Press release: UK Minister for Africa visits Angola to strengthen UK-Angola ties

first_imgOn her arrival in Luanda, Minister Harriett Baldwin said: BackgroundMinister Harriett Baldwin is the UK’s Minister for Africa at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and Minister of State at the Department for International Development. She is responsible for Africa, consular policy and international crime. I’m delighted to be in Angola for my first visit and I look forward to discussing with government ministers and civil society representatives how we can work closer together on issues important to the UK and Angola. This includes economic co-operation, demining, and women’s empowerment, all in support of shared prosperity. I am also interested in how our countries can work together to combat the terrible illegal wildlife trade, following the recent Giants Club meeting in Botswana which I attended alongside Angolan representatives, and ahead of the major conference we are hosting in London this October.last_img

Spring Fever

first_imgSpring is upon us. Maybe the official date is still a couple of weeks away, but the blooming daffodils, flirtatious robins, and warm breeze in the air tell me that I’ve survived another long dark winter (not that this was one to complain about). Shedding the gloves and taking advantage of the increasing daylight hours, I find my thoughts drifting ahead to the upcoming race season. What will 2012 bring?Developing a race schedule can be a challenge. Flipping through the race calendars in magazines and online, I realize that the possibilities are endless. How will I ever choose where to focus my dreams and goals? I must find some way to narrow it down.There are many factors to consider – will there be one big goal race or lots of smaller challenges? Do I want to focus on pavement or dirt? Go for endurance or work on my speed? Fortunately, I’m not a multisport athlete like so many of my friends – I don’t have to choose between bi’s and tri’s – biking or running – not to mention kayaks and swimming.How about travel? Do I want to stick with local events or go big and mix it up with West Coast competition? Would it be fun to pick an event and train with a group of friends? Do I want to shoot for PRs at events I’ve already run, or expand my horizons with brand new adventures? And speaking of adventures, maybe an organized event isn’t in the cards this year. How about a solo run across the Smokies or returning to take care of unfinished business in Shenandoah National Park?Then there are the quirky goals: finally get up the courage to run a naked 5k, or maybe attempt another open-water swimming event, this time without experiencing a panic attack in the middle of the lake.Here in the Southeast, we’re blessed with more opportunities for outdoor challenges and adventures than one can squeeze into one season – or one lifetime. We’re only limited by our imagination. What does this spring season hold in store for you? Aim high and dream big!last_img read more

The pain stops the excessive apartmentization

first_img“The law says that we may prepare new construction zones when the existing ones from the spatial plans reach the level of 80 percent of construction. As we are very close to that percentage, the municipality will soon have to find new construction zones within which we will allow construction, but as we do not want these areas to experience the fate of apartmentization, the municipality has the opportunity to adjust construction conditions to certain types of construction.”, Said Marinkovic. He notes that the idea arose after the municipality realized that they would have to adopt new spatial plans because their previous construction zones were mostly filled. As they point out from the Municipality of Bol, the idea is to allow the construction of a building with a ground floor and a maximum of one floor, but with special attention to the proportion, where special focus will be on horticulture or under the slogan smaller buildings with large green areas. The Mayor of Bol, Tihomir Marinković, explained that the municipality plans to allocate future construction zones in the area of ​​the administrative unit for two specific types of construction. Namely, these are smaller apartments for workers and luxury villas with a ground floor and a maximum of one floor. One of them is Bol on Brač, which is the first administrative unit in Croatia with the initiative to limit the possibility of building tourist apartments. The reason for this is the example of certain local self-government units whose infrastructure practically broke under the burden of Zimmer Frei, reports Jutarnji list. Source / photo: Jutarnji list; Pixabaycenter_img In the Municipality of Bol, there were a total of 2018 beds in 8.300, but it is not known how many of them refer to beds in private accommodation. A good part of these beds are hotel beds, mostly those from the Bluesun group. Last year, the municipality made a total of 102 thousand arrivals and over 600 thousand overnight stays. One form of construction is housing for workers, and the other form of construction is luxury villas that could be used for housing or rent, but which, in order to prevent high density of housing, will mean less construction on larger plots of land. Some local self-government units have decided to shift the burden of the fight against apartmentization to themselves, when the state has been refusing to do so for years. last_img read more

Schoolies 2018: ‘Ghost host’ busters to target silent rentals

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:39Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:39 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Picture: Bianca De MarchiHundreds of ‘ghost host’ busters will this weekend crack down on Schoolies renting units via sites like Airbnb without building management being notified.Peak body, the Strata Community Association, estimated hundreds of strata communities may be caught unaware by raucous parties when Schoolies 2018 kicks off this Saturday on the Gold Coast.SCA chief executive Alisha Fisher warned that unnotified Schoolies rentals in units of “ghost” hosts created risks for the entire community.“Unnotified stays could wreak havoc on an unsuspecting community, who might have beefed up security and secured high risk areas like rooftops had they known a Schoolies party was on the way.”Ms Fisher said ghost hosting was an emerging issue “where residents are keeping their body corporate in the dark and letting their property out on short stay sites without giving other residents prior warning”.‘Ghost hosts’ have nothing to do with Ghostbusters like these ones at the Superhero Parade at Broadbeach on the Gold Coast — those SCA does expect to bust them. Picture: Glenn Hampson.MORE: Zero tolerance in ‘Schoolie-proof’ zonesHarder to rent in Brisbane than SydneyAmong concerns was the high profile trashing of a luxury penthouse on Gold Coast during Schoolies 2017.“Without a heads up, we’re very concerned that strata communities in the Gold Coast may be exposed to unnecessary risks this Schoolies week” with concerns centring on overcrowding and damage to common property.But strata communities may be powerless to do anything until too late, she admitted.“Given the popularity of properties being advertised as self-check in on Airbnb and other short stay websites, it may be difficult to know that a Schoolies party is onsite until something goes wrong.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa14 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“Not having a formal check in procedure also causes situations, where there is no quality control on how many guests are in apartments, no control over whether underaged guests are bringing in alcohol and importantly no ability to screen whether 18-year-olds are present as many short stay providers require.”Schoolies from southern states in a file picture taken at Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. Picture: Mike Batterham.Thousands of Year 12 students were set to converge on the Gold Coast this Saturday for the start of Schoolies 2018, with Western Australia to follow on Sunday, and New South Wales the following weekend.“Managed right,” SCA believed, “Schoolies doesn’t leave a lasting impact on residential strata communities, but problems arise when strata communities do not cooperate or communicate.”Ms Fisher said it was not too late for strata communities to organise “proper security and safety plans” if “ghost hosts immediately come forward”.AirBnb currently has several properties available in the vicinity of the main Schoolies 2018 party zone, with at least one — a luxury three bedder on the 49th floor of the Hilton — specifically banning Schoolies rentals.“Gorgeous 49th floor apartment of the luxury Hilton Resort, right in the heart of Surfer’s Paradise … Sorry NO Schoolies Bookings. Thank you.”SCA has over 3,300 members overseeing strata property with an estimated replacement value of more than $1.2 trillion.FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:39Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:39 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Local school psychologist offers advice on helping children through the COVID-19 crisis

first_imgMASON CITY — With schools either being closed or being moved to online learning, as well as the constant stream of pandemic updates in the news, how can you make sure children are making sense of the situation? Central Rivers AEA school psychologist Dr. Dana Miller says it’s important that parents are reassuring and honest with conversations, and that they are also developmentally appropriate. She says kids often hear bits and pieces of information, but not sometimes have a complete understanding.  “What we tend to do as people is when we hear bits and pieces, we fill in the blanks with other information that may or may not be factually correct. Oftentimes when children fill in the blanks, they tell themselves a story that is often much worse than what is actually happening. It’s important that when we are talking with children that we are just factually and developmentally appropriate.”Miller says parents should be asking kids what their feelings are about the situation.   “That is probably one of the most important questions we should be asking, because quite frankly their feelings can differ from child to child. Check in and see where they are, and see if they are scared, or anxious, or even upset that they are no longer able to go to school and be around their friends, and then validating that whatever they feel, that is ok. They have the right to feel that and they are not alone in that feeling. Also make sure they understand that adults are feeling very similar things, so we are all in this together.”Miller suggests sheltering your kids from the news as a way to help curb their anxiety.   “Oftentimes when kids are hearing things on the news or through social media, it increases the anxiety they are experiencing for a number of reasons. First, they may not understand exactly what they are saying or what is happening. Second, just the more we repeatedly hear it, the more intense or real those feelings are of the anxiety and fear.”Miller says parents and caregivers should try to keep kids busy while they are cooped up at home.  “When we are talking about kids, just making sure that we have some routine in place so they know what’s coming throughout the day, they know the types of activities they can engage in. Planning some activities with the parents is crucial. When we have a routine, and we’ve upset the routine for our kids that are used to being in school right now, and sometimes there will be some behavioral challenges, and having a routine and making sure children understand what the day is going to bring, it really decreases their anxiety and results in parents, children and caregivers having a good day.” Miller says there are some good websites that can also offer additional support and advice:How to talk to children about the COVID-19 Pandemic- National Association of School PsychologistsSupporting Kids During the Coronavirus Crisis– Child Mind InstituteHelping Children Cope During and After a Disaster – CDCManaging Stress and Anxiety– CDCTaking Care of Mental Health During the Face of Uncertainty: Protecting Your Mental Health During the Coronavirus Outbreak– American Foundation for Suicide PreventionCoping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event- CDClast_img read more