Unusual Gold Coast ‘tree house’ snapped up for almost $2 million

first_imgIt looks like it’s in the treetops from the inside. It has a contemporary style with modern features. The bathroom is like a rainforest spa retreat. MORE NEWS: NRL captain’s push for side hustle The 15m cantilevered wing was the most complicated part of the build.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoIt was passed in at auction before a $1.875 million price tag was attached to it.Mr Lamb said it attracted plenty of interest, including multiple offers, but many people who inspected it weren’t serious buyers.“We had so much interest in it but … a lot of people came through just because they loved the design of the home,” he said.“We were really shooting for a premium price.” MORE NEWS: Glitter Strip among world’s best for luxury property No wonder it’s called the ‘tree house’.center_img A local buyer splashed almost $2 million on the striking Tallai property.A striking Tallai house designed to look as though it is perched in the treetops has been snapped up for almost $2 million.The Grandview Tce property, appropriately named the ‘Tree House’, changed hands in a $1.8 million deal just before Christmas but settled yesterday.Kollosche agent Rob Lamb, who marketed the property, said the local buyers were so keen to move in that they had almost unloaded all their belongings hours after the sale settled.The cleverly designed house hit the market in October. He said the buyer wasn’t looking for a new property but couldn’t ignore the opportunity after stumbling across the unusual house. The property hit the market in October before being snapped up just before Christmas.“They just didn’t want to miss out,” he said.Sellers Simon and Janine Newitt designed and built the four-bedroom house.The most complicated part of the build was 15m cantilevered wing, which has floor-to-ceiling windows framing sprawling bushland views.“The tie down construction was extensive to lock the cantilevered wing down to the earth,” Mr Newitt said.“This included 9m-deep rock anchors set below the primary footing. “We also drilled and blasted three rock sockets that support the cantilevered building laterally.”The couple lived in the house with their three children for almost two years. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), 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.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51last_img read more

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68 health staff assaulted in West/North West hospitals this year

first_imgSixty-eight assaults were reported on HSE staff members at hospitals the Saolta Group so far this year.The North West Hospital Group, which includes Letterkenny, was the worst affected group in Ireland for reported assaults against staff.Information obtained by Sinn Féin’s Louise O’Reilly show that 279 HSE staff have been assaulted across Ireland in 2019. The majority of attacks were made against nurses and midwives. With 68 attacks in 2019, the Saolta Hospital Group had the highest number of reported incidents. The group comprises: University Hospital Galway and Merlin Park University Hospital, Sligo University Hospital, Letterkenny University Hospital, Mayo University Hospital, Portiuncula University Hospital, Roscommon University Hospital.The statistics count reports of either physical, verbal or sexual assault. Staff are also encouraged to report all near misses and incidents that do not result in harm to staff. The HSE has said the number of incident reports should not be considered as indicative of a level of harm and there can be multiple reports for the same incident. 68 health staff assaulted in West/North West hospitals this year was last modified: July 1st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Rangers confirm signing of Samba

first_imgQPR have completed the club-record signing of Chris Samba from Anzhi Makhachkala.The former Blackburn defender, 28, has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with the option of a further year and moves for a fee in the region of £12m.Rangers missed out when he joined Anzhi from Blackburn last year but Samba was unhappy in Russia, and the Loftus Road regime had long been planning a move to capture him in this transfer window.He made his name at Blackburn under Mark Hughes, who was confident of eventually bringing him back to England.Faurlin has moved to Italy.Rangers retained their interest following Hughes’ sacking as manager, while current boss Harry Redknapp is an admirer of the 28-year-old and discussed signing him while in charge at Tottenham.Meanwhile Palermo have completed the signing of QPR midfielder Alejandro Faurlin.He has joined the Italian club on loan for the rest of the season ahead of a possible permanent move there in the summer, when his future will be assessed.A popular member of Rangers’ promotion-winning side of 2011, Faurlin was recently told he was not in Redknapp’s plans.Redknapp is waiting to discover who his former club Tottenham are willing to make available ahead of tonight’s transfer deadline.Potential deals for a number of Spurs’ fringe players have been discussed in recent weeks.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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IDC secures €30m French credit line

first_img“This loan will also boost our export credit finance, which has proved to be a key stimulus for the South African economy.” South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation has had further success in raising funds from foreign credit agencies, the latest being a €30-million (about R334.5-million) credit line from French-based Proparco. According to the IDC, the demand for lending had increased tremendously due to the global economic downturn, prompting the state-owned lender to source funding from the international market in recent months. Last month, it secured a US$50-million (about R422-million) loan from the China Construction Bank Johannesburg branch to recapitalise its export finance book, as well as €60-million (about R690.9-million) credit line from the European Investment Bank to finance viable projects by small and medium enterprises in the industrial, resources and services sectors. “The funds will benefit a wide range of South African businesses that need foreign currency to keep funding their activity,” she said. Proparco southern Africa regional representative Sophie le Roy explained that this fifth transaction with the IDC would meet a crucial need for hard currency in the country. 17 June 2009 SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material According to the IDC, the line of credit will be used to increase the state-owned lender’s capacity to lend, in line with their target of investing over R60-billion in the South African economy over the next five years. Alternative funding Proparco is a partially owned subsidiary of French development finance institution Agence Française de Developpement, and acts as a catalyst for private investment targeting economic growth and development in developing countries. Lending capacity “We have a strong working relationship with Proparco, which is demonstrated by the fact that the IDC is receiving its fifth credit facility from the institution,” IDC chief financial officer Gert Gouws said in a statement late last month.last_img read more

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The Loeries, the award-winning radio ad and other collaborations

first_imgBrand South Africa’s Play Your Part initiative was one of 34 Gold award winners at the Loeries this year. Here’s more on the award-winning radio ad and the current campaigns of Play Your Part.Sithembile Ntombela (right), Brand South Africa’s general manager of marketing, is pleased with the Loerie Gold award won for the Play Your Part radio ad. Here she is with Thobile Mushwana, a Play Your Part ambassador. (Images: Mathiba Molefe)Melissa JavanBrand South Africa’s Play Your Part won a Gold award at the Loeries this year, held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban. The Loeries awards ceremonies were held on 19 and 20 August 2017 during Loeries Creative Week Durban.The Loeries are the marketing and advertising industry’s awards. They are an opportunity for brands and marketers to view the very best work coming out of the region. All countries from Africa and the Middle East may enter all the categories, but entries from outside South Africa are judged separately.The Media Update reported that more than 3,000 entries were received, with 20% of them from outside South Africa. A total of 800 brands were represented by 400 agencies from 18 countries in Africa and the Middle East.The awardsThere were more than 240 Loeries awarded in 22 categories, including five Grand Prix, 34 Golds, 24 CraftGolds, 73 Silvers, and 102 Bronzes.The special awards included Nathan Reddy of Grid Worldwide, who was inducted into the Loeries Hall of Fame. He is the first designer to receive this honour.Brand South Africa was entered in the Radio Communication: South African Non-English Radio Station Commercials category. Its agency, The Odd Number, won the Gold for the After Tears radio ad for Play Your Part.Listen to the advert (or read the subtitles) here:In the same category, The Odd Number won a Silver for its BBC Lifestyle campaign, Hell’s Kitchen – Mama, Mfundisi, for the Hell’s Kitchen initiative.Joe Public won a Silver award for its Back to School campaign for Jet, called Hand-me-downs – Is’khaftini, Is’cathulo, Isokisi.Runners-up in the category were DDB, which won a Bronze for the Medal Paints Inkanyamba campaign, as did I See A Different You for the self-promotion campaign, Wa hamba Nathi.Communication for niche audiencesLoeries CEO Andrew Human told Campaign Middle East that the Loeries focused on being a regional specialist show. “In our judging, our judges are guided to look for regional excellence, to look for regional relevance.“Often you might find that niche work that may be overlooked in a global show, is what really comes out here and might get a strong award… We are looking for work in local languages that has a small cultural significance to the niche audience,” he said.“It doesn’t have to be a global campaign. It doesn’t have to make sense in London and in New York City. It can make sense in one city, in one country and region and we want to see how communication is being targeted to niche regional audiences.”The Q&APlay Your Part is a movement not a campaign, explained Sithembile Ntombela, Brand South Africa’s general manager of marketing. She was speaking at the media launch of the Play Your Part television series on 24 August 2017. “A campaign ends.“It is imperative to get South Africans to rally behind the Nation’s Brand. There are endless opportunities of getting involved and that is Play Your Part is a call to action programme that challenges every South African to play their part in their communities and contribute towards a positive social change.Sithembile NtombelaJournalist Melissa Javan spoke to Ntombela following the Gold Loerie win; she talked about what Play Your Part was currently doing:Melissa Javan: Congratulations on the Loerie win. How do you feel about it?Sithembile Ntombela: Ecstatic! Play Your Part was launched in 2011 with an objective of promoting active citizenship among citizens with a view that when we as a collective play our part, we will achieve what is set out in the country’s vision.After six years of hard work, receiving a gold award is a huge success and a key milestone for the organisation. This is also indicative of a hard working organisation, an organisation that continues to create a Nation Brand that inspires its people and is admired globally. Play Your Part affords us with a platform of bringing inspiration to life.MJ: What was the idea behind the radio ad?SN: The big idea was to show the reality of the consequences of driving after drinking alcohol. We believe that the number of road accidents continue to be on the rise and the campaign objective was really to activate the “rude awakening” of this reality.That is why the set of the ad is in heaven. If all citizens can play their part and promote responsible driving, the number of accidents can be reduced.MJ: Why was it specifically targeted at non-English speakers?SN: My view is that due to the lingo used, the ad lands itself naturally to a vernacular station. The plan is to get stakeholders to promote the ad and flight it on various platforms, including social media.MJ: Was it part of a campaign?SN: It was a tactical advert in support of the Arrive Alive campaign, which is often championed by the Department of Transport.MJ: How often does Brand South Africa do campaigns like these?SN: Brand South Africa works with and through various stakeholders and there are different collaborations that often take place. For example, there are the South African Premier Business Awards in collaboration with Proudly SA and the Department of Trade and Industry.However, this advert will be aired on different radio channels during the holiday season, with the objective of issuing a strong call to action.MJ: Can you name a few campaigns you are busy with now?SN: We are working with the Department of Trade and Industry on the South African Premier Business Awards. We are also busy with the Play Your Part TV series, which will start airing on 26 August 2017 on SABC 2, at 18h00.In addition, we are promoting the nation brand on international platforms through a partnership with CNN. We have an on-going media engagement to strengthen our relations with the media and get them to understand the nation brand performance.MJ: How important are the Loeries for South Africa?SN: Very important. They enhance the nation brand’s reputation and hopefully this can help in promoting the visibility of Brand South Africa. For me, the Loeries are a platform of celebrating creativity, talent and innovation. If a brand gets recognition at the Loeries, it enhances that brand’s reputation.MJ: Any final thoughts?SN: We will continue to work hard to ensure that the nation brand is recognised and that many South Africans can rally behind the brand and support Brand South Africa in advancing the long-term reputation and competitiveness of South Africa.Watch this year’s Loeries and the winners on its official site.Sources: Loeries, Campaign Middle East and Campaign Middle East, YouTube.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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More work needed to finalize Trade Promotion Authority

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to advance Trade Promotion Authority (TPA).“We applaud the strong leadership that many of Ohio’s Congressional delegation showed in trying to advance TPA to open the door for new opportunities to better trade deals around the world,” said Chad Kemp, President of the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association.  “With 95% of the population living outside the United States, we have to look outside our borders for opportunities if we are going to sustain American agriculture.”TPA will help set the framework between the President and Congress to advance trade agreements which ensures that American farmers remain competitive in meeting the world’s need for food, feed, fuel and fiber.“We thank Speaker Boehner and Congressman Tiberi for managing this legislation and trying to move things forward,” Kemp said. “We remain extremely disappointed that members like Congressman Jim Jordan continue to play petty politics at the expense of Ohio’s farmers. We call on Congress and the President to come together soon to finish the work on this important piece of legislation.”last_img read more

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Taking the Bait

first_imgFrom time to time, your dream client will answer your cold call and ask you to tell them a little about your company and what you do. You will be tempted to respond to that question by answering it, responding to the prompts you were given. You will talk about who you are, your role, and how long you’ve been with the company. And then, having provided that information, you share what your company does. Asked and answered.As soon as you finish speaking, your dream client says something like, “You know, we’re happy with our current partner right now.” The politely thank for the call, and you hang up without an appointment. By taking the bait and answering these questions, you have ensured that you sound just like every other salesperson in your space, confirming that there is no real reason to meet with you.This same thing can happen when you secure an appointment. Your prospective client greets you, invites you into a conference room, and says, “Tell me about your company.” If there is something more interesting than your company, I am not sure what it might be. Even if you have a line that describes how you help your clients, you’re still talking about you, your solution, and your company. A better approach, and one that lets you make a much better pivot to a more meaningful conversation, but still taking the bait.Sales is all about choices, and one choice you might make is to make an effort to control the process.You could recommend that you first spend a little time sharing ideas about the challenges everyone in your dream client’s space is going to need to solve in the next 18 to 24 months. You could ask them to give you feedback on some of the questions that you believe they are going to have to answer with their own management team. You could simply ask to have a conversation about some of the things they find most interesting or pressing now, as a way to frame up what you share with them when you do talk about yourself, your company, and your solutions.Within the first few minutes of a call or meeting, you can give your prospective client an impression of who you are and what level of value you may be able to create for and with them. If you sound like a salesperson from 1997, you are going to be perceived differently than someone who sounds like they’re from 2017. You want to enter conversations as a value creator, a trusted advisor, and a consultative salesperson. Refuse to engage with clients in any way that makes you less than that. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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Terror attacks: Congress reels under BJP onslaught

first_imgThe government is increasingly looking vulnerable in the face of a concerted attack by the principal Opposition party that painted the ruling alliance as being in a state of “war with itself”. The BJP’s frontline leaders, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley, mounted a strong offensive against home minister P. Chidambaram’s inability to beef up the security apparatus and solve terror cases, a charge that Chidambaram refuted later. They also accused the Congress of blaming its allies for every ill that plagues the government.Swaraj pointed at the contradictions, not just between the Congress and its allies in the government but also the differences between the party and the government.”We have witnessed these contradictions on several occasions most prominent among which was their conduct during the Anna Hazare movement. Some in the government wanted a solution while others didn’t want to give an inch. There was a garam dal aur naram dal within the party as well. It reflected in the Congress general secretary (Rahul Gandhi) dismissing the entire movement by coming up with the unexpected suggestion that Lokpal should be a Constitutional body. The same contradiction was evident when the minister of state for sports pushed a Bill that no one in the Cabinet agreed with,” Swaraj said.Jaitley said the contradictions some times suggest that the government has lost control and at other times, it seems as if it is part of the “good cop-bad cop” strategy they play.The end result of this “drift” in the government, Jaitley said, is that ” revulsion” has set in among people. He referred to the incident where Rahul was heckled by grieving relatives of the victims of the terror attack at the Delhi High Court.advertisement”The scenes at RML hospital where Congress office- bearers and their general secretary were heckled, point to the fact that a revulsion has set in,” Jaitley said, adding, “The government seems to be at war with itself.” In another statement perceived by the Congress as the BJP’s strategy to create a wedge between the main ruling party and its allies, Swaraj said an ally has been blamed for every problem.”For 2G, A. Raja is blamed while Chidambaram and the Prime Minister are not even mentioned. For price rise, it is Sharad Pawar who is responsible. And now we have the mess in Air India for which Praful Patel is being blamed even though the decision was taken by a group of ministers,” Swaraj said.Both Swaraj and Jaitley parried questions about L. K. Advani’s yatra, a project that he sprung upon the BJP while raising the cash- for- votes issue on Thursday.Exasperated by the repeated queries about whether it is Advani’s bid to project himself as the next PM candidate while sidelining the entire GenNext, Swaraj said: “How is it alienating us? Let us not make up stories. If Advani ji goes on a yatra, how can we remain unattached? We will also be a part of it.”last_img read more

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India Today Youth Summit 2011: Welcome address by Aroon Purie

first_imgWelcome address by Aroon Purie, Chairman and Editor in Chief, India Today Group at the Mind Rocks India Today Youth Summit 2011:Welcome everyone to India Today’s Second Youth Summit. A lot has changed since we last met. Last year, the mood was one of infectious optimism, of a country that had withstood a global recession. Then, one by one, the dominoes started to fall. The Commonwealth Games scam embarrassed us in front of the world. The 2G scam blew the lid off the prized telecom revolution.It was as if nothing was sacrosanct. The Army used land allotted for war widows for its own housing. One man evaded taxes worth Rs 50,000 crore. Swiss bankers started whispering about India’s best kept secret: the black money of its rich and powerful stashed away in Swiss banks.Yet, equally suddenly, there was hope, but of a different kind. That politics as we know it could change forever. That the power of the people could prevail over the power of those who had forgotten how to listen to them. That corruption may be a global phenomenon but it could have a very Indian solution.Eighteen-year-olds may have become voters in 1989 but 2011 will be remembered as the year they became citizens. It happened because of people like you.The extraordinary events of the last three months have changed the way young people are perceived. They, we were told, was the I-Me-Myself generation. I see now that they may have become the We generation.We were told modern communication tools like e-mail, SMS or Facebook would divide people. They ended up uniting your generation across cities, classes and communities.advertisementWe were told globalization would make our youth too westernized. The tricolour has instead become your favourite accessory.We were told young people were not interested in politics. But, one by one, as you converged on Ramlila Maidan in Delhi or Azad Maidan in Mumbai or Freedom Park in Banglore, with candles, slogans, and change in your hearts, you proved us and them wrong.Like a generation before you did in 1974, you were asking for accountability.The students’ revolution of 1974 threw up many of our present-day political stalwarts, from Lalu Prasad Yadav to Sushil Modi. Who knows how many of you who are Anna revolutionaries will go into politics, even though a new opinion poll we are carrying in the latest issue of India Today shows a tremendous anger against all politicians.In 1974, a man very similar to Anna Hazare, Jayaprakash Narayan, said almost the same things being said now. He too wanted to curb corruption. He too wanted to check the erosion of democracy. He too wanted changes in the electoral laws so that a “poor man’s democracy could work more honestly in a poor country”.Much has changed since then. Much has also remained the same.Two-thirds of India is under 35 – like most of you sitting in this hall. The numbers are huge. 459 million Indians are between 13 and 35. Of these, 333 million are literate.Till now, you were seen as a market. This year you proved, as you rallied behind a 74-year-old man from a hitherto obscure village in Maharashtra, that you were a democracy.As a 200-million strong voting force of 18-35 year olds in the 2009 elections, you were always seen as a swing factor. This time you proved the swing could well be a tsunami.All of you realise how you can change the rules of the game. You have every opportunity to change it further.  By 2020, just a decade from now, the average Indian will be 29 and we will have the unique distinction of being one of the youngest nations in the world. This means we would have the energy, dynamism and confidence which comes with youth.As India integrates further into the world economy, you will prove your worth on an international scale. We are already the second largest reservoir of skilled labour in the world. We produce an astounding two million English-speaking graduates, 15,000 law graduates, and 9,000 PhDs every year. And every year, the existing pool of over two million engineering graduates increases by nearly 300,000.The world awaits your ideas, your effort and your attention.When I was growing up, our horizons were limited because of our controlled, closed economy and our bullock-cart rate of growth. Today, India’s growth rate is the envy of most nations. And, far from being insulated, we have an open economy plugged into the world.Our summit this year shows us the power of great ideas. The summit is called Mind Rocks and, quite appropriately, each of our speakers today is a rock star in their own field.advertisementOur inaugural speaker, Kumar Mangalam Birla, has taken his company to new heights globally, with an empire spanning steel and cement to financial services.Chetan Bhagat is a writer who embodies the new, young, successful Indian – as much at ease in a Deutsche Bank office in Singapore as he is sitting in a sweaty set in Mumbai’s Film City.Abhinav Bindra is a thoughtful young man who used the gift of science to shoot for excellence in his sport, getting India its first individual Olympic gold medal.World Champions Yuvraj Singh and Gautam Gambhir show us what the fighting spirit is all about, while Ranbir Kapoor’s journey so far tells us that a famous surname is no deterrent to hard work.Innovative filmmaker Kiran Rao, brilliant artist Subodh Gupta, politician Kalikesh Singh Deo and Internet entrepreneur Divya Narendra will tell you: that a career is more than just a job.Zarina Mehta will tell you what goes into entertaining you. And our last speaker today, Kiran Bedi, will tell us what made her quit the police force and become a social activist who played a key role in the recent anti-corruption movement.This is a great time to be young in India. You are in the right place at the right time. The possibilities are immense and the India of the future is in your hands. To borrow a phrase, “You must be the change you want to be”.I am confident that Mind Rocks, with its mix of fun, music, intellectual stimulation and lots of career advice, will give you some pointers.last_img read more

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PM for quick implementation of MyanmarUN deal

first_imgBangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, US, on 27 September 2018. Photo: ReutersPrime minister Sheikh Hasina has demanded immediate and effective implementation of the agreement signed between Myanmar and the UN on the solution of the ongoing Rohingya crisis.She made the call as the crisis has been putting immense socioeconomic pressure on Bangladesh as some 1.10 million Rohingya have taken shelter in the country.“We also wish to see immediate and effective implementation of the agreement concluded between Myanmar and the UN,” she said while delivering her speech, delivered in Bangla, in the 73rd UN General Assembly on Thursday, reports UNB.Mentioning that the Rohingya crisis has its origin in Myanmar, Hasina said its solution also needs to be found there. “We want an early, peaceful solution to the Rohingya crisis.”The prime minister said Bangladesh was appalled by what it has seen in UN reports about atrocities against the Rohingyas who have now taken shelter in Bangladesh, which are tantamount to genocide and crimes against humanity.“We expect the international community, particularly the UN, to give due importance to the atrocities and injustice suffered by the Rohingya population in Myanmar,” she said.The premier said as a ‘fellow human’, Bangladesh can neither ignore nor remain silent about the plight of the Rohingya.“I, therefore, presented a five-point proposal at the UN General Assembly last year with a view to finding a durable and peaceful solution to the sufferings of the forcibly displaced and hapless Rohingya. We’re disappointed that despite our earnest efforts, we haven’t been able to begin Rohingya repatriation in a permanent and sustainable manner,” she said.Mentioning that Myanmar is one of Bangladesh’s neighbours, she said from the outset, it has been trying to find a peaceful solution to the Rohingya crisis through bilateral consultations. “So far, three bilateral arrangements have been concluded between Bangladesh and Myanmar for Rohingya repatriation,” she said, adding that despite their verbal commitment to take back the Rohingya, in reality, the Myanmar authorities are yet to accept them back.Hasina said the 1.10 million Rohingyas living in Bangladesh in an uncertain situation. To the best of its ability, Bangladesh has made arrangements for their food, clothing, healthcare, child-care and security, she said.She said many countries and organisations, including the UN, the Commonwealth, and the OIC, have shown solidarity with the Rohingyas and extended support and assistance for them.The prime minister said Bangladesh has started working on a new housing facility with all arrangements for their education, healthcare and other needs so that they are able to live in a good and healthy condition.She called upon international organisations to join hands with Bangladesh in this initiative.Mentioning that she could feel the pain and sufferings of countless people around the world, persecuted and expelled from their homes like the Rohingyas, Sheikh Hasina said it is impossible to build peaceful, just and sustainable societies by ignoring such situations.She said the Myanmar situation repeatedly reminds her of the genocide committed by the Pakistan occupation forces against Bangalees in 1971.Describing Bangladesh as a major contributor to world peace, the prime minister said it expects to see a more robust and human rights centric Global Compact on Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration.Talking about terrorism, she said Bangladesh stands firm against terrorism and all organised crimes. “We shall not allow our territory to be used for any terrorist acts against or any activity detrimental to the interest of our neighbours. Our ‘zero tolerance’ policy in countering terrorism will continue undiminished,” she said.She mentioned that Bangladesh’s ‘whole of society’ approach has served well in preventing violent extremism, human trafficking and flow of illicit drugs.Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh has commenced its journey from being an LDC (least developed country) to the status of a developing one.In the backdrop of Bangladesh’s current economic growth, she said, there are now immense and large-scale business opportunities in Bangladesh.Foreign investors are being offered various financial incentives like tax holiday, avoidance of double taxation and exemption of duties, she said. “We’re setting up 100 Special Economic Zones that would help create 10 million job opportunities in Bangladesh,” she added.Terming Bangladesh as one of the 10 countries which are most vulnerable to climate change, Sheikh Hasina said its topography coupled with high density of population has made the country particularly exposed to climate change risks.She said Bangladesh remains committed to implementing the Paris Agreement and is spending over 1 per cent of its GDP in addressing climate change impacts.“We’re also promoting climate-resilient agriculture. Initiatives have been taken to increase tree coverage from 22 per cent to 24 per cent in the next five years,” she said.The prime minister said Bangladesh has integrated its development programmes and its efforts to build capacity for combating climate change into a mega project titled Delta Plan 2100. “Bangladesh is the only country in the world that has adopted such a long-term development plan spanning 82 years,” she added.She said Bangladesh was shocked by the continued violation of the rights of the brotherly people of Palestine. “This must come to an end. As the Chair of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers, we shall continue to work with the international community for resolution of the Palestine question.”Sheikh Hasina said there are three elements that play the most critical part in advancing human civilisation—peace, humanity and development. “For the well-being of human societies, we must continue to strive for humanity. Our main objective must be to serve people and ensure their well-being. It is humanity and goodwill that would take us forward on the pathway to sustainable development.”Noting that Bangladesh once was known to the world as the land plagued by disasters, floods, droughts and hunger, she said it has done wonders in maintaining international peace, managing disasters, empowering women and consolidating development gains. “Bangladesh has now surpassed its neighbours in South Asia on a number of indicators.”“But, our journey has not reached its end. Our journey will continue till the day we can build a Bangladesh free of hunger, poverty, illiteracy and exploitation – the Sonar Bangladesh as dreamt by our father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” she said.last_img read more

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