Nepenthes biak

Nepenthes biak is a tropical pitcher plant endemic to the Indonesian island of Biak, after which it is named. Biak is a member of the Schouten Islands, located in Cenderawasih Bay, is administered as part of Biak Numfor Regency, Papua Province. Nepenthes biak grows near sea level on limestone coastal cliffs though as an epiphyte on mangrove trees. Prior to its formal description, N. biak was lumped with the related N. insignis, now considered to be restricted to the New Guinea mainland. Nepenthes biak is a member of section Insignes, which includes 13 other species from the Philippines: N. aenigma, N. alzapan, N. barcelonae, N. bellii, N. burkei, N. insignis, N. merrilliana, N. northiana, N. samar, N. sibuyanensis, N. surigaoensis, N. ventricosa, N. sp. Raja Ampat, its closest relatives are thought to be the undescribed N. sp.. Raja Ampat from the Raja Ampat Islands; the type specimen, Cheek 18785, originates from Biak. It was prepared on 25 August 2017 from a plant cultivated at Kew Gardens in London and donated by Robert Cantley.

The holotype is held at the herbarium of the University of Papua in Manokwari, with isotypes at Kew Herbarium, the National Herbarium of the Netherlands in Leiden, Herbarium Bogoriense of the Bogor Botanical Gardens

Loreto Convent Lucknow

Loreto Convent, Lucknow is an educational institution for girls founded in 1872 and located in Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, India. Loreto Convent is under the management of the Sisters of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary known as the Loreto Sisters; the primary aim of Loreto Convent Lucknow is to educate Catholic children, but children from other religions are accepted without any discrimination. The pupils of this institution call themselves'Loretoites'. Loreto was founded in 1616 by Mary Ward, it pioneered a new type of religious life. The 18th century saw the spread in development of the institute in Europe, it was introduced into Ireland by Frances Teresa Ball, who in 1821 established the first House of the Irish branch there. She called it the name by which all subsequent foundations are known; the Loreto Sisters established schools in Northern India. The aim of the school is to give its pupils a sound moral education while devoting special attention to their intellectual and physical development.

In 1872, a group of seven Sisters led by Mother Joseph Hogan, arrived in Lucknow. They came from Darjeeling at the invitation of the Catholic Bishop of Lucknow, they were given a welcome by the Parish Priest, Father Lewis, who conducted them to the house he had secured for them adjoining to the Church, in what is now Shahnajaf Road. It was in this House that the first Loreto School started in Lucknow on 4 November 1872; the earlier days in Lucknow were of great privation as they had few possessions and the heat was tiring for the Sisters, dressed as they were in heavy black habits. In 1873 the first boarder arrived, Amy Glynn, when others joined, Mother Joseph knew that the little Convent was far too small. In April of the same year, she secured a large house, to become the Royal Hotel, but, to be Loreto Convent for eight years. For the transport of the children Mother Joseph designed, had built, an'omnibus', the first to be seen in Lucknow. In 1880, the present convent known as the Cantonment Hotel, was purchased.

The grounds once formed part of the Nawab of Oudh's hunting grounds. Wings were added to accommodate classrooms and dormitories, but in 1915 the northern part of the building suffered seriously during the floods of that year, the Nuns were compelled to spend entire nights under umbrellas. Arches gave way and the roof of the Chapel collapsed crushing every priedieu and chair under its weight but the Sisters escaped death. After this the northern part of the building had to be pulled down and the present handsome edifice was built. There are four houses - Ball, Hart and Ward. Ward house is dedicated to the foundress of Mary Ward. Ball house is dedicated to Teresa Ball. Hart house is dedicated to Mother Delphine Hart. Hogan house is dedicated to Mother Joseph Hogan. Sumona Chakravarti, actress Seema Mustafa, journalist Kanika Kapoor, singer Parveen Talha, Padma Shri Meena Vohra, pediatric intensivist Aparna Yadav, politician School Website