22 July 2014

Invasive plants of Belarus..

 

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Date of Issue : 25 July 2014

On July 25, 2014 Ministry of Communications and Information of the Republic of Belarus will issue stamps “Canadian Goldenrod” and “Sosnowski Hogweed” from the series “Invasive plants of Belarus.”

Face grade “A” corresponds to the rate for sending a simple letter weighing up to 20 gram within Belarus.Face brand «N» corresponds to the tariff of a simple non-priority mail cards.

Invasive plants are introduced species that can thrive in areas beyond their natural range of dispersal. These plants are characteristically adaptable, aggressive, and have a high reproductive capacity. The most prominent representatives of the invasive plant species widely distributed on the territory of Belarus, are Canadian goldenrod and parsnip Sosnowski.

Canadian goldenrod is an allergenic plant. Canada goldenrod is a perennial distinguished by numerous small yellow flowers located in pyramid-shaped clusters at the top of individual, unbranched, leafy stems.  This species spreading in the meadow and riparian ecosystems violates the structure of crops, which leads to oppression and even complete displacement of native plants.

Parsnip Sosnowski – very large (up to 3 meters) plant, in contact with skin causes burns. In Belarus grows on field edges and roadsides, almost completely displacing the usual places because of its vegetation

21 July 2014

Flying high…

 

 

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Date of Issue : 11 July 2014

Jersey Post  issued a set of six stamps and a Souvenir Sheetlet on  11th July in celebration of the Red Arrows’ 50th display season. 

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The stamps feature dynamic photographs from the Red Arrows’ incredible displays, including four images captured by local photographer Andy Le Gresley during the 2012 Jersey Air Display and two images supplied by the Red Arrows official photographers.

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Acknowledged as one of the world’s premier aerobatic teams, the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, is the public face of the Royal Air Force acting as ambassadors of Great Britain. In addition to demonstrating the professional excellence of the Royal Air Force and its skilled, well-trained people, the Red Arrows support wider British interests overseas, as well as helping more than 500 charities every year.

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Since the team’s creation in 1965, the Red Arrows have flown over 4,000 displays in 52 countries, including the Channel Islands every September as part of the Battle of Britain week. For 2014, a new tailfin design has been unveiled to celebrate the Red Arrows 50thdisplay season. In the shape of a Union flag, the striking new tail design reflects the Best of British and is the most significant change to the look of the famous aircraft in its history.

Club News

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Stamps Today, a bimonthly Stamp and Coin magazine edited and published by Mr Vijay Seth. May - June 2014 issue carries news and informative article on philately. To subscribe please contact at email : stampstodayindia@gmail.com

New stamps from Romania..

 

150 YEARS, UNIVERSITY OF BUCHAREST

 

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Date of Issue : 16 July 2014

On the occasion of the 150-year anniversary since the establishment of the University of Bucharest, Romfilatelia launches a new issue of postage stamps consisting of a stamp with the face value of lei 8.10 and a perforated souvenir sheet with a postage stamp having the face value of lei 14.50.

The term University aptly denotes the character of the institution, as the medieval Latin meaning of the term is community (Latin term universitas); at its opening, the University of Bucharest joins together the professors and students of the three already existing faculties: the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy, and the Faculty of Sciences.

The University was metaphorically named everywhere Alma Mater (nourishing mother), the term being used by Latin poets to express the idea of homeland. The University of Bucharest has stood for 150 years as a fundamental institution for the cultural, social and political life in our country. Through its valuable students and professors, it was also represented abroad: in France, at the Sorbonne, by Nicolae Iorga and at the French Academy by great writers such as Emil Cioran and Eugen Ionescu, in Spain by George Uscatescu, Mircea Eliade often participating as a lecturer in different famous universities.

The Palace of the University was completed on December 14th, 1869, becoming not only an imposing architectural building endowed with administrative powers, but also a strong community (Universitas) established between mentors and disciples.

Among the rectors that led the University, many of them remained known as senior political figures, such as Gheorghe Costaforu (professor at the Faculty of Law, two times appointed minister), Vasile Boerescu (Law professor and Foreign Minister), Titu Maiorescu (aesthetician, literary critic, member of the Parliament, minister and prime minister), Nicolae Iorga (historian, writer, academic, minister and prime minister),Constantin Stoicescu (jurist, member of the Parliament and minister).

 

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Date of Issue : 15 July 2014

The Church of the Three Holy Hierarchs Monastery in Iasi celebrates its 375th anniversary

On the occasion of the 375-year anniversary since the building of the Church of the Three Holy Hierarchs Monastery, and within the annual theme dedicated to Romanian Postage Stamp Day, Romfilatelia introduces into circulation an issue of postage stamps dedicated to this architectural masterpiece and spiritual monument, unique in the world.The postage stamp of the issue, with the face value of lei 14.50, illustrates the building of the Three Holy Hierarchs Church inIasi.

The souvenir sheet of the issue has special die cut on margins and illustrates the rotive in the church porch, next to a stone ornament representing the emblem of Moldavia. The postage stamp of the souvenir sheet, with the face value of lei 8.10, also presents the building of the Church.

20 July 2014

New stamps from Singapore..

 

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Date of Issue : 18 July 2014

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Here are new stamps from Singapore featuring images of four landmarks: The Main Jetty (2nd local), Chek Jawa (S$0.65), the Wayang Stage (S$0.80) and a Quarry (S$1.10).The Islands of Singapore stamps were launched by SingPost and the National Heritage Board on 18th July.

New stamp from Indonesia

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65th Founding Anniversary of Kapatagan

Kapatagan was formerly a part of Kolambugan, it existed as municipal district from 1939 to 1948. Kapatagan later became a larger municipality July 5, 1949 by Virtue of Executive Order No. 273.

The town’s name was derived from the Visayan word patag meaning “plain” or valley. Kapatagan is a municipality in the Phipippined province Lanao Del Norte in Region X Northern Mindanao which belongs to the Mindanao group of islands.

Administratively, the Municipality of Kapatagan is subdivided into 33 barangays. One barangay seats at the center of the city, whereas, the other 32 barangays are in the outlying areas. Some of them are even several kilometers away from the center of the Municipality.

Cathedral Falls that is depicted on a stamp is commonly called as Cathedral falls, is located 2 kilometers away from Barangay Poblacionand is accessible by all types of vehicles since the road leading to this majestic falls. Cathedral Falls is so-called due to its majestic formation of rocks resembling designs of a famous cathedral, through which the cascading water from upstream Barangay Kidalos is flowing.

Club News

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Latest issue of Vadophil (Issue no. 139) , Quarterly Newsletter of Baroda Philatelic Society, Vadodara edited by Mr Prashant Pandya has been released.

Visit http://www.indianphilately.net/ipperiodicals.html to read the newsletter.

To subscribe the newsletter please contact : info@vadophil.org

Tentative Issue Calendar of stamps for July to November 2014 declared by India Post

1. Liver Transplantation in India - July/August 2014
2. Musicians of India - (i) Ravi Shankar, (ii) Bhimsen Joshi, (iii) D. K. Pattammal, (iv) Gangubai Hangal, (v) Kumar Gandharva, (vi) Vilayat Khan (vii) Mallikarjun Mansur (viii) Ali Akbar Khan - August, 2014
3. Gaiety Theatre Complex, Shimla - August, 2014
4. Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan - September, 2014
5. UTI - October/November, 2014

The date of issue has not been declared for these issues.

News from Bangalore

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Recently at Carniball philately exhibition,Bangalore  about more than 200  students from Shiksha Sagar High School KEB layout Sanjaynagar Bangalore  visited and taken part in various activities.

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: Sreejesh Krishnan – Trivandrum , Jagannath Mani - Bangalore 

 

18 July 2014

Philatelic Tributes to Nelson Mandela

 

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(18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) 

Philatelic Tributes to the Great Leader

Today is Birth Anniversary of Nelson Mandela the great leader of South Africa.He was South Africa's first black president and anti-apartheid icon   died last year at the age of 95.  Various Postal administrations have issued commemorative postage stamps to celebrate the life and legacy of the anti-apartheid icon. I am sharing here some stamps issued on Nelson Mandela as a philatelic tribute to the great leader .

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A copy of a postal stamp with a portrait of Nelson Mandela, launched at the Mandela Foundation for the 24th anniversary of his release from prison, in Johannesburg, South Africa."Printed in silver to reflect the richness of Mandela's legacy and his stature, the miniature sheet features a portrait of Madiba in duotone

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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela   was born on 18th July 1918 in Mvezo, South Africa to a Thembu royal family.On April 27, 1994, he was made the first President of South Africa elected in a fully represented democratic election. Mandela was also the first black President of his country.

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His government focused on throwing out the legacy of apartheid by ending racism, poverty, inequality, and on improving racial understanding in South Africa. Politically a believer in socialism, he served as the President of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1991 to 1997 and adopted new Constitution of South African in 1996 that prohibits all discrimination, based on language, religion, handicap and sexual orientation, not only on racism. Internationally, Mandela was the Secretary General of the Non-Aligned Movement from 1998 to 1999.

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Mandela received more than 250 honors, including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Soviet Order of Lenin. He is often referred to by his Xhosa clan name, Madiba, or as Tata ("Father").

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Mandela was sick for several years during his retirement. He was hospitalized in late summer of 2013 from a continuous lung infection and  died on 5th December 2013 in Houghton Estate, Johannesburg from the lung infection. He was 95 years old.

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Award winning stamp from Iceland

 

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Iceland Post was recently awarded the Ecology Prize for the year 2013 at the 44th Asiago International Award for Philatelic Art.

The prize has high patronage of the President of the Republic of Italy, and was presented during a ceremony in the Council Hall of the Municipality of Asiago (Vicenza, Italy) on Sunday, 6 July 2014.

The award winning stamp - International Year of Water Cooperation, was designed by Borgar Hjörleifur Árnason and issued on 24th January 2013.

About the stamp DESIGN : “With elegant, clear and unequivocal graphics, the stamp represents arms stretched out to the skies, as in an invocation of thirst for life. Raising awareness is everyone’s concern, and a new commitment the first duty of all.”

The stamp was designed after the United Nations’ General Assembly had declared the year 2013 the International Year of Water Cooperation, the purpose being to raise general awareness about the possibility of increased cooperation on this precious resource.

Icelandic institutions and non-profit organizations have been involved in international relief efforts, which include digging wells to provide water for people in drought areas. The Icelandic International Development Agency (ICEIDA) has been working in several countries drilling for water and digging water wells. The Youth Organization of the National Church has also been actively involved in the relief effort, for instance in Malawi where with the assistance of the Icelandic Church Aid, residents have been digging wells and installing water well pumps, thereby gaining better.

 

Centaurium erythraea – useful and beautiful flower on New German Stamp

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Here is a new beautiful stamp from German Post featuring centaury flower. This stamp is part of the continuous series “Flowers”.

The real centaury (Centaurium erythraea) is known for its acerbic taste as bitter herbs or Erdgalle. Who discovered the up to 40 cm high herb for Flowering from July to September, however, not allowed to access. All occurrences of the plant from the genus of gentian plants are protected.

About 30 species are known to grow wild, mostly in Europe, North America, North Africa and the western part of Asia. The five-petalled flowers look like little stars and are often pink, but there are also yellow or white flowers. The flowering period lasts about five days. The centaury has square stems and oval leaves. It’s usually one or two years old.

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