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553

Year 553 was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Julian calendar. The denomination 553 for this year has been used since the early medieval period, when the Anno Domini calendar era became the prevalent method in Europe for naming years. Battle of Mons Lactarius: King Teia secretly marches to join forces with his brother Aligern in Campania, to relieve the siege of Cumae. Meanwhile at Mons Lactarius, Narses lays an ambush; the combined Gothic force is crushed in a hopeless last stand for two days, Teia is killed in the fightings. Aligern surrenders a few months later; the Ostrogothic Kingdom ends after 60 years of rule in Italy. The Goths are allowed to settle in modern-day Austria; some 7,000 people retreat to Campsas, resist with minimal help from the Franks against the Byzantines until 554. The Byzantines retreated from Telephis–Ollaria. Gothic War: Frankish invasion — Two Frankish-Alemanni dukes, brothers Lothair and Buccelin, cross the Alps from Germany with a force of 75,000 men Frankish infantry.

In the Po Valley, they win an easy victory over a much smaller Byzantine force at Parma, are joined by remnants of the Gothic armies, bringing the total strength of the invaders to about 90,000 men. Narses, gathering his forces as as possible, marches north to harass the Franks, but is not strong enough to engage them in battle. In Samnium the brothers divide their forces: Lothaire goes down the east coast returns to the north, to winter in the Po Valley. Buccelin follows the west coast into Calabria, where he spends the winter — his army being wasted by attrition and disease. King Seong of Baekje attacks the kingdoms of Silla. However, under a secret agreement, Silla troops attack the exhausted Baekje army, take possession of the entire Han River valley. In the Turkic Khaganate Istemi is appointed governor in the west of the empire, Muqan Qaghan succeeds his brother Issik Qaghan as emperor of the Göktürks. May 5 – The Fifth Ecumenical Council is held in Constantinople. Emperor Justinian I condemns in an edict the Three Chapters, causing further schisms and heresies of monoenergism and monothelitism.

December 10 – Houzhu, emperor of the Chen dynasty August 5 – Xiao Ji, prince of the Liang dynasty exact date unknown Gelimer, king of the Vandals and Alans Issik Qaghan, ruler of the Turkic Khaganate Teia, king of the Ostrogoths

International Renewable Energy Conference

International Renewable Energy Conference is a meeting of senior-level representatives from the Executive and Legislative branches of government at the national and subnational level, international organizations, the finance and business community, civil society who are working to advance the integration of renewable energy in their countries. Initiated at the renewables2004 conference in Bonn, IREC is a high-level political conference series dedicated to renewable energy policy worldwide. Dedicated to the renewable energy sector, IRECs are hosted by alternate Governments every two years and convened by REN21. One of the major accomplishments of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, was the recognition that renewable energy is a critical component of sustainable development, energy security, climate change, air quality. Worldwide enthusiasm for renewable energy has increased since WSSD; the Bonn Renewable Energy Conference in 2004 was the inaugural, government-hosted international conference on renewable energy.

154 countries attended the Bonn Conference, which produced 3 outcomes: A Political Declaration containing shared political goals for an increased role of renewable energies and reflecting a joint vision of a sustainable energy future that provides better and more equitable access to energy as well as increased energy efficiency. An International Action Program of voluntary commitments to goals and actions within their own spheres of responsibility from governments, international organizations, other stakeholders. Policy Recommendations for Renewable Energies that can be of benefit to governments, international organizations, stakeholders as they develop new approaches and political strategies and address the roles and responsibilities of key actors; the 2005 conference was held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing from 7-8 November 2005. The conference called the world to consider renewable energy alternatives in a time of high oil prices; the Washington International Renewable Energy Conference was held March 4-6, 2008.

The Delhi International Renewable Energy Conference was held 27-29 October 2010, in New Delhi, India. The 2013 conference was held in Abu Dhabi in January 2013. In the declaration for the Abu Dhabi Renewable Energy Conference, ministers called for the world's shares of renewable energy to double by 2030 under the leadership of the International Renewable Energy Agency. In October 2015, South Africa became the sixth country, the first in Africa, to host the International Renewable Energy Conference; the South African International Renewable Energy Conference – SAIREC 2015 – provided a global platform for government ministers, high-level decision makers, experts and thought leaders, as well as private sector players and civil society, to discuss and exchange their vision and solutions to accelerate the global scale-up of renewable energy. From 4-7 October South Africa welcomed 3,600 delegates from more than 80 countries; this international event comprised 24 conference sessions featuring more than 150 speakers, 41 side events, 35 technical site visits and 56 exhibitors, providing extensive opportunities for delegates to discuss and network.

SAIREC provided a platform to address energy access. Under the theme of RE-Energising Africa, SAIREC demonstrated why Africa is the business destination for the renewables energy sector, it provided Africa with a unique opportunity to showcase its nascent yet promising renewable energy industry and gain experience from best practices as adopted in countries at the forefront of renewable energy deployment. In parallel REN21 launched the SADC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report, which provides a comprehensive overview of the status of renewable energy and energy efficiency in the region, it covers the 15 SADC countries: Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa, United Republic of Tanzania and Zimbabwe. The report is available for download on the REN21 website along with a series of infographics. SAIREC was co-hosted by South Africa’s Department of Energy together with the South African National Energy Development Institute, under the leadership of the Minister of Energy, Honorable Ms Tina Joemat-Pettersson, with REN21 and with the final support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, GIZ.

See the REN21 website for the conference report, full Declaration text, photos The renewable energy community came together in Mexico City mid-September under the banner of the International Renewable Energy Conference. The Mexico International Renewable Energy Conference was the 7th in this conference series, continuing the tradition of convening government and non-state actors around the development of renewable energy policy. MEXIREC’s agenda was designed to encourage a systems approach to energy where the generation and use of renewable energy are analysed from an integrated and multifaceted perspective; the conference demonstrated how this diversification is occurring, not only in Latin American and the Caribbean but elsewhere in the world. Over the course of two days, more than 1,600 delegates participated in talks and presentations that revolved around five thematic areas: Policy and Finance; the presence and active participation of young professionals and women was encouraging. It ended with acceptance of the Conference Declaration.

In parallel a new report, Re

Allison Tower

Allison Tower Anadarko Tower, is a 32-story, 439 feet skyscraper located in The Woodlands, Texas. It is the tallest building in Montgomery County and the tallest building between Houston and Dallas, it was the first office complex in The Woodlands, Texas to achieve LEED certification by the U. S. Green Building Council as verification that the facility meets the highest green building and performance measures; the Anadarko Tower has earned the Energy Star Award from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency for its savings on energy consumption; the tower was designed by the architect firm Gensler, was developed by Patrinely Group. Construction was harsh; the tower consist of 240 miles of structural metals, 3 million board feet of various drywall components, is sprayed with 5,000 gallons of textured elastomeric sealants and is wrapped in 60,000 square feet of specialty fabrics. The 807,000 sq ft tower now serves as offices for Occidental Petroleum and is owned by Anadarko Realty Company. An adjacent tower is located next to Allison Tower to accommodate Anadarko's manpower expansion.

During a Summer of 2013 "Topping Off" Ceremony Anadarko Tower was renamed Allison Tower for Robert Allison, Jr. the first CEO of Anadarko Petroleum. The new tower is dedicated to James Hackett, another former Anadarko Petroleum CEO, deemed Hackett Tower. Https://web.archive.org/web/20090407050523/http://www.marekbros.com/projects/Anadarko1.html http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/stories/2002/03/04/focus5.html http://www.emporis.com/application/?nav=building&lng=3&id=anadarkotower-streetwoodlands-tx-usa https://images.google.com/images?hl=en&biw=1130&q=anadarko+tower&gbv=2&aq=f&oq=&aqi

Sia La

Sia La is a mountain pass situated on Saltoro Ridge, some 60 km north-northwest of map point NJ9842 which defined the end of the 1972 Line of Control between India and Pakistan as part of the Simla Agreement. Sia La sits near the China border and northwest of the upper part of the vast Siachen Glacier, connecting that glacier to the Pakistani-controlled Kondus Glacier and valley to the west. Sia La, as well as nearby passes Bilafond La and Gyong La, saw military action starting in 1984 during Operation Meghdoot, the first military action of the Siachen conflict, itself being part of larger conflict, the Kashmir conflict. All three passes are held by India. Bilafond La Gyong La Close C, Burrard S, Younghusband F, et al.. "Nomenclature in the Karakoram: Discussion". The Geographical Journal. Blackwell Publishing. 76: 148–158. Doi:10.2307/1783980. JSTOR 1783980. "A Slow Thaw". Time. 7 November 2005. Retrieved 23 May 2010. Siachen Peace Park

Harry Killick

Harry Killick was an English cricketer. Killick was a left-handed batsman, he was born at Sussex. Killick made his first-class debut for Sussex against Surrey at The Oval in 1866. Killick played first-class cricket for Sussex to 1875, making a total of forty appearances, the last of which came against Hampshire at the County Ground, Hove. In his forty first-class appearances for the county, he scored 957 runs at an average of 14.07, with a high score of 78. This score was his only half century for Sussex and came against Surrey in 1869. With the ball, he took 6 wickets at a bowling average of 36.50, with best figures of 3/37. In addition to playing first-class cricket for Sussex, Killick made first-class appearances for other teams, he made a single first-class appearance for a Left Handed team against a Right Handed at Lord's in 1870, a match in which he recorded his only other first-class half century with a score of 55. In that same year he made a single appearance for the Players of the South against the Gentlemen of the South at The Oval, as well as making his first appearance for a United South of England Eleven against a United North of England Eleven.

He made a second appearance for the United South of England Eleven against Yorkshire in 1874. As well as playing the game, Killick umpired it, standing in nineteen first-class matches from 1873 1877, he died at Brighton, Sussex, on 22 November 1877. His nephew, Ernest Killick played first-class cricket. Harry Killick at ESPNcricinfo Harry Killick at CricketArchive

Ediacara Conservation Park

Ediacara Conservation Park is a protected area located in the Australian state of South Australia about 30 kilometres south west of the town of Leigh Creek in the state's Far North. The conservation park was proclaimed under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972 on 26 April 2007 over land declared as a conservation reserve under the Crown Lands Act 1929 in 1993 and as a fossil reserve in 1958. On 28 March 2019, the Government of South Australia purchased 60,000 hectares of adjacent land, to enlarge the conservation park by ten times; the conservation park protects and conserves an "assemblage of fossilised Ediacaran soft-bodied marine organisms of international importance," "places of significance" to the Adnyamathanha people, "remnants of mining history associated with the Ediacara mineral field," and an "important chenopod habitat."The name of the conservation park is derived from the Adnyamathanha language name "Ithiaka-na-danha, where Ithi means ‘Zebra Finch’ and aka – na-danha means ‘to come out’", used as the name for the area in which the conservation park is located.

The conservation park is classified as an IUCN Category VI protected area. The fossil reserve is listed on the South Australian Heritage Register. Protected areas of South Australia List of fossil parks Australian National Heritage List Entry for Ediacara Conservation Park on Protected Planet