ADNH records Dh106.2m loss for first three months
Abu DhabiThe Abu Dhabi National Hotels Company recorded a Dh106.2 million loss for the first three months, brought on by revaluation of land in its portfolio. If not for this, the company would have posted a profit of Dh16 million.Group revenues for the first quarter was also down, to Dh344 million from Dh367 million, with the Covid-19 impacting on the numbers.Yet, for the hotel business, ADNH posted a profit of Dh37.5 million, but down from the Dh67.7 million it recorded in 2019.Uncertainty all around“Businesses have seen reduced customer traffic and, where governments mandated, temporary sus...
Two decades on, Zimbabwe takes stock of Mugabe land reform legacy
Harare (AFP) - Eighty-year-old Isobel Simons calmly narrated how she and her late husband lost their 728-hectare Zimbabwe farm two decades ago to Robert Mugabe's controversial land reforms. Then she broke down and sobbed. "It was my home for 47 years," she said.Her home is now a tiny one-bedroom cottage in a retirement home in the capital Harare, where she spends her time cross-stitching and reading."I am very happy here," she said after composing herself. She was happier on the farm, where she spent her teen years riding horses."I am a country girl at heart." Sixty-kilometres away in Glendale...
Making housing affordable (Conclusion)
The Houston Community Land Trust (HCLT), a non-profit in Texas, offers a three-bedroom detached house for $725 a month, $675 of which goes to the bank for the 30-year mortgage on the house.The remaining $50 goes to the HCLT for the 99-year ground lease for the land which it owns. In the same neighborhood, the rental rate for a similar house on freehold land is $1,200 a month. According to the buyer of an HCLT house, she isn’t bothered that she doesn’t own the land, and with the restriction that limits how much the house can appreciate in value, because now she can think beyond her next payment...
Philippines Daily Inquirer
Enugu monarch, community bicker over “ancestral land”
The Traditional Ruler of Ibagwa Nike autonomous Community in Enugu East Local Government Area of Enugu State, Igwe Emmanuel Ugwu has said that the youths who protested the alleged ancestral land grabbing are mere mischief makers who were bent on misinforming and misleading the public about him.SouthEast Trust recalls that youths from the Anekeode and Obangene families of Ibagwa Nike had sent a Save Our Soul message to the state governor, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi , accusing their ruler of conniving with a commissioner in the state to expropriate their ancestral lands.Their message was sent when th...
Dutum construction mobilises as NMA lays foundation for secretariat
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has performed the foundation laying ceremony for construction of its national secretariat in Maitama area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.NMA National President, Professor Francis Faduyile, said the association went through hell before it could clear the legal hurdles surrounding the land where the building is being sited.He commended members of the association, its Local Organising Committee (LOC), the Building Committee headed by Dr Frank Odafe and other stakeholders for their resoluteness and doggedness in seeing that building the national...
Israeli settlers seize more Palestinian land in occupied West Bank
Israeli settlers seized more Palestinian land yesterday belonging to the townspeople of Deir Dibwan and Rammun near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. The Jewish settlers were protected by Israeli security forces during their raid.The Head of Deir Dibwan municipality, Mansour Mansour, told Wafa news agency that dozens of illegal colonial-settlers stormed the area and seized around 47 dunams of land. He said that they then used bulldozers to raze all structures on the land.The soldiers prevented residents from having access to their land and forced them to leave. The settlers were allowed to c...
The Middle East Monitor
Roger Waters sings: 'We'll take back the land, from the Jordan to the sea
Roger Waters, co-founder of the British progressive rock band Pink Floyd, garnered criticism for taking part and singing the highly-controversial Palestinian rallying cry "We'll take back the land, from the Jordan River to the sea" during a performance at an online Nakba Day event, according to the Jewish Chronicle.In collaboration with British filmmaker Ken Loach, an ardent critic of Israeli policies, Waters spoke at the UK Palestine Solidarity Campaign's (PSC) Nakba Day 2020 event, where he claimed that "the Israel lobby and the Israeli government and the Israeli special whatever they are ca...
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Amazon fires may be worse in 2020 as deforestation and land grabbing spikes
It’s too early for a verdict, but at present, threats to the Brazilian Amazon are growing virtually unchecked while the COVID-19 pandemic deepens. As the virus spreads, creating dramatic scenes in the rainforest, land grabbing is advancingand there is no sign of deforestation slowing. On the contrary: numbers skyrocketed during the first quarter of 2020.The National Institute for Space Research (INPE) reported that 796 square kilometers (307 square miles) of forest were cut down during the first three months of this year. A third of the devastation happened on including national forests and co...
Pompeo gives Israel green light to annex land in West Bank
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has given Israel a green light to annex land in the occupied West Bank, Anadolu Agency reports.“The Israeli government will decide on the matter, on exactly when and how to do it,” Pompeo said in an interview with Israel’s Kan Radio late on Wednesday.“I hope the Palestinians understand that peace is good for them,” he added in the interview cited by Israeli daily Jerusalem Post.Pompeo was referring to the so-called Deal of the Century, the US’ proposed peace plan which has been rejected by Palestinians, including President Mahmoud Abbas.The US secretary of sta...
The Middle East Monitor
Insects decline on land, fare better in water, study finds
Insects touch nearly every corner of life on this planet, filling endless functional roles and providing services too vast to name — and they are disappearing.According to the largest study of insect populations to date, published in the journal Science, insect populations on land are decreasing by 0.92% per year. This number may seem small, but it amounts to 24% fewer insects in 30 years and 50% fewer in 75 years, a significant decline.This study comes on the heels of scientists’ warning to humanity on insect extinctions, in which 30 scientists from around the world express their deep concern...