APTN National NewsNunavut’s only animal shelter is closed.But what does that mean for the animals they have saved for the past four years and what does it mean for public safety?APTN National News reporter Wayne Rivers has this story.
“This presents a unique opportunity to discuss the practical application of the principles of social responsibility at public institutions and to produce concrete solutions on the four pillars of the Global Compact,” said Thierry Lemaresquier, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System in Mexico. The Global Compact is a UN inter-agency initiative championed by Mr. Annan and designed to challenge businesses around the world to take greater responsibility in society and to act upon a set of universally recognized principles in the areas of human rights, labour rights and the environment. At the launch of the initiative in Mexico City, more than 200 companies in the country adhered to the Global Compact, thus bringing the number of companies and organizations in Latin America committed to the initiative to more than 600, the statement also said.
Since the conflict started in December 2012 following attacks from mainly Muslim Séléka rebels, thousands of people are believed to have been killed, and 2.2 million – about half the population of CAR – need humanitarian aid.With more than 650,000 people still internally displaced, and over 290,000 having fled to neighbouring countries, the conflict has taken on increasingly sectarian overtones as mainly Christian militias known as anti-Balaka (anti-machete) have taken up arms.Volker Turk, head of international protection for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told a news conference in Geneva that the situation in the capital, Bangui, has deteriorated significantly in terms of security. “What we see now is that the anti-Balaka elements are actually becoming much more militarized,” said Mr. Turk, who recently visited the country.“There is a transformation of violence that is taking place with especially the Muslim populations inside Bangui, but also in other parts of the west of Central African Republic, being increasingly threatened. The level of hatred is extremely high.” Mr. Turk travelled to Boda, a village several hours outside of Bangui, where a Muslim community is essentially “besieged,” with a no-man’s land between the Muslim quarter and the Christian community. “I was quite shocked by some of the statements that I heard from this community, saying that they don’t want any Muslims to stay in Boda,” he said, adding that there would be a massacre were it not for Sangaris – the French military mission in CAR.Mr. Turk had planned to visit sites for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Bangui but could not because it was too dangerous. “We could see the anti-Balaka elements roaming around the city, sometimes in an extremely unpredictable and dangerous manner.”He said that the amount of fear and trauma within the communities is “extremely high” and that the Government is “absolutely overwhelmed” and has no capacity. “I think we should not have any illusion that we are confronted here with any functioning State structure,” he stated. “There’s a huge burden that falls as a result on the humanitarian community. We are in a way the life-line. But the humanitarian community cannot replace what is utterly needed in terms of making sure that this situation gets the international attention that it deserves.”Jens Laerke, spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), reported that ongoing violence has reversed an otherwise positive trend of return of IDPs. On 27 February, OCHA had reported that there were 276,000 IDPs in Bangui. Two weeks later, on 12 March, the number of IDPs in the capital had decreased by 100,000. As of today, the number of IDPs in Bangui has again increased from 177,000 to approximately 200,000. “If the violence continues, the internally displaced will not be able to return home before the rainy season, which starts in earnest in mid-April,” said Mr. Laerke. “Violence will also limit humanitarian access and undermine our efforts to stabilize communities and support returns. The result may be that thousands will have to stay behind in overcrowded sites.” Humanitarian agencies in collaboration with the Office of the Mayor of Bangui are working to identify potential relocation sites to transfer people who cannot return home from the M’Poko airport site before the rainy season. Some 70,000 IDPs are still at that site living in extremely difficult conditions.Lack of funding remains a major concern, Mr. Laerke said, noting that the CAR Strategic Response Plan, which requires some $551 million, is only 22 per cent funded so far.“We are extremely worried that if we do not get the money that we need to pre-position relief, we will be looking at an even deeper humanitarian crisis in the months ahead.”
Paramont Coal Co Virginia, LLC, an affiliate of Alpha Natural Resources, has been recognised as the recipient of the Interstate Mining Compact Commission’s (IMCC) 2016 National Reclamation Award. The IMCC honoured Paramont’s Hawks Nest reclamation site in Buchanan County, Virginia, for the company’s dedication to the maintenance of environmental protection through efficient mining and reclamation practices.The former site of a pre-law surface mine near Grundy, Virginia, where active mining began again in 2004, the Hawks Nest development now includes the Southern Gap business park with industrial and business sites, a growing residential area, and recreation opportunities such as the Poplar Gap community park, with numerous athletic fields, a large playground and gymnasium.When Paramont Coal began the ongoing reclamation process shortly after mining began at Hawks Nest, the Buchanan County, Virginia Industrial Development Authority (IDA) had only five acres of land for potential development in the entire county, primarily due to steep terrain. IDA Director Craig Horn says the county had looked for a partner, “but until Paramont agreed, we could not find one with the ability or foresight for the project. The partnership with Paramont at Hawks Nest has grown the potential for development to more than 1,100 acres owned by the county. The major growth in Buchanan County for the next 40 to 50 years, including hotels and shopping, manufacturing and business, will be located in Southern Gap.”“Whether it’s returning the land to the original contour or developing it for beneficial public use, we have had great success in providing long term benefits to the region,” says VP of Operations Blake Hall. Hall credits that same foresight that Buchanan County IDA Director Craig Horn referenced for much of the success of the Hawks Nest reclamation: “Environmental stewardship is a priority within any mine plan, and we pride ourselves on demonstrating how reclaimed land can bring opportunities to the region after the mining has been completed.”Paramont’s work has included restoration of more than 1,370 m of stream and the extensive planting of hybrid American Chestnut trees, working in cooperation with the American Chestnut Foundation. The popular hardwoods once covered many ridgetops in the southeast, but they were all but wiped out by blight early last century. The reforestation at Hawks Nest has attracted elk to roam the site, leading the nearby Breaks Interstate Park to establish elk viewing tours this year.In addition, U.S. Route 460 will intersect at Hawks Nest with the first completed section of the Coalfields Expressway – a major road building project traversing the coalfields to connect with Interstate 77 in West Virginia. “By mining and then preparing the roadbed through a public-private partnership, the Virginia Department of Transportation says we could ultimately help the state save approximately two billion dollars,” Hall says.The IMCC says that throughout the history of mining and reclamation in Virginia, perhaps no permit has been mined and reclaimed for as many land uses and opportunities for public benefit as has the Hawks Nest site.Tailings and waste management is the subject of an article in International Mining’s July issue. Contact us if you are interested in contributing to this article.Alpha Natural Resources is one of the largest and most regionally diversified coal suppliers in the US. With affiliate mining operations in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Wyoming, Alpha supplies metallurgical coal to the steel industry and thermal coal to generate power to customers on five continents. Alpha is committed to being a leader in mine safety with its Running Right safety process, and an environmental steward in the communities where its affiliates operate.
East Africa Metals Inc has received government approval of East Africa’s Mining Licence Agreement for the Terakimti Oxide Gold Project at the company’s 70% owned Harvest Project located in the Tigray National Regional State of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.The Mining Licence Agreement has been formally approved by the Ministry of Mines, Petroleum, and Natural Gas, the Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers. The company will now focus on finalising its previously announced project financing and proceed with engineering and development of the Terakimti Project.Andrew Lee Smith, East Africa’s CEO stated, “This is an extremely important achievement for East Africa, and we appreciate the efforts of the Government and Ministry of Mines in the development of the Mining Licence Agreement for Terakimti. We plan to move forward as soon as possible with engineering and development of the project”. The Terakimti Project will provide East Africa the opportunity to benefit from establishing the first commercial heap leach operation in the country, and provide the basis for additional exploration and development to grow the Company’s mineral resources in Ethiopia.Terakimti Oxide Gold Project Profile:Mineral Resource: Indicated Resource of 1,110,000 t grading 3.20 g gold and 23.6 g silver per tonne containing 114,000 ounces of gold and 841,000 oz of silver;Heap Leach Recoveries from Column Testwork: up to 74.8% gold and 39.4% silver;Proposed Mining Method: Conventional open pit;Proposed Processing Technology: Heap leaching to produce gold–silver doreThe Terakimti Project is proposed as an open pit mining operation followed by heap leaching and on site processing to produce gold-silver dore. The combination of near surface oxide gold and silver mineralisation, hosted in soft rock when compared to other deposits, high and rapid extraction of gold at coarse crush sizes in metallurgical testwork, along with satisfactory percolation rates all support this strategy for the development of the Terakimti Project.The Terakimti Project is located approximately 600 km north of the Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. The region has daily, commercial air service from Addis Ababa. The existing transportation and power infrastructure is located close to the project site and enhances the development potential of the proposed operation. The proposed mining operation would utilize grid power for the project, for which the nearest high tension power line is approximately 7 km away. Primary road access to the site is by paved highway from the town of Shire, 40 km south of the project. Shire has a population of approximately 60,000 people and sufficient services to serve as a base for off-site project activities.An independent Environmental Impact and Socio-Economic Assessment (EISA) study has been completed by Beles Engineering Pvt Ltd of Ethiopia, and forms an integral part of the Mining Licence Agreement. This EISA examined the beneficial and adverse aspects of the proposed mining operation and concluded that the local population is in favor of the project, and the anticipated benefits would be positive and very important to the local community and to the local and regional governments. The EISA further concluded that the adverse impacts identified can be mitigated through implementation of the proposed management and monitoring plans, and therefore recommended project implementation.
The Health Committee gets the day rolling at 9:30am with all four health insurers attending to offer their thoughts to the forthcoming health insurance levy to fund the risk equalisation scheme. (Watch here.)Also meeting at 9:30am, the Agriculture committee is briefed on next week’s meeting of EU agriculture ministers – where Simon Coveney will secure agreement for mandatory DNA testing of beef products – and will also get a six-monthly report on agricultural developments in the EU. (Watch here.)At 10am, the Public Accounts Committee gets an unusual job: checking out the spending habits of the Revenue Commissioners, and how it collects its money. (Watch here.)At 11am, representatives from the Human Rights Consortium address the Good Friday Agreement committee on a possible Bill of Rights for the people of Northern Ireland. Against the backdrop of the flags dispute, the right to self-identity to a political allegiance will make an interesting talking point. (Watch here.)FInally, at 2pm the EU Affairs committee meets representatives from TASC and UCC who will discuss financial and budgetary integration in the EU, and ensuring that this does not conflict with democratic accountability. (Watch here.)Explainer: How does a Bill become a law? WHAT ARE OUR politicians doing in the halls of Leinster House?TheJournal.ie lets you know with our guide to what’s coming up to the Dáil, Seanad and various Oireachtas committees today.DÁILEamon Gilmore takes the morning’s Leaders’ Questions at 10:30am, before TDs agree to the day’s agenda before kicking back into the Finance Bill, which turns the Budget’s tax changes into law. This should be totally wrapped up by 2:30pm.TDs are back at 3pm to discuss more Budget changes – this time making permanent increases to motor tax rates, with a final vote due at 7pm. The day then finishes with debate on four topical issues and Dail questions to the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, at 7:48pm.The day’s Dáil business can all be viewed here.SEANADA simple day in the Seanad: 75 minutes of discussion on the Seanad’s future agenda (10:30am) before the Seanad Public Consultation Committee takes over the room to hold a three-hour discussion on “change-makers in Ireland“.The day’s Seanad business can all be viewed here.COMMITTEESFive committee meetings help to round off the week:
At Google, employees get 20% time where they can work on their own projects every week. At Microsoft, it’s called The Garage and consists of an actual physical space for side projects. That space and time given to employees is bearing fruit as a new software release called Mouse without Borders demonstrates.Truong Do, a Microsoft Dynamics developer in Redmond, got frustrated having to switch between different keyboard and mouse configurations for each PC he had in his office. So as a side project he started developing a way to control them all with a single keyboard and mouse.That project became Mouse without Borders, and goes well beyond just navigation of multiple PCs. Using the software Truong has developed it’s possible to login and out of multiple Windows PCs with a single keyboard and mouse. You can also seamlessly move between up to four PCs, and best of all, file copying through drag and drop works across those machines too.It is the equivalent of having a single PC and four screens, only in this case you have multiple machines running those screens. All it requires is that you have a home network setup as that’s the communication method Truong has taken advantage of to get this system working.Not only has Mouse without Borders made Truong’s desk a lot less cluttered, Microsoft has decided to make the software available to download for free for everyone to use. It’s a 1.1MB file which you can download from the Microsoft IT website (direct download link).Check out the video below to hear Truong talk about the software:Read more at TechNet
Inter coach Luciano Spalletti wants to have “an immediate reaction” from Inter as well as support from the fans.Inter was defeated on Friday by Serie A champions Juventus and has only won one match out of the seven matches played so far in all competition.“It’s essential that we see an immediate reaction,” Spalletti said in his Press conference ahead of the Udinese game as was quoted by Football Italia.“I must say that I think these lads deserve the support of the fans. They showed their displeasure about what happened, and the desire to immediately re-start in a match like tomorrow’s.“They know very well that this is the first step, it won’t take you to your destination but it’ll move you from where you are.”When asked about last winter when the Beneamata went on a run of one win in 10 games and the fear of a repeat?“I think it’s different. You just look at the result, I have to look at the incidents which determined the outcome and to me it seems very different.”“The players are working in the right way, we lost a game and it hurts, it created difficulties in the reaction of our fans.“That said, we went out of the competition on goal difference [away goals] in the last 10 minutes.Serie A Season Preview 2019-20 Boro Tanchev – August 23, 2019 The 2019-20 Serie A campaign starts this weekend with the clash between Parma and defending champions Juventus.“In my opinion the team did very well, beyond a bit of a nervous reaction after going 1-0 down. We did very well and deserved to win, we created a lot of chances.“Clearly a result like this makes a big difference, but when the draw was made no-one gave us a chance of getting through and instead we were 10 minutes away.“We should have done more, but I don’t think it’s right to knock down what this team has done over the past year-and-a-half.“It seems to me, given the way our result was treated, that there’s a desire to go and demolish what we’ve created, but it remains.“You need to look at where we started. Right now we’re 14 points behind Juventus, we started 29 points behind in seventh place.“We don’t have to throw away anything we’ve done so far, we’ve built something and we need to continue the journey, that’s what we’re working on now.“I don’t see games we’ve lost, or in which we didn’t win, as meaning we have to completely upend what we’ve done.“After that it’s clear that I should be the one in the crosshairs, not the players, because the players are doing what they need to do and they’ve shown they want to work in the right direction.“We’ll be sure to examine what happened, and keep working toward our objectives.
Reports suggest Chelsea talented winger Callum Hudson-Odoi should play regular first-team football and may have to move abroad to grab more great opportunities.However, Hudson-Odoi knows that the decision to play lies on the coach.“Every opportunity I get I’ll keep striving and keep working hard, especially in training because that proves everything,” he said as reported by Goal.“The 90 minutes today boosted my confidence really. Hopefully, more opportunities will come.”Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“I’m always eager to play but it’s always the coach’s decision as well so I’ve just got to keep working hard in training and keep proving myself and working hard and hopefully I keep getting the opportunities to play.”Talking about his first goal for the club, Hudson-Odoi continued:“I think I’ll celebrate it with all of my family really. They’ve always been there from the start and helped me all the way so I’ll definitely celebrate with them and have a good time and get back at it tomorrow.”
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Colorware Editor’s note: Apple has unveiled a refreshed version of the AirPods with a new H1 chip and a wireless charging option that costs extra. Read the AirPods 2019 review.If you’re in the market for Apple’s AirPods — or another pair of truly wireless headphones — you may want to wait a bit. Apple’s is expected to release a new set of AirPods, mostly like called the AirPods 2, this year and possibly as soon as March 25, when it’s scheduled to host a special event at the Steve Jobs Theater on its Cupertino campus.Word is the company will use the event to unveil a host of new digital services — including, possibly, a new TV streaming service and an updated version of Apple News that builds on its recent acquisition of Texture. But there’s always a chance it could sneak in some hardware announcements — like new iPads and those much-anticipated AirPods 2.Here’s a quick roundup of all the latest AirPods 2 chatter. To be clear, all these rumors are unconfirmed and Apple doesn’t respond to questions about unannounced products, so take this all with a grain of salt.Read more: Best fully wireless headphonesRumored design updatesNew colors: Some sites are claiming that the AirPods 2 will come in black and possibly other colors. Aside from that, the AirPods 2 will allegedly look nearly identical to the original AirPods.New grippier finish: The new buds could have a new soft-touch coating with a subtle grip to it that helps the AirPods 2 stay in people’s ears more securely (see posts by MySmartPrice, Economic Daily News). This would be a key and welcome upgrade that seems too good to be true.Rumored feature updates (likely)Always-on voice-control: No need to double tap on a bud, just say “Hey, Siri” to activate Siri. There’s consensus among Apple watchers that this feature will be added and 9to5Mac recently discovered that iOS 12.2 includes ‘Hey Siri’ setup interface for the rumored AirPods 2.Wireless charging: The long-awaited and already announced AirPods wireless charging case will almost assuredly be included with the AirPods 2 — possibly alongside the long-delayed AirPower charger.Upgraded Bluetooth connectivity: As a report from Bloomberg suggested last year, Apple is expected to upgrade the new AirPods with a new W2 chip with Bluetooth 5.0 support. The current AirPods support Bluetooth 4.2. Improved bass performance: Tweaks to the AirPods’ internal design will supposedly improve the bass (see MySmartPrice post). The lack of bass is a weakness with the current AirPods, so it wouldn’t be surprising for Apple to have engineered the next AirPods to sound a little better.Better battery life: Some have suggested the wireless chip upgrades could mean the AirPods will be come more energy efficient and be able to eke out more battery life. I wouldn’t expect a big bump, but an extra hour or so would seem doable.Improved water-resistance: That same Bloomberg report said Apple was looking to make the new AirPods more water-resistant. Apple doesn’t state exactly how water-resistant the current AirPods are, but plenty of people run with them (and sweat on them) without a problem already. Enlarge ImageThis accessory helps not only helps keep the current AirPods in your ears but it improves the AirPods bass performance. David Carnoy/CNET Rumored feature updates (less likely)”Wellness” monitoring: It’s unclear just what these monitoring features might end up being — or what sensors Apple might add — but this rumor has been making the rounds ever since Apple was granted a patent in July of 2017 for future AirPods biometric sensors. The Jabra Elite Active 65t has a motion sensor for tracking fitness performance, but Apple’s biometric patents appear to be more sophisticated. Noise control: One of the AirPod’s downsides is that their open design allows a lot of sound to leak in from the outside world, which has a major impact on sound quality in noisy environments. That aforementioned Bloomberg report from last year also hinted the next-generation AirPods could feature some sort of noise-cancelling element. Now there’s talk of this feature appearing in the third-gen AirPods, which would also include better water-resistance and perhaps those biometric sensors. That model would potentially be larger and wouldn’t come out till 2020, according to speculation from respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Rumored pricingMySmartPrice, which doesn’t have the greatest track record with rumors, reported that the AirPods 2 would cost more — around $200.However, others suggest the AirPods 2 will costs $160 — or the same as the original AirPods. I personally think the price will remain the same. With all the new true wireless competitors out there, it would be a mistake for Apple to raise the price. Latest AirPods 2 news and rumorsMarch 14: Taiwan-based Digitimes, which keeps tabs on companies that make components for Apple products, claims the AirPods 2 are set for mass production and will be unveiled at Apple’s March 25 event, according to its sources. Digitimes has been wrong in the past.Feb. 12: Popular tech leaker @OnLeaks says that the AirPods 2 will launch this fall and come in new colors, according to a “new and yet unconfirmed but seemingly reliable source.” @OnLeaks predicts that Apple will launch the new AirPods wireless charging case “soon” but that it will ship with current AirPods, not upcoming AirPods 2. Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors
A vocal show of frustration from Nome’s mining community took center stage at this week’s City Council meeting. The miners were angry about a letter the city sent to the State Department of Natural Resources complaining about impacts from the recent gold mining boom.Download AudioDuring public comments there were remarks on two new liquor license applications filed with the state, as well as concerns over Nome’s worsening musk ox problems. But for around an hour the only comments came from gold miners.“We’re feeling like you’re throwing rocks at us the way some of this is written,” said Kenny Hughes with Nome’s chapter of the Alaska Mining Association.He and others were angry about language in a letter City Manager Josie Bahnke sent July 15th to the Department of Natural Resources. In it, Banke wrote to DNR commissioner Joe Balash, “There has been some economic benefit from the offshore mining, but the negative social impacts that we are experiencing far outweigh the benefits.”The letter refers to the 2011 DNR lease sale that opened up the current offshore dredging boom. The sale brought in millions in revenues for the state, but left Nome without the money to accommodate increased port activity, putting the city on the hook for new costs–everything from extra employees to setting up port-o-potties for human waste.“We are a mining town,” Bahnke said, responding to criticisms of her letter. “But we haven’t heard anything from DNR since June, and that’s been frustrating. We’ve sat down, we’ve told them over and over and over what our concerns are, and there’s never any follow up that’s been done. I apologize for any negative connotations in there, but it’s more or less, I guess, in response to the frustration with no response from DNR.”Commenters also felt left out for not being CC’ed on the letter to the state, or being included in more formal dialogues. Many had printed copies of the document with them, reading from it at the podium. Many took umbrage with the claim that their work brings only “some economic benefit” to the community.“I’m an American. And when I come to Nome, I’m a citizen of Nome—I got just as many rights as anybody else around here. I’m not taking a backseat to anybody,” said Homer resident Vern Atkinson, who owns a dredging operation in Nome and is financially compensated by the Discovery channel for appearing in their Bering Sea Gold franchise. “When I come here I cover all the ground I stand on. And I don’t like being put down and, and—because I’m up here mining. And you people are sharing in the benefits of it.”The extent of that economic boom is debatable. While the mining sector brings in money for some businesses, councilmember Stan Anderson says municipal entities—like the port, roads, city service providers—get very little of those revenues. Around 5%, Anderson said, referring to historical data and analyses the city has collected.The matter became heated when commenters pushed for the city to define what was meant in the letter by “negative social impacts.” Mayor Denise Michels offered several examples, like a rise in methamphetamine and heroin use.“Don’t laugh at this. This is [a] really serious issue,” said the mayor, her voice rising as skeptical scoffs rose from the crowd. “Those are some of the social issues that are happening in Nome.”“Not because of gold,” someone shouted back from the public gallery.“No not because of gold,” the mayor responded, “but these are new social issues that came up.”Bob Haffner, a long time Nome resident and miner, was one of the few voices insisting neither side–the city or the mining community–is doing enough to accommodate the other’s needs.“My kids are native—I want them to be able to subsist, I want them to be able to go down to Belmont Point and fish. By golly we don’t have to have all our dredges sitting right on shore. Y’all got boats. We need to make some room, too, guys. It’s not just them. We need to make some accommodations, too. And we’re not communicating.”But almost everyone that came for public comment left once it ended, leaving chambers sparse–even as the council moved into voting on a seasonal tax that would have raised revenues from summer sectors. Like offshore mining.The council ultimately voted not to bring that seasonal tax to voters.They did settle a disputed contract, though. A bid by to maintain the city’s fleet of 32 emergency response vehicles from Trinity Sails—a business owned by KNOM’s chief engineer Rolland Trowbridge. That bid, as the lowest qualified offer, was accepted. Councilmember Matt Culley said the matter never should have been held up by zoning issues that were inappropriately considered during council discussions.The council’s vote on the contract was split 5-to-1, with only councilmember Tom Sparks dissenting.
Nurul Islam NahidEducation minister Nurul Islam Nahid on Saturday urged the students to calm down and return to classes saying that the government has taken steps for fulfilling their demands, reports UNB.The minister made the urge while talking to reporters after attending the convocation ceremony of Metropolitan University in Sylhet.Expressing shock at the death of two college students in a recent road crash in Dhaka, Nahid urged the protesters to be patient and return to their classes.The government has taken all the necessary steps to fulfill the demands of students and stood beside the families of the deceased students and taken the responsibilities of treatment of injured ones, the minister said.”The students must realize that blocking the road day after day will cause misery to the citizens, this should not be a form of movement”, he said.He hoped that now the students will return to their classes and their demands will be fulfilled in phases.
Barisal University students stage demonstration by putting up barricades on Barishal-Patuakhali highway. Photo: Prothom AloBarisal University (BU) students have been staging demonstration by putting up barricades on Barishal-Patuakhali highway since Wednesday morning demanding the vice-chancellor’s resignation, reports UNB.The agitated students also vowed to continue their protest unit their demand is met.Meanwhile, communication of Barishal with Patuakhali, Barguna and Bhola districts remained suspended since the morning, causing immense sufferings to the commuters.Witnesses said the students took to the street around 11:00am after keeping the main entrance of the academic building locked. They also boycotted all classes and examinations.On 28 March, authorities shut down the university for an indefinite period amid student protests demanding withdrawal of the VC for his ‘offensive’ comment made while addressing a programme marking the 49th Independence Day on the campus.The following day, professor Imamul Huq apologised for his comment, saying it was misunderstood by the students.On 26 March, students started demonstrations claiming that the VC organised the Independence Day programme on the campus without inviting students. During the programme, the VC reportedly labelled them as offspring of collaborators who helped Pakistani army in Bangladesh’s liberation war in 1971.However, a meeting of the district administration, teachers and students decided to reopen the university on Sunday.
X Listen 00:00 /01:04 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: NRG Park wasn’t just an evacuation shelter for people after Hurricane Harvey. It was also used as a shelter for animals picked up as strays.That shelter is preparing to close this week, but it still has a few hundred dogs and a handful of cats.Melissa Miller, with the Best Friends Animal Society said is now working to send those pets to new homes around the country.“Best Friends Animal Society made a commitment to these animals and to the community, that we were going to hold these dogs and cats for 30 days to allow their families time to reunite with them,” said Miller. “And now that the 30-day hold has passed, we are now on to the portion of our lifetime commitment to these animals.”Miller said they’ve already sent animals to Colorado and other states.“We have some amazing support through our network partners around the country who have the capacity to take in pets,” explains Miller. “Their communities have the capacity to adopt pets. All these pets will be going to communities that are already no-kill.”Miller adds that many of the smaller dogs have already been transported out. But right now they have a lot of medium and larger-sized dogs that need new homes.Best Friends Animal Society is not accepting adoption applications for pets displaced during Harvey. “All of the remaining pets in our care are spoken for by our rescue partners across the country,” she wrote via email.If you want to rescue a pet, you still have time. There are plenty of pets in the Houston area that were displaced by Harvey and still need loving. “People looking to adopt might want to check out BARC, Harris County Animal Shelter, Houston Pets Alive and Houston PetSet,” Miller said. Share
She’s Mercedes, an initiative by Mercedes-Benz celebrated by Silver Arrows, intended to recognize successful women, share their journey and inspire others. A launch of the initiative took place in the Capital recently at the luxury auto retailer’s state-of-the-art showroom at the Ashok Hotel, Chanakyapuri.”She’s Mercedes is an initiative that celebrates the accomplishments of leading women across all fields for setting the bar high with passion and creativity,” said Tushar Kumar, MD and CEO Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows, adding, “She’s Mercedes is a community of powerful, successful women who create change, inspire powerful dialogues, and drive the future through their lives and work. It is a platform to connect, converse, engage and empower women. A place where achievers meet achievers.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe event started on a high note with the Guest of Honour Harjinder Kaur, Business Woman and National Sr Vice President, FICCI FLO giving some inspiring and noteworthy advise on women’s economic empowerment. “From a small town girl to an accomplished businesswoman having won many accolades, I want women to be aware of their strengths, turn them into the profession and be economically empowered”.It was followed by a Panel Discussion, celebrating the passion, creativity, and accomplishments of women who have made it big against all odds. The topic, “Women Leaders and the Road to Success” and the dynamic panelists from diverse fields captivated the audience with their success stories. The panelists included Lalitha Kumar Mangalam, Member, BJP, Former Chief, NCW, Tisca Chopra, Actress, Dr Shayama Chona, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri, Educationist and President, Tamana, Payal Jain, Fashion Designer, Lipika Sud, Director, Lipika Sud Interiors, President, The Guild of Designers and Artists, Arunima Kumar, Danseuse and Choreographer and Tahira Kochhar, Celebrity Nutritionist and Model. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAlso, to salute their success, Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows brought out a very special coffee table book, ‘WOW, Women of Wisdom’ highlighting the journey of some of these successful women.The evening saw over 100 influential women in the city. The special guests included Shovana Narayan, Pinky Anand (Additional Solicitor General of India), Sushma Seth, Sharon Lowen, Sonia Prashar (Deputy Director General, Indo-German Chamber of Commerce), Ratan Kaul, and others.
Oaks Resort & Spa Hervey BayOaks Hotels & Resorts set to debut in Hervey BayLeading accommodation provider Oaks Hotels & Resorts, a division of Minor Hotels, has set its sights on Queensland’s Fraser Coast, today announcing its imminent entry to the seaside town of Hervey Bay.Currently operating as Oceans Resort & Spa Hervey Bay, the property is set to rebrand on 1st August 2018 to Oaks Resort & Spa Hervey Bay under a new agreement, which will see Oaks Hotels & Resorts acquire the hotel management rights.Just over three hours north of Brisbane and celebrated as Australia’s ‘whale watching capital’, Hervey Bay is renowned for its enviable laid-back lifestyle and attracts visitors to its sheltered shores year round, particularly during the annual humpback whale migration from June to November.A water-lovers’ playground, the coastal hamlet offers visitors the chance to immerse themselves in a myriad of marine adventures – from fishing to paddle boarding, swimming, diving, snorkelling and jet skiing – and of course, whale and dolphin spotting.Its position on the Fraser Coast also makes Hervey Bay the perfect launch pad for travellers wanting to visit the World Heritage-listed Fraser Island – the world’s largest sand island, while the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef is also easily accessible, with day trips running regularly from the Bay to Lady Elliott Island.Positioned in the heart of Hervey Bay in Urangan, the soon-to-be Oaks Resort & Spa Hervey Bay provides an idyllic base for Queensland holidaymakers; featuring uninterrupted views over the protected Bay and an abundance of attractions on its doorstep.Guests will have the choice of one, two and three bedroom suites, plus split level three bedroom penthouses, a selection of which feature an absolute beachfront position and expansive rooftop entertaining decks to soak up the spectacular water views.Each suite offers the luxury of space, as well as the convenience of self-contained facilities, such as fully equipped kitchens and separate laundries, open-plan living and dining areas, and private balconies overlooking the Resort facilities and ocean.Spread over six levels, the 130-room property wraps around two central lagoon pools and a timber leisure deck, complete with a children’s play zone, shaded bure-style huts and communal barbequing facilities.When it comes to keeping fit, guests can choose to workout in the onsite gymnasium, or take advantage of the 19 kilometre-walking and riding track that fringes the Esplanade, offering a bevy of natural spectacles, cafes and restaurants, and boutiques to stop off at along the way.Home to three versatile function spaces, the Resort also caters to weddings, conferences and events, while those looking to combine their stay with a touch of R&R will relish the onsite day spa, featuring six treatment rooms and an indulgent service menu.Chief Operating Officer of Minor Hotels (Australia and New Zealand), Mr Craig Hooley, said the company was delighted to add the Resort to its growing portfolio.“We are thrilled to welcome Oaks Resort & Spa Hervey Bay to our property network. We already have such a strong Queensland presence, with 25 hotels and resorts across the state, and the addition of this property will further reinforce our position in market, while also giving us the opportunity to debut our brand in a new destination,” he said.About Oaks Hotels & ResortsOaks Hotels & Resorts is one of Australia’s largest self-contained, accommodation providers, currently incorporating a portfolio of 56 properties spanning Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, the Northern Territory, South and Western Australia as well as New Zealand, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates and India.Providing the luxury of space, Oaks Hotels & Resorts offers a range of contemporary accommodation, from hotel and resort rooms and suites, to furnished serviced apartments, in central city locations and resort destinations. Source = Oaks Hotels & Resorts
in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Colorado Construction Denver Home Prices homes HOUSING Wells Fargo 2018-08-09 Radhika Ojha August 9, 2018 656 Views Share Housing Remains a Challenge in Colorado’s Growth Higher housing costs, lagging construction, and the rise of high-end single-family homes has made affordable housing a big challenge for Colorado, a state that is otherwise outpacing the rest of the nation economically.According to a report from the Wells Fargo Securities Economics Group that outlined the factors in the rapidly accelerating economy of the Centennial State, the state received less of a lift from domestic net migration, with the state’s popularity slipping among those that chose to move there. It slid from the third largest gainer from domestic migration in 2015 to 11th in the last one year, the Wells Fargo report indicated.The slide, the report said, was likely due to the higher housing costs in Denver. Domestic migration accelerated in states with more affordable homes for sale, such as Arizona, Idaho, and Nevada in the West; as well as North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee in the South.The Mile High City, “served as a beacon for millennials in particular, as the metro area’s 20 to 34-year-old population grew by 83,162 from 2010 to 2016, which was the tenth largest gain in the nation,” the report revealed.However, that growth fueled a boom in the construction of luxury apartments that accounted for most of the price increases that the city has witnessed recently. Looking at the future, the report said that Denver’s attraction for millennials could be hampered by these skyrocketing costs in housing.”While job and income growth have also been strong, many younger persons are still struggling to save for a down payment, particularly with home prices rising so rapidly,” the report stated.'”Affordable housing is in extremely short supply. Housing remains an enormous challenge in Denver and much of the Front Range,” said Mark Vitner, Senior Economist for Wells Fargo Securities and the author of this report. “Construction has lagged population growth, and much of what has been built has been luxury apartments or high-end single-family homes.”Despite the challenges posed by the housing market, Colorado, the report found has the fifth fastest growing job market in the U.S. and is only behind Utah, Idaho, Nevada, and Texas. “The state has seen an influx of tech companies from California in recent years and is also home to many rapidly growing start-ups. The growth in the tech sector has helped draw in young college graduates, making the state a magnet for millennials,” the report indicated.
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