Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 02 Jun 2015 – Also from the region: A CIBC First Caribbean banking executive in The Bahamas is alleged to have hopped onto a plane to go and collect a cheque, reportedly for a quarter of a million dollars as an alleged bribe… more harrowing reports coming in the aftermath of arrests in the FIFA Gate scandal. This one is reported in the Bahamas Tribune newspaper. Related Items:bahamas tribune, CIBC First Caribbean bank, fifa gate scandal Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp CIBC First Caribbean Bake Sale for the Cure
Constraints on recent military construction budgets have prevented DOD from addressing “urgent” parking requirements at some installations, according to the conferees who negotiated the conference report for the fiscal 2019 spending package covering the military construction-Veterans Affairs, energy-water and legislative branch appropriations bills. “The lack of parking is a safety issue and a detriment to the well-being of employees, both civilian and military,” according to the report’s joint explanatory statement. The conferees’ underlying concern is the department lacks a coherent strategy to address the problem, particularly at installations that have experienced significant growth.The workforce assigned to Fort Meade, Md., for example has grown from just over 33,500 employees in 2005 to 57,000 today after gaining the headquarters for U.S. Cyber Command and the Defense Information Systems Agency. As a result, parking at the post has become “a serious issue,” the conferees state. In turn, the conferees direct the department to submit with its FY 2020 milcon budget request:an updated list of unfunded requirements for parking facilities, access control points and road construction at DOD facilities that have serious parking, access and road congestion issues; anda list of how those requirements will be incorporated into construction requests for fiscal years 2021 through 2025.The three-bill spending package is awaiting the president’s signature after the House and Senate cleared the conference agreement last week.Photo by Alfred Twu from Wikimedia Commons Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Twitter News Email Facebook Helado Negro Announces New Album, Tour With Beirut Helado Negro Announces New Album, Tour helado-negro-announces-new-album-tour-beirut The musician and producer will bring his Latin-inspired electro/experimental music on a world tour with indie group Beirut, in support of his upcoming sixth studio album, ‘This Is How You Smile’Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Nov 14, 2018 – 2:49 pm “Young, Latin And Proud” producer and singer, Helado Negro will soon be bringing his dose of electro-infused, Latin-inspired music to a city near you. He recently dropped a lead single, “Please Won’t Please,” shared a release date for his upcoming album and announced a 2019 tour with Beirut. The Miami-born, New York-based musician, born Roberto Carlos Lange, will tour as direct support of indie rock/folk group Beirut in North America and Europe in the winter and spring as well as play additional select headline shows. The tour will bring music from his sixth studio album This Is How You Smile, out on March 8, to fans all over the world.Known as the creator of Latin pride anthems like “It’s My Brown Skin,” his latest album continues to explore his identity more introspectively, looking at both the past and the present. While his last album, 2016’s Private Energy, was Lange’s self-love response to the social and political experiences faced by people of color in the last years, his forthcoming album This Is How You Smile gets more personal with music inspired by his upbringing. One song, “Seen My Aura,” tells the story of his hot pavement walk alongside his brother to the community pool. Other subjects he explores include his relationship with his father, childhood relationships and love. In his words, the album is “a person approaching you, slowly, for 40 minutes.” “Please Won’t Please” is the world’s first taste of Lange’s newest material and the album’s opening song; the only one on the album that tackles a collective experience. Like many of his songs, “Please Won’t Please” poetically tackles heavy, socio-political realities faced by immigrants and people of color. The song is reminiscent of Private Energy and highlights the sacrifices people of color make just to exist in a world that oppresses them, but also their unwavering ability to keep going. “History shows that brown won’t go, brown just glows/And we’ll light ourselves on fire, just to see if anyone believes,” he sings.A portion of the proceeds of his album will go to United We Dream, an immigrant rights organization. More info on his tour dates here.Beirut Share Story Behind “Gallipoli” From Upcoming Album, Announce TourRead more
Prothom Alo illustrationBangladesh ranks third among the world’s top countries with the fastest millionaire population growth, shows a report published by a US based research organisation, Wealth X.The country’s High Net Worth (HNW) population is set to grow by 11.04 per cent each year in the next five years according to the findings of the research firm.The report defines the HNW population as those with a net worth between $1 million and $30 million. The research firm on Wednesday published the report titled “Global HNW analysis: The high net worth handbook” of top 10 countries that are eyeing growth from 2018 to 2023.Nigeria tops the list with millionaire population growth of 12 per cent while Egypt is in the second position. Bangladesh is followed by Vietnam, Poland, China, Kenya, India, Philippines and Ukraine respectively in the list.Although rich with oil reserves, Nigeria is much talked for its corruption.Earlier, Bangladesh surpassed all the countries with fastest growing class of rich people, according to the World Ultra Wealth Report in September, 2018 by Wealth X.The report, then showed ultra rich with a net worth of US $30 million or more , were growing faster in Bangladesh.According to its estimate, the ultra-rich increased by 17 per cent in five years till 2017 in the country.On the other hand, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics’ report shows a widening inequality between the income of the poor and the rich.Experts, however, believe this sudden increase of rich population in the country occurred as result of crony capitalism, as well as bribery and corruption in the banking and financial sectors, contracts and other sectors.According to the BBS household survey of income and expenditure released in 2016, the income of five per cent of the richest families went up by 57 per cent in six years from 2010 to 2016.At the same time, the income of five per cent poorest decreased to 59 per cent. Their per capita income lowered to 733 taka per month which was 1791 taka in 2010.Executive chairman of Power and Participation Research Centre (PPRC) and former advisor to caretaker government Hossain Zillur Rahman said that there was no doubt that Bangladesh is heading towards a sustainable economy.“It is to find whether these rich people contributed to the economy or became rich in an unethical way. Because, the corruption and irregularities in banking and other sector refers to such likelihood,” he added.However, some of the economists believe that in the initial phase of development, inequality in income increases. This discrimination decreases after the economy goes to a sustainable position. Also, they note that crony capitalism is a common picture of developing countries.There are debates among economists about income inequality.“It is not necessary that the income disparity increases in primary phases of development. The best instance is South Korea,” economist Wahiuddin Ahmad said in a citizens’ dialogue organised by the PPRC and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).“If we cannot create effective institutional resistance against corruption and it continues like this, our economy will not be able to take the burden in the future,” he added.Planning commission member Shamsul Alam told Prothom Alo that the government also is concerned about the increasing inequality in income.“The government is putting emphasis on social security programmes in this regard. We are also introducing a number of initiatives to reduce the inequality in upcoming the eighth five-year plan which is underway,” he added.Shamsul Alam also said that the overall GDP growth in Bangladesh is high. “New resources are being created and so the growth is increasing. Therefore it is only natural that the number of millionaires will increase,” he added.*This piece originally published in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakat
Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull reacts during a media conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, 23 August 2018. Photo: ReutersAustralian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull stubbornly clung to power on Thursday as senior ministers deserted him, saying he would hold a second leadership vote on Friday only if he received a letter signed by the majority of the ruling Liberal party.Turnbull narrowly won a leadership vote on Tuesday against former home affairs minister Peter Dutton. Dutton and senior ministers on Thursday called for a second ballot.Key Turnbull supporter finance minister Mathias Cormann said Turnbull no longer had majority party support and that Dutton was now the best person to lead the conservative government to the next election, due by May 2019.Several ministers have tendered their resignation. The leadership crisis saw the government adjourn parliament on Thursday until September.Turnbull said if he received a letter requesting a fresh vote with the signatures of 43 Liberal Party lawmakers, he would call a party meeting for midday Friday (0200 GMT). If a leadership spill motion was then passed, he would not stand in the vote.Australian media reported on Thursday that Treasurer Scott Morrison would be a surprise challenger for the top job.Morrison has been a Turnbull supporter, but has reportedly long held ambitions on the prime ministership.Whoever emerges as Australia’s next prime minister, they will become the country’s sixth prime minister in less than a decade. None of those, which includes two stints for Labor leader Kevin Rudd, have served a full term in office.”Australians will be rightly appalled by what they are witnessing in their parliament,” Turnbull told reporters in Canberra.The political revolving door has angered and frustrated voters and the business sector.The political uncertainty clouded the outlook for investors who punished the Australian dollar, sending it 0.9 percent lower to $0.7283. The Aussie was the worst performing major currency on Thursday.Australian shares slipped 0.2 percent.”For everybody in the country what is happening in Canberra is disappointing and frustrating. Business likes certainty and confidence in what happens in the future. Anytime we see uncertainty like what is happening in Canberra it is not helpful,” said Qantas CEO Alan Joyce.Liberal SplitTurnbull said the leadership crisis was an “internal insurgency” to move the Liberal party to the far right.”A minority in the party room, supported by others outside the parliament, has sought to bully, intimidate others into making this change of leadership,” he said.”It’s been described by many people…as a form of madness.Turnbull sort to raise doubts over Dutton’s ability to continue sitting in parliament, with reports he has financial interests in daycare centres which receive government funding.Australia’s constitution bans lawmakers from receiving commonwealth money.Turnbull said he asked Australia’s most senior legal officer to provide advice on Dutton’s eligibility on Friday morning.”I cannot underline too much how important it is that anyone who seeks to be prime minister of Australia is eligible to be a member of parliament,” said Turnbull.Adding pressure on rebel lawmakers, Turnbull said he would resign from parliament if he loses the leadership, threatening the government’s one-seat majority.Turnbull came to power in a party-room coup in September 2015. A social liberal and multi-millionaire former merchant banker, Turnbull has struggled to appeal to conservative voters and only narrowly won an election in 2016.The ruling Liberal-National coalition government has consistently trailed the opposition Labor party in opinion polls, but Turnbull has remained the voters’ preferred prime minister over Labor leader Bill Shorten.Shorten said the “cannibalistic behaviour” over the Liberal leadership was eating the government alive. “Australia no longer has a functioning government,” he told parliament.
The researchers note that understanding the full impact of an invasive species on an environment is difficult, involving many factors, one of which is generally a long timescale. In this new effort, the researchers found an environment with few interacting variables and a natural historical record—DNA found in a lake bottom.The environment was the Kerguelen Islands, situated in a remote southern part of the Indian Ocean. The invasive species was a type of rabbit introduced to the islands as a food source in 1874 by a group of scientists—they were there to study the transit of Venus, but they left behind several rabbits that quickly multiplied because there were no predators. Since that time, the rabbits have spread across much of the main island of Grande Terre, wreaking havoc on the delicate ecosystem.To learn more about the impact the rabbits have on the island, the researchers collected samples from the bottom of a lake which contained samples of plant DNA. They found samples dating back several hundred years, and were able to follow the events that had transpired.They deduced that the region had been relatively stable for hundreds of years prior to the arrival of the rabbits. Then, in the early 1940s, when the rabbits made their way to that part of the island, things changed. Prior to their arrival, the dominant plant was Azorella selago—after their arrival, plant diversity plummeted. They also noted that erosion dramatically increased, as well.The team notes that erosion did eventually level off, but the ecosystem was unstable, and remains that way today in spite of efforts to eradicate the rabbits by the French Government. Instead, due to more human traffic in the area, other invasive species have made their way to the islands. Still, the island offers a unique opportunity to study the impact of an invasive species in a near-pristine environment. Citation: DNA found in lake bottom offers historical clues regarding impact of an invasive species (2018, May 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-dna-lake-bottom-historical-clues.html Invasive Burmese pythons shown to be reducing marsh rabbit population in Everglades Journal information: Science Advances A team of researchers from France, Italy and Norway has found a natural historical record of the impact of an invasive species of rabbit on a remote Indian Ocean island. In their paper published on the open access site Science Advances, the researchers describe their efforts to learn more about the environmental impact of an invasive species. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Explore further © 2018 Phys.org More information: Gentile Francesco Ficetola et al. DNA from lake sediments reveals long-term ecosystem changes after a biological invasion, Science Advances (2018). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aar4292AbstractWhat are the long-term consequences of invasive species? After invasion, how long do ecosystems require to reach a new equilibrium? Answering these questions requires long-term, high-resolution data that are vanishingly rare. We combined the analysis of environmental DNA extracted from a lake sediment core, coprophilous fungi, and sedimentological analyses to reconstruct 600 years of ecosystem dynamics on a sub-Antarctic island and to identify the impact of invasive rabbits. Plant communities remained stable from AD 1400 until the 1940s, when the DNA of invasive rabbits was detected in sediments. Rabbit detection corresponded to abrupt changes of plant communities, with a continuous decline of a dominant plant species. Furthermore, erosion rate abruptly increased with rabbit abundance. Rabbit impacts were very fast and were stronger than the effects of climate change during the 20th century. Lake sediments can allow an integrated temporal analysis of ecosystems, revealing the impact of invasive species over time and improving our understanding of underlying mechanisms. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.