Heres Why Sealand Capital Galaxy (LON:SCGL) Must Use Its Cash Wisely – Simply Wall St

Theres no doubt that money can be made by owning shares of unprofitable businesses. For example, although Amazon.com made losses for many years after listing, if you had bought and held the shares since 1999, you would have made a fortune. But while the successes are well known, investors should not ignore the very many unprofitable companies that simply burn through all their cash and collapse.

So, the natural question for Sealand Capital Galaxy (LON:SCGL) shareholders is whether they should be concerned by its rate of cash burn. In this article, we define cash burn as its annual (negative) free cash flow, which is the amount of money a company spends each year to fund its growth. Lets start with an examination of the businesss cash, relative to its cash burn.

See our latest analysis for Sealand Capital Galaxy

You can calculate a companys cash runway by dividing the amount of cash it has by the rate at which it is spending that cash. As at June 2019, Sealand Capital Galaxy had cash of UK62k and no debt. In the last year, its cash burn was UK478k. So it had a cash runway of approximately 2 months from June 2019. Its extremely surprising to us that the company has allowed its cash runway to get that short! You can see how its cash balance has changed over time in the image below.

Whilst its great to see that Sealand Capital Galaxy has already begun generating revenue from operations, last year it only produced UK587k, so we dont think it is generating significant revenue, at this point. Therefore, for the purposes of this analysis well focus on how the cash burn is tracking. Wed venture that the 68% reduction in cash burn over the last year shows that management are, at least, mindful of its ongoing need for cash. Sealand Capital Galaxy makes us a little nervous due to its lack of substantial operating revenue. We prefer most of the stocks on this list of stocks that analysts expect to grow.

Theres no doubt Sealand Capital Galaxys rapidly reducing cash burn brings comfort, but even if its only hypothetical, its always worth asking how easily it could raise more money to fund further growth. Companies can raise capital through either debt or equity. Commonly, a business will sell new shares in itself to raise cash to drive growth. We can compare a companys cash burn to its market capitalisation to get a sense for how many new shares a company would have to issue to fund one years operations.

Sealand Capital Galaxy has a market capitalisation of UK2.0m and burnt through UK478k last year, which is 24% of the companys market value. Thats not insignificant, and if the company had to sell enough shares to fund another years growth at the current share price, youd likely witness fairly costly dilution.

Even though its cash runway makes us a little nervous, we are compelled to mention that we thought Sealand Capital Galaxys cash burn reduction was relatively promising. After looking at that range of measures, we think shareholders should be extremely attentive to how the company is using its cash, as the cash burn makes us uncomfortable. On another note, we conducted an in-depth investigation of the company, and identified 5 warning signs for Sealand Capital Galaxy (4 cant be ignored!) that you should be aware of before investing here.

Of course Sealand Capital Galaxy may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of companies boasting high return on equity, or this list of stocks that insiders are buying.

If you spot an error that warrants correction, please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com. This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. Simply Wall St has no position in the stocks mentioned.

We aim to bring you long-term focused research analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Thank you for reading.

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Flintshire man who went to see son play in band in Chester caught drink-driving on way home – The Chester Standard

A FLINTSHIRE man who had been to see his son play in a band in Chester was arrested for drink-driving on his way home.

Lesley Paul Lyon, 61, of Windmill, Pentre Halkyn, was spotted by police driving erratically on Sealand Road early on March 2, Chester Magistrates Court heard on Friday, March 20.

He pleaded guilty to drink-driving and received a 12-month driving ban.

Prosecuting, Amanda York said it was at 1.20am when police spotted Lyon driving his green Mitsubishi and appeared to be tapping his brakes for no reason, and had strayed over the central line on two occasions.

When stopped and asked if he had been drinking, Lyon replied: "I have had a couple, yeah."

After initially refusing to get in the back of the police car, Lyon co-operated with the drink-drive test and blew 49 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath, compared to the legal limit of 35.

When interviewed, he said he had been to see his son in a band and had not eaten that day.

He had seven convictions for eight previous offences, the last in 2018 for battery.

Lyon, defending himself, said: "There is no excuse for drinking and driving. I am not in the habit of that."

He added he had drunk one pint in the afternoon with two further pints that evening, and had not had anything to eat.

He explained he lived remotely in Pentre Halkyn with his wife, who had Huntington's, and there were no bus routes.

He said he had diabetes and was at risk of getting coronavirus and had respiratory issues.

Lyon added: "I can only beg for leniency."

Magistrates imposed the minimum 12-month driving ban, with the option of Lyon taking a drink-drive rehabilitation course which would reduce his ban by one third.

He must pay a 120 fine plus 85 court costs and a 32 victim surcharge.

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More than three weeks of overnight closures on Cheshire roads to start – Cheshire Live

Starting tonight (Monday, March 16) there will be over three weeks of overnight road closures which will affect some roads in Cheshire.

Cheshire West and Chester Councils (CWaC) highways team will be carrying out road resurfacing over the next few weeks - forcing overnight road closures.

Roads in Winsford, Cuddington and Chester are to be affected by the overnight road closures.

The road closures begin tonight and run as follows:

Monday 16 to Friday 20 March - A54 Woodford Park Roundabout, Winsford

Friday 20 to Thursday 26 March - A49 Warrington Road, Cuddington

Thursday 26 to Tuesday 31 March - A54 Slaterswall Roundabout, Winsford

Tuesday 31 March to Monday 6 April - Sealand Road, Chester - Section One (between B&Q Junction and Sovereign Way)

Friday 3 to Tuesday 7 April - Sealand Road, Chester - Section Two (between Bumpers Lane and the Greyhound Park junction)

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The road closures will be in place from 7pm until 6am and diversions will be in place.

There will also be variable message boards informing motorists of the closures leading up to the works.

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The 72 businesses with a five star food hygiene rating in Flintshire – Daily Post

These are the restaurants, cafs, pubs and hotels across Flintshire which have a food hygiene rating of five stars, who were last inspected in the last six months.

A five rating is the highest number given by the Food Standards Agency, meaning the business was found to have very good hygiene standards.

The food hygiene inspector will look at how hygienically the food is handled, the cleanliness of the building, and how it manages, secures and records food.

The list of five star rated premises were obtained from the Food Standard agency website and confirmed as correct with the local council as of March 6, 2020.

A spokesperson for Flintshire County Council confirmed that the information gathered from the FSA is correct.

Restaurants / Cafs:

Alexander's - 52 High Street Mold Flintshire, CH7 1BH

Cafe at Asda Living - 17 Broughton Shopping Park Chester Road Broughton Flintshire, CH4 0DP

Carmelo's Cafe - 23 Brunswick Road Buckley Flintshire, CH7 2ED

Cherry Pie - Cherry Pie Inn Nannerch Flintshire, CH7 5RH

CJ's Diner - Clwyd Auctions Holywell Road Ewloe Flintshire, CH5 3BS

Cliffy's Cafe - 25 Engineer Park Babbage Road Sandycroft Flintshire, CH5 2QD

Deadwood Smokehouse - Clifton House 18 Wrexham Street Mold Flintshire, CH7 1ES

Doherty's Cafe Bistro - 63 Wrexham Street Mold Flintshire, CH7 1HQ

Eastern Red - Grosvenor Street Mold Flintshire, CH7 1EJ

Gather & Gather UK Ltd - Llaneurrgain House Northop Country Park Northop Flintshire, CH7 6WD

Gladstone's Library - St Deiniol's Library Church Lane Hawarden Flintshire, CH5 3DF

Good Time Charlies Chester Ltd - Runaround Play Centre Chester Road Broughton Flintshire, CH4 0DH

Greggs A55 - A55 Westbound Little Chef Halkyn Flintshire, CH8 8DF

Hawarden Estate General Stroe & Cafe - Broughton Shopping Park Chester Road Broughton Flintshire, CH4 0DP

Holiday Inn - Ewole Flintshire, CH7 6HB

Just Steak - 56 High Street Mold Flintshire, CH7 1BD

Kathleen & May Heritage Centre Cafe - Former Sea Cadets Hall Dock Road Connahs Quay Flintshire, CH5 4DS

Mcdonalds Restaurant - Gorsedd Flintshire, CH8 8RF

Mcdonalds Restaurants - King Street Mold Flintshire, CH7 1LA

Nandos - Unit 18 Broughton Shopping Park Chester Road Broughton Flintshire, CH4 0DE

Neuro Therapy Centre - C1-C4 Brymau One Industrial Estate River Lane Saltney Flintshire, CH4 8RG

Northop Hall Country House Hotel - Northop Hall Flintshire, CH7 6HJ

On The Corner - Compton House Shop South Street Caerwys Flintshire, CH7 5AL

Pizza Express - Unit 20 Broughton Shopping Park Chester Road Broughton Flintshire, CH4 0DE

Primo Amore Ltd - 33 New Street Mold Flintshire, CH7 1NY

Quay Cafe - The Quay Health Centre Fron Road Connahs Quay Flintshire, CH5 4PJ

Rosiez Cafe - Holywell Leisure Centre North Road Holywell Flintshire, CH8 7TQ

Roxy Diner - Iceland Foods Plc Second Avenue Sealand Flintshire, CH5 2NW

Sodexo - 2 Sisters Poultry Ltd Glendale Avenue Sandycroft Flintshire, CH5 2QP

Starbucks Coffee - Deeside Industrial Park Parkway Sealand Flintshire, CH5 2NS

Station Cafe - 1 Chester Road East Shotton Flintshire, CH5 1QA

Strikes Daleside Garden Centre - Daleside Garden Centre Gladstone Way Hawarden Flintshire, CH5 3HF

Sue's Tea room - Sealand Manor Manor Road Sealand Flintshire, CH5 2SB

Thai Dee - 8 Chester Street Flint Flintshire, CH6 5NR

The Old Court House Cafe - 34 Church Street Flint Flintshire, CH6 5AE

The Old Grocery - 68 The Highway Hawarden Flintshire, CH5 3DH

The Old Stores Motorbike Cafe - New Inn Corwen Road Pontblyddyn Flintshire, CH7 4HR

The Royal Oak - Greenfield Road Greenfield Flintshire, CH8 7QB

The Wizz Kidz Ltd - Unit 3a Interlinq Trade Park Ffordd Y Pentre Pentre Flintshire, CH5 2DW

Takeaways / Sandwich shops

Cheeky Chicken - Cheeky Chicken And Pizza Utica House 11 Whitford Street Holywell Flintshire, CH8 7NJ

Club Spice - 80 High Street Mold Flintshire, CH7 1BH

Crystal's Fast Food - 83 High Street Mold Flintshire, CH7 1BQ

Ewloe Pizza and Kebab House - 1 Holywell Road Ewloe Flintshire, CH5 3BS

Golden Fry - 19 Central Drive Shotton Flintshire, CH5 1LR

Great Wall - 56 High Street Caergwrle Flintshire, LL12 9LL

Korahi Kitchen - 69 Wrexham Street Mold Flintshire, CH7 1HQ

New City - 111 High Street Connahs Quay Flintshire, CH5 4DF

Pizza Magic 8 - 2 Chester Street Flint Flintshire, CH6 5NR

Presthaven Sands Cooks Fish & Chip Shop - Presthaven Sands Holiday Park Gronant Flintshire, LL19 9TT

Presthaven Sands Papa John's - Presthaven Sands Holiday Park Gronant Flintshire, LL19 9TT

Quay Fish and Chips and Quay Fine Dining - Unit F1 Quay Shopping Centre Ffordd Llanarth Connahs Quay Flintshire, CH5 4UP

Savoy Catering - Flat 9 New Shop Parade Greenfield Ro Greenfield Flintshire, CH8 7QS

Shamol Tandoori - 46 High Street Caergwrle Flintshire, LL12 9LL

Talk of the Town - 1-3 High Street Holywell Flintshire, CH8 7TD

The Crescent Fish and Chip Shop - 48 Chester Road Flint Flintshire, CH6 5DT

UK Fried Chicken - 27 Chester Street Flint Flintshire, CH6 5BL

Wok Asia - 1 South Lane Buckley Flintshire, CH7 2NL

Pubs and bars:

Connah's Quay Cricket Club - Connah's Quay Cricket Club Cable Street Connahs Quay Flintshire, CH5 4DZ

Crown Inn - Crown Inn London Road Trelawnyd Flintshire, LL18 6DN

Glan Yr Afon Inn - Glan Yr Afon Inn Milwr Flintshire, CH8 8HE

Masonic Hall (Mold) Company Ltd - Masonic Hall Earl Road Mold Flintshire, CH7 1AX

Plough Inn - Plough Inn Aston Road Queensferry Flintshire, CH5 1TJ

Presthaven Sands Carousel Bar - Presthaven Sands Holiday Park Gronant Flintshire, LL19 9TT

Red Lion - Red Lion Inn Rhosesmor Flintshire, CH7 6PF

Swan Inn - Swan Inn 41 Main Road Higher Kinnerton Flintshire, CH4 9AJ

The Central Hotel - Wetherspoons 2-4 Chester Road West Shotton Flintshire, CH5 1BX

The Gold Cape - The Gold Cape 8 Wrexham Street Mold Flintshire, CH7 1ES

The Hollybush - Hollybush Inn Llay Road Cefn-Y-Bedd Flintshire, LL12 9UD

The Millstone - Millstone Inn Hawarden Road Penyffordd Flintshire, CH4 0JE

The Piccadilly Inn - Piccadilly Inn North Street Caerwys Flintshire, CH7 5AW

The Queens Head - 134 Chester Road Mold Flintshire, CH7 1UQ

Hotel, B&B's and guest houses:

Springfield Hotel - Springfield Hotel & Country Club Pentre Halkyn Flintshire, CH8 8BD

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Sealand reduces transit time between Chile and the US for table grapes – FreshPlaza.com

SeaLand has achieved a significant reduction in transit times from Chile to the east coast of the United States, by improving its CLX service and connections. This positions the company as one of the best alternatives for exporting table grapes to the North American market.

The commercial manager of Sealand in Chile, Ignacio Urzua, stated that this season they intend "to be a relevant player in the market, which allows our clients to be competitive, improve control over their cargo, and have full visibility of their logistics."

With the new changes in its services, the company improves its transit times from San Antonio to strategic ports on the east coast of the United States, such as Philadelphia and Port Everglades, in just 18 days, with a convenient arrival on Monday. Meanwhile, the transit time to the port of Savannah is 21 days with arrival on Fridays. This represents an improvement of 4 to 5 days compared to last year.

SeaLand has also deepened its digital development by using the Captain Peter platform, which allows users to monitor their shipments during the trip, receive notifications and advice, temperature details, connections/disconnections, etc. The new transit times, added to the technology applied to the containers, allow better traceability and load control, which means the fruits arrive in better conditions.

Sealand has also focused on delivering a complete logistics service, one of the company's global objectives.

"Both at origin and at the destination, we offer all logistics services related to cargo handling, including land transport, comprehensive document service, deconsolidation of freight, storage, inspections, etc. Our goal is to continue positioning ourselves as the leading logistics integrator in the region, delivering more and better solutions, beyond the maritime service. In the case of grapes, the goal will always be to bring the product closer to consumers," concluded Urzua.

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China firms in $10 billion share sale rush as funding rules eased amid virus worries – Reuters

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Listed Chinese companies are queuing up to issue shares and have already announced plans to raise more than $10 billion in the past week after fundraising rules were relaxed to help ease cash strains caused by the coronavirus.

FILE PHOTO: A woman wearing a face mask crosses a road after the extended Lunar New Year holiday caused by the novel coronavirus outbreak, in Beijing's central business district, China February 10, 2020. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo

More than 50 companies, including Bank of Ningbo (002142.SZ) and battery maker Yinghe Technology (300457.SZ), have published as of Thursday fresh or revised plans to raise as much as 73 billion yuan ($10.4 billion) through private placements, according to Reuters calculations.

The new rules allow companies to sell shares worth up to 30% of their share capital via private placements compared with 20% previously. The number of investors allowed to participate in such placements was lifted to 35 from 10.

The changes also make the deals more attractive to investors by halving the lock-up periods and enabling more flexible pricing.

The rush to market comes as China has been pumping liquidity into the financial system, cutting interest rates as well as easing other funding avenues, in a bid to limit the economic damage from the coronavirus that has killed over 2,000 people and stalled many business activities.

The share sales will also be helped by a resurgent stock market. The blue-chip CSI300 .CSI300 has rebounded roughly 13% from a low hit on February 3 when traders returned after the new year break, compared with 3.8% for the U.S. S&P 500 .SNP benchmark over the same period.

China cut its benchmark lending rate on Thursday, helping lift the tech-heavy ChiNext index .CHINEXTP to the highest level in almost three years.

Investors are encouraged by monetary easing, and are looking beyond the epidemic, said Wu Kan, a portfolio manager at Soochow Securities Co.

China needs a booming stock market to help channel funding to the real economy.

Relaxation of the rules comes as a relief to many companies. More than 75% of respondents in a survey of over 140 companies by Sealand Securities, said the epidemic was straining their liquidity, with smaller firms saying they will burn through their available cash within three months unless the situation normalizes.

Some companies badly hit by the virus reported an 80% slump in revenue.

But the relaxed standards represent a reversal of Chinas stance since officials sharply tightened share placement rules following the 2015-16 market crash, where reckless fundraising was seen as a contributing factor.

Xu Chao, analyst at the Pacific Securities, said the rule changes represented a very strong loosening signal from the authorities.

Private placements raised just 122.9 billion yuan last year from a peak of 1 trillion yuan in 2016, according to Kaiyuan Securities, which expects fundraising via this route to at least double in 2020 from 2019.

The easier access to funds could increase the risk of moral hazard, some analysts have warned.

Its a double-edged sword, said Fan Lei, economist at Sealand Securities, who said the moves implied regulators were becoming more tolerant toward market speculation, often dubbed stir frying.

A bit of stir-frying helps attract money into the market, Fan said.

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Photographer from Deeside on ‘cloud nine’ with accolade – LeaderLive

A PHOTOGRAPHER from Deeside says she is on 'cloud nine' after being highly commended at a special awards ceremony.

Stacey Oliver from Sealand was a finalist in the Creative Wedding Photographer category at The Welsh Wedding Awards 2020.

The awards aim to reward those within the wedding industry that make the special day as perfect as possible, including the caterers that provide delicious reception meals, decorators who make the wedding venues flourish or hair and makeup artists who make the brides look and feel on top of the world.

Accolades to be awarded include Wedding Venue of the Year, Caterer of the Year, Photographer of the Year, Specialist Wedding Supplier of the Year and many more.

Mrs Oliver said: "I cant believe I was nominated, so to be highly commended in creative wedding photographer of the year for the whole of Wales is something I could only dream off.

"Words cant explain how I'm feeling at the moment - Im on cloud nine."

A spokesman for The Welsh Wedding Awards 2020 said: These awards seek to recognise everyone in this sector that has shown excellence, commitment and have the customer satisfaction as top priority in their business. Working in the wedding industry can be challenging at times and these finalists have managed to stand out amongst the rest, despite the difficulties."

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Roadworks in and around Flintshire over the next few days – Deeside.com

Published: Monday, Feb 24th, 2020

Roadworks starting over thenext few days in and around Flintshire.

As usual expect delays, road closures, diversions and temporary traffic lights where roadworks are taking place.

If spot any roadworks or anything transport related you would like to share get in touch here:

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A5104 Corwen Road, Treuddyn, Flintshire

26 February 28 February

Delays likely Traffic control (two-way signals)

Works location:1

Works description:Int to Perm Dig Out Band 2 Job in Footway (6mm Bitmac (Tarmac) )

Responsibility for works:Dee Valley Water

Current status:Planned work about to start

Works reference:ZU0028102/000012228701B

B5121 B5121 Ffordd Walwen to Berthen Lane, Lixwm, Flintshire

26 February 28 February

Delays likely Traffic control (two-way signals)

Works location:TAN Y BRYN, B5121 FFORDD WALWEN TO BERTHEN LANE, LIXWRN, FLINTSHIRE

Works description:Renew Existing Stop Tap

Responsibility for works:WELSH WATER

Current status:Planned work about to start

Works reference:PE12595209365

Parkway, Sealand, Flintshire

24 February 06 March

Delays likely Traffic control (multi-way signals)

Works location:Parkway, Deeside Industrial Park

Works description:Trial holes for future sewer works.

Responsibility for works:WELSH WATER

Current status:Planned work about to start

Works reference:PE13774001358

St Davids Lane, Mold, Flintshire

24 February 24 February

Delays likely Traffic control (two-way signals)

Works location:OUTSIDE PRESBYTERY

Works description:WORKS TO EXCAVATE JOINTBAY IN FOOTWAY

Responsibility for works:SP ENERGY NETWORKS

Current status:Planned work about to start

Works reference:GY030MW71904KING-3

Ffordd Pen Y Bryn, Nercwys, Flintshire

24 February 25 February

Delays possible Some carriageway incursion

Works location:o/s Llew Gwyn, Ffordd Pen Y Bryn, Nercwys

Works description:720518-MOLD-COPPER PROVISION-install new BT track

Responsibility for works:Openreach

Current status:Planned work about to start

Works reference:BC211NWWAQR862C001

Works reference: PD5012052155128947

A55 A55 Westbound A550 Junction 35 to Ewloe, Hawarden, Flintshire

26 February 23 March

Delays unlikely Some carriageway incursion

Works location:A55, Junction 35 to Junction 34 Westbound Carriageway

Works description:Layby Closures for Surfacing Works

Responsibility for works:Welsh Government

Current status:Advanced planning

Works reference:PD5012052155232306

Argoed View, New Brighton, Flintshire

24 February 26 February

Delays unlikely Traffic control (give & take)

Works location:OUTSIDE PROPERTY Y LLAIN

Works description:CONSTRUCT NEW INSPECTION CHAMBER ON SEWER LINE

Responsibility for works:WELSH WATER

Current status:Planned work about to start

Works reference:PE12595167602

Bryn Celyn, Nannerch, Flintshire

24 February 26 February

Delays unlikely Some carriageway incursion

Works location:3, BRYN CELYN, NANNERCH, FLINTSHIRE

Works description:Hsehold Mtr

Responsibility for works:WELSH WATER

Current status:Planned work about to start

Works reference:PE12595186021

Coed Onn Road, Flint, Flintshire

25 February 27 February

Delays unlikely Some carriageway incursion

Works location:102 COED ONN ROAD FLINT FLINTSHIRE

Works description:Hsehold Mtr Option

Responsibility for works:WELSH WATER

Current status:Planned work about to start

Works reference:PE12595167457

Earl Street, Flint, Flintshire

26 February 04 March

Delays unlikely Traffic control (give & take)

Works location:Side of Raven Court across Earl Street

Works description:Install new water main

Responsibility for works:WELSH WATER

Current status:Planned work about to start

Works reference:PE12570921203

Meadowcroft, Higher Kinnerton, Flintshire

25 February 27 February

Delays unlikely Some carriageway incursion

Works location:ROAD OPENING & DIG TAKING PLACE ON FOOTWAY OUTSIDE NUMBER 3

Works description:INSTALL NEW MTR AND BBOX DIG IS A METER BY A METER SQUARE

Responsibility for works:Dee Valley Water

Current status:Planned work about to start

Works reference:ZU0070000/00004491543

Meadowside, Hawarden, Flintshire

25 February 27 February

Delays unlikely Some carriageway incursion

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Sealand Community Council to decide three new positions by co-option | The Leader – LeaderLive

CURRENT members of Sealand Council will decide which people fill the three available positions to join them in becoming community leaders in the area.

In a process called co-option, the ten presently serving councillors will vote for their three preferred choices to join Sealand Community Council on March 16.

Any people who wish to put themselves forward as candidates for the role must do so before the deadline on February 28.

In order to apply to become a new community leader in Sealand, potential candidates must send a letter of application to the council clerk.

The application letter must detail why you want to apply, why you would be good for the role, and a section describing yourself.

Current councillors will then have the chance to look over any applications that are sent in before voting for their three ideal candidates at the next council meeting after the deadline, which falls on March 16 and will be held at Sealand Primary School.

Council Chair, Cllr Barbara Hinds, will head the vote which will also involve councillors Jean Fairbrother, Bob James, Christine Jones, Norman Jones, Mikael Khan, Alex Lewis, Mike Walker, Mary Southall, and David Wisinger.

This method to determine the next three community councillors for Sealand comes after the deadline to call a local election passed on January 16 without anybody putting themselves forward for the position to trigger an election in the area.

The three available positions at Sealand Community Council have arisen following the recent resignation of Rhondda Whittaker, and the disqualification of Sarah Wilson and Shelley Webber.

Ms Wilson and Ms Webber were both disqualified as a result of not attending a meeting for six months, while Ms Whittaker offered her resignation on December 7, 2019, citing the fact that her current and future commitments would affect her council duties.

To apply to become a new community councillor for Sealand, send your letter of application to the council clerk, Peter Richmond, by email on: sealandcc@googlemail.com.

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Chinese New Year Gifting 2020: From Gucci to Faberg, Rats & Mice Galore | Jewellery | Watches & Jewellery – Luxury London

We celebrate the Year of the Rat with luxury brands the world over as they launch limited-edition collections to coincide with Chinese New Year on 20 January 2020. While some may view the rat as a furry pest, others see this creature as the dawn of a new beginning the Chinese lunar calendar believes this four-legged rodent to be a sign of intelligence, success and a peaceful life.

Panerai, Luminor Sealand 44 mm, POA

The expert Italian watchmakers at Panerai have released 88 limited-edition watches, each one decorated with the ancient craft of sparsello. The technique is named after the tool used to make the ornate design of the watch cover, which is then painstakingly filled in with gold by hand, taking up to 50 hours per watch.

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Vacheron Constantin, Mtiers dArt: The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac, Year of the Rat, 118,000 (platinum) and 96,500 (pink gold)

The most knowledgeable master engravers and enamellers have helped craft this unique piece that sees the rat styled in platinum or pink gold. The hands-free Calibre 2460 G4 movement ensures the focus is on the art, with foliage intricately etched onto the time display through the ancient art of enameling at temperatures over 800 degrees Celsius.

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Blancpain, Mtiers d'Art Porcelaine, POA

For Blancplain, 2020 is a year of firsts as it launches a timepiece with a porcelain dial. Sieved, filtered, dried and fired, the hand-crafted process takes a lot of patience resulting in an enamel finish, which is painted on with a fine brush. Each of these eight watches features a white-gold case, bezel-set with 48 brilliant-cut diamonds.

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Gucci, Luna Year of the Mouse, POA

Every year Gucci makes some wondrous creations in reaction to the latest Chinese zodiac sign and 2020 is no exception. The brands icon this time is Mickey Mouse and his face covers sneakers, jackets, knit jumpers and even necklaces and watches, encapsulating the childlike feeling of a trip to Disneyland.

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Vilebrequin, All Rats Reserved, from 65

Focusing on the rats most mischievous and playful qualities, Vilebrequin has brought to life a cartoon rodent in a rubber ring. Finely embroidered on adult and kids swimming shorts and t-shirts, this collection will make even the sternest of souls ready for some holiday fun.

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Fendi, Chinese New Year Capsule Collection, from 300

Fendi sees this coming year as a time for a little glitz and glamour. The Italian fashion stalwart has launched a capsule collection of its Peekaboo and Baguette bags in three different sizes, some in sparkling hand-crafted sequins the others in rose-gold nappa leather.

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Tods, Exclusive Year of the Rat Key Ring, 250

A cute little critter has been crafted from Tods renowned leather in both grey and lucky red. Complete with tiny whiskers, the key chain also holds a golden piece of cheese at the end, so that the Year of the Rat is never left wanting.

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Hugo Boss, Chinese New Year Capsule Collection

To celebrate Chinese New Year Boss have created a Chinese New Year capsule collection, a collection that embodies classic styles and signature color ways. The rat ranks first on the Chinese zodiac signs with the characteristics of an animal with spirit, wit, alertness, delicacy, flexibility and vitality.The collection can be found in Hugo Boss Regent Street, Knightsbridge and Sloane Square

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Annoushka x Austy Lee Rings, POA

To celebrate Chinese New Year as well as Annoushkas 10th anniversary, the fine jewellery house has partnered with Chinese jeweller Austy Lee to design four colourful cocktail rings named after Russias most well-known destinations: St Petersburg, Moscow, Kazan and Sochi. Inspired by these stately cities, the pieces are crafted out of diamonds, amethysts, pearls and lapis to create miniature domed cathedrals.

Available from Annoushka at Harrods

Faberg, Palais Tsarskoye Selo Red Locket with Rat Surprise, 8,640

If youve been following Faberg, youll have seen its previous incarnation of the Palais Tsarskoye Selo Red Lockets with a monkey, rooster, dog and pig hidden inside the recognisable Faberg egg pendant. So its no surprise that the rat follows this month, set in 18k yellow gold with diamonds. For those feeling left out, the remainder of the Chinese zodiac signs will be released later this year.

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Este Lauder, Fresh New Beginnings, 28; Year of the Rat Powder Compact, 250;

Estee Lauder is getting glammed up to celebrate this month, with a bedazzling rat-shaped case for its Set. Blur. Finish powder, available exclusively at Harrods perfect if youre looking for a light matte effect. As well as this, the beauty behemoth has handpicked its favourite brands for a Fresh New Beginnings beauty box for Chinese New Year, which includes a Bobbi Brown lipstick, Smashbox primer and Aerin Amber Musk Eau de Parfum.

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Jo Malone London, English Pear & Freesia Decorated 100ml Cologne, 104 and Home Candle, 50

As is the Chinese tradition, children are given red envelopes filled with money to bring them luck. Jo Malone, wishing luck on everyone too, has produced a set of red envelopes along with limited-edition English Pear & Freesia candles, diffusers and colognes for enhanced hope and prosperity, each redesigned in red and gold. Fresh, ripe fruit and bouquets of white flowers make this the most uplifting scent for 2020.

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Caran dAche, Year of the Rat 2020 Fountain Pen, 3,000

For those looking to sign off their lucky red envelopes in style, Caran dAche has launched a pen hand-finished by artisans using a Chinese lacquering technique that takes up to 12 days. Each of the 888 pens (a lucky number in China) has the symbol of the rat imprinted in blue with the finer details coated in hand-polished, 18-carat yellow gold.

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The signature blend of the famous cognac house Rmy Martin has been given a makeover with gold foiling on the bottle and red and gold designs on the case. Jasmine, plums and candied oranges mix together for a refined drink that is best enjoyed with chocolate truffles or aged ham.

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Berry Bros. & Rudd, Single Malt Scotch Whisky 2008 Benriach (Special Celebration Bottling; Year of the Rat), 88

Speyside is one of Scotlands most famous whisky regions, so what a better way to toast a new chapter than with Berry Bros. & Rudd limited-edition 2008 Benriach single malt. The fresh taste will leave citrus and peach notes on your tongue alongside delicate hints of honey and oak spice.

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Harrods, Lucky Set Afternoon Tea, 69

East meets West for Harrods afternoon tea inspired by the Chinese game mahjong. For five weeks, the tea, which includes an aperitif from Fenjiu, a premium Chinese Baijiu spirit, will see unique Asian flavours come together, such as black sesame, yuzu and bespoke chocolates in the design of mahjong tokens.

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This is what was happening in Chester as the 1990s dawned – Cheshire Live

The 1990s was a pivotal decade which will be forever synonymous with the arrival of the technological revolution.

As the nineties began, hardly anyone had heard of the internet but by the end of the decade, it was widely used across the world.

Before the decade had even started, change was happening everywhere.

Just weeks before Christmas 1989, the world had seen one of the most important events in world history with the fall of the Berlin Wall, and television was becoming the most most influential political medium for the first time.

Lots of things were happening in Chester at the dawn of the 1990s too, and the Chester Chronicle was reporting on all of it, as we found when we searched the archives at Storyhouse.

Believe it or not, the Sealand Stink issue was still rumbling on back then, and in December 1989, the problem was 'worse than ever'.

Despite millions of pounds being spent by Welsh Water on sewage work improvements, the foul smell was still invading everyone's nostrils, with Blacon councillor Dave Nield saying: "We've spent more time on this problem than any other."

Meanwhile, the George & Dragon pub on Liverpool Road was awaiting a new owner, and jewellers H Samuel was told to take down an unsightly display of paper banners from its city centre shops as Labour councillor and future MP Christine Russell branded them 'appallingly garish'.

Elsewhere, a display of naughty knickers in a sex shop window in Boughton outraged local residents and a shocking armed raid at the Abbots Well Hotel in Christleton made headlines, in which a member of staff was struck while a gang made off with contents of the safe.

As the Citroen XM car won the 1990 Car of the Year Award, The Chronicle was advertising New Year sales of F and G reg Vauxhall Novas and Hyyndai Ponys.

Back in 1989, satellite systems were becoming all the rage, with adverts for 'entertainment that rolls on from first thing in the morning to last thing at night'. At that time, a Hitachi Stereo Sound External Speaker system was being sold for 449.99.

And house prices were a little different back then too. A five bedroom bungalow off Lache Lane with a dining room, double garage and tennis court was up for sale for just 159,500.

And a mid terraced three bedroom townhouse in Handbridge with superb views of the River Dee would set you back just 49,500 in 1989.

A Christmas TV guide featured popular programmes including Beadle's About, The Dame Edna Experience and Hearts of Gold, while the top selling singles at Our Price on Eastgate Street were Ben Liebrand's Eve of the War, New Kids on The Block's Right Stuff, Linda Ronstadt's Don't Know Much and Phil Collins' Another Day in Paradise.

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Easter eggs are already on sale in Plymouth – Plymouth Live

Most of us are still making our way through the mountains of chocolate we received at Christmas, but that hasn't stopped supermarkets displaying Easter eggs for sale - already .

These Easter treats have been spotted at the Iceland store in Plymstock. And they're not the only store to jump the gun and move swiftly past the festivities.

For most retailers it's never too early to get an order of Easter eggs in and put them on sale - though Easter is still more than four months away. You heard that correctly.

Co-op has already started selling Easter eggs and in stores in Cornwall.

It's a similar story at a Co-op store in Hull, which has led anger on social media.

One person posted: "Would you believe it. Co-op selling Easter eggs already!"

Another social media user also said: "What is wrong with all retail companies? Please let us enjoy Christmas, I think it is GREED with them."

With many people still trying to burn off those Christmas calories then it would seen unlikely that these eggs will be in high demand.

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However, it seems discount store B&M also failed to get the memo and was also offering Easter chocolates in December.

One confused shopper spotted Cadbury's Mini Eggs, Galaxy Enchanted Eggs and Kit Kat chocolate bunnies on sale in B&M's Sealand Road branch in Chester, as first reported on Cheshire Live.

But B&M isn't the only retailer selling Easter essentials already, with hot cross buns available at Waitrose, Tesco and Sainsbury's.

This year Easter Sunday falls on April 12.

Easter can be any time between March 22 and April 25. Good Friday is April 10, and the Easter Monday bank holiday is on April 13.

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All the shops and businesses Chester said goodbye to in 2019 – Cheshire Live

You can't deny it's been a difficult year for retail on the high street, and sadly Chester is no different.

The city has lost a large number of businesses in 2019, ranging from restaurants, shops, bars and jewellers.

Some have been mainstays of the Chester high street for decades, some didn't even make six months thanks to the changing retail climate.

Here is a list of the ones we've had to say farewell to in 2019. We have also compiled a list of the businesses Chester has gained over the past 12 months too.

The Yorkshire-based women's clothing brandcollapsed into administration in October - putting almost 2,900 jobs at risk and closed earlier this month.

Its administrators said it had 'sustained a period of challenging trading conditions' prior to its collapse.

Described as 'an Aladdin's cave' of fine wines, quirky brews and sophisticated spirits, Chester's Corks Out shop on Watergate Street was a uniquely popular venue where customers could venture down into a 13th century crypt and browse an impressive selection.

But it closed suddenly in November, with a staff member from the shop's sister branch in Stockton Heath confirming it had closed for good.

Less than 12 months after it opened, the owners of Mistral wine bar on Watergate Street Row said they had decided not to renew the short pop-up licence after it expired, and said the bar was 'not an area in which we wish to continue our creative energies'.

The closure came 10 months afterMistral officially opened to the publicas the brainchild of three friends with a passion for the world's finest and most authentic wines, the majority of which were low in sulphites or completely sulphite free.

It was the end of an era for Chester last month when prominent opticians Siddalls closed its doors on Bridge Street after more than 200 years in the city centre.

The store was established on Bridge Street in 1815 and has traded from its current location near the cross since 1894 - making it one of the few oldest surviving shops in the city to date.

The closure came after the shop's proprietor decided to retire and staff said there was no viable way to continue the business in that location.

Siddalls' neighbour, Crabtree & Evelyn, closed its doors back in April, before a huge 70% closing down sale.

The international body, fragrance and home care products retailer closed a number of UK branches and it was reported in 2018 that the retailer closed its stores in Canada and filed for bankruptcy protection.

The collapse of the travel giant back in September meant 9,000 people were left without jobs with 150,000 customers abroad also being affected.

Its Bridge Street branch closed but there was a glimmer of hope when Hays Travel later agreed a 6m deal with the Official Receiver to buy every one of Thomas Cooks 555 former stores on October 9, vowing to reopen them and offer jobs to 2,500 former staff members.

Chester's first dedicated Arabic restaurant Baytea was described as 'something new' for the city when it opened in November 2018. But just a few months later its Foregate Street venue mysteriously closed with little explanation.

It was first announced that outdoor clothing store Trespass was closing back in May, but it didn't actually close until December. Staff didn't elaborate on the closure but it's believed to be due to 'building overheads'.

This wine deli on Godstall Lane closed in March after staff said they 'gave it their best shot' in Chester but there is hope that it may return to the city centre for good after staff reopened in pop up format for Christmas.

Owner Jamie Moore said: "We keep saying that if we can get some momentum behind us well consider staying open into the New Year."

Whitmore & White also operate successful sister shops in Frodsham, Heswall and West Kirby.

Only four months after it opened, family run Les's Fish Bar on Frodsham Street had suddenly closed.

The chip shop's owner Les Manning said he was forced to shut up shop in the former Steak and Shake premises because the city's rates were 'too crippling' and there simply wasn't enough trade.

This unique gift shop closed in April after 24 years of trading on the high street but continues to trade online.

The shop's manager Matthew Sutton told CheshireLive that reasons for the closure were 'complex' but cited declining sales as one of the factors.

The Chester branch of Mothercare on the Greyhound Retail Park launched a closing down sale in November after the company was plunged into administration, putting thousands of jobs at risk.

Two years after Chester was used as the launch pad for its unique fusion concept of jacket potatoes and burritos, Jack Burrito closed its Northgate Street premises in April.

But the outlet wasn't closed for long - artisan pizzeria Dough Dough opened in the summer offering two different speciality doughs as their name suggests.

The stationery store on Sealand Road launched a huge closing down sale in March and closed shortly afterwards.

Partners at Deloitte were appointed joint administrators on Monday, casting doubt on the future of about1,200 people at more than 90 stores across the country.

Gino's Gelato on Northgate Street had proved a popular addition to the city since opening in June 2017, with customers regularly seen queuing out of the door for traditional Italian ice cream, coffee, crepes and waffles.

But it closed suddenly without explanation in January last year, and despite attempts for a comment, the Irish chain would not comment further.

Longstanding music shop Back Alley Music had been a mainstay on Northgate Street for 30 years, specialising in a wide variety of musical instruments and offering a guitar repair service.

But it closed early in 2019 and was replaced a few months later by Parisian style deli PicNic.

One of Chester's two H Samuel jewellery stores closed in September. The 2,682 sq ft store on the corner of Frodsham Street and Foregate Street was a mainstay of the city centre since the 1960s, situated among popular stores like M&S, River Island and Paperchase.

But it closed in August and has most recently been taken over by discount Christmas shop Wonderland.

Towers Tearoom on Bell Tower Walk closed in July for unknown reasons and deleted its social media pages, leaving the premises vacant.

It had taken over Beatons Tearoom only last year, which has been operating as a lunch spot and bookshop for customers since the summer of 2015.

But it remains closed, despite being on one of the busiest thoroughfares in Chester.

Chester's only Burger King closed its doors suddenly in November with no further explanation given for the closure than a sign in the window.

We attempted to make contact with a spokesperson but received no response.

Back in March, Cestrians were shocked when popular fashion retailer Oasis closed its doors on Northgate Street.

Officials would not respond to request for comment but the premises still remains empty to date.

Chester's Yankee Candle shop closed suddenly in November only to re-open just a couple of days later as an entirely different store.

The American scented candle manufacturer had traded from a shop on Foregate Street for the past few years, and stocked candles in hundreds of different scents.

But within just two days it was replaced by Fresh Cosmetics which specialises in bath products, skincare and fragrances, and is said to be part of the same company as its predecessor.

The Steamer Trading Cookshop chain was sold to the rival houseware retailer after it went into administration earlier this year and closed its Bridge Street premises in May.

But kitchen appliance fans needn't have worried as the shop reopened as a Pro Cook outlet just a few months later, selling own-brand cookware, kitchen knives, accessories and tableware, as well as iconic branded products from household names such as Le Creuset, Brabantia, Robert Welch and Magimix.

The closure of a 49 Watergate coffee shop in Chester city centre in October came about due to a number of contributing factors, including a 'saturation' of similar businesses, its owners said.

They said that the growth of online shopping, the challenge of maintaining high standards and nearby competition including chain coffee shops were the biggest issues contributing to the closure.

One of Chester's most historic buildings, the Grade I listed Booth Mansion on Watergate Street was taken over by Sue and Richard Jacques back in 2016 who revitalised the building, reopening it as a popular art gallery and tea room.

But in September, Sue and Richard announced that they terminated the lease on the property, writing on Facebook: "The building needs a significant investment of money to enable us to continue to grow the business in the most effective way and enable us to meet the modern demands of the hospitality industry.

This Chester salon on Northgate Street, founded by celebrity hairdresser Andrew Collinge closed in September after more than 30 years of loyal custom.

A note on the door said: "Our Chester salon has now closed. We would like to thank our clients for over 30 years of loyal custom. Our nearest salon is located in Heswall."

Sister stores Scandinavian Living and Scandinavian Home, both on St Werburgh Street, suddenly closed in March, with court enforcement notices attached to the windows of both stores.

The notices explained that acting under instruction by the shop's landlord Werburgh Properties Limited, bailiffs had secured both premises and that any attempt to enter them could result in prosecution.

However, Nina Lindberg, who owns both shops, which specialised in Scandinavian vintage style home furnishings, told CheshireLive that the landlord company should be 'ashamed' of themselves after her several attempts to reach a compromise were rebuffed.

Chester's only exclusive hat store closed its Northgate Street store in March to trade permanently online after closing its Northgate Street store.

But it wasn't empty for long - luxury patisserie Sweet Elements opened just a month later, specialising in decadent, luxury desserts made on the premises and using all local ingredients.

Chester's branch of Patisserie Valerie closed in January after thecake chain collapsed into administration.

The company failed to secure finances from banksafter discovering 'significant and potentially fraudulentaccounting irregularities'.

However, the Cheshire Oaks branch still remains open for business.

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Somaliland in the Guide to the ‘almost countries’ of The World – MENAFN.COM

(MENAFN - Somali Land Sun) Somalilandsun-From Liberland to Sealand, a partial tour of semi-autonomous, breakaway states.

Numerous semi-autonomous regions and informal countries are found all around the globe, including such well-known disputed states as Palestine, South Ossetia, Taiwan, and Kurdistan. But bids at nationhood come in all shapes and sizesand, in recent decades, they have tended to attract libertarian utopianists. Below is a grab bag of kinda-sorta countries. Each challenges our usual idea of the world map.

By the end of the 19th century, the famously blue Danube had been established as the border between Croatia and Serbia. Still, the river's path was long and winding, so the wonders of post-industrial engineering helped to straighten its flow and ease navigability. This program flooded a formerly Serbian plot of land, leaving a portion marshy and stranded on the Croatian side. Thus was born Liberland, an aspiring country that hopes to welcome citizens with 'respect for private ownership which is untouchable.' 'President' Vt Jedlika claimed Liberland's three square miles from the bickering nations in 2015, when he planted a flag in its disputed soil. He has since attempted to sell the swampland country as a techno-futurist libertarian paradise where taxes are optional. Liberland has remained uninhabited since its founding, and most visitors have been swiftly arrested by Croatian police.

Liberland has courted the Trump administration for 'silent support,' if not official recognition, and Jedlika has kissed the ring of libertarian bigwigs like Rand Paul, Peter Thiel, and the grandees at the Cato Institute. Still, Jedlika might not have expected that most of Liberland's applicants for citizenship would hail from Middle Eastern countries like Egypt and Turkey.

Somaliland is a breakaway state in the northwestern portion of Somalia that sits along the Gulf of Aden (and is only recognized by Liberland). Somaliland's borders today are the vestiges of what was known in the 19th century as British Somaliland. The British ruled there with a relatively soft touchlikely an important factor in Somaliland's current stability compared with other parts of Somalia, which endured decades of colonial oppression and interference from the Italians.

Somaliland's self-declared independence dates to the summer of 1960, when it disentangled itself from British supervision and became an independent nation before quickly forming a union with the rest of newly liberated Somalia. In 1991, after a civil war and a few decades of genocidal rule under General Siad Barre, Somaliland declared independence from Somaliawillingly reinstating its colonial borders. Few outside the region seemed to mind.

Founded in 1048 as a merchant-run hospital for Christian pilgrims in Jerusalem, the Order of St. John quickly developed into a sovereign military order deputized by Pope Paschal II to protect Christians from Islamic persecution. Today, it is headquartered in Rome, with offices around the world. It has observer status at the United Nationsa status it shares with Palestine and the Vatican, as well as the International Olympic Committeethough this distinction has not been granted to somewhat more traditional countries like Abkhazia, Taiwan, and Kosovo.

In 2016, Pope Francis forcibly deposed the order's Grand Chancellor for overseeing the distribution of free condoms in Myanmar.

During World War II, Britain built a handful of platforms a few miles off its coast in a bid to mount an anti-aircraft defense against the Axis Powers. Abandoned by the Brits in the 1950s, the platforms faded back into obscurity until the mid 1960s, when pirate radio disc jockeys began squatting on the old platforms to broadcast dangerous teenage music across borders without a license. In response to Parliament's Marine Broadcasting Act of 1967which made it illegal for any British citizens to work for pirate stations, even outside British jurisdictionDJ Roy Bates and his goon squad swiftly declared their North Sea platform the independent Principality of Sealand. (According to other origin stories, Bates' wife spurred the action when she asked for 'a flag with some palm trees' to match her 'island.')

Sealand claims multiple occurrences of international recognition, including when it fired on the British Navy and a British court threw out the resulting charges as being outside its jurisdiction, and when a German diplomat visited to broker the release of a small group of German and Dutch mercenaries who had tried to stage a coup on the island, and whom Bates was holding captive.source: Pacific Standard

A version of this story originally appeared in the November 2018 issue of Pacific Standard as a sidebar to ' Welcome to the Almost-Country of Abkhazia .'

Jack Denton is a contributing writer at Pacific Standard.He was previously a producer for The Brian Lehrer Show, a news-and-politics talk show on New York Public Radio, and a reporter for Solitary Watch. His work has also been featured on Gothamist and Impose Magazine. He is a graduate of the University of North CarolinaChapel Hill.

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SeaWorld Prisoner Kyuquot the Orca Needs Our Help! – The Union Journal

About December 24, 1991, a man orca called Kyuquot was born in the rundown Sealand of the Pacific volcano in British Columbia, Canada. Decades later, he remains captivehis jail today is SeaWorld San Antonio.Here is Kyuquots dreadful story.The Early YearsKyuquot was born into mommy Haida II and dad Tilikum, whose own tragic life was disclosed to countless the 2013 documentaryBlackfish. In 1982, Haida II has been abducted in the North Atlantic home waters near Iceland. In 1983, she had been moved in an Iceland volcano to Sealand of the Pacific, in which she gave birth to Kyuquot. On January 8, 1993, she and Kyuquot were moved to SeaWorld San Antonio. (Tilikum was moved a year before to SeaWorld Orlando, in which he stayed until his death 2017.) Haida II, that had allegedly formed a close relationship with Kyuquot, died on August 1, 2001, later creating a brain abscessa fungal or bacterial disease had caused a group of pus to grow inside her brain. Though the estimated average life expectancy of female orcas in character is 50 decades, Kyuquots mum died when she was about 20 years old. He was only 9 years old in the time.Life Existence in SeaWorldWeighing over 9,000 lbs, Kyuquot is the most significant orca imprisoned at SeaWorld San Antonioa disconcerting reality, believing the parks tanks are amazingly modest and do not encourage organic orca behavior patterns. In their sea habitat, orcas swim around 140 mph itd take Kyuquot over 4,280 laps round his tank to float the exact same distance.Orcas in SeaWorld Are Comparable to Lash OutKyuquot along with other orcas restricted to packed SeaWorld tanks are deprived of all that is natural and significant themthese deprivation causes them anxiety, which anxiety occasionally causes them to snap.Kyuquot has been engaged in a lot of incidents involving coaches, the most prominent of which had been his July 2004 assault on SeaWorld coach Steve Aibel. Kyuquot body-slammed Aibel multiple occasions dunking the swimming and trainer , blocking every effort with an exit he attempted to create. Though Aibel allegedly walked away uninjured, Kyuquot was supposedly banned from future water work.Kyuquots bout with Aibel was barely an isolated incident.SeaWorlds history is filled with similar catastrophes, such as one in 2010 involving Kyuquots daddy, Tilikum, along with coach Dawn Brancheau that abandoned Brancheau dead. Sealand of the Pacific closed down due to a 1991 episode where coach Keltie Byrne was murdered after falling and slipping into a swimming pool she drowned after Tilikum, Haida II, along with also a third orca repeatedly hauled her underwater.A Collapsed Dorsal FinIn 2015, wildlife vet Dr. Heather Rally seen SeaWorld San Antonio and afterwards revealed that mature male orcas in the abusement park had dropped dorsal fins. This is a state that rarely happens in orcas in character. In captivity, it is thought to result from a mixture of restricted space and lengthy time spent over the surface of the water. As seen from the picture below, Kyuquot includes a totally collapsed dorsal fin.While seeing SeaWorld San Antonioat which, in the moment, six orcas were housedRally also identified rake marks on a number of the orcas and detected several with dental trauma.Kyuquot and Other SeaWorld Captives Need Our HelpSeaWorld might have ignored our calls into free Tilikum, however the marine park may still do directly by Kyuquot and the rest of the animals it retains captive.Tuesday, December 24, is Kyuquots 28th birthday. Inform SeaWorld to provide him the best gift of allhis freedom.Click under to advocate SeaWorld to ship the animals confined in its parks into sea sanctuaries and also to end its use of creatures, until it is too late.

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Former football star and Telegraph photographer Gary Talbot dies at 82 – Lancashire Telegraph

THE FAMILY of Blackburn-born footballer and photographer Gary Talbot have paid tribute to a true gentleman after he died at the age of 82 following a long battle with cancer.

Former Lancashire Evening Telegraph photographer Gary, who was regarded as a legend at his beloved Chester FC, died on Sunday morning at the Countess of Chester hospital.

A prolific goalscorer for the club, he enjoyed two spells at the Cheshire outfit becomingthe clubs record Football League goalscorer and scoringone of the FA Cups fastest ever hat-tricks, in just under three minutes, against Crewe Alexandra in November 1964.

All these feats were achieved whilejuggling a successful career as a press photographer which saw him takemany iconic pictures of royalty, such as Princess Diana, through to world leaders and film stars like Sean Connery and James Mason. He was also official club photographer for Everton.

Garys wife, Christine, said: He was a family man who loved his family and was proud of them.

"A true gentleman with a good sense of humour, even until the end.

He always saw the best in everyone and never had anything negative to say about anyone, he was always so positive.

Gary began his career as a photographer for local newspapers, including the Lancashire Evening Telegraph, and although he had played in the reserves at his hometown club Blackburn Rovers, as well as Preston, it was while working for the Daily Mail thathe found his way back into football at a charity match.

After showing his natural goalscoring instinct with a handful of goals in a game alongsideChester manager Peter Hauser he was offered a surprise trial at Sealand Road.

Gary will be particularly be remembered for his goal contributions in the 1964/65 season when he was a member of the Famous Five forward line, alongside Jimmy Humes, Mike Metcalf, Elfed Morris and Hugh Ryden. Between them the five forwards scored more than 20 goals apiece in all English competitions with Gary finishing top scorer in the league with 28 of the 119 goals.

Gary ended his football career in 1969 to concentrate on his photography business which was going from strength to strengthand allowed him to travel the world and photograph famous faces such as Princess Diana, the President of Kenya, the President of India and Jane Mansfield.

A lifetime president of Chester FC, as well as president of the Chester Former Players Association, Gary remained an enthusiastic supporter of the reformed club which he loved with a passion and was a familiar sight at the ground until very recently.

One of his last formal roles at the club was to accept the accolade of having the upstairs lounge at the 1885 Arena named in his honour.

He leaves two children, Annabel who lives in Australia and Damian who lives in Dubai, as well as his two grandchildren Matilda, aged 11, and Maisie, aged seven.

Christine added: They are all arriving tonight for Christmas which is a great tragedy because he died this morning (Sunday, December 22). He didnt manage to survive to see them.

We are all heartbroken. He had been battling lung cancer since last year but he lost that battle this morning.

He was always a joy to be around, our family was our world.

I have loads of happy memories, he had a great life and travelled all over world.

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Panerai Celebrates the Year of the Rat With Sparsello-Decorated Luminor Sealand – HYPEBEAST

Panerai gears up for this upcoming Year of the Rat with a commemorative Luminor Sealand watch. Sitting at 44mm in case size, this watch marks Panerais 12th Lunar New Year watch a traditional that started in 2009 with the Year of the Ox.

The watch features a brushed steel case cover that has been decorated using the ancient Italian technique of sparsello little incisions are made using a scalpel and then filled in with gold threads and hammered flat; this process takes over 50 hours. Powering the Luminor Sealand is the P. 9010 Caliber movement which features a three-day power reserve and 100 meters of water resistance. The Year of the Rat Luminor Sealand is finished off with a semi-matte calf strap thats gold with beige stitching.

Limited to 88 pieces, the watch is set to launch January 25, 2020.

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Global Smart Container Market Set to Reach $5.74 Billion by 2024 – Asia-Pacific Expected to Grow at the Highest CAGR – PRNewswire

DUBLIN, Dec. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The "Smart Container Market by Offering (Hardware, Software, and Services), Technology (GPS, Cellular, BLE, LoRa WAN), Vertical (Food & Beverages, Pharmaceuticals, Chemicals, Oil & Gas), and Geography - Global Forecast to 2024" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

The smart container market was valued at 1,835 million in 2018 and is projected to reach USD 5,740 million by 2024; it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 16.9% during the forecast period.

Increase in the adoption of IoT devices by major shipping companies to drive the growth of the smart container market

The most significant factor driving the growth of this market is the rise in the adoption of IoT connected devices by major shipping companies. This trend is gaining momentum, as a large amount of data is collected during the entire transportation process, from which various important insights can be extracted. With these insights, issues can be pinpointed, downtime can be reduced, and procedures can be streamlined, thereby improving operational efficiency in the maritime industry. A few other major factors driving the growth of the smart container market are the need for enhancing operational efficiency and safety in the shipping industry and growing concerns regarding the wastage of food and medical products due to temperature deviation.

Software market for smart container market is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period

Smart container software, also known as middleware or location engine, interface between the location-based data and the final analysis of that data into useful information for enhanced container monitoring. The smart container software market is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. This growth is driven by the demand for software-based smart solutions to improve the analytics support, which provides actionable insights to transporters about delays and help in rerouting maneuvers to increase efficiency.

Sensors to hold a major share of the smart container hardware market during the forecast period

The smart container hardware market for sensors held the largest share in 2018; due to the increase in demand for monitoring devices in supply chain processes, wherein any small deviation in the environmental parameter can degrade the operational performance of shipping companies in different stages of the supply chain. With the information extracted from different monitoring sensors, logistic decision-makers benefit from getting a more unobstructed view of the supply chain, thereby improving the efficiency of the shipping of containers.

Smart container market in APAC expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period

Various goods are being imported in this region, including fuels, lubricants, food products, beverages, and pharmaceutical products. Along with the rising population rate, there has been an increase in the economic growth of emerging countries in APAC, where products such as vaccines, food, and drinks have become more accessible for the local markets. Owing to such demands, smart container solutions have gained importance for container monitoring applications in this region. The smart container market in APAC is expected to witness the highest growth, mainly due to the rise in import and export of goods.

Competitive Landscape

Major players in the smart container market are Orbcomm (US), Smart Containers Group AG (Switzerland), Traxens (France), Globe Tracker (Denmark), and Nexiot AG (Switzerland). Other players operating in smart container market include Phillips Connect Technologies (Division of Phillips Industries) (US), SeaLand (Maersk) (Denmark), Robert Bosch Manufacturing Solutions (Robert Bosch GmbH) (Germany), Ambrosus (Switzerland), and ZillionSource Technologies Co., Ltd. (Cisco) (China)

Key Topics Covered

1 Introduction

2 Research Methodology

3 Executive Summary

4 Premium Insights 4.1 Attractive Opportunities for Growth of Smart Container Market4.2 Market, By Vertical4.3 Market, By Offering4.4 Market, By Technology4.5 Market, By Geography

5 Market Overview 5.1 Introduction5.2 Market Dynamics5.2.1 Drivers5.2.1.1 Need for Enhancing Operational Efficiency and Safety in Container Shipping Industry5.2.1.2 Rise in Concerns Regarding Wastage of Food and Medical Products Due to Temperature Deviation5.2.1.3 Increase in Adoption of IoT Devices By Major Shipping Companies5.2.2 Restraints5.2.2.1 Concerns Regarding Security and Privacy5.2.2.2 High Cost of Implementation5.2.3 Opportunities5.2.3.1 Focus of Shipping Industry on Sustainability and Environment5.2.3.2 Increase in Investments in Container Management Technologies5.2.4 Challenges5.2.4.1 Interoperability Issues Due to Lack of Uniform Communication Standards5.3 Industry Trends5.3.1 Value Chain Analysis5.3.1.1 Electronic and Component Manufacturers5.3.1.2 Connectivity Technology Developers5.3.1.3 Hardware and Software Providers5.3.1.4 System Integration and Service Providers5.3.2 Key Trends5.3.2.1 Digital Transformation in Supply Chain5.3.2.2 Connected Ports/Smart Shipping

6 Smart Container Market, By Offering 6.1 Introduction6.2 Hardware6.2.1 Sensors6.2.1.1 Temperature Sensors6.2.1.1.1 Temperature Sensors to Hold the Major Size of the Sensor Market During the Forecast Period6.2.1.2 Pressure Sensors6.2.1.2.1 Pressure to Be Adopted for Various Applications Across Oil & Gas, Chemicals, and Food & Beverages Verticals6.2.1.3 Humidity Sensors6.2.1.3.1 Humidity Sensors to Witness Highest CAGR in Smart Container Sensors Market During Forecast Period6.2.1.4 Gas Sensors6.2.1.4.1 Rise in the Adoption Level of Gas Sensors in Smart Container Solutions for Oil & Gas, and Chemical Verticals6.2.1.5 Other Sensors6.2.1.5.1 Other Sensors Include Major Sensors Like Optical, Magnetic, Shock Detection, Leakage Detection, and Position Sensors6.2.2 Connectivity Devices6.2.2.1 Connectivity Devices to Exhibit Highest CAGR in Smart Container Hardware Market During Forecast Period6.2.3 Telematics and Telemetry Devices6.2.3.1 Telematics and Telemetry Devices Provide Better Logistics Management Capabilities6.3 Software6.3.1 APAC Smart Container Software Market to Exhibit Highest Growth During Forecast Period6.4 Services6.4.1 Europe to Dominate Smart Container Services Market During Forecast Period

7 Smart Container Market, By Technology 7.1 Introduction7.2 Global Positioning System (GPS)7.2.1 GPS to Hold Major Size of Smart Container Technology Market During Forecast Period7.3 Cellular7.3.1 Cellular Technology is One of the Easiest Ways to Detect and Define Location of Containers7.4 Lora Wan (Long Range Wide Area Network)7.4.1 Lora Wan Reach Sensors Monitoring the Assets Inside Containers Due to Its Deep Indoor Penetration Feature7.5 Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)7.5.1 BLE is Considered as Future of Consumer Engagement in Supply Chain Operations7.6 Others7.6.1 Benefits Offered By Alternative Technologies to Slow Down Market for Wi-Fi in Coming Years

8 Smart Container Market, By Vertical 8.1 Introduction8.2 Food & Beverages8.2.1 Europe to Hold Major Share of Smart Container Market for Food & Beverages Vertical During Forecast Period8.3 Pharmaceutical8.3.1 APAC to Witness Highest CAGR in Smart Container Market for Pharmaceutical Vertical During Forecast Period8.4 Oil & Gas8.4.1 US to Account for Major Share in North American Smart Container Market for Oil and Gas Vertical During Forecast Period8.5 Chemicals8.5.1 APAC to Exhibit Highest Growth Rate in Smart Container Market for Chemical Vertical During Forecast Period8.6 Others8.6.1 Germany to Hold Major Share of European Smart Container Market for Other Verticals During Forecast Period

9 Geographic Analysis 9.1 Introduction9.2 North America9.3 Europe9.4 APAC9.5 Rest of the World (RoW)

10 Competitive Landscape 10.1 Overview10.2 Ranking Analysis: Smart Container Market Players10.3 Competitive Leadership Mapping10.3.1 Visionary Leaders10.3.2 Innovators10.3.3 Dynamic Differentiators10.3.4 Emerging Companies10.4 Competitive Situations and Trends10.4.1 Product Launches and Developments10.4.2 Agreements, Partnerships, Collaborations, and Contracts10.4.3 Mergers & Acquisitions

11 Company Profiles 11.1 Introduction11.2 Key Players11.2.1 Orbcomm11.2.2 Smart Containers Group AG11.2.3 Traxens11.2.4 Globe Tracker11.2.5 Nexiot AG11.2.6 Phillips Connect Technologies (Division of Phillips Industries)11.2.7 Sealand (Maersk)11.2.8 Robert Bosch Manufacturing Solutions (Robert Bosch GmbH)11.2.9 Ambrosus11.2.10 Zillionsource Technologies Co. Ltd. (CISCO)11.3 Right to Win11.4 Key Innovators11.4.1 Loginno11.4.2 Savvy Telematic Systems AG11.4.3 Berlinger & Co.11.4.4 Shenzhen CIMC Technology Co. Ltd.11.5 Other Players11.5.1 Identec Solutions AG11.5.2 ZIM Integrated Shipping Services11.5.3 Securesystem11.5.4 International Business Machines Corporation (IBM)11.5.5 Emerson11.5.6 Sensitech Inc11.5.7 AT&T Inc.11.5.8 Smartsense (Digi International Inc.)11.5.9 Sensortransport Inc.11.5.10 Monnit Corporation11.5.11 Shenzhen Joint Technology Co. Ltd.

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Review: In Terra Firma, a Wee Wet Country on the Brink – The New York Times

We are becoming like all the other nations, the queen says in a moment of despair. We have unhappy prisoners, indifferent citizens and the young people refuse to reproduce.

Actually, the nation she rules with her husband, Roy, has just one of each of those things: one prisoner (a recent hostage, good at chess), one citizen (a doofus interested in pyrotechnics) and one young person (the 17-year-old prince, currently away on a mission).

Thats because Terra Firma, as the queen has named it, is a micronation: a self-declared kingdom located on an abandoned 6,000-square-foot antiaircraft platform six miles out to sea. It may not boast much land or populace, but it has a national anthem, a tatty flag, a centralized health service and a constitution if the queen could ever complete it.

Terra Firma, the play by Barbara Hammond about this country, likewise seems in need of more work. Ambitious and smart, it is not yet coherent, at least not in its world premiere, which opened on Thursday at the Baruch Performing Arts Center. Shifting from whimsical comedy to light satire to lumpy allegory, it quickly strips its gears and stops cold.

The whimsy, coming right at the start, proves especially deadly in Shana Coopers staging for a newly founded theater company called the Coop. Mild humor about the micronations pretensions to real statehood seems especially vaporous on the imposing set (by Andrew Boyce) and amid the foreboding ocean roar of Jane Shaws sound design. But at least the absurdity of the premise has a historical precedent: Terra Firma is based on a real place called Sealand, established in the late 1960s off the east coast of England.

The humans seem less precedented. As the citizen (John Keating) and Roy (Gerardo Rodriguez) hoist their hostage (Tom OKeefe) onto the platform and proceed to interrogate him, we might almost be watching a Three Stooges routine, except with less finesse. Clumsily handled as well is the back story: The citizen and Roy, believing that recent nearby explosions are the work of enemies bent on their destruction, are desperate to understand the danger theyre in.

That danger, we quickly understand from the scripts broad hints, is ecological. When the young prince (Daniel Molina) returns from his reconnaissance mission, he brings with him a sliver of a hedge to decorate the homeland; it is apparently the last piece of greenery left in the world. And when a weather-beaten diplomat (T. Ryder Smith) arrives to negotiate the hostage crisis, we learn that the reason he is the first to heed Terra Firmas calls for help delivered in bottles cast out to sea is that there may be no one else left to answer.

The queen, unwilling to credit such dire suspicions, doubles down on her queenliness. Because she is played by Andrus Nichols the marvelously grave Elinor in Kate Hamills Sense & Sensibility a character that could easily turn camp instead comes across as somehow both deluded and brave. Despite her stained blouse and paste tiara, she practices holding her right arm aloft whenever she appears, as if searching for the perfect salute to comfort a grateful people.

This pathos gets at what the play does best: It understands and in some way forgives human limitation. It fares less well when it attempts a critique of rulers who reject reality even if its a reality they helped create. A parallel is suggested between the characters pride and the disaster now engulfing them, as if Terra Firma were the industrialized West in miniature, unable to steer away from the brink of climate change. In an authors note, Hammond writes that she saw in the story of the real Sealand a metaphor for the human predicament.

But that comparison is under-drawn and illogical; a few people stuck on a massive steel life raft for several decades cannot have much to do with rising sea levels and whatever else is eating the rest of the world. The Terra Firmans arent nuclear physicists who built faulty reactors like the characters in Lucy Kirkwoods The Children, a much more sophisticated treatment of the same theme. Theyre refugees.

So, in a way, are the members of the Coop, recently formed as a kind of breakaway republic from another theater company, Bedlam. Terra Firma, the Coops inaugural production, matches its mission to stage plays that resonate with timeless themes and universal truths, but in this case resonance isnt enough.

Thats a problem built into the bloated mash-up of genres: Comedy is based on particularizing human behavior, but allegory is based on generalizing it. In trying to be both, and an ecological tragedy as well, Terra Firma pulls in too many directions. Though the cast especially Nichols, OKeefe and Smith is strong, and Cooper makes lovely stage pictures on the rusty platform, theres something thin and self-defeating about the resulting circular logic. Like most life raft stories, Terra Firma doesnt hold water.

Terra Firma

Tickets Through Nov. 10 at Baruch Performing Arts Center, Manhattan; 212-352-3101, thecoopnyc.org. Running time: 1 hour 45 minutes.

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Appeal launched over refusal of plans to store cars and caravans on green barrier land in Sealand – Deeside.com

Published: Monday, Oct 14th, 2019

An appeal has been launched after plans for caravans and cars to be stored on an area of green barrier land in Deeside were refused.

A retrospective planning application was entered by Russell Brown earlier this year to gain permission to continue keeping vehicles at the back of a property known as Hyperion House on Deeside Lane in Sealand.

In documents submitted to Flintshire Council, Mr Brown said he had used the site for storing cars awaiting export from the UK for a number of years, as well as a place for people to leave their caravans during the winter.

However, the local authority turned down his bid to formally authorise the use of the land as it said it represented inappropriate development which would harm the openness of the area.

Officials also said he failed to carry out a flood consequences assessment, but Mr Brown has now launched an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate to try and have the decision overturned.

In the appeal forms, an agent acting on his behalf said the building the site sits next to had been used for industrial purposes for many years and the proposals would have a minimal impact.

Bob Dewey said:The development provides an opportunity to provide a beneficial use of a piece of underused brownfield land without causing any harm to the area.

The council simply relies on general reasons for refusal which are not supported by any reasonable evidence.

The site is located within an area of mixed industrial and commercial developments, some of which have planning permission.

To treat this site in a more draconic manner is unhelpful to the economic life of the community.

There seems little evidence in the decision of a reflective approach to the wider good of the area.

The appeal will be heard by an inspector appointed by the Welsh Government at a later date.

By Liam Randall Local Democracy Reporter (more here).

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