanelEducationalLamitechChalk boardCarpetsCarpet ConceptCarpet – Eco IquMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?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 streamlast_img read more

Aireys Inlet House / Turco and Associates

first_img “COPY” Area:  194 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project 2010 ArchDaily Year:  Aireys Inlet House / Turco and AssociatesSave this projectSaveAireys Inlet House / Turco and Associates CopyAbout this officeTurco and AssociatesOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBig HillHousesAustraliaPublished on May 22, 2012Cite: “Aireys Inlet House / Turco and Associates” 22 May 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogShowershansgroheShower MixersVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Abrasion ResistantPartitionsSkyfoldIntegrating Operable Walls in a SpaceLightsVibiaLamps – NorthCultural / PatrimonialIsland Exterior FabricatorsSeptember 11th Memorial Museum Envelope SystemSkylightsVELUX CommercialAtrium Longlight, DZNE GermanyHanging LampsLouis PoulsenLamp – PH ArtichokeTiles / Mosaic / GresiteHisbalitMosaic Tiles – TexturasAcousticMetawellAluminum Panels – Acoustic SailsMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMTiO2-free Mineral Paint – Soldalit®-ArteWall / Ceiling LightsA-LightWall Grazer Concealed LightsDoorsBuster and PunchDoor Hardware – Pull BarMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?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 “COPY” Text description provided by the architects. Nestled in bushland North of the small coastal community of Aireys Inlet near the start of the Great Ocean Road, this project provides a “second home” for a busy Melbourne couple and their three children. Through an intimate connection with the natural context, the house facilitates a relaxing counterpoint to their city life.Save this picture!Courtesy of Turco & AssociatesRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreThe views from the site are seen as integral in the creation of this experience. Accordingly, presenting these views was a key design consideration, alongside the desire to create a strong; seamless; physical connection with the outdoors. The home is a contemporary response to the rural homestead vernacular, using the horizontal planes of the deck and roofline surrounding the living areas as devices for maximising these experiences.Save this picture!Courtesy of Turco & AssociatesCity life is left behind as one progresses from the separated garage through the forest to the home along a gravel path. A sequence of spaces through the house progressively provide an enhanced connection to nature – from the compressed entry threshold where views are limited, through the entrance corridor and reading area where the outside is visible through timber slatted screens, culminating in the progression down the steps and into the open living space where nature is completely revealed through expansive openings.Save this picture!Courtesy of Turco & AssociatesPrivate functions such as the bedrooms and bathrooms are located within a black sculpted volume. This form is cut into the earth and provides an intimate connection to the bushland at the rear of the site while reducing the physical bulk of the house. The social areas of the house present themselves as an open and light space existing between the sweeping boomerang-shaped forms of the floor and roof planes. The geometry of these form captures views along two existing view corridors through the adjacent bush to the floodplain beyond while maximising solar gain An expansive deck frames the view from the social areas and encourages outdoor living.Save this picture!Courtesy of Turco & AssociatesThe site of this house is subject to an environmental overlay and an emphasis was placed on maintaining and enhancing the ecology present on the site through means of vegetation retention and planting. The site posed the challenge that primary views are located to the West. Timber slatted louvres in the entrance sitting area can be opened to various points to allow the sun to be blocked or allowed into the space as desired throughout the day and the year.Save this picture!floor planA large eave to the west of the living areas protect this space from the harsh Western sun while providing cover to the deck below. Throughout summer, the exposed concrete slab of the living areas is protected from direct sunlight, and allows a cool temperate to be maintained without the need for air conditioning. Bedrooms are dug into the earth to utilise the consistency of the earths temperature. In winter, the location of the clearing adjacent to the living area allow sun to penetrate through the forest deep into the living area, heating the thermal mass of the exposed concrete floor and sitting hob.Save this picture!Courtesy of Turco & AssociatesProject gallerySee allShow lessOffice Building / Atelier Zündel CristeaArticlesLagarteiro Neighborhood: Urban Renewal of Public Space / Domitianus ArquitecturaArticles Share Save this picture!Courtesy of Turco & Associates+ 17 Sharecenter_img Houses Aireys Inlet House / Turco and Associates Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard CopyHouses•Big Hill, Australia ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Architects: Turco and Associates Area Area of this architecture project Australialast_img read more

What we’re reading: Pelosi announces impeachment inquiry against President Trump

first_imgKatherine Griffith Twitter What we’re reading: Chauvin found guilty in Floyd case, Xi to attend Biden’s climate change summit ReddIt ReddIt Supreme court will soon decide if someone can be fired for being gayThe Supreme Court will decide next month whether gay and transgender people are protected from workplace discrimination under existing federal law, according to The New York Times.Lawyers for the gay and transgender plaintiffs in the case stated the protections in Title VII of the Civil Rights of 1964 should include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.”In 1964, sexual discrimination protections only covered bias against either a man or a woman. Joe Biden hosts big dollar fundraiser in PhiladelphiaFormer Vice President and current Presidential candidate Joe Biden hosted a large fundraising event in Philadelphia Monday ahead of next week’s third-quarter filing deadline, according to AP News. To enter the event as a guest was $500. To enter as a “friend” it was $1,000. To be a “sponsor” and receive a photo with Biden, the cost to enter the event was $2,800. If that didn’t break the bank, there were “VIP” tickets up for grabs. If you raised $20,000 for the campaign, you were considered a “co-host” and could attend the private reception. In order to attend the special VIP reception, your cost to enter was $40,000, according to AP News.Biden’s small-dollar, online fundraising operation fell short last quarter, forcing him to rely on more big-donor fundraising events. Biden did not say how much money was raised during the event.  Linkedin + posts Reservations at TCU Recreation Center in high demand due to pandemic guidelines Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Katherine Griffith Katherine Griffith Previous articleNew medical school training its first generation of doctorsNext articleFroggie Five-0 to get new carts Katherine Griffith RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Facebook Second phase of Fort Worth Zoo renovation project to open in mid-April Facebook Winter storm benefits businesses around TCU Twitter printNancy Pelosi announces formal impeachment. Photo Courtesy of CNNHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi announces a formal impeachment Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump today. Calls for the inquiry have ramped up in recent days after reports that Trump pressured Ukrainian President Voldymyr Zelenskiy to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden. The two leaders discussed potential “investigations into Joe Biden” according to the Associated Press.Trump froze $400 million in aid to Ukraine just days before his call with Zelenskiy.Trump stated he did “absolutely nothing wrong” during the call with Zelenskiy. “Trump said he will release the “unredacted transcript” of his phone call with the Ukrainian president tomorrow,” according to CNN.“The President must be held accountable,” Pelosi said.  “No one is above the law.”Two wounded after senator fires gun outside of Haitian parliamentSenator Ralph Fethiere fires gun outside Haitian Parliament. Photo courtesy of the Washington Post. An Associated Press photographer and another man were shot during a protest outside the Haitian Parliament Monday.The protest was centered around the governing party’s nomination of Fritz William Michel as prime minister.Sen. Ralph Fethiere fired a pistol during a confrontation with protestors, stating it was a defensive measure against “violent militants.”AP photographer Dieu-Nalio Chery was hit in the jaw by a bullet fragment. He was released from a hospital in the capital of Port-au-Prince but will undergo further treatment this week.No charges have been filed against Fethiye. What we’re reading: Former Vice President dies at 93, Chad President killed on frontlines Katherine Griffith Katherine Griffith Spring athletes get another year of eligibility Linkedinlast_img read more

Israeli troops arrest head of Palestinian Prisoner Channel

first_imgNews WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists IsraelMiddle East – North Africa IsraelMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Israel to go further Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists June 3, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Read in Arabic (بالعربية)Reports Without Borders strongly condemns the arrest by Israeli troops on 17 May in the West Bank of Baha Khairi Attalah Mousa, the director of the Palestinian Prisoner Channel, a satellite television station for Palestinian prisoners. The soldiers also seized broadcasting equipment, computers, video cameras and documents. “Such abuses aimed at stifling the Palestinian media must cease,” the press freedom organization said.“This is the third time since the start of 2012 that the Israeli authorities have victimized a Palestinian media organization. We call for the immediate release of Baha Mousa and the return of all confiscated equipment, especially since the raid, carried out in territory under Palestinians administration, is illegal under international law.”Israeli forces raided Mousa’s home in the village of Marka south of Jenin in the early hours of 17 May. Without explanation, they arrested the director and searched his house, seizing his professional equipment. Mousa is reported to be detained in the al-Jalama interrogation centre near Haifa.The station, launched on 1 April, is devoted to news about Palestinian prisoners and their families and also broadcasts cultural programs. It is privately funded and is not affiliated to any political organization.On 2 April, Israeli security forces raided a Palestinian radio, television and online media network set up by Al-Quds University in East Jerusalem.Dozens of Israeli police officers invaded the offices of the media centre in the Al-Khaldyeh district of East Jerusalem. The network was part of the university’s Institute of Modern Media, and comprised the radio station Houna Al-Quds and a news agency with the same name. They were ordered to close and some of their equipment was seized.On 29 February, Israeli troops raided two Palestinian TV stations, Al-Watan and Al-Quds Educational TV, in the West Bank city of Ramallah which is under Palestinian Authority control. Both stations were forced off the air as a result. Newscenter_img May 16, 2021 Find out more RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts News May 28, 2021 Find out more May 21, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Israeli troops arrest head of Palestinian Prisoner Channel News Organisation last_img read more

Islamist militia closes radio station, arrests three journalists

first_imgNews February 24, 2021 Find out more to go further SomaliaAfrica News RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia Help by sharing this information Organisation Receive email alerts Newscenter_img RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists Reporters Without Borders strongly condemns the raid which members of the Islamist armed group Al-Shabaab carried out yesterday on Radio Jubba in Baidoa (250 km northwest of Mogadishu), closing the station and arresting three of its journalists. Al-Shabaab is in control of Baidoa.“The climate of terror which Somali Islamist insurgents are imposing on the press has gone on for too long,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The militias are responsible for many of the murders of journalists in Somali in the past two years, and have targeted leading civil society members on the grounds that they are serving the interests of the ‘Crusaders’. If nothing is done to stop them, Al-Shabaab will end up convincing journalists to give up working altogether.”Heavily-armed Al-Shabaab militiamen burst into Radio Jubba’s studios yesterday evening and ordered the journalists to stop broadcasting. Station manager Muktar Mohamed Atosh, editor Mohamed Adawe Adan and reporter Mohamed Nur Mohamed were arrested. The raid was ordered by the head of security in the region, Sheik Hassan Derow, who accuses the station of “not obeying the administration’s orders.”Muhidin Hassan Mohamed, the Baidoa correspondent of Mogadishu-based Radio Shabelle, was arrested by Al-Shabaab members on the evening of 16 April, a few hours after the station broadcast a report in which he said residents were subject to extortion by insurgents at checkpoints set up around Baidoa. He was released four days later, after admitting to disinformation.With 11 journalists killed in the past two years, Somalia is Africa’s deadliest country for the news media. Al-Shabaab is on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Predators of Press Freedom.” News Follow the news on Somalia January 8, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Islamist militia closes radio station, arrests three journalists SomaliaAfrica RSF_en March 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

“It Seems Arbitrary”: SC Issues Notice On Plea Seeking Full Refund For Flight Tickers Cancelled During Lockdown

first_imgTop Stories”It Seems Arbitrary”: SC Issues Notice On Plea Seeking Full Refund For Flight Tickers Cancelled During Lockdown Nilashish Chaudhary27 April 2020 1:30 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court today issued notice in a plea seeking appropriate directions to airlines for a full refund of the ticket amount in relation to all flights cancelled due to the nationwide lockdown.NGO Pravasi Legal Cell’s petition, filed through advocate Jose Abraham, argued that airlines must provide a full refund for tickets which were not only booked after the lockdown was announced, but…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court today issued notice in a plea seeking appropriate directions to airlines for a full refund of the ticket amount in relation to all flights cancelled due to the nationwide lockdown.NGO Pravasi Legal Cell’s petition, filed through advocate Jose Abraham, argued that airlines must provide a full refund for tickets which were not only booked after the lockdown was announced, but even for those flights which were booked prior to that and got cancelled due to the same. It was further urged that the action of non-refund by airlines of the full amount collected for tickets due to cancellation was arbitrary and in violation of the Civil Aviation Requirement issued by Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).The Bench comprising of Justices NV Ramana, SK Kaul and BR Gavai appeared to agree with this argument and sought a response from the Civil Aviation Ministry and the DGCA.”It does seem arbitrary that refunds are being issued only to those who booked tickets after the lockdown was enforced. The relief should be entitled to everyone whose flights were cancelled because of lockdown, irrespective of the period of booking”, observed Justice Kaul.The petition had contended that the office memorandum of the Civil Aviation Ministry, dated 16.04.2020, for the full refund of only those who had tickets booked during lockdown, leaving out those who booked tickets prior to the lockdown, even though flights were cancelled is antithetical to basic Constitutional tenets.The petitioner also averred that instead of providing full refund of the amount collected, the action of Airlines of providing mandatory “Credit Shell” is in clear violation of the DGCA requirements according to which the option of refund is “the prerogative of the passenger and not a default practice of the Airline”.Next Storylast_img read more

Modeling of subionospheric VLF signal perturbations associated with earthquakes

first_imgIt has been reported that propagation of very low frequency (VLF) waves in the Earthionosphere waveguide might provide an indication of imminent earthquakes [Hayakawa et al., 1996; Molchanov et al., 1998]. Narrow-band data from Inubo, Japan, suggested that transmissions from Omega Japan, 1000 km away, might be influenced by pre-earthquake processes. The terminator time (TT) was defined as the time where a minimum occurred in the received phase (or amplitude) during sunrise and sunset. A few days before an earthquake the TT was observed to deviate significantly from the monthly averages, producing a longer “VLF day.” The TT effect has been explained through some rather simple modeling by a 1–2 km drop in the VLF reflection height at the lower ionospheric boundary. In this study we apply more realistic propagation models to show that the changes in VLF reflection height associated with earthquakes would have to be considerably larger (∼4–11 km) than those suggested previously in order to produce the reported effect. If the reported TT changes were caused by alterations in the VLF reflection height associated in some manner with an imminent earthquake, these effects would be commensurate with the effects of a solar flare. However, this would lead to changes in received amplitude (or phase) that would be significant at all times, and not just during the day/night transition. Hence it is not at all clear that a simple height-lowering explanation for the TT effect is correct.last_img read more