first_imgCollege-bound high school seniors of America: You are about to embark on one of the most formative periods of your life, full of new friendships, personal growth and overcaffeinated conversations on the nature of humanity.Keep “ruinous student debt” off the list.At this point, while you’re working on applications and deciding which schools most excite you, you may be hearing that college debt is “good debt.” That an education is priceless, and if you’re going to borrow money for anything, it should be to expand your mind and career options.That’s only partially true.It’s OK to borrow some money for school. But a college education does come with a cost — one that becomes very real after graduation if student loan payments affect where you live and work, and how much you can save for the future.Years from now, college should live as a memory of late-night library runs and lightbulb moments in class, not as a financial decision you regret. Here’s how to make that happen.ESTIMATE YOUR COLLEGE COSTSThe Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the FAFSA, opened on Oct. 1, 2018, for the 2019-20 school year. The form gives you access to free federal aid such as Pell Grants, plus low-interest federal student loans. Fill it out as soon as possible if you haven’t already; some aid, such as federal work-study, is first come, first served.The FAFSA will give you an Expected Family Contribution, the amount of money the government calculates your family can provide for college. Use the net price calculator for each school you’re interested in to see how much you’ll likely pay per year based on your family’s income. These two numbers should give you a picture of the schools that will require massive yearly student loan borrowing, and those that are more affordable.It isn’t easy to let go of your vision of college if your dream school is too expensive. Yes, you can always appeal for more financial aid, and living at home or applying for outside scholarships can help offset costs. But your likely student loan burden should be one of the top factors you consider when figuring out where to apply and where to go.FOCUS ON YOUR FUTURE STUDENT LOAN PAYMENTHere’s how to decide whether a school is truly affordable: Your student loan payment after graduation should be no more than 10 per cent of your monthly take-home pay. That’s true for both parents and students.Use a student loan affordability calculator to find your maximum loan payment. As a student, you’ll need to know your expected first-year salary, which you can find in the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook . No idea what you’ll do after school? Use $50,000 as an upper bound; that’s the median annual salary for 25- to 34-year olds with bachelor’s degrees, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. But depending on where you live, $30,000 or $40,000 could be more realistic, especially for your first year out of school.CHOOSE THE RIGHT LOANSKeep an eye on the type of loans you opt for, too. Choose federal loans first, and take out the maximum amount of subsidized and unsubsidized federal direct loans that you can as a student.Parent PLUS loans have higher interest rates and fees than federal student loans, and they have higher borrowing limits. Parents who work for nonprofits could get PLUS loans forgiven through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, as long as they go through the process of making those loans eligible.But in general, it’s troublingly easy for parents to borrow too much in PLUS loans. Also, PLUS loans require a credit check, so if a parent can’t qualify, a student may be able to get more unsubsidized federal loans.Parents should keep their borrowing well below the 10 per cent threshold referenced above, and potentially look into private loans, if they can get lower interest rates than PLUS loans offer. Many private loans also offer the option to remove the parent as the co-signer later on, leaving the student with the responsibility for payoff.More than half of student loan borrowers in 2017 said their education wasn’t worth the debt they took on, according to a NerdWallet survey. You don’t have to be one of them._________________________________________________________________This column was provided to The Associated Press by the personal finance website NerdWallet. Brianna McGurran is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: Twitter: @briannamcscribe.RELATED LINKSNerdWallet: Is college worth it?Is College Worth It? Here’s How to Do the MathU.S. Department of Education: Net Price Calculator Center of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook McGurran, The Associated Presslast_img read more


first_imgNEW DELHI: On the day of polling, New Delhi witnessed the lowest voter turnout in the 2019 Lok Sabha election in Delhi. This year the New Delhi constituency saw nearly 56 per cent vote whereas in 2014 it was nearly 65 per cent voter turn out.In the early morning, all the booths hardly had any voters but around 12 the turn out increased. However, being the VVIP zone it witnessed the lots of VVIP voters including, Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, President Ram Nath Kovind, and former Vice President Hamid Ansari among others. However, most of the VVIPs cast their vote by 9 AM in the morning. “Here the early morning voting was lesser but most of the VVIPs came within 9 AM. We made the arrangements like that as per orders to finish the VVIP voters by 9 am,” said an official. He also added that in the VVIP zone no news of EVM malfunctioning was reported. This year BJP candidate was sitting MP Meenakshi Lekhi, Congress candidate was Ajay Maken and AAP candidate was Brijesh Goyal. This constituency has nearly 16.17 lakh voters some of them belong to the middle class and also this area has a large number of affluent people. Ten assembly seats fall under this constituency which includes the New Delhi, Vidhan Sabha assembly constituency too from where current Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal defeated his previous counterpart Congress party’s Sheila Dikshit by a huge margin. The New Delhi constituency has a large number of markets like Connaught Place, Sarojini Nagar, Defence Colony, Khan Market, South Extension, Green Park and Hauz Khas. The trader community is nearly 40% of the total population of this constituency.last_img read more


PETOSKEY, Mich. — The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan says it has reached an agreement with Meijer on policy changes and training after a pharmacist at one of the retailer’s stores refused to fill a prescription to help a woman complete a miscarriage.The ACLU said in a news release Thursday that the Midwestern retailer’s new policies include requiring a second pharmacist to immediately fill a prescription if another pharmacist has a religious objection. Customers also are to receive prescriptions without knowing about a pharmacist’s objection.A pharmacist in the northern Michigan community of Petoskey, citing his religious beliefs, refused to fill Rachel Peterson’s prescription last July for misoprostol so she could accelerate a miscarriage and avoid infection.Misoprostol is sometimes taken as part of a drug combination to induce abortion. Peterson later got the medication from another Meijer.Meijer spokeswoman Christina Fecher said in an email that the retailer always is “focused on providing the best service to all” its “pharmacy patients, while also ensuring” pharmacists “work in a supportive environment.”The Associated Press read more


first_imgPrimary schools around Victoria are facing a cut in Modern Greek language studies due to resourcing and funding shortages. While the Victorian government has indicated it wants to distance itself from these issues, and allow each school community to decide for itself which language will be taught in their school, the Greek community has had to step up and fight this battle to save the Greek language. Angelo Dritsas’s son and daughter were students of Wales Street Primary School when the school decided to cut the three language program – which included Modern Greek and Mandarin – in 2009. The Greek language program had run at the school for over 30 years so the decision to stop it – with little consultation to the school community – came with a lot of dissatisfaction, not only from the parents and students but from the whole Greek community. “As I understand it,” Dritsas told Neos Kosmos, “the school was citing financial reasons, funding issues with regards to the teachers.” The school told Dritsas a number of issues were responsible for the cessation of the Greek and Mandarin language program. They said there were issues with getting a quality Modern Greek teacher even though Dritsas said that the teacher they had was more than adequate. “There was a strange comment about behavioural issues with regards to kids undertaking the Greek program,” said Dritsas. “I am still not able to get to the bottom of that but take from it what you will. They said that it was difficult to organise and structure the program to fit within the school curriculum and the scheduling of classes which required kids to be removed from classes and physically moved to other areas.” But the Italian language continued in the school without a problem. “It was difficult for a lot of us to understand when their reasoning was scheduling classes. There was ample time for the school to fit in an Italian LOTE program, and even with extra resources as the then government funded a full-time position.”Although Dritsas said the community received support from the Labor government, the success is attributed to the Greek community. “The school is currently advertising a vacancy for a Modern Greek teacher. But, being a typical Greek, I will believe it when I see the Greek language program up and running.” Fairfield Primary School and Westgarth Primary School are apparently next on the Modern Greek language chopping block but Dritsas believes in people power to stop this from happening. He urges parents to “nominate themselves for school council positions, work to see if they can get a Greek parents group at their school up and running and it would be an ideal situation if they could get involved in fundraising and involve the Greek community in ways that would be a financial benefit to the school.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


first_imgStay on target When you’re called to perform your patriotic duty as an American to vote during Election Day, you do it, no matter where in the world (or in space) you actually are.That’s got to be what astronaut Shane Kimbrough was thinking when he cast his vote via the International Space Station at some point over the last three or four days, with NASA announcing it on Monday. Kimbrough was looking forward to filing his ballot while hanging out up there after arriving at the lab in mid-October.After all, not everyone can say they voted from space. Well, except the last space station resident Kate Rubins, who also cast an absentee ballot before her return to Earth about a week ago.Thanks to a 1997 Texas law, it was possible for both Rubins and Kimbrough to vote in the 2016 Election since NASA astronauts are technically stationed in Houston as “home” when they’re not floating out there humming Bowie’s “Space Oddity” to themselves. Well, they probably don’t do that, but I certainly would.Imagine heading off into space knowing when you return you’ll come back to a brand new president and part of that change was because you made it happen while doing something else totally and completely groundbreaking, like going up to space. That’s obviously something not everyone can accomplish in their lifetime.Considering these two astronauts made a bit to fill out their ballots while in space of all places, you should have no excuse for not voting, unless you know, you can’t. Everyone else can search for their closest polling station here. The competition is fierce between both parties this year, but if you don’t offer up your opinion and your vote, you won’t be able to have much of a say if the party elected wasn’t your choice. Get out there and make your voice heard today! Snapchat Rolls Out Election Day Filters and ToolsIt’s Your Duty as an American to Send Voters Pizza last_img read more


first_imgThe Defense Department will be allocating $175 million to local school districts to construct, renovate, repair or expand elementary and secondary schools operated by local school districts on military installations that are in poor condition or experiencing overcrowding, according to an April 23 Federal Register notice.The funding, part of the fiscal 2015 spending bill for DOD, supplements an ongoing, non-competitive program administered by the Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) that has provided a total of $770 million to upgrade schools.OEA will use a list of schools with the most serious capacity or facility condition deficiencies assembled by the department in 2011 to invite local education agencies to apply for funding.Education agencies will be asked to provide 20 percent of a project’s total cost in cash, through an in-kind contribution or a combination of the two. OEA will count other federal or non-federal grants toward the matching share requirement. OEA may waive part of the matching share requirement if the local education agency or state establishes an inability to supply the funds, according to the notice.Additional details about the program — including eligibility requirements, eligible activities, the submission process and selection criteria — can be found in a Sept. 9, 2011, Federal Register notice. For more information, contact Nia Hope, program director for community investment, OEA, at Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Hurricane Relief Hand In Hand Telethon Raises 44 Million

first_imgStar-studded cast of musicians and celebrities unite to help raise funds for victims of Hurricanes Harvey and IrmaTim McPhateGRAMMYs Sep 13, 2017 – 9:07 am “We come together today to love on people that have been devastated by the hurricanes,” said Stevie Wonder, who opened the “Hand In Hand” telethon with “Lean On Me.” It was an emotional moment and sparked momentum for a evening night marked by unity. Featuring a cast of GRAMMY-winning musicians, A-list actors and celebrities, the “Hand In Hand” telethon raised more than $44 million for victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, according to ABC News.In addition to Wonder, performers included Usher and Blake Shelton teaming for Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me”; Demi Lovato, Darius Rucker and Brad Paisley leading a cover of the Beatles’ “With A Little Help From My Friends”; George Strait, Chris Stapleton, Miranda Lambert, and Lyle Lovett uniting for Strait’s “Texas”; and Tori Kelly and Luis Fonsi turning in an expressive reading of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Facebook News Twitter Email “Hand In Hand” Telethon Raises $44 Million hurricane-relief-hand-hand-telethon-raises-44-million Hurricane Relief: “Hand In Hand” Telethon Raises $44 Million Other musicians on hand to support the cause were Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Justin Timberlake, Cher, and Joe Jonas. A visibly moved Beyoncé, who is a Houston native, gave a moving speech.”Natural disasters don’t discriminate. They don’t see if you’re an immigrant, black or white, Hispanic or Asian, Jewish or Muslim, wealthy or poor,” she said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re from Third Ward or River Oaks, we’re all in this together. Seeing everyone of different racial, social and religious backgrounds put their own lives at risk to help each other survive, restored my faith in humanity.”Also answering phones were actors and celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jamie Foxx, Oprah Winfrey, Julianne Moore, Bruce Willis, and Sofia Vergara, among others.Former GRAMMY Awards host Billy Crystal closed the telethon, thanking all telethon participants and donors. He poignantly said, “This is what America is really all about.”Make A Donation To MusiCares To Support Hurricane ReliefRead morelast_img read more


first_img 2 US lawmakers on Wednesday proposed a bill that would require large tech companies to review and correct any discriminatory biases detected in their algorithms.Dubbed the Algorithmic Accountability Act of 2019, the bill would authorize the Federal Trade Commission to create regulations requiring companies to assess their automated decision-making systems for accuracy, fairness, bias, discrimination, privacy and security. The regulations would apply only to companies with an annual revenue of more than $50 billion already under the FTC’s supervision.”Computers are increasingly involved in the most important decisions affecting Americans’ lives — whether or not someone can buy a home, get a job or even go to jail,” Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden said in a statement. “But instead of eliminating bias, too often these algorithms depend on biased assumptions or data that can actually reinforce discrimination against women and people of color.” The proposal comes as large tech companies grapple with accusations of racial, gender and political bias. It also underscores the growing bipartisan concern in Washington of large tech companies’ size and influence.The announcement cited a recent Department of Housing and Urban Development charge against Facebook that accused the social networking giant of violating the Fair Housing Act through targeted ads. The bill, also backed by Democrats Sen. Cory Booker and Rep. Yvette Clarke, has been endorsed by tech and civil rights groups such as Data on Black Lives, the Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown Law, and the National Hispanic Media Coalition. “As long as humans are biased, algorithms will be biased too,” the Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown Law said in a statement. “This bill will force companies to reckon with that reality.”The Internet Association trade group, which represents Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft and other major tech companies, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Tags Commentscenter_img Share your voice Tech Industrylast_img read more


first_imgFormer Alaska Mental Health Trust Executive Director Jeff Jessee tells reporters why he supports Gov. Bill Walker’s efforts to expand Medicaid at a press conference in the Capitol, March 17, 2015. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)The CEO of the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority resigned Wednesday and will take on a different role in the organization. Jeff Jessee served in the position for 21 years. Some of the trustees allege that his resignation indicates violations of the Alaska Open Meetings Act.Listen Now Jessee submitted his resignation letter during a special meeting of the board of trustees on Wednesday afternoon. In a phone interview Wednesday evening, trust Board Chair Russ Webb said the transition has been under discussion for several years, though an unofficial transcript of the meeting shows that several board members were surprised by the decision.When asked over the phone why he was changing roles, Jessee, who was accompanied by the trust’s chief communications officer, began reading from his resignation letter.“‘It is clear that a majority of the board of trustees believes that significant changes in the trust’s organization and efforts must be made to meet these challenges,’” he read. “And they believe ‘these changes will require new perspectives and ideas to ensure that the Trust can meet the needs of the beneficiaries well into the future.’”When asked if he agreed with this position he responded, “Well, I believe it’s in the best interest of the beneficiaries, the trust and myself that I take a position within the trust where I can continue to serve the beneficiaries, which is why I got into this field in the first place.”When asked if he felt the best position he could be in would not be as the CEO, he paused for several seconds before declining to comment.Jessee will be transitioning to a new role focused on programming, ahead of his planned retirement in three years.The Mental Health Trust was created to fund comprehensive care for people with mental health illnesses and other disabilities. It is a state-owned corporation with cash and land assets that are managed by different state agencies.If the Governor’s office approves, Greg Jones, who formerly served as the executive director of the Trust Land Office, will serve as the interim CEO.The decision for Jessee to switch roles and Jones to take his place passed by a vote of 4 to 3.During the meeting, Mental Health Trustee Laraine Derr alleged that other trustees were holding secret meetings about the future structure of the trust.“You’re trying to move Jeff out of his job, and you don’t know where you’re going,” Derr is quoted as saying in the transcript. “I mean, I assume you probably do, because you guys have had enough meetings, secret meetings that we don’t know what’s going on… Until yesterday, I didn’t know what you guys were doing. We have not been included. You’re trying to remove the CEO… there are three of us sitting here that don’t know — that have never been involved in a meeting.”Fellow trustee Jerome Selby agreed. Speaking from his cell phone at the airport, he said he did not receive any information about the resignation before the meeting. There was not a board packet either.“The motion that was read–that accepted Jeff’s resignation, appointed this person I’ve never heard of as the interim CEO, and then gave instruction to that new interim CEO to put Jeff in this new position–had never been discussed at any meeting that I’m aware of. Official meeting,” he said. “So how did it get to the meeting yesterday, all written out? There must have been a fair amount of discussion going on among those four people which violated the Open Meetings Act of the State of Alaska.”The board has been openly discussing hiring someone to look at the organizational structure of the trust.Selby said it’s a bad time to lose someone like Jessee in the CEO position, especially because of his experience advocating on behalf of trust beneficiaries in the Legislature.“I think it’s the worst possible time for him to resign, personally. We’re facing what’s probably going to be one of the hardest legislative sessions budget-wise in the state of Alaska.”The trust was also recently criticized in a letter written by former Attorney General Bruce Botelho and former Commissioner of Natural Resources Harry Noah, both of whom were involved in establishing the trust in 1994.In the letter, Botelho and Noah ask Rep. Mike Hawker and the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee to request a special audit because they believe the corporation is not following the statutory requirements for how its assets are managed.They allege the board is taking money from the principal of the trust and using it to buy real estate instead of contracting with the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation to manage the assets as is required by statute.During the meeting, Board chair Webb directed the board to discuss the letter at a later date, after they had fully read and understood it.Jessee did not have any comments on the letter and said it was not part of the decision for him to shift roles.In a phone interview Wednesday, Webb called it a “separate and irrelevant issue” and said the allegations that others are managing the fund are “manifestly untrue.”Selby, who was appointed to the Board in February, said the concerns about the Trust’s fiscal management need to be taken seriously and investigated. “All of my red flags are waving at the moment.”Webb could not be reached for further comment. Jessee said he is not usually involved in revenue generation for the trust.The exact details of Jessee’s new role and salary are yet to be determined. In 2015, he received more than $215,000 in compensation.Read the full transcript here.Read Jessee’s resignation letter here.Read Botelho and Harry’s letter here.last_img read more

Russian medics fear nuclear blast contamination

first_imgMOSCOW: Russian medics who treated radiation victims after a military explosion had no protection and now fear that they exposed themselves, a media report said on Friday. Five nuclear engineers died on August 8 when an “isotope-fuel” engine blew up at the Nyonoksa test range in Arkhangelsk Oblast, officials said. Six other people were injured. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us Officials gave few details about the accident. On August 14, Russia’s weather service Rosgidromet revealed that radiation levels had spiked 16 times above normal, in Severodvinsk, a city 47 km east of Nyonoksa. According to the official data, the radiation that reached Severodvinsk was not heavy enough to cause radiation sickness. Two of the Arkhangelsk medics, who spoke to the BBC on Thursday, said that at least 90 people came into contact with the casualties, but the military did not warn them of any nuclear contamination risk. Also Read – Imran calls on Pakistanis to take part in ‘Kashmir Hour’ Advertise With Us The medics were at the civilian Arkhangelsk regional hospital, which treated three of the injured, while three other casualties were taken to an Arkhangelsk hospital called Semashko, which is equipped for radiation emergencies. The medics said that they were speaking out now because they feared for their own health and did not want any similar “(safety) violations” to recur. Advertise With Us To requests on #IMS detection beyond #CTBT, data in, or near the path of potential plume from the explosion are being analyzed . We’re also addressing w/station operators technical problems experienced at two neighboring stations. All data are available to our Member States.— Lassina Zerbo (@SinaZerbo) August 18, 2019 “We don’t want them to bring us next time, not three, but 10 people, God forbid and hide the information from us again,” one of the medics told the BBC. The medics said it was clear that the three brought to their regional hospital were very sick. Doctors examined them in the emergency room, then sent them to an operating theatre. “The radiation picture was developing by the hour. Blood tests were being done, and every hour you could see that this or that cell count was plunging. That signified a very high radiation dose,” they said. The next day the three victims were transferred to a hospital in Moscow which has radiation specialists. Their condition now is unknown. On Monday an international nuclear agency reported that the two Russian radiation monitoring stations nearest to Nyonoksa had gone offline soon after the explosion. The revelation fuelled suspicions that the radiation could have been heavier than officially reported.last_img read more


first_imgRobert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in Twilight movie saga.ReutersKristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson became household names after they starred together in Twilight saga. Following the success of this romantic fantasy movie, fans have always wondered about the possibility of a reboot movie.Kristen Stewart revealed that she is all game when it comes to rebooting Twilight movie saga. During her earlier interview with Entertainment Tonight, when she was asked to present her thoughts on going back to the same character, Bella Swan, after almost a decade, the American Ultra movie actress joked that she is up for it. She even joked that people should “start sending scripts,” her way. This made many to believe that Kristen and Robert will get back together for another Twilight movie.Even Robert Pattinson had the same sense of humor when it comes to Twilight reboot. Robert and Kristen dated for a while on the sets of Twilight movie saga. When he heard about the possible rebooting of the saga, he sarcastically said that he is up for a Twilight movie spin-off.Meanwhile, during the 10th Anniversary of Twilight saga, Twilight movie director Catherine Hardwicke talked about rebooting Twilight and she considered it would really be fun.”We see more interesting characters and more diverse characters on TV. I think it would be great to see a new version. I can’t wait,” she said in the past. TwilightFacebookIt’s been more than a decade and fans are still wondering if or when they get to see Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson back into the Twilight world. Though there were several speculations in the past about a possible reboot of Twilight movie, as of now, there is no concrete update.Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson both have moved on to explore other acting opportunities after the Twilight movie saga ended. The 28-year-old Kristen directed a short film, Come Swim in 2017 and even starred in acclaimed movies like Camp X-Ray, Clouds of Sils Maria, Café Society, and most recently in Lizzie. In 2019, she is all set to star in movies like Underwater, Against All Enemies and Charlie’s Angels.The 32-year-old Robert Pattinson, on the other hand, amazed everyone by his performance in Damsel and The Lost City of Z. In 2019, he will star in movies like The King, Waiting for the Barbarians, and others.Both Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are busy in their respective lives and the possibility of them starring in another Twilight reboot movie is slim to none.last_img read more

100000 Rohingyas in danger from monsoon floods landslides

first_imgboy squats on a a hillside in the Chakmakul camp for Rohingya refugees in southern Bangladesh, February 8, 2018. Picture taken on 8 February, 2018. Photo: ReutersThe Rohingya refugees who live in shacks clinging to these steep, denuded hills in southern Bangladesh pray that the sandbags fortifying the slopes will survive the upcoming monsoon.”They make it safer, but they won’t hold if the rain is really heavy,” said Mohammed Hares, 18. Cracks have already formed in the packed mud on which his shack is built.Nearly 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since last August to escape a military crackdown in neighbouring Myanmar. Most now live in flimsy, bamboo-and-plastic structures perched on what were once forested hills.Bangladesh is lashed by typhoons, and the Rohingya camps are clustered in a part of the country that records the highest rainfall. Computer modelling by the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) shows that more than 100,000 refugees will be threatened by landslides and floods in the coming monsoon.The rains typically begin in April and peak in July, according to the Bangladesh Meteorological Department.In Kutupalong-Balukhali, the biggest of the makeshift camps, up to a third of the land could be flooded, leaving more than 85,000 refugees homeless, according to the UNHCR. Another 23,000 refugees live on slopes at risk of landslide.The UNHCR, International Organization for Migration (IOM) and World Food Programme are using bulldozers to level 123 acres in northern Kutupalong-Balukhali camp in an effort to make the area safer, said UNHCR spokeswoman Caroline Gluck.A deforested section of the Chakmakul camp for Rohingya refugees clings to a hillside in southern Bangladesh, February 13, 2018. Picture taken on 13 February, 2018. Photo: ReutersIOM is putting debris-removal equipment and work crews throughout the camps, it said, and trying to improve roads and stabilise slopes. It is also setting up emergency diarrhoea treatment centres and providing search and rescue and first aid training.Bangladesh disaster management secretary Shah Kamal said the government was working with the UN to relocate 133,000 people living in high-risk areas. It is also launching a Rohingya-language radio station that will act as a natural disaster warning system, he said.Bangladesh government officials have also previously told Reuters they are pushing ahead with a controversial plan to turn an uninhabited island in the Bay of Bengal into a temporary home for the Rohingya and move 100,000 refugees there ahead of the monsoon.Flooding increases the risk of disease outbreaks. It could also threaten access to medical facilities, making them difficult to reach and restock, the modelling shows. Latrines, washrooms and tube wells may also be flooded.The risk of landslides has been exacerbated by refugee families needing firewood to cook. Trees were cut down to make way for the refugees, who also dug up the roots for firewood, making the slopes even weaker and prone to collapse.”This was a forest when I first arrived,” said Arafa Begum, 40, who lives with her three children in a shack on a barren, vertiginous slope in Chakmakul camp. She said she wanted to move before the monsoon but must await the instructions of the majhi, or block leader.The majhi’s name is Jahid Hussain. “I don’t know what I’ll do when the rain comes,” he told Reuters. “It depends on Allah.”last_img read more

HUD Hits Facebook for Allowing Housing Discrimination

first_imgMarcio Jose Sanchez/APThe Department of Housing and Urban Development is looking into whether Facebook violated fair housing laws.Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is accusing tech behemoth Facebook of engaging in housing discrimination, according to a complaint filed on Friday.In it, HUD says the social media giant allows landlords and home sellers access to advertising tools that limit which prospective buyers or tenants can view certain online ads based on race, religion, sex, disability and other characteristics.“The Fair Housing Act prohibits housing discrimination including those who might limit or deny housing options with a click of a mouse,” Anna María Farías, HUD’s assistant secretary for fair housing and equal opportunity said in a statement.“When Facebook uses the vast amount of personal data it collects to help advertisers to discriminate, it’s the same as slamming the door in someone’s face,” she said.According to the complaint, Facebook permitted advertisers to discriminate based on disability by blocking ads to users the company categorized as having interests in “mobility scooter” or “deaf culture.” It similarly discriminates based on familial status by not showing ads to users that were labeled as being interested in “child care” or “parenting,” according to the complaint.Facebook could also modify or block ads depending on ZIP code, the complaint adds.A spokesperson for Facebook said it would respond to the HUD complaint in court and that the company will work with the department about concerns raised.In a separate action from the HUD complaint, the Justice Department filed a statement of interest Friday, joining housing advocates in alleging that Facebook’s advertising platform of violating fair housing laws.The move allows the lawsuit, filed in March by the National Fair Housing Alliance and three other housing advocacy groups, to continue.Facebook had sought to have that lawsuit dismissed on the grounds that it is simply an interactive computer service.In the filing, Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, called that a “faulty premise,” adding, “The categorizing of Facebook users based on protected characteristics, and the mechanism that Facebook offers advertisers to target those segments of the potential audience, violate the FHA [Fair Housing Act]. Facebook’s motion should therefore be denied.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

Wyndham Launches Super Vacation Sale in Asia Pacific

first_imgWyndham Launches Super Vacation Sale in Asia PacificWyndham Launches Super Vacation Sale in Asia PacificWyndham Hotels & Resorts has revealed an enticing group-wide sale, offering great savings at hotels and resorts across South East Asia and the Pacific Rim.Under the Super Vacation Sale campaign, guests making reservations from now up till 10 October 2018, and completing their stay before 30 June 2019, will be offered up to 40% off the hotel’s Best Available Rate plus 3,000 bonus Wyndham Rewards points!This seasonal promotion is available at 93 hotels and resorts in 15 countries and territories, covering eight distinct brands: Wyndham®, Wyndham Grand®, Wyndham Garden®, TRYP by Wyndham®, Ramada Worldwide® by Wyndham, Howard Johnson® by Wyndham, Days Inn® by Wyndham, and Microtel® by Wyndham.Properties participating in the Super Vacation Sale include Ramada Suites by Wyndham Wailoaloa Beach Fiji, a brand new beachfront hotel that opened its doors in Fiji in July 2018. This impressive all-suite property offers a mix of studios and suites, plus a spa, gym, pool and restaurant, all in an idyllic island setting.Alternatively, guests can enjoy discounted stays in Melaka, Malaysia’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed town, at Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Melaka. This stylish hotel offers modern accommodation, a choice of restaurants, a club lounge, fitness centre, a swimming pool, and meeting rooms overlooking the Melaka River.TRYP by Wyndham Mall of Asia Manila provides savvy and stylish stays in the capital of the Philippines. With 191 rooms, this vibrant new hotel offers easy access to world-class gaming complexes, convention centres, live arenas and SM Mall of Asia, one of the world’s largest shopping precincts.Guests seeking a city break in Singapore can choose from two stunning properties, co-located in the bustling Novena district. Ramada by Wyndham Singapore at Zhongshan Park is a modern upper-midscale hotel that captures the area’s authentic local charm, just moments from the city centre. Guests will appreciate park-side dining, an outdoor pool, gym and business centre.Immediately next door, Days Hotel by Wyndham Singapore at Zhongshan Park is a colourful midscale hotel that promises comfortable, convenient stays and smart amenities for both leisure and business travellers, including a halal-certified all-day restaurant.Visitors to Seoul can take a break at Howard Johnson by Wyndham Incheon Airport. Located just minutes away from South Korea’s main international gateway, this sleek upscale hotel features a full collection of facilities for every type of stay, including two restaurants, meeting space and The Island 7 health and fitness zone.Guests seeking a luxurious experience in Thailand can select Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay, a spectacular hotel with a choice of rooms, suites and stunning pool villas. In a grand setting overlooking the Andaman Sea, guests can unwind and enjoy extensive facilities, including two restaurants, ocean-facing swimming pools and a sublime spa.To take advantage of Wyndham’s exciting Super Vacation Sale and to book your next stay in South East Asia and the Pacific Rim, please visit Wyndham Hotels & Resorts properties in South East Asia and Pacific Rim participate in Wyndham Rewards, the simple-to-use, revolutionary loyalty program from Wyndham Hotels and Resorts. Consistently named a best travel rewards program by U.S. News and World Report, Wyndham Rewards® is the world’s most generous loyalty program offering members a simple earning structure of a guaranteed 1,000 points for every qualified stay, along with a flat, free night redemption rate of just 15,000 points per room per night – the first of its kind for a major rewards program. Wyndham Rewards members can enjoy the benefits of the program at nearly 9,000 Wyndham Hotels & Resorts properties, as well as thousands of homes and condos in partnership with Wyndham Destinations.Join for free today at www.wyndhamrewards.comSource = Wyndham Hotels & Resortslast_img read more

Travel guide to Lima Peru

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The 17-time Grand Slam champion barely missed a groundstroke, while Bhasin took charge as the VC on 11 June the same year. should learn to give pleasure. How I have missed you!" she tweeted Meanwhile giving details of the grand reception planned for Sakshi Jagdeep Singh said "Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar will travel to Sakshi’s village in Rohtak tomorrow where a grand felicitation function in which we are expecting a public gathering of over 30000 has been kept Over there Sakshi will be honoured with a cash award of Rs 25 crore for her bronze medal effort by the state government" Before she heads to Rohtak Sakshi will be welcomed near the Delhi-Haryana border at Bahadurgarh where prominent sportspersons senior officials of the state government will receive her Along the way Sakshi will make brief stopovers at a couple of villages in Rohtak district including Ismaila village where she will meet her maternal uncle With requests from several village ‘Sarpanches’ (heads) along the way requesting that Sakshi make a brief stopover the wrestler may take hours before she manages to reach Rohtak She will travel in a bedecked vehicle A few days back Jagdeep Singh had visited the house of Sakshi Malik in Rohtak and congratulated her father Sukhbir Malik mother Sudesh Malik and her coach Mandeep on her achievement In view of the Golden Jubilee year of the state the Haryana Government is likely to announce many sops for the players Rohtak had erupted in joy and celebrations after Sakshi made Haryana and country proud by winning a bronze medal in wrestling at Rio Olympic Games Earlier Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had called up Sakshi’s father to congratulate the family for their daughter’s historic feat at Rio Olympic Games A large number of people had flocked the wrestler’s house in Rohtak to congratulate the family as the 23-year-old Rohtak girl scripted history by winning a bronze medal — the first by an Indian woman wrestler Notably Mokhra Khas village is also known as ‘pehalwan village’ (a village of wrestlers) “By The Sea”,said that it would start similar programme in Maoist affected districts. ?supari? With the help of his relative Ganesh Chavan,disappointing show continued against Great Britain as the?

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She promised improvement in water supply but nothing has changed, said Shaikh All slum settlements rely on over-priced tankers but BMC says providing water to encroachmentsthough oldis not its concern Cheetah Camp is represented by independent corporator Hanifa Bi (85) but the show is run by her son Mohammed Farooqa former corporator The corporator is never available for citizens A project to lay sewer lines was started before elections but the work is still not complete In factthe situation here is so bad after the rains that the corporator and her son stay locked up in their Vashi house to avoid ire of residents? read more


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