BoA earnings down as new chief named

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If you’d bought £5,000 of Games Workshop stock in 2016, here’s what you’d have today

first_imgIf you’d bought £5,000 of Games Workshop stock in 2016, here’s what you’d have today Michael Taylor | Tuesday, 11th February, 2020 | More on: GAW Image source: Getty Images. 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. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”center_img Michael Taylor 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. Games Workshop (LSE: GAW) has been one of the best performing stocks on the London Stock Exchange in recent years. It doesn’t appear to be slowing down yet, with it making new all-time highs in the last few weeks after the release of its stellar half-year report.Profit before tax increased to £58.6m from £40.8m, and the dividend increased to 100p from 65p. 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 the stock currently trading above 7,300p, in 2016 it was available to buy for all of the calendar year under 600p.If we’d bought £5,000 of Games Workshop stock then, at today’s price we’d have over £60,000. That’s an incredible return of above 1,000%.Games Workshop has a moatOne of the inescapable facts about Games Workshop is that it has a certifiable economic moat. The business runs the popular brand Warhammer and offers the chance to play the game in its stores. This not only attracts new customers, but builds brand loyalty through relationships with the customer.Games Workshop doesn’t just sell products. It sells experiences. It sells passion for a game, which its customers love. With many high street businesses going to the wall, Games Workshop has gone from strength to strength because its moat allowed the business to grow without any competition. It listened to its customersIt wasn’t always the big success that it is now. In the era of Pokémon, and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Warhammer was under threat and there were constant accusations that the company was focusing more on extracting cash out of the customer rather than focusing on the actual game and brand.When new CEO Kevin Rountree joined in 2013, the stock’s fortunes eventually started to shift. With a focus on the actual game, the fanbase started to come around and return.Low-risk modelBy selling physical models and board games, Games Workshop is able to control everything from its supply chain to creation and manufacturing. By listening to its customers, there’s a strong chance that new ranges will do well. However, if not, it’s able to adapt quickly as it’s in control. Further revenue comes from books and games elsewhere. Games Workshop could turn Warhammer into a video game, but video games are high risk. There’s no guarantee of success and costs can steadily creep up. The company is happy to license this out, as that means it takes on no risk but can share in the spoils of success should there a positive outcome. It also adds further advertising for the Warhammer brand. With a current PE ratio of around 30, it’s easy to say that this stock is overvalued. But people have been saying that for a long time. And they’ve been wrong. 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New Zealand Barbarians bring back The Wall during win over Maori All Blacks

first_imgTuesday Jul 21, 2015 New Zealand Barbarians bring back The Wall during win over Maori All Blacks The New Zealand Barbarians handed the Maori All Blacks their first home defeat in 12 years as they came up trumps 34-17 in Auckland. The weather conditions weren’t conducive to a free-flowing match, but in the last ten minutes the Barbarians brought back an old classic.The Maori All Blacks had an unbeaten record that spanned 19 matches and stretched back to 2003, but with just four days to prepare, the New Zealand Barbarians managed to end that run of form, and pull together some fancy moves in the process.With the game in control and the victory theirs, they brought out ‘The Wall’ with just four minutes left in the match. Big Ben Tameifuna flew through the middle and came within millimeters of scoring a famous try, only to be denied as it was ruled that he was short.So two minutes later when they got another penalty, a variation of The Wall came out, and it resulted in a fantastic try, thanks in part to a sensational offload from Richard Buckman.The Barbarians scored five tries in total through Blake Gibson, Mitchell Drummond, Seta Tamanivalu, Patrick Osborne, Tom Taylor.This old school move has been used many times in the past, not always with success and often a cause of controversy around the deception and the laws of the game.In 2007 we posted a great clip of Sale Sharks having success with the Wall, when Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe scored the classic set piece try.View ‘The Wall’ set pieces below, and you can view the full highlights on page twoADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Great Tries , See it to Believe it Related Articles 26 WEEKS AGO Incredible athleticism for sensational try… 26 WEEKS AGO ARCHIVE: Suntory score amazing try to upset… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: All 12 tries from EPIC Bristol-Clermont… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe 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

Corporate donation for each view of this YouTube video

first_img Tagged with: corporate Events Howard Lake | 6 May 2011 | News Becoming Mom is donating a dime to the March of Dimes for every YouTube viewing of this video.It shows expecting women (and one expecting Dad) gathered at Kings Island on April 30, 2011 to dance for dimes… the March of Dimes, that is.Money donated to the March of Dimes helps fund research to eliminate birth defects and helps moms have full term, healthy pregnancies.If you wish to contribute more, go to AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Corporate donation for each view of this YouTube video Advertisement  36 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  35 total views,  1 views todaylast_img read more

Dejen vivir a Siria

first_imgApenas un mes después de que el Pentágono admitiera que fracasó su programa de $500 millones para armar y entrenar a “fuerzas de la oposición árabe” en Siria, logrando sólo entrenar a cuatro o cinco llamados “combatientes”, el gobierno de Obama anunció que unos 50 “asesores” de las Fuerzas Especiales de EUA están siendo enviados a Siria.Esta escalada representa un nuevo intento del imperialismo estadounidense por reiniciar otra guerra a través de terceros en el Medio Oriente. Es evidente que la asistencia de Rusia al gobierno sirio en la lucha contra las fuerzas del Estado Islámico ha complicado los planes del imperialismo estadounidense. Aaron Miller, vicepresidente del Centro Internacional para Académicos Woodrow Wilson, describe la estrategia de EUA tras el envío de tropas a Siria: “Vigilen al EI, mantengan sus fuerzas fuera del camino de Rusia  pero mejoren su perfil después de que Moscú haya aumentado el suyo”. (New York Times, 30 de octubre)Junto con las tropas de las Fuerzas Especiales, el gobierno de Obama anunció que el Pentágono está desplegando aviones de combate A-10 y F-15 a la base aérea de Incirlik en Turquía. Estos aviones están especialmente diseñados para proporcionar “apoyo” a las tropas en tierra.Y miles de soldados estadounidenses están ahora “reasignados” a Irak, para lo que el Pentágono llama despreocupadamente una “función de formación y asesoramiento”. (, 30 de octubre)Estados Unidos ve la brutal guerra civil en Siria como una oportunidad para librarse del gobierno encabezado por el presidente Bashar al-Assad, quien consistentemente ha sostenido la soberanía siria. El hecho de que esta guerra ha costado la vida de decenas de miles de personas y millones de desplazadas/os de sus hogares no significa nada para el Pentágono, Wall Street y Washington.El envío de tropas estadounidenses rompe claramente la promesa que Obama hizo en 2013, cuando durante un discurso dijo: “No voy a poner tropas estadounidenses sobre el terreno en Siria”. (USA Today, 31 de octubre) Esto recuerda la promesa hecha por Lyndon Johnson durante su campaña electoral de 1964 de no enviar tropas regulares estadounidenses a Vietnam en momentos en que las fuerzas especiales ya estaban desplegadas.Esa promesa rota costó la vida de decenas de miles de soldados estadounidenses y puertorriqueños, y de millones de vietnamitas. Durante décadas, el pueblo de EUA ha estado dolorosamente consciente de que cualquier uso inicial de “asesores” podría conducir fácilmente a una intervención a gran escala.Por supuesto, el gobierno de EUA dice que esta nueva campaña está dirigida únicamente contra las fuerzas del EI. Pero al enviar tropas estadounidenses para ayudar a las denominadas fuerzas moderadas que luchan contra el gobierno sirio, EUA claramente apunta al gobierno elegido de Siria.Eso hace que esta movida sea una escalada extremadamente peligrosa. El gobierno ruso está llevando a cabo lo que parece ser una campaña aérea efectiva en Siria, en alianza con el ejército sirio, contra las fuerzas del EI. Por lo tanto, el Pentágono está utilizando claramente estas pocas fuerzas especiales estadounidenses como un mensaje a Rusia de que está dispuesto a ampliar drásticamente la guerra, incluso a un conflicto global, con el fin de derrocar al gobierno sirio.“El Pentágono quiere construir una pared de contención alrededor de las fuerzas aliadas con EUA – tanto kurdas como la coalición sirio-árabe respaldadas por Obama – para permitir que estos combatientes mantengan el territorio capturado”. (, 31 de octubre)¿Y qué utiliza el gobierno de Obama como justificación legal para su campaña militar? “La Constitución exige que el Congreso declare las guerras, pero en este caso, Obama dijo que él no necesita la aprobación de legisladores porque una abarcadora (de la era Bush) ‘Autorización para el Uso de Fuerza Militar’ del 2001 cubre sus acciones”. (, 3 de junio)Como el Congreso no puede y Obama no está dispuesto a enfrentarse a una nueva aventura de guerra del Pentágono, entonces es claramente tarea del movimiento contra la guerra y el pueblo hacerlo – ¡en las calles!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

BAYAN-USA organizes broad coalition to #ResistUSWar

first_imgThe following report is based on a press release from BAYAN-USA.Bay Area communities turned out in San Francisco on Nov. 13 to condemn President Donald Trump’s Asia tour, in particular his three-day stop in the Philippines, where he promoted U.S. imperialism and his militarist neoliberal economic agenda in the broader Asia-Pacific region. The 300 social justice activists also protested Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s “drug war” killings.The protest was organized under the banners #BanTrump and #ResistUSWar by BAYAN-USA, an alliance of Filipino organizations across the U.S. The BAYAN protest was joined by a coalition from Korean, Vietnamese and Pacific Islander communities. Workers World Party Bay Area branch was a sponsoring organization.The San Francisco rally was part of #BanTrump actions scheduled Nov. 12-14 in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. These coincided with demonstrations in the Philippines as Trump arrived in Manila for the East Asia Summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Earlier, Trump was met with massive protests in Hawaii, Japan and south Korea.“Trump’s ­agenda uses the ­Philip­pines as a military launching pad against his economic rival ­China, draining the Philippines’ ­natural resources and exploit­ing its ­people for cheap labor,” said BAYAN-USA spokesperson Jessica Antonio in a press statement. “The never-ending War on Terror continues to be an excuse to increase U.S. military spending, now proposed to reach $700 billion. Meanwhile, budgets are cut for much-needed social services here in the U.S.”Io Sunwoo of HOBAK (Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans) was also quoted in the statement: “Trump is nothing more than an arms dealer, a war profiteer. Our fight is for all of us under the stars, and as long as we have love for our people and a deep belief in our future, we will never give up our struggle for peace and self-determination.”Leslie Tran of VietUnited, a progressive Bay Area organization, was also quoted: “As the 1.5 and 2nd offspring generation of Vietnamese refugees and immigrant parents fleeing war, we live as proof that the U.S. war machine is a dark evil with violent impacts lasting for generations. Under the Trump administration, communities of color are targeted more shamelessly than ever before. In this moment, we come together to condemn the massive violence this country has placed on our ancestors, our people living in the U.S., and our communities abroad.”For more details on future actions, go to thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Climate Change expert says temperatures are rising in Donegal

first_img Climate Change expert says temperatures are rising in Donegal Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pinterest Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Previous articleRaphoe players have difficult day in BelgiumNext articleConcerns raised over the future of NoWDOC service in Co Donegal News Highland center_img Facebook WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic One of Ireland’s foremost experts on climate change is addressing a meeting in Letterkenny’s Regional Cultural Centre tomorrow evening.Professor John Sweeney is founder of the Irish Climate Analysis Research Unit in NUI Maynooth, and has collaborated in a number of international initiatives, one of which won a Nobel Prize in 2007.He’ll be speaking on the theme “The Clock is Ticking”, and speaking to Greg Hughes on today’s Shaun Doherty Show, he said those who claim there is no basis for concern are ignoring the evidence…………………Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook By News Highland – February 12, 2015 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+last_img read more

Delhi HC Reserves Order In Plea Which Claims That Due To Non Functioning Of NIA Courts, Continued Detention of Person Accused Under UAPA Is Illegal

first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi HC Reserves Order In Plea Which Claims That Due To Non Functioning Of NIA Courts, Continued Detention of Person Accused Under UAPA Is Illegal Karan Tripathi14 Jun 2020 10:24 PMShare This – xDelhi High Court has reserved order in a plea seeking release of an accused who, despite being granted bail for other charges, continues to be in custody for a charge under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act due to the non functioning of the NIA Special Courts. The Division Bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Rajnish Bhatnagar reserved the order for judgement through…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?LoginDelhi High Court has reserved order in a plea seeking release of an accused who, despite being granted bail for other charges, continues to be in custody for a charge under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act due to the non functioning of the NIA Special Courts. The Division Bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Rajnish Bhatnagar reserved the order for judgement through an order dated 12/06/20, after hearing both the parties in length. The petition claims that since the Special Courts have not been functioning due to the suspension of normal court functioning during the lockdown period and risks associated with COVID-19 pandemic, the continued custody of the accused is illegal and without authority of law. The present criminal writ is moved by Aqil Hussain on behalf of his sister who was arrested by the local police in Jafrabad on April 09. The Petitioner submits that initially no details as to the charges and the F.I.R. against his sister were provided, and only contact between the family and the detainee was through phone calls facilitated by the officials in whose custody she was. When the information about the FIR was provided, the accused moved the Magistrate for bail. However, the Magistrate rejected the said application by informing her that the FIR contains charges under the UAPA. Subsequently, she moved the Sessions Court challenging the Magistrate’s order. While the Sessions Court granted her bail on the first FIR, she could not be released from prison as the second FIR against her contained charges under the UAPA. Due to the invocation of charges under the UAPA against his sister, the Petitioner submits, it is only a Special Court constituted and empowered under the National Investigation Agency Act which can extend her custody. Therefore, the Petitioner wants the court to issue a writ of habeas corpus against the Delhi Government and the Commissioner of Delhi Police, to produce the Petitioner’s sister before this court as explain as to why she should not be released on bail, or why her continued detention is not illegal.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Next Storylast_img read more

“Why am I Not an Equal Protector ?” : A Conundrum Of Agony For The LGBTQIA+ Community Vis-à-Vis The Defence Services In India

first_imgColumns”Why am I Not an Equal Protector ?” : A Conundrum Of Agony For The LGBTQIA+ Community Vis-à-Vis The Defence Services In India Pritthish Roy22 July 2020 12:32 AMShare This – xAt the beginning of the year 2020, the Supreme Court of India delivered a landmark judgment which instilled a lot of joy and encouragement into all the 1653 female officers of the Indian Army[1], wherein the case of Secretary, Ministry of Defence v. Babita Puniya & Ors.[2], the Apex Court bench led by Dr. Justice D.Y. Chandrachud ordered for permanent commission for all women officers…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?LoginAt the beginning of the year 2020, the Supreme Court of India delivered a landmark judgment which instilled a lot of joy and encouragement into all the 1653 female officers of the Indian Army[1], wherein the case of Secretary, Ministry of Defence v. Babita Puniya & Ors.[2], the Apex Court bench led by Dr. Justice D.Y. Chandrachud ordered for permanent commission for all women officers in the Indian Army and to do away with the unequal and arbitrary service rules which were followed under section 12 of the Army Act, 1950[3]. The entire nation hailed it as another milestone in the journey of woman empowerment in the country, which has a long drawn history of patriarchy and crimes against women. But, with a population of over 1.38 billion people and amidst a whole array of diversities, even in the sexual preferences of the people, is a judicial pronouncement enough to really enforce the true meaning of “gender equality”? Even after the Supreme Court decriminalised homosexuality and paved the way into the mainstream for the LGBTQIA+ community in India through the Navtej Singh Johar v. Union of India[4], why is gender equality still considered as a challenge where striking a balance only between a male and a female is the end goal? Such a mindset has perhaps overshadowed the requests and the courageous spirit of the people of the third gender, who want to serve the nation by protecting its sovereignty; securing its borders and fighting the internal and external aggressions. It is indeed unfortunate that even after more than seventy years of Independence, rendering defence services to the nation is heavily based on gender preferences, rather than taking into account the pious spirit and the determination to serve the country. The then Chief of Army Staff Gen. Bipin Rawat cleared the stance of the Armed Forces in a press conference and outrightly declared that the Indian Army will not adhere to the ruling held in Navtej Singh Johar case[5] in their recruitment processes and otherwise, owing to national security and highest standards of discipline[6]. Such a statement by the Army Chief surprised all but, legally speaking, such absolute and uninterrupted powers of the armed forces in certain matters is derived from the Constitution itself. Article 33 of the Indian Constitution[7] is the relevant law that needs to be referred here. The Article mandates that in the name of national security and utmost discipline, the members of the armed forces and other defence personnels are outrightly denied their Fundamental Rights which are otherwise available to every other civilian. Also, section 46(a) of the Army Act[8] dictates that anyone found behaving in an “unnatural kind” will be subjected to immediate court martial. Unfortunately, the term “unnatural kind” is nowhere explicitly defined in the Act and the act of homosexuality is harshly dealt with through this provision. The same is the situation with the other two branches of the defence forces i.e., the Navy and the Air Force. Sections 53, 54 and 74 of the Navy Act, 1957[9] and sections 45, 46 and 65 of the Air Force Act, 1950[10] reiterates the same harsh attitude towards homosexuality as they are followed under the Army Act. Somehow, all the organs of the government, including the judiciary are in consonance about this Constitutional provision and the said sections of the above mentioned Acts. On a closer examination, one finds that the Supreme Court itself has been inconsistent on the interpretation of Article 33. In the case of Lt. Col. Prithi Pal Singh Bedi & Ors. v. Union of India[11], the Supreme Court in the year 1982 held that the members of the armed forces are equal beneficiaries of the Fundamental Rights which are enshrined under Part III of the Constitution[12] and it is immoral to denude our officers and soldiers of the Constitutional privileges. Surely, there is no iota of doubt that our officers and soldiers portray an exceptional commitment towards their duties and they never think twice before offering their lives towards the fulfilment of such a commitment. So why is the ability to protect the nation segregated on the grounds of sexuality? Except for the Prithi Pal Singh Bedi judgement, the Supreme Court has over the years held that national security cannot be compromised against any personal enrichment; not even Fundamental Rights. To some extent, this ratio is valid but, is it not the fact that a complete denial of such Rights conferred by the Constitution defeats the whole ethos with which it was given to the people? Surprisingly, Dr. Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, who was the presiding judge in the Babita Puniya case and a part of the bench in the Navtej Singh Johar case, took a completely different stance in the case of Mohammed Zubair & Ors. v. Union of India[13], where an appeal against the Armed Forces Tribunal was quashed and it was held that national security can never be compromised and the Fundamental Rights take a back seat when such a question arises. What is needed to be understood, is that such diabolical stances of the legislature, the judiciary and the defence forces is detrimental vis-à-vis the confidence of the third gender. If the institutions are giving them only a partial acceptance and giving them opportunities in a limited sphere, then the confusion remains- whether a complete acceptance and assistance should be given to them or not? With such a confusion, the already serving personnels are also sceptical about openly coming out and taking pride in their sexuality. The Participation of the members of the LGBTQIA+ community in the armed forces is a matter of sheer justice, notion of equality, and upholding the human rights. If an individual is willing to serve the country, then that person deserves to be recognised for the courage and utmost dedication towards the nation, rather than getting judged on the sexual preference. Military officials and the government agencies are not willing to understand that diversity plays an important role as it helps the defence bodies to survive and thrive in the twenty-first century military setup. Most importantly, morale is higher among the soldiers when people feel recognised and respected at work for their services. Amidst high standards of morale, trust as a virtue is enhanced when there is no suspicion that colleagues have something to hide. Also, there exists no scientific evidences which suggests that homosexual, bisexual, and transgender individuals are necessarily less capable of providing the skills and attributes that militaries require[14]. Article 21 of the Constitution[15] guarantees the Right to life and liberty, and Article 14[16] calls for equality before law. It is meaningless if it cannot confer individual dignity to all, including the LGBTQIA+ community, and the meaningful expression of human self[17]. Gender identity is intrinsic to one’s personality and denying the same would be violative of one’s dignity[18]. An adult’s right to “choose a life partner of his/her choice” is an aspect of individual liberty. When two individuals belonging to the LGBTQIA+ community decide to do anything within their private space in no manner harms the “public decency or morality”. “Intimacy between consenting adults of the same sex is beyond the legitimate interests of the state”[19]. Rather, the concern of the State should be to check whether the officers and the soldiers are adhering to their job profiles or not. Also, the higher authorities should work towards motivating all the members of the defence forces to whole heartedly accept everyone, irrespective of their gender orientations or preferences. Thus, apart from the judicial pronouncements, what is required to be done, is the necessary amendments into the Constitution and in the respective Acts of the defence services which will give the members of the LGBTQIA+ community a constitutional guarantee to respectfully serve in the armed forces and a peace of mind, which, if and when broken or violated, could be reinstated by the courts of law. Therefore, it is high time and perhaps the need of the hour to make sure that the members of the LGBTQIA+ community are encouraged to serve in the defence services with full pride and honour, come out in the world and accept who they are and the services, the government and the other civilians in return, should respect their values and commitment towards the nation. Views are personal only. [1] Samanwaya Rautray, SC rules in favour of permanent commission to women officers, Economic Times, Feb. 18, 2020 at Page 8 [2] Secretary, Ministry of Defence v. Babita Puniya & Ors., (2020) SCC OnLine SC 200 (India) [3] The Army Act, 1950, No. 46, Acts of Parliament, 1950 (India) [4] Navtej Singh Johar v. Union of India, (2018) 10 SCC 1 (India) [5] ibid. [6] Manjeet Singh Negi, Will not allow gay sex in Indian Army, says Bipin Rawat, INDIA TODAY NETWORK (Jan 10, 2019, 03:35 IST), [7] INDIA CONST. art. 33 [8] Supra Note 3 [9] The Navy Act, 1957, No. 62, Acts of Parliament, 1957 (India) [10] The Air Force Act, 1950, No. 45, Acts of Parliament, 1950 (India) [11] Lt. Col. Prithi Pal Singh Bedi & Ors. v. Union of India, (1982) 3 SCC 140 (India) [12] INDIA CONST., Part III, arts. 14-35 [13] Mohammed Zubair Corporal No. 781467-G v. Union of India, (2017) 2 SCC 115 (India) [14] Gregory M. Herek, Sexual Orientation and Military Service: A Social Science Perspective, American Psychologist, 48, no. 5 (1993): 538–549 [15] INDIA CONST. art. 21 [16] INDIA CONST. art. 14 [17] Francis Coralie Mullin v. Administrator, Union Territory of Delhi, (1981) 1 SCC 608 (India) [18] National Legal Services Authority v. Union of India, (2014) 5 SCC 438 (India) [19] Shakti Vahini v. Union of India, (2018) 7 SCC 192 (India) Next Storylast_img read more

Contrasting responses of male and female foraging effort to year-round wind conditions

first_img1. There is growing interest in the effects of wind on wild animals, given evidence that wind speeds are increasing and becoming more variable in some regions, particularly at temperate latitudes. Wind may alter movement patterns or foraging ability, with consequences for energy budgets and, ultimately, demographic rates. 2. These effects are expected to vary among individuals due to intrinsic factors such as sex, age or feeding proficiency. Furthermore, this variation is predicted to become more marked as wind conditions deteriorate, which may have profound consequences for population dynamics as the climate changes. However, the interaction between wind and intrinsic effects has not been comprehensively tested. 3. In many species, in particular those showing sexual size dimorphism, males and females vary in foraging performance. Here, we undertook year-round deployments of data loggers to test for interactions between sex and wind speed and direction on foraging effort in adult European shags Phalacrocorax aristotelis, a pursuit-diving seabird in which males are ca. 18% heavier. 4. We found that foraging time was lower at high wind speeds but higher during easterly (onshore) winds. Furthermore, there was an interaction between sex and wind conditions on foraging effort, such that females foraged for longer than males when winds were of greater strength (9% difference at high wind speeds vs 1% at low wind speeds) and when winds were easterly compared with westerly (7% and 4% difference, respectively). 5. The results supported our prediction that sex-specific differences in foraging effort would become more marked as wind conditions worsen. Since foraging time is linked to demographic rates in this species, our findings are likely to have important consequences for population dynamics by amplifying sex-specific differences in survival rates.last_img read more