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05
Jul
2021

Forget gold! I’d buy these 5 UK shares now and hold them forever

first_imgForget gold! I’d buy these 5 UK shares now and hold them forever Peter Stephens owns shares of Aviva, Barclays, Persimmon, and Whitbread. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Barclays. 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. Peter Stephens | Thursday, 14th January, 2021 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! 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. See all posts by Peter Stephens 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.center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares The gold price has risen by 20% in the last year. An uncertain economic outlook may persuade some investors it can deliver further capital growth, as well as an outperformance of UK shares.However, a likely economic recovery and the potential for improving performance from many FTSE 350 stocks could mean they offer higher rewards than the precious metal. Its price may also factor in low interest rates and a weak short-term economic outlook, which could limit its growth prospects.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…With that in mind, here are five stocks that could be worth buying now for the long term. They face uncertain near-term futures, but could produce high returns as part of a diverse portfolio.Cheap UK sharesSome FTSE 350 stocks have valuations that could suggest they offer wide margins of safety at the present time. For example, UK shares such as Barclays and Aviva trade on forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratios of 11 and 7 respectively. Although they face uncertain operating conditions that may not be conducive to high profits in 2021, they may benefit from an improving economic outlook in the coming years.Similarly, stocks such as IAG and Whitbread could offer recovery potential after their share price falls. Their stock prices are down by 40% and 25% respectively in the last year, as disruption caused by coronavirus has negatively impacted on their financial situations. However, capital raisings and cost reductions, as well as a likely recovery in their markets, could lead to turnarounds for their share prices over the long run.Meanwhile, UK shares such as housebuilder Persimmon could enjoy stronger operating conditions than market sentiment suggests. The company could benefit from low interest rates and a high demand for new homes due to a lack of supply. This may counter threats such as a weak economic outlook to provide improving profitability that catalyses share prices within the sector.Avoiding gold in the long runThe gold price could realistically move higher in the coming months. The world economic outlook could deteriorate based on coronavirus, political uncertainty, or any number of risks that cause growth to slow. In such a situation, gold may become even more highly-valued among risk averse investors who seek defensive assets that act as a store of wealth during a volatile economic period.However, many threats facing the world economy may be priced in to the precious metal’s price. Therefore, with a number of UK shares appearing to offer scope for a recovery, they may deliver higher returns in the long run. This means investing in a diverse range of them now, and holding them through a likely stock market rally, could be a profitable move.As such, now may be the right time to pivot from gold to undervalued shares ahead of an improving economic outlook. Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Image source: Getty Images. last_img read more

17
Jun
2021

Fallsview Residence / Setless Architecture

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/785198/fallsview-residence-setless-architecture Clipboard Photographs:  Sandy RushSave this picture!© Sandy RushRecommended ProductsWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreText description provided by the architects. Sited above the intersection of Tew’s Falls and Webster’s falls on the Bruce Trail, this house makes a strong connection to a singular landscape. The Bruce Trail follows the edge of the Niagara escarpment – a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve – from the Niagara River, almost 900 kilometers to Tobermory at the tip of the Bruce Peninsula. On its way, the Trail passes through a mix of provincial land, municipal and provincial conservation authorities, and private land owners.Save this picture!© Sandy RushOur site contains a 250 foot stretch of privately owned path that connects the two heavily used city parks. The key vista into the bowl shaped Spencer Gorge occurs right in front of the main exterior courtyard. As such, the project that looks idyllic in a secluded setting gets activated on weekends by thousands of hikers and city dwellers that climb the 200 foot cliff to experience this expansive view.Save this picture!© Sandy RushThe build had to comply with the most restricted land use in Ontario. The process began with a derelict house within both the Municipal Hamilton Conservation Authority and the Provincial Niagara Escarpment Commission protected zones. Our experience working in tight urban settings helped us work inside the regulations, eventually carving out a small building site on this expansive 1.5 acre lot.Save this picture!Floor PlanThe main public rooms in the house open to the front to take advantage of the view, and the rolling seasonal mist. The rear of the house is a landscape unto itself. The tall, slender, Carolinian Forest provides a high canopy for the bustling forest bed. The bedrooms and patios were designed to enjoy this concealed natural space. The house takes advantage of the leafy canopy to provide shade in the summer. In the winter, as the leaves fall, the high R-value glass lets the daylight flood in. The light filled spaces are at odds with the owners’ impressive art collection. Artifacts collected over long sojourns through the Zagros mountain range, India and Myanmar nestle next to modern Canadian art and bookend the exterior views.Save this picture!© Sandy RushLooking back at the house from the Bruce, the program of residence blurs with gallery and public building. We are proud to provide this urban elevation to this important thoroughfare.Save this picture!© Sandy RushProject gallerySee allShow lessNew Web App Lets You Navigate Downtown Miami’s Growing SkylineMiscNew Images of Studio Gang’s Vista Tower RevealedArchitecture News Share Houses Save this picture!© Sandy Rush+ 18 Share Projects “COPY” ArchDaily Area:  129 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Canada CopyHouses•Hamilton, Canada Year:  Architects: Setless Architecture Area Area of this architecture project Fallsview Residence / Setless Architecture 2015 Photographs Fallsview Residence / Setless ArchitectureSave this projectSaveFallsview Residence / Setless Architecture ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/785198/fallsview-residence-setless-architecture Clipboard “COPY” CopyAbout this officeSetless ArchitectureOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHamiltonCanadaPublished on April 09, 2016Cite: “Fallsview Residence / Setless Architecture” 09 Apr 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BrassGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseLouvers / ShuttersTechnowoodSunshade SystemsFaucetsDornbrachtKitchen Fittings – EnoWoodSculptformTimber Tongue and Groove CladdingMembranesEffisusFaçade Fire Weatherproofing Solutions in Design District Project LondonHanging LampsLouis PoulsenPendant Lights – KeglenBlinds / Mosquito Nets / CurtainsBANDALUXPleated ShadesEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAWoodBlumer LehmannCNC Production for Wood ProjectsMaterials / Construction SystemsCaneplex DesignPoles – Tonkin BambooFibre Cement / ConcreteTegralFibre Cement Slate Roofing – Thrutone Endurance SmoothMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?Fallsview住宅/ Setless Architecture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

12
Jun
2021

Call for probe into Afghan journalist’s death during British rescue operation

first_imgParis, 16 September 2009 June 2, 2021 Find out more March 11, 2021 Find out more to go further News September 16, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for probe into Afghan journalist’s death during British rescue operation News Follow the news on Afghanistan Jean-François JulliardSecretary-General Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” Organisation News AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information News Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says May 3, 2021 Find out more RSF_en RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan Dear Secretary of State,There has been a great deal of emotion and anger in Afghanistan and internationally about the death of Afghan journalist Sultan Munadi in the operation carried out by British special forces on 9 September to rescue Munadi’s British colleague, Stephen Farrell.We urge you to order an investigation that will shed light on the problems and errors that led to this tragedy. We also ask you to publish its findings and to sanction those responsible.Several aspects of this commando operation continue to be unclear. We do not doubt that the aim was to rescue the two journalists, who had been kidnapped a few days earlier by Taliban militants, and to spare them a long and difficult captivity.But we think the investigation needs to explain why a decision to carry out a military operation, involving a serious risk to both the soldiers and the hostages, was taken so quickly and without consulting all the parties. You were personally involved in this decision. Why did you not await the outcome of the negotiations that were under way with the Taliban?According to the various accounts available of how the operation unfolded, the British soldiers knew there were two hostages, a westerner and an Afghan. They even had photographs of Farrell and Munadi. When he was killed, Munadi was obviously unarmed and, shouting in English, had just identified himself as a journalist. What led the British or Afghan combatants to open fire at that precise moment? What were the rules of engagement that had been given to the British commandos?Munadi’s body was left at the scene of the operation. His family members were forced to fetch his body themselves from a very dangerous region. How is it possible that the body of one of the two hostages was abandoned in this fashion? Wasn’t the goal to take care of both the British journalist and his Afghan colleague?As we said in the press release we issued on the day Munadi died, we consider that all options, including military ones, have to be considered in kidnapping cases.But it is important that all these questions are answered. The need to know the truth is pressing, not only for Munadi’s family and colleagues but also for the family and colleagues of the British soldier who died in this operation.We trust you will satisfy our hopes.Sincerely, AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Rt Hon Bob AinsworthSecretary of State for DefenceLondonUnited Kingdom Receive email alertslast_img read more

12
Jun
2021

Who will dare talk to the media after another whistleblower is jailed?

first_img June 7, 2021 Find out more RSF_en WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Organisation Related documents WhistleblowersPDF – 86.53 KB Reporters Without Borders is disturbed to learn that former FBI agent Donald Sachtleben was sentenced to three and a half years in prison yesterday for revealing to an Associated Press reporter how the CIA foiled a plot to blow up an airliner flying from Yemen to the United States.After the AP published a report based on Sachtleben’s information in early 2012, the Department of Justice secretly seized the records of 20 of the news agency’s phone lines as part of its efforts to identify the source of the leak.“The aim of the US government’s use of mass surveillance and its pursuit whistleblowers it to prevent the leaking of information about national security even when there is a clear public interest in this information being made known,” Reporters Without Borders said.“Who will now dare talk to the media on such a crucial subject? And, after this, how could journalists covering this subject count on the limited protection offered by a federal shield law? Sachtleben’s conviction is part of a global intimidation strategy that obstructs freedom of information and the public’s right to know.”An explosives expert who worked for the FBI from 1983 to 2008, Sachtleben pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing and disclosing secret information. The federal court also sentenced him to an additional eight years in prison on an unrelated charge of distributing pornographic images of underage girls.Sachtleben is the third whistleblower to be convicted and sentenced this year, following Bradley Manning in August and former CIA officer John Kiriakou, who was sentenced to 30 months in prison on 25 January on a charge of revealing classified information for telling about the use of torture against terrorism subjects during the Bush administration.Read below Reporters Without Borders’ written submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council about whistleblowers. Follow the news on United States United StatesAmericas NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News to go further Receive email alerts News Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says April 28, 2021 Find out more News November 15, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Who will dare talk to the media after another whistleblower is jailed? June 3, 2021 Find out more United StatesAmericas News Help by sharing this information last_img read more

27
May
2021

Body found close to Derry / Donegal border

first_img By News Highland – February 25, 2010 A major police investigation is underway after the body of a man was found off the Letterkenny Road in Derry.The body was found just before midnight on the Braehead Road, close to the Donegal border.The area has been cordoned off by police and traffic is being diverted. Forensic officers are currently examining the area. As of yet, the man hasn’t been formally identified.Foyle MLA and Policing Board member Martina Anderson who visited the scene last night said community workers who arrived there before her described what they had seen as “horrendous”.[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/mtina8301.mp3[/podcast] Pinterest Facebook Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitter Twitter Newscenter_img Facebook WhatsApp Body found close to Derry / Donegal border Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Previous articleThree men arrested in Donegal, charged with IRA membershipNext articleMc Hugh tells Dail 240 jobs can be created in Donegal News Highland last_img read more

25
May
2021

2 women charged with stealing $2,500 in beauty supplies

first_img Sheriff’s deputies responded to a reported theft at the store Dec. 17 and were able to secure video footage that showed the two women. The sheriff’s office said the case was left open while they tried to identify the women in the surveillance footage. The sheriff’s office shared photos of the women online and on social media.At about 5:49 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, the two women reportedly returned to Ulta Beauty. Employees reported them and deputies found them in Dick’s Sporting Goods next door, the sheriff’s office said. The women, identified as Brittany L. Richway, 28, of Syracuse, and Janish A. Williams, 26, of Syracuse, were charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony, and possession of burglar tools, a misdemeanor.Richway and Williams were arraigned in the Town of Lansing Court and remanded on bail. Your Crime & Courts news is made possible with support from: ITHACA, N.Y. — Two women have been charged with the felony of grand larceny after stealing about $2,500 in beauty supplies from Ulta Beauty at the Shops at Ithaca Mall, according to the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office. Tagged: grand larceny, shops at ithaca mall, theft, tompkins county sheriff’s office Kelsey O’Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor. More by Kelsey O’Connor Kelsey O’Connor last_img read more

24
May
2021

‘Mickey Mouse’ strikes fear

first_img By Jaine Treadwell In a split second, the rat began to scamper, this way, that way.The miller didn’t break stride. He kept right on with his demonstration.Sarah jumped on a mill cart and I got the urge to get my feet off the floor. I hopped, sort of, up on a bench where the cornmeal sacks were stacked.Suddenly, the mill cart started to roll down the sloping floor, toward the miller, with Sarah holding on for dear life and screaming at the top of her lungs.On and on the cart rolled until it hit the wall behind the miller and came to a stop. The miller didn’t blink. He continued his demonstration.About that time, I heard rustling in the cornmeal sacks. Nobody had to tell me to run. Sarah was already making a beeline to the door. I took advantage of her downwind.We were in the car with the motor running and letting the clutch out when the miller came knocking on the window.He didn’t know “how come” we had to leave in such a hurry but, if we’d come on back in, he wanted to give each of us a sack of fresh ground cornmeal.Now, there was no way wild horses could drag us back in there with Mickey Mouse on the loose.We thanked him but told him that, if he wouldn’t mind to bring the cornmeal out to us, we’d wait “rat cheer” to get it. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Print Article Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits ‘Mickey Mouse’ strikes fear Sponsored Content With absolutely no doubt, business would be curtailed at a store where rats are running rampant. Especially when the rats are, as my children called them, “woof” rats. So, the name of the store is being withheld to prevent a loss of profits.One rat was not darting as normal field rats do. It was casually casing the store while another was sitting stone still on its haunches in wait of something.In the back of the store, a bold and brazen rat was trying to snatch the cheese bait from the trap where another rodent was lying in state. The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… By The Penny Hoarder You Might Like Back to the edge of the cliff The fiscal cliff is dead, thanks to the Mitch McConnell Tax Hike of 2013. For people wanting smaller government and… read more These rodents were not mice. They were wharf rats big enough to pull a loaded hay wagon. It was not good for the business, but the sight of it all conjured up some memories for me.Mama always said that I wasn’t afraid of the old devil himself. Mama didn’t know about me and rats. From the biggest wharf rat to the tiniest mouse, it didn’t matter. I would run and holler. Jump and scream. Climb a tree or jump down in the well. Anything to get away from a rodent. Hysterical is what I would be.But wisdom gained from maturity and the increasing decline in agility and quickness have caused me to react a little differently when in the presence of rats. Skip My friend Sarah and I were at an old gristmill watching a corn grinding demonstration. We were late getting there so it was just the two of us and the miller. Or so we thought.The floor of the mill sloped toward the front, toward the millstone and the miller.Sarah and I were standing in the back of the mill watching intently. It was getting dark and the light inside the mill was dim. But there was light enough to see a rat, a wharf rat that appeared out of nowhere. The rat was standing on its haunches glaring right at us.Now, this rat was huge with ears that stood straight and tall like Mickey Mouse. If it had a hat and a baton, it could have led the band. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Email the author Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Book Nook to reopen Published 11:00 pm Friday, January 11, 2013 Latest Stories Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe 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

12
May
2021

Plans for 23-story Upper West Side project are back on

first_img Full Name* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Renderings of development. (City of New York)Plans to build a 23-story building on Manhattan’s Upper West Side are back on after stalling in 2019.Fetner Properties re-filed plans for the development at 270 West 96th Street, which will have 171 apartments and space for a community facility, Crain’s reported.Fetner will begin construction on the 235-foot-tall, 150,000-square-foot building during the fourth quarter of the year, according to the publication. It may take about 28 months to complete the project.The last update about Fetner’s project came in 2019 after the company received unanimous approval by Community Board 7’s land use committee, I Love the Upper West Side reported. At the time, plans were for 6,500 square feet of the 8,000-square-foot community facility to be occupied by the Salvation Army, the publication added.ADVERTISEMENTThe 2019 proposal called for 80 micro-units and 91 traditional apartments. Forty percent of the units were to be permanently affordable.Construction in New York was slowed last year by the pandemic, with filings for new buildings totaling about 42.7 million square feet, down 28 percent from the previous year, according to a report by the Real Estate Board of New York.Read moreThe 10 biggest new project filings in NYCWorst of the worst: The real estate disasters of 2020Eichner’s Crown Heights rezoning delayed once again [Crain’s] — Cordilia JamesContact Cordilia James Share via Shortlink Email Address* Tags Message* DevelopmentResidential Real Estateupper west sidelast_img read more

09
May
2021

Heterotrophic microbial colonization of the interior of impact-shocked rocks from Haughton impact structure, Devon Island, Nunavut, Canadian High Arctic

first_imgThe polar desert is one of the most extreme environments on Earth. Endolithic organisms can escape or mitigate the hazards of the polar desert by using the resources available in the interior of rocks. We examined endolithic communities within crystalline rocks that have undergone shock metamorphism as a result of an asteroid or comet impact. Specifically, we present a characterization of the heterotrophic endolithic community and its environment in the interior of impact-shocked gneisses and their host polymict breccia from the Haughton impact structure on Devon Island, Nunavut, Canadian High Arctic. Microbiological colonization of impact-shocked rocks is facilitated by impact-induced fissures and cavities, which occur throughout the samples, the walls of which are lined with high abundances of biologically important elements owing to the partial volatilization of minerals within the rock during the impact. 27 heterotrophic bacteria were isolated from these shocked rocks and were identified by 16S rDNA sequencing. The isolates from the shocked gneiss and the host breccia are similar to each other, and to other heterotrophic communities isolated from polar environments, suggesting that the interiors of the rocks are colonized by microorganisms from the surrounding country rocks and soils. Inductively coupled plasma–atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) analysis were used to identify the chemical composition of the shocked materials and to document the in situ growth of microbes in their interiors. The identification of these heterotrophic communities within impact-shocked crystalline rocks extends our knowledge of the habitable biosphere on Earth. The colonization of the interiors of these samples has astrobiological applications both for considering terrestrial, microbiological contamination of meteorites from the Antarctic ice sheet and for investigating possible habitats for microbial organisms on the early Earth, and more speculatively, on Mars and other planetary bodies.last_img read more

04
May
2021

USS Clevand Arrives in Papua New Guinea

first_img View post tag: USS Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Clevand Arrives in Papua New Guinea May 20, 2011 View post tag: Clevand View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval Training & Education View post tag: Papua View post tag: Navy Amphibious transport dock ship USS Cleveland (LPD 7), the flagship for Pacific Partnership 2011, anchored off the coast of Lae May 19, to begin the third phase of the mission with representatives from Australia, Canada, Spain, France and the United States.Cleveland houses the command staff, representatives from non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Sailors, Soldiers, Marines, and Airmen from the partner nations.“The Pacific Partnership team is very excited to begin the mission in Papua New Guinea,” said Capt. Jesse A. Wilson, commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 23 and mission commander of Pacific Partnership 2011. “Working together we will provide engineering, dental, medical and veterinary civic action projects and subject matter expert exchanges designed to increase interoperability between partner nations and Papua New Guinea. As a result, we’ll improve the quality of life of the people of Papua New Guinea, and enhance our collective capability to respond to natural disasters in the region.”Wilson was greeted by the Papua New Guineans with a traditional spear dance, which welcomed the Pacific Partnership 2011 mission commander. The spear dance dates back to antiquity when tribal warriors would demonstrate their willingness to defend their villages from invaders. The spearmen would charge and threaten visitors, then welcome them into the village, once it was evident they came in peace.The first phase of the Pacific Partnership 2011 mission began in Tonga April 13, and ended April 22. The team met with local leaders, treated 3,806 patients, 819 of which were children, cared for 163 animals, completed seven engineering projects, including school buildings, bathrooms and a water catchment system, and engaged in eight community service projects while in Tonga.The second phase of the mission began in Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu, April 28, and concluded May 9.Service members from the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, France, Canada and Vanuatu worked together with NGOs and residents of Espiritu Santo to provide treatment to 6,068 patients. They provided surgeries for 25 people, saw 676 dental patients, cared for 118 animals, completed four engineering developments and engaged in 13 community service projects.The Pacific Partnership 2011 team also participated in preventive medicine, dental, veterinary and primary care medicine subject matter exchanges, ranging in topics from preventive medicine to damage control, with a total of 1,613 host nationals and completed four engineering projects, including new classrooms, school toilet facilities, water catchment systems and the installation of eight water tanks.“It’s truly a pleasure to be working together with so many different cultures building partnerships that will provide a great deal of help for people in the Pacific,” said Cmdr. Bruce Greig, senior medical officer of the Australian contingent. “In Vanuatu there was an injured tourist who suffered life-threatening injuries. New Zealand surgeons stabilized the patient, an American doctor monitored the patient while flying to the hospital in a French New Caledonian helicopter, with an Australian general practitioner coordinating the movement of all of the medical professionals and the patient. Working together they saved this man’s life.”Along with the medical, dental, engineering and veterinary civic action programs, scheduled for Papua New Guinea, there will be a humanitarian assistance/disaster response conference, preventive medical outreach programs to help mitigate local issues like tuberculosis and dengue, and members of the Pacific Partnership 2011 team will attend the South Pacific Women’s Empowerment Policy Dialogue sponsored by the U.S. Embassy.Pacific Partnership is an annual humanitarian assistance initiative sponsored by the U.S. Pacific Fleet, aimed at improving interoperability between host and partner nations. Now in its sixth year, Pacific Partnership 2011 will continue to Timor-Leste and the Federated States of Micronesia following their mission in Papua New Guinea.“Different cultures partnering together to make a difference is what Pacific Partnership is all about,” said Teddy Taylor, U.S. Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and the Republic of Vanuatu. “The mission reflects the United States’ strong commitment to the Pacific Region and is providing sustainable projects that will provide improved quality of life for the people in the area.”During the past five years, Pacific Partnership has provided medical, dental, educational, and preventive medicine services to more than 210,000 people and completed more than 140 engineering projects in 15 countries.By Christopher Farrington (navy)[mappress]Source: navy, May 20, 2011; View post tag: Arrives View post tag: Guinea View post tag: New USS Clevand Arrives in Papua New Guinealast_img read more