SOCIAL HOUSING: British government launches report on tenant experiences, housing reforms

London – VIJAY SHAH The UK Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has unveiled a report detailing the experiences of people living in social housing and the inequalities and stigma they face as social tenants, HEM News Agency exclusively reports. Ministers with the MHCLG, formerly the Department for Communities and Local Government, launched through their social media outlets a document, the ‘Social Housing Green Paper‘, as part of an ambition to tackle the widespread stigma against families and individuals residing in council-owned and housing association-owned properties and estates. The paper also highlights the government’s intention to give support to … Continue reading SOCIAL HOUSING: British government launches report on tenant experiences, housing reforms

DENVER POST NEWSPAPER: Three senior staff walk out over staff and budget cuts

Denver – VIJAY SHAH via AP In a sign of the decline of print journalism in the face of the digital age, the Associated Press (AP) news agency reports that three senior executives of an American paper, the Denver Post, have left their positions in protest at recent cuts in staff and finances at the struggling local outlet. One is reported to have been a former owner of the newspaper, AP reports. The trimming of operational costs, along with the controversial reduction in staff numbers, was ordered by the Post’s New York-based owners, a hedge fund named Alden Global Capital. … Continue reading DENVER POST NEWSPAPER: Three senior staff walk out over staff and budget cuts

ICELANDIC BITCOIN RUSH: Cryptocurrency mining drains entire country’s electricity supply

Reykjavik – VIJAY SHAH via Grande Medios Bitcoins have become the source of what could be described as this century’s very own Gold Rush. The mining of cryptocurrencies, which is the most widespread method of obtaining this cyber money, requires a significant amount of both computing power and electrical current. In the northern European island of Iceland, the residents have taken to bitcoin mining in such a way that it is causing the country to actually run out of electricity. Iceland has around 340,000 inhabitants, one of the smallest in Europe. Famed for its volcanic landscapes and breathtaking landscapes, the … Continue reading ICELANDIC BITCOIN RUSH: Cryptocurrency mining drains entire country’s electricity supply

VENEZUELA CRISIS: President Maduro threatens to seize defunct factories, punish owners

Caracas, VENEZUELA VIJAY SHAH via BBC The president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, whose country is experiencing a crisis in electricity and other materials, has passed a new decree enabling his government to seize control of underperforming or closing factories and jail their owners, BBC News reports. As Venezuela’s economy continues to slump, President Maduro held a meeting with supporters in the capital Caracas. He told them that the country needed to sort out the crisis and to ramp up levels of manufacturing. This past Friday, Maduro had also brought in a nationwide state of emergency as Venezuela suffers food and … Continue reading VENEZUELA CRISIS: President Maduro threatens to seize defunct factories, punish owners

NIGERIA SCHOOLGIRL ABDUCTION: Government hires lobby firm to save its image

A Nigerian newspaper has reported that the government of the West African nation has hired an American lobby firm to ‘launder’ its image after it was internationally criticised for not doing enough to locate over 200 schoolchildren abducted by a militant group, Boko Haram, from the northern Nigerian town of Chibok. The girls were taken by the militants into dense jungle near the Nigerian border with Cameroon in April and have still not being found. Online newspaper Premium Times, in a report filed via African news aggregate AllAfrica.com, claimed that the government of Preisdent Goodluck Jonathan has taken on the services of … Continue reading NIGERIA SCHOOLGIRL ABDUCTION: Government hires lobby firm to save its image