Save The Bays Chairman Hottest year on record in 120 Years Bahamas

Save The Bays Chairman Hottest year on record in 120 Years Bahamas

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas: 150 laid off by Resorts World Bimini, Save the Bays siding with workers Bahamas Environment Takes Surprising Centre Stage at Global Conference Save The Bays Pins 24 Bahamians Youth Environmental Ambassadors Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, January 26, 2017 – On the heels of official news that the 2016 was the hottest year on record globally since weather record-keeping began in the 1880s, (www.edition.cnn.co), Save The Bays Chairman Joe Darville urged the nation’s leaders to act before up to 80% of the islands of The Bahamas are swallowed or inundated by water from rising seas caused by climate change.Darville, a climate change lecturer certified by Al Gore, stepped up his year-long efforts in the face of what he says “is irrefutable evidence that we are on a path to becoming little more than a memory of a forgotten time when we were once the most beautiful place on earth.”“The very same waters that inspired astronaut Scott Kelly to declare The Bahamas to be ‘the most beautiful place from space’ could be inundated by water from rising seas in our grandchildren’s lifetime,” said Darville.  At 75, the lifelong educator and human and environmental rights advocate has vowed to spend his remaining years sharing the message of protecting and preserving The Bahamas. In recent weeks, he stepped up those efforts, talking to students, appearing on radio, participating in interviews, spreading the warning wherever he could that the time for talk is over, the time for action is now.“We have only 5,300 square miles of land in 100,000 square miles of ocean and the prediction is that by the end of this century 80% of our islands will be inundated by the sea,” said Darville. “We must be prepared, we must be alert.  We owe it to our children and to generations to come to do everything in our power to mitigate against the effects of climate change.  We cannot stop it, but we can slow it down and it is up to us to do that and we can.”According to Darville, mitigation can take several forms. First, he says, is protection of life by making the tough decision not to allow people to rebuild on treacherous, low-lying properties where stronger hurricanes in the future that will form in the Atlantic will strike with little warning and could swallow entire seafronts.  He points to land in Grand Bahama that has receded 35 feet in a decade and the home where he grew up in Long Island that was washed away by Hurricane Joaquin.Next, he says, Bahamians must reduce the nation’s carbon footprint.  Though not large relative to highly industrialized nations, the local footprint could be significantly reduced by growing more food locally, establishing green spaces, trading fossil fuels for sustainable power supply sources and requiring a less harmful type of fuel for jet aircraft.  “Today, 30 million tons of carbon is emitted into the atmosphere by jets every year, burning the ozone layer,” he said.  And, he suggests, it is time that Bahamians revived the art of boatbuilding.“We are going to be a floating country, I don’t want to scare people but I want to alert our people, to wake them up to what is happening around us.  There are those who say that what we are seeing is just part of Mother Nature’s cycle.  Yes, it is part of a cycle but climate change is speeding it up in a way we have never experienced before. That is why each of the last three years has been recorded as the hottest year in history.  We have seen 20,000-year cycles but this cycle is accelerated by 300% because of industrial pollution, greenhouse effects and what we have done to alter the environment.  I just want us to be aware, to develop a plan and realize this is happening right now, not in the future, but before our very eyes and only we have the power to change it.”Launched in 2013, Save The Bays has been an outspoken non-government organization promoting environmental protection, freedom of information and an end to unregulated development through education, legal and public awareness campaigns. Its Facebook posts draw more than 20,000 friends and its 6-point petition www.savethebays.bs, has some 7,000 signatures.center_img Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #Savethebays #MagneticMediaNews  #SaveTheBayslast_img read more

ALM Relaunches Better Buildings Brand with a National Supplement

first_imgALM is resurrecting its Better Buildings brand, a tri-state area building management magazine which debuted in 1981 and shuttered in the mid 1990s, with the launch of a national, quarterly supplement of the same name, to be distributed along with its Real Estate Forum magazine.The roughly 24-page publication will reach 54,000 executives across the real estate industry and will kick off with Real Estate Forum’s February/March issue.Along with its shift to national coverage, the relaunched brand will focus on “the marriage between building operations and asset management,” says content director John Salustri, who also served as editor of the initial magazine. “The original Better Buildings was focused more on the maintenance side of the industry and was very nuts and bolts. The new version will be much more in keeping with the strategic planning mode of Real Estate Forum.” While Salustri says any statement about an increase in frequency or a move to a standalone magazine would be premature, he adds that it’s something his company is “looking at seriously,” and certainly not ruling out. The idea for the relaunch came directly from reader surveys, says Salustri. “We saw a growing indication from our readers that they needed more of this day-to-day application of larger strategies in the commercial office space. So, this is a direct response to that.”last_img read more

Twenty One Pilots The Strokes To Headline Lollapalooza Paris In July

Twenty One Pilots The Strokes To Headline Lollapalooza Paris In July

first_img Email Twitter https://twitter.com/lollapaloozafr/status/1088119305022119936 Twenty One Pilots, Strokes Top Lollapalooza Paris twenty-one-pilots-strokes-headline-lollapalooza-paris-july Lollapalooza Paris includes French cuisine, art shows, the Kidzapalooza festival-within-a-festival, as well as the Lolla Planète area dedicated to raising environmental consciousness. Children under 10 accompanied by a ticketholder get in free. Tickets go on sale at the festival website on Jan. 24. Recap: Lollapalooza 2018 With The Recording AcademyRead more Twenty One Pilots, The Strokes To Headline Lollapalooza Paris In July The lineup for the third annual Paris edition of Lollapalooza also includes the 1975, Bad Bunny, Martin Garrix, Jain, and Eric PrydzPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Jan 23, 2019 – 5:19 pm Lollapalooza Paris is heading to the Hippodrome De Longchamp July 20–21 this summer with headliners Twenty One Pilots and The Strokes and GRAMMY winners on the bill for the two-day fest, in addition to Twenty One Pilots, include Clean Bandit and Ben Harper.The 1975 and Martin Garrix will also be playing at the third annual fest. GRAMMY nominees appearing include Bad Bunny, Jain and Eric Prydz. Of course part of the excitement will be getting to know less well known acts. A few that we’ve been following include Gryffin, Jaden Smith, Tash Sultana, and Alison Wonderland. Facebook News last_img read more

2020 MercedesAMG GLC63 brings refreshed V8 grunt to New York

first_img Share your voice Other new model-specific updates include a flat-bottomed AMG wheel (S models get AMG Drive Unit controls, too), as well as an added dynamic drive setting, “Slippery,” on the mode selector. There’s also a newly available upholstery combination: Magma Grey and Black leather with yellow contrast stitching.Pricing and fuel economy numbers have not yet been revealed for either the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 or GLC63 Coupe models, so we don’t yet know how well they’ll stack up against rivals like the Porsche Macan and Audi SQ5. We’ll be able to fill in the blanks as these two SUVs approach their US on-sale date late this year.Originally published April 16.Update, April 17: Adds new photos from the show floor. 31 Photos Apr 19 • Volkswagen’s US CEO says around $25,000 would be a smart price for a small pickup 49 Photos • New York Auto Show 2019 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR first drive: A magnificent beast, indeed 2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e review: A thrifty hybrid with more grip More From Roadshow 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 SUV rushes into the New York Auto Show Make what you will of the very idea of a high-performance SUV (let alone one with a “four-door coupe” body style), these crossovers’ performance credentials are all but unassailable. Standard GLC63 models get a 4.0-liter biturbo V8 generating 469 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. If that’s not enough power for you, well, first you might want to carefully reconsider. Second, your local Mercedes dealer will happily point to the GLC63 S in either standard or Coupe bodywork. In S trim, power has been bumped out to 479 hp and 516 pound-feet. What do those power metrics translate to? Standard models rocket to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, and S trims do the deed in 3.6 seconds. Top speed is let out in the S model, too, to 174 mph, while the base 63 cries uncle at 155 mph. In the model’s official press release, Mercedes notes that the GLC63 S lapped Germany’s legendarily difficult Nürburgring Nordschleife racetrack in just 7.49.369 minutes, a record for SUVs.Enlarge ImageMy, what big … everything you have. Mercedes-Benz The biggest change for the 2020 model year doesn’t take place under the hood or on the outside — it’s the cabin, which has been overhauled to accommodate the Mercedes-Benz User eXperience (MBUX for short). The new infotainment interface is much more powerful and configurable than the company’s outgoing COMAND system. It features a 10.2-inch floating center touchscreen atop the center stack, augmented by a 12.3-inch screen that functions as a gauge cluster. There’s also a new, vastly reconfigurable head-up display that’s available too. MBUX supports Alexa-like voice commands with the simple callout, “Hey, Mercedes,” or you can use the touchscreen functions, the gesture-control pad on the center console or a pair of steering-wheel thumbpads. That’s a lot of different ways to interact with one system, and while in our experience MBUX takes some getting used to, it’s a very powerful and attractive-looking system that allows drivers to choose their preferred interface method. 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 Coupe blitzes the New York Auto Show New York Auto Show 2019center_img See All Some updates can be seen a mile away, well before an automaker makes it official. After we saw the refreshed Mercedes-Benz GLC, we knew it would only be a matter of time before those changes applied to the hotter AMG versions, as well. Now, at the 2019 New York Auto Show, everything’s come full circle.Like the standard GLC, the GLC63 and GLC63 Coupe models receive freshened lighting fixtures front and rear, as well as newly optional 21-inch wheels and reworked trapezoidal exhaust trims. Regardless of whether you go with the more practical GLC or the more slippery-looking AMG Coupe, there are visual changes. An AMG-specific grille and a more aggressive front splitter are visually carried on through enlarged side sills to the rear of the vehicle, where you’ll find a unique rear diffuser. May 29 • 2020 Ford Escape: Everything there is to know Tags reading • 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 brings refreshed V8 grunt to New York Apr 19 • Acura MDX PMC Edition is a hand-assembled SUV in brilliant red paint 1 Apr 19 • Check out the gory details in Honda’s IIHS crash-tested HR-V Comment 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro first drive: Extreme yet surprisingly approachable SUVs Luxury cars Performance Cars Crossovers Audi Mercedes-Benz Porschelast_img read more

KL Rahul ridicules Hardik Pandya You cannot swing the ball only concede

first_imgPandya and Rahul in England.Gareth Copley/Getty ImagesKL Rahul and Hardik Pandya are very good friends as they can often be seen spending time together when on tour with the Indian team. But since landing in trouble on Koffee With Karan, they have maintained a low profile. Now, an old video of the two has resurfaced where Rahul can be seen ridiculing Pandya’s bowling.This video was shot on the aeroplane when India was travelling to England last August and it was uploaded by BCCI on their website. As India once again prepares to take the flight to England for the ICC World Cup, this video has resurfaced.In the video, Pandya can be seen going around the flight, asking questions to various members of the Indian squad. Spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was accompanying Pandya as the two were entertaining themselves and also the rest of the travelling contingent. Pandya went around a bit before reaching Dinesh Karthik’s seat where the KKR skipper could be seen relaxing and watching something on his laptop. Hardik Pandya picked up his maiden fifer in Tests against England in Nottingham.PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty ImagesPandya climbed onto Karthik’s seat and asked him what he wants to say. The wicketkeeper-batsman looked confused as he did not how to respond to Pandya as he had asked nothing substantial. Subsequently, Rahul joined the band and spoke about how excited he was as it was his first tour of England.”[I am] Excited about England. My first time and I have prepared for a long to travel to England,” Rahul said while being interrupted by Pandya. The Mumbai Indians all-rounder was then asked about England by Rahul as he had been to the country before. “Good, I mean [the conditions for bowling are] good. The ball swings around,” Pandya quipped.Rahul seemed amused by Pandya’s reply and said, “Kya ball swing karaya hai tumne! Maar kha ke aaya hai udhar.” The approximate English translation of that is, “What swing you extracted I wonder! The only thing you did was concede loads of runs.” Everyone had a good laugh at Pandya’s expensive and Rahul subsequently walked off saying when Pandya talks in English, people must simply walk away. KL RahulRyan Pierse/Getty ImagesThe best moment of the video came when Pandya approached MS Dhoni. The former India captain was watching a movie on his laptop and when Pandya greeted him, Dhoni simply offered him a wafer and waved him away. Pandya seemed embarrassed and said, “Bye Mahi bhai.”Pandya went around talking to various people on the flight including skipper Virat Kohli, spinner Kuldeep Yadav and fast bowling sensation Jasprit Bumrah. The entire Indian contingent will once again board the flight to England and the squad which will take the said flight will be declared on April 15.last_img read more

Blackstone Apollo join Tech Mahindra in race to buy Mphasis Report

first_imgPrivate equity firms Blackstone and Apollo Global Management have reportedly entered the fray to acquire Mphasis, following a renewed decision by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HP) to sell 60.4 percent controlling stake in the subsidiary. With Tech Mahindra already in the race, the two firms will have to vye with the IT major in an estimated billion-dollar deal.These companies were selected from a group of global and domestic tech companies and PE funds, including TPG and Bain Capital, sources familiar with the matter told The Economic Times.However, there is “no certainty” that the talks, which are in early stages, would result in a deal, sources said.Citigroup has been roped in to oversee the sale process.Mphasis shares traded 3.7 percent higher at Rs 450 on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Thursday. Currently, the firm has a market capitalisation of Rs 9,453 crore.HP’s renewed plans to sell Mphasis comes in the wake of the company’s focus on reviving its IT services, as clients move to cloud computing for the technology needs. HP had acquired Mphasis as part of its $14 billion buyout of EDS eight years ago.In September last year, HP had announced plans to cut nearly 28,000 to 33,000 jobs, mainly in its enterprise services group. Recently, the company was split into two — Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP Inc.”The suggestion that Mphasis is up for sale points to two issues: First, the further unravelling of HP’s ill-fated acquisition history. Mphasis was never fully integrated nor were its capabilities fully leveraged. Second, the acceleration of consolidation. Virtusa just bought Polaris, who like Mphasis have a strong focus on the BFSI sector,” Tom Reuner, Managing Director at HfS Research told the daily.However, Tech Mahindra is currently not “pursuing” the deal even though it had weighed the prospects of acquiring Mphasis, senior Tech Mahindra sources said, according to ET.”As of now, Tech Mahindra has no interest in pursuing Mphasis,” said one of them.”Mphasis’ EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) margins have also come down from 20 percent levels in 2012 to a range of 14-15 percent whereas it remains at 16-18 percent for many of its peers. The HP margins are also 2x that of the non-HP business,” said a source.”However, the BFSI (banking, financial services and insurance) and digital focus along with the scale of business that has been clocking around a billion dollars in revenues — a key threshold in the space — will give scope to turn around the operations,” the person added.Mphasis posted a net profit of Rs 675 crore and revenue of Rs 5,795 crore for the last fiscal year ending March 2015. Banking, capital markets and insurance verticals account for 55 percent of its revenues.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 10s major design element leaked and youll love it

first_img 5g network speed test: How fast is fast enough? Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is the next big release after Galaxy S10-series made waves in the industry. The upcoming flagship is expected to be more refined than the current flagship, both in terms of hardware and software. Now, a freshly leaked detail about the upcoming Note 10 could significantly contribute towards the overall appeal and visual delight of the phone.According to Android Police, sources within the company have revealed that Samsung will ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack in its Galaxy Note 10. While this is an expected move, the reason behind it could be accommodating a bigger battery if not following the trend. But that’s not the change we are excited about.The sources further revealed that Samsung will also get rid of any physical buttons such as for volume and power in its Note 10. This will give the company to achieve a thinner frame design without any cutouts for keys or buttons. Imagine a sleek design with no disruption of any kind in a streamlined design, and Samsung might have a winner at its hands with Note 10.There’s no reason to be alarmed about the lack of physical buttons on the phone as Samsung will offer capacitive or pressure-sensitive areas highlighted by a bump or recognisable texture for volume and power functions. It’s still a neat change that could add value to the overall design of the phone. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 renderBen Geskin – TwitterSamsung phones are always one of the better-looking gadgets in the market. The cutout camera in the display was the highlight of this year’s Galaxy S10-series, which allowed the company to achieve the highest screen-to-body ratio. It is likely that the company will continue the punch-hole display concept for its Note-lineup as well.We are quite far away from Galaxy Note 10’s official launch as Samsung will traditionally make the announcement in August. According to other rumours, the rear cameras will be rearranged and won’t get the standard horizontal layout. It will get a more traditional vertical arrangement of camera sensors on the back. Ben Geskin imagined the design of the Galaxy Note 10 in his renders, which hinted at two models – one with a single front camera and the other with dual cameras. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 renderBen Geskin – TwitterOther expected features include 6.66-inch 19:9 ratio display, a large 4,500mAh battery with super-fast charging and the latest Exynos chipset found in the Galaxy S10-series. The single front camera version is also expected to have a smaller battery of 3,400mAh and mostly a smaller display too.It’s all too soon to draw conclusions, so readers are advised to take these rumours with a pinch of salt. Closecenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:30Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:28?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

Congress divided over Article 370 as several leaders support Modi govt move

first_imgCongress celebrates victory over BJPgettyimagesCongress leaders have divided opinions on the government’s historic decision to revoke the controversial Article 370 of the Indian Constitution and to bifurcate the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories. While senior Congress leaders, including former Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, disapproved with the abrogation of Article 370 and called Monday a black day in the nation’s history, some appreciated the move.In a setback for Congress, a party leader from Assam, Bhubaneshwar Kalita, resigned over the party’s attitude towards the scrapping of Article 370. He said that the party has taken the path of self-destruction and he cannot be a part of it.Senior Congress leader Janardan Dwivedi supported the abrogation, stating that the nation has corrected a historical mistake which was made during the time of independence.The national spokesperson of Congress, Jaiveer Shergill, also supported the move. “I support abrogation of Art 370 (as opening words say its temporary) but Only & Only in accordance with provisions & methodology provided by the Constitution of India which mandates consent of J&K State Assembly -any other way is Unconstitutional,” he said.Congress leader and Rohtak MP Deepender Singh Hooda also differed from his party’s view. He said that revoking Article 370 is needed for the unity of India as well as the people of J&K, who are an integral part of the nation. But the government must ensure that this is implemented in a peaceful atmosphere.The Congress legislator from Raebareli Sadar, Aditi Singh, has supported the revocation stating that the move will help in J&K’s integration into the mainstream. “It’s a historic decision. It should not be politicised. As an MLA, in my capacity, I welcome this decision,” she said.Former Congress MP Milind Deora took a neutral stand on the issue. “Parties should put aside ideological fixations and debate what’s best for India’s sovereignty and federalism, peace in K, jobs for Kashmiri youth & justice for Kashmiri Pandits,” he tweeted. Rahul Gandhi, who quit as Congress president in May, finally voiced his opinion over the issue saying that the central government has abused its executive power. “National integration isn’t furthered by unilaterally tearing apart J&K, imprisoning elected representatives and violating our Constitution. This nation is made by its people, not plots of land. This abuse of executive power has grave implications for our national security,” he wrote on Twitter.last_img read more

25000 trees at Maheshkhali reserved forest may be cut down

25000 trees at Maheshkhali reserved forest may be cut down

first_img.The government has approved a project for setting up a oil terminal on 192 acres of land of a reserved forest in Maheskhali, defying objections from the forest department and environmentalists.If this project is implemented, some 25,000 trees will be cut down, the department has expressed apprehensions.”The construction work (as part of project impelentation) will cause soil erosion, water pollution, release of chemical wastes and a variety of natural disasters,” the forest department said in a letter sent to the environment and forest ministry last year.The ministry sent a proposal to the cabinet division on 27 March, seeking permission for felling thousands of trees at Maheshkhali reserved forest to construct the oil terminal.The government gave Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) the permission on 1 March for construction of an unrefined fuel terminal, Maheshkhali in Cox’s Bazar, the country’s only hilly island. It will cost around Tk 45 billion.Environmental experts said implementation of such a project would result in damage to the forest and wildlife in Maheshkhali as well as a natural disaster.A fuel terminal, if set up, will affect biodiversity and ecosystem of Maheshkhali reserved forest, a home to endangered species such as Maya deer and python. Water in surrounding areas will be contaminated, the environmentalists pointed out.The environment and forest ministry said, a total of 1,701 old trees and another 1,250 trees of different types will be cut down for implementing the project. For the loss of forest resources, the BPC is set to pay Tk 13.6 million as compensation.The forest department initially estimated the value of overall loss at Tk 2.77 billion, but later refixed it downwardly — at Tk 470 million.Unrefined fuels, imported from abroad, will be brought to the Maheshkhali terminal directly from mother vessels in deep sea. The fuels will then be taken to Eastern Refinery in Anwara, Chattogram.The forest ministry’s acting secretary Abdullah Al Mohsin Chowdhury told Prothom Alo recently that such project has to be allowed for the sake of development.“We will, however, try to minimise the damage,” he said.The official added that the ministry has asked the BPC to plant saplings five times higher than the number of trees to be cut down, and nurture them for the subsequent 10 years.The ministry has already received the prime minister’s nod in favour of these activities, he claimed.The BPC had in 2016 sought the permission to acquire 192 acres of lands on the basis of lease from the forest ministry.A six-member expert committee was also formed to assess the value of biodiversity.A member of the committee and also professor at Chattogram University’s forestry and rnvironmental science department Kamal Hossain told Prothom Alo that they recommended not giving permission for using the forest land.”We attend meetings and seminars and make commitments to protecting forests. Returning home, we forget and give permissions to use forests. Such decisions will cause disasters in the coastal areas,” he expressed his views.Nature and wildlife expert Anisuzzaman, who is working for big government and UN projects, observed that forests and hills can easily be destroyed only after getting permission from the ministries.He said reserved forests have been the targets for implementing big projects and making infrastructures.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam and Farjana Liakat.last_img read more

Bank official killed in road crash

Bank official killed in road crash

first_imgA senior bank official was killed and two others injured as a speeding bus hit a CNG-run auto-rickshaw carrying them at Dewanhat area under Double Mooring police station in the port city of Chattogram on Wednesday morning, reports UNB.The deceased is Anwarul Azim, 56, assistant vice-president of Islami Bank Khatunganj branch and a resident of Haitkandi area in Mirsharai upazila.The accident took place when Anwarul along with one of his colleague was going to his office around 10am, said sub-inspector Alauddin Talukdar of Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) police outpost quoting family members.The bus hit the auto-rickshaw while crossing the Dewanhat flyover, leaving them critically injured.Physicians declared Anwarul dead at noon when he was taken to CMCH while his colleague Shaidul Islam, 45, and CNG driver Jahir Uddin,40, are undergoing treatment at the hospital, the SI added.last_img read more

Philippines ferry accident kills five

Philippines ferry accident kills five

first_imgClose-up map locating the area where a ferry capsized in the Philippines. AFPRescue teams in the Philippines resumed their search for survivors Friday after a ferry carrying more than 250 passengers capsized, with at least five confirmed dead.The accident occurred in rough waters off the main island of Luzon Thursday as the Mercraft 3 keeled over en route to a remote island.The 206-tonne vessel had been given the green light to sail as Tropical Storm Tembin gathered pace over the southern Philippines nearly a thousand kilometres away, as there were no storm alerts in the local area, the coastguard said.But a survivor told local radio that the ferry was forced to stop at sea due to large waves and strong winds, before it started taking in water from the bow and tipped over.Filipino ferries, which seasonally brave rough seas in the Pacific typhoon belt, are notorious for overloading.Some 252 people have so far been pulled to safety, with the death toll up to five.The coastguard had earlier said only 251 passengers and crew were on board, but confirmed the vessel had a 286-person capacity.Officials gave no explanation for the discrepancy but acknowledged the boat had carried more than the 251 people listed on its manifest.Rescuers are yet to determine how many are still missing, Efren Ritual, a rescue official in the town of Infanta, said.“The search will continue because there are still people here looking for their missing relatives,” he told AFP by telephone.Local fishing boats and the Philippine navy were assisting in the search, according to the coastguard office in Manila.The Philippines, an archipelago of more than 7,000 islands, is plagued by poor sea transport, with its badly regulated boats and ships prone to overcrowding and accidents.The latest incident occurred 30 years after another Philippine ferry, the Dona Paz, collided with an oil tanker in a pre-Christmas accident south of Manila that claimed more than 4,000 lives in the world’s worst peacetime disaster at sea.last_img read more

Australia adjourns parliament

Australia adjourns parliament

first_imgAustralian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull reacts during House of Representatives Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, 21 August 2018. Photo: ReutersAustralia’s embattled government moved to adjourn parliament on Thursday which would allow its ruling Liberal party to hold a second leadership vote for prime minister.Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership looked doomed on Thursday after several senior ministers tendered their resignations and called for a second ballot.Turnbull narrowly won a ballot on Tuesday against former home affairs minister Peter Dutton. Dutton and senior ministers on Thursday called for a second leadership contest.last_img

MP at least 10 others killed in India

MP at least 10 others killed in India

first_imgIndia mapA state legislator in the northeast Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh and at least 10 others were killed Tuesday in an attack by suspected separatist militants, officials said.The attack follows the end of India’s typically violent general elections on Sunday, as well as state assembly polls in Arunachal Pradesh — which borders China, Myanmar and Bhutan.Lawmaker Tirong Aboh and some family members were killed when insurgents opened fire on their convoy of vehicles in the Tirap district of the state, police said.Kiren Rijiju, Indian minister of state of home affairs, confirmed the number of killed to be 11.”I’m shocked and saddened by the brutal attack and tragic killing of… Tirong Aboh of Arunachal Pradesh, his family including 11 people,” he tweeted.”Strongest possible action will be taken against those responsible for such dastardly attack,” he added.A top officer told AFP on condition of anonymity that reinforcements had been rushed to the area.As in previous years, the general elections have been rocked by violence. On May 1 some 15 troops and their driver were killed by Maoist rebels in the western state of Maharashtra.A grenade attack in Guwahati, capital of the northeastern state of Assam, injured 12 people, officials said.A local separatist group, the United Liberation Front of Asom, claimed responsibility.- Modi ally -Aboh represented the Khonsa constituency for the National People’s Party (NPP) — allied to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party — and was standing for a new term.He was travelling from Dibrugarh in neighbouring Assam to Khonsa when the incident took place.Militants belonging to a faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN), one of several separatist groups in the area, are suspected to have carried out the attack after making threats to Aboh.The faction, known as NSCN (IM), is fighting for the creation of an independent state for the Naga people, an ethnic group living across several northeastern Indian states.The seven states that make up India’s northeast are home to dozens of tribal groups and guerrilla armies demanding greater autonomy or independence from India.India blamed another NSCN faction for the killing of 20 soldiers in an attack in neighbouring Manipur state in 2015.New Delhi responded by saying it launched retaliatory strikes against the group in Myanmar, where a significant Naga population lives.Myanmar’s government have launched fresh military offensives against the Naga insurgents despite a ceasefire agreement between the militant group and the powerful army.Maoist guerrillas are, meanwhile, believed to be present in at least 20 Indian states, but most active in Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand, and Maharashtra.last_img read more

Saudi launches green card systems for expats

Saudi launches green card systems for expats

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 27 November 2018 Saudi Arabia`s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is pictured while meeting with the Tunisian President at the presidential palace in Carthage on the eastern outskirts of the capital Tunis. Photo: AFPSaudi Arabia launched on Sunday their new special residency scheme similar to green card systems applicable in other countries, aimed at attracting wealthy and high-skilled expats.The residency scheme offers two types of residencies, a permanent one for 800,000 Saudi riyals ($213,321.96) and a one year but renewable residency for 100,000 Saudi riyals ($26,665.24).The scheme was approved by the Saudi cabinet last month, but on Sunday the online portal to apply was opened to the public.The residencies would allow foreign expats free movement, ability to own properties and to do business in the kingdom.Currently over 10 million expats work and live in Saudi Arabia under a system that requires them to be sponsored by a Saudi employer and be issued an exit and re-entry visa whenever they want to leave the country. ($1 = 3.7502 riyals)last_img
Full Show Salaries Of College Presidents And Houston Pet Peeves Dec 10

Full Show Salaries Of College Presidents And Houston Pet Peeves Dec 10

first_imgOn Monday’s Houston Matters: A new report says Texas has some of the highest paid college executives in the country. We learn more about the findings from the Chronicle of Higher Education.Also this hour: Every few months or so we like to give you the opportunity to vent. So, today we invite you to share your Houston pet peeves.And we break down the Texans’ loss to the Colts and the latest developments in Houston sports. We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharelast_img

Gala for Animal Lovers

Gala for Animal Lovers

first_imgThe Baltimore Humane Society’s Black Tie & Tails Gala is 6 p.m., March 28 at the Grand Lodge, 304 International Circle, Hunt Valley, Md. The formal affair includes well behaved animals who can attend free. Tickets are $125 per person until March 13. The price goes up to $149. Tickets can be purchase by calling 410-833-8848 ext. 212.last_img

United Way Encourages DC to Do More

United Way Encourages DC to Do More

first_imgDo More 24 campaign volunteers (Photo by Hyon Smith Photography)While Washington, D.C. and its surrounding counties have been identified as some of the most affluent areas in the nation, disproportionate access to resources still hinders many residents.“There is a delicate balance with the pride of who we are as a region,” Rosie Allen-Herring, president and CEO of United Way of the National Capital Area told the AFRO on June 5. “It comes with the responsibility of taking care of those who are a little less fortunate.”In the spirit of creating a continuum of giving back, in 2013, the United Way NCA created a 24-hour crowdfunding campaign to support the work of local non-profits. Utilizing an online platform, individuals could choose to donate to their favorite participating nonprofits or search for a nonprofit by cause or location.“Girls on the Run DC raised $4,297 from DO More 24,” said Kristen Komlosy, executive director of that organization, which promotes joyful, healthy, and confident fun to a diverse group of girls, more than half of whom are African American.Do More 24 campaign volunteers (Photo by Hyon Smith Photography)“Doing so, allowed us to provide program scholarships to 23 girls who would not have been otherwise able to participate in Girls on the Run,” Komlosy said of her participation in the 2014 giving marathon.On June 4, 612 nonprofits joined in the annual campaign, up from 564 in 2014. Throughout the day, social media pages blasted causes and reasons to contribute.“Give the gift of a soccer uniform & make a kid feel… like a CHAMP!!” tweeted DC Scores, an organization combining poetry, soccer, and service-learning to 1,500 low-income DC youth. Later, the organization’s Twitter page revealed a total $8,568 in donations, translating to 357 uniforms.“Give literature and a lifeline to young men in prison,” tweeted Free Minds Book Club and Writing Workshop, a non-profit that works with District youth who are incarcerated as adults. Free Minds closed the daylong event with $9,222.The top earners included Year Up – National Capital Region, Little Lights Urban Ministries, So Others Might Eat and REBOOT Combat Recovery, all of whom received at least $30,000. In total, over $1.4 million in online donations, cash prizes, bonus funds, and sponsor support was collected among participating organizations.“This is our third year and I think this was probably our most transformative year in terms of the focus being not just on donations, but getting people connected with nonprofits to be able to potentially volunteer,” said Allen-Herring, who spent a portion of the day at Tyson’s Corner Mall filling shoeboxes with toiletries that were then delivered to nonprofits who serve the basic needs of individuals.“One of the things that really got me excited was to see a group of volunteers who had disabilities – or different abilities – come in and volunteer for someone else,” she said. “It really just brought home the message that we could all do something. Everybody doesn’t have to be an expert in something, everyone doesn’t have to be rich, everyone doesn’t have to have a specific set of skills but everyone has something that they can do.”To learn more about the campaign and get involved in next year’s festivities, visit www.domore24.org.last_img read more

BET News Presents AMERICAN INJUSTICE A BET TOWN HALL Hosted by Soledad

BET News Presents AMERICAN INJUSTICE A BET TOWN HALL Hosted by Soledad

first_imgNEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mar 18, 2019–BET News presents “ AMERICAN INJUSTICE: A BET TOWN HALL.” Hosted and moderated by award-winning broadcast journalist, Soledad O’Brien, this critical and timely primetime special brings together some of the most influential voices in Congress to explore the future of criminal justice reform in America. The panel of political heavyweights includes presidential candidates Senator Cory Bookerand Senator Kamala Harris, and other key members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) including Rep. Karen Bass (CBC Chair), andRep. Val Demings.This one-hour special speaks to the stark racial disparities that plague America’s criminal justice system and offers solutions. The town hall event airs Sunday, March 24 at 9:00 PM ET/PT on BET.This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190318005575/en/AMERICAN INJUSTICE: A BET TOWN HALL.” Hosted and moderated by award-winning broadcast journalist, Soledad O’Brien. L-R: (host) Soledad O’Brien, Senator Kamala Harris, Representative Val Demings, Senator Cory Booker, Representative Karen Bass. (Bennett Raglin, GETTY Images via AP)“BET Networks is committed to bringing conversations and stories of systemic issues of race and justice across our nation to light through platforms like our powerful ‘Finding Justice’ series, our upcoming leadership symposium and this important ‘American Injustice’ town hall conversation in partnership with members of the Congressional Black Caucus,” said Scott Mills, President of BET Networks. “We are taking this on in a way no other brand and network can. We look forward to taking the conversation beyond our screens and into action as we work towards addressing and telling the untold stories of transgressions to Black Americans.”In America there are currently over 2 million people locked up in jail or prison and more than 4 million under correctional supervision, and America’s crisis of mass incarceration disproportionately impacts black and brown communities. In December, President Trump signed into law the “First Step Act” aimed at reforming some of the sentencing disparities in America’s Criminal justice system. While the bill is a “first step” toward reform, there is still much more work to be done.In addition to the “First Step Act,” this BET Town Hall examines several other issues in the Criminal Justice system still in urgent need of reform including juvenile justice and the school-to-prison pipeline, the cash bail system that too often preys on low-income minorities and a probation/parole system that in too many cases works as a system to re-incarcerate offenders. This BET News special addresses these issues and offers tools to empower people to advocate for criminal justice reform at the local level, in their communities. To drive audience engagement and give context to the issues discussed, clips of BET’s original docuseries “ Finding Justice ” will be included throughout the special.Tune in Sunday, March 24 starting at 8:00 PMET to a new episode of “ Finding Justice ” focusing on voter suppression, followed by “ AMERICAN INJUSTICE: A BET TOWN HALL,” at 9:00 PM ET/PT and be part of this crucial conversation by socializing your thoughts with the hashtag #FindingJusticeBETView source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190318005575/en/last_img read more

MCD dithers holds up National Intelligence Grid

MCD dithers holds up National Intelligence Grid

first_imgAs the Centre went about issuing an advisory on how to tackle terror in schools, its flagship intelligence security project – National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID), proposed after 26/11terrorist attack in Mumbai, got stuck in a land dispute between South Delhi Municipal Corporation and Delhi Development Authority. On Friday, the standing committee of the civic body refused to pass the layout plan of the NATGRID building and directed the municipal commissioner to approach Delhi High Court to safeguard its interests on the disputed land. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJI“We will pass the layout plan of the building only if the payment made by Union Ministry for Home Affairs to DDA is paid to South DMC plus annual ground rent of the proposed building or DDA must allot a similar 10 acre land at a suitable place to construct infectious disease hospital proposed by the corporation,” said Subhash Arya, chairman of the standing committee of South DMC and ‘referred back’ the matter. The 10 acre land which is part of a 22.15 acre plot of South MCD at Andheria More in Mehrauli was given to CRPF on rent to set up a temporary unit two years back. The price of the plot is estimated to be Rs 7.4 crore. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: Kovind“Neither DDA nor Land & Building department could present any record but the officers of the ministry accepted the verbal claims of these agencies to accept the ownership of DDA on the land,”  said Manish Gupta in a written reply in the meeting. He further added that the decision of the Additional Secretary of Union Ministry for Urban Development Bhupendra Bahuguna to reject all their documents of ownership as ‘not credible’ was wrong and arbitrary. “We are ready to put all our records for forensic test,” Gupta said. Amid the furious debate on the issue the commissioner was pulled up by all  members of the standing committee cutting across party lines for his inability to present the matter to the ministry in a proper way.  Taking part in the debate leader of Opposition Farhad Suri said, “South MCD functions as per an act of parliament so we are equal to any central government agency. No one is above us but parliament,” said Suri. NATGRID was proposed in 2008 by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs and it approached South MCD in October 2013 to approve the layout plan of the building. After the new government took charge at the Centre it was expedited and three meetings were held between South MCD and NATGRID officers. On 7 October MHA asked South MCD to pass the layout plan ex post facto as the matter related to national interest and take the approval of the standing committee later but the civic body refused. On 14 October MUDS summoned a meeting of all the stakeholders and land ownership was decided in favour of DDA.last_img read more

Forest dept undertakes steps to increase green cover

Forest dept undertakes steps to increase green cover

first_imgKolkata: The state Forest department is taking measures to increase the green cover in the state that is rapidly depleting due to urbanisation.”The loss of green cover is a world-wide concern and we have to address this issue along with reducing pollution and controlling carbon emissions. The present forest cover in our state is only 14 percent. We have to take it up to 30 percent and make the state a better place to live in,” Mayor Firhad Hakim said at the inaugural programme of the 16th edition of Flower Fair, popularly known as Phool Mela at Eden Gardens on Thursday. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedStressing on planting trees as the only alternative to bring down carbon emissions, Hakim said 40 percent of state population is suffering from Asthma because of depleting oxygen content. Under the instructions of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Hakim has created a separate department of Urban Forestry at the Kolkata Municipal Corporation. He had held several meetings with the Railways and Kolkata Port Trust that own a reasonable amount of land in the city and have a kept a proposal in front of them asking to allow the civic body to plant trees on vacant lands not used for any commercial purposes. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseDifferent agencies from both Centre and state have been asked to take up plantation on their own or they can also urge the civic body to take up such initiatives on their behalf. State Forest minister Binay Krishna Barman said his department has recently handed over 1,000 saplings each to all MLAs in the state urging them to plant them in their respective areas. “We have planted 20,000 saplings and had distributed the same on last year’s Vanmohatsav in July. We are also conducting awareness programmes to inform people that stale flowers can be recycled and put into good use including generating employment. Discarded Marigold flowers are being used in some parts of the state for manufacturing Abir during Doljatra and Holi,” the minister said. The Flower Fair at Eden Gardens that kicked off on Thursday will continue for three days.last_img read more