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The Gulf sultanate of Oman is looking to carve itself a new niche in ecotourism by opening up a sanctuary for one of the desert's most fabled creatures -- the Arabian oryx. Photo: mother nature network HAIMA: The Gulf sultanate of Oman is looking to carve itself a new niche in ecotourism by opening up a sanctuary for one of the desert's most fabled creatures -- the Arabian oryx. Once extinct in the wild, the rare member of the antelope family famed for its elegant horns has been dragged back from the precipice in a sprawling reserve fenced off for decades from the public. That changed last month when authorities for the first time officially opened the sanctuary to visitors -- part of a broader bid by Oman to boost tourism as oil revenues decline. On a recent outing, wildlife rangers in SUVs patrolled the sandy plains of the reserve in central Oman´s Haima province, spotting groups of grazing oryx and other indigenous species. For years, the main goal has been a basic one -- ensuring the oryx can survive by focusing on "helping the animals here reproduce and multiply", said sanctuary spokesman Hamed bin Mahmoud al-Harsousi. But now, as numbers have ticked up from just 100 some two decades ago to almost 750 today, the authorities began eyeing another role for the reserve. "There has been more interest in its tourism potential -- to take advantage of its uniqueness and rare animals," Harsousi told AFP. 'Arabian unicorn' The story of the Arabian oryx -- sometimes referred to as the Arabian "unicorn" due to its distinctive profile -- is one of miraculous survival. Hunted prolifically, the last wild member of the species was killed in Oman by suspected poachers in 1972. The species only clung to existence thanks to a programme to breed them in captivity and in the early 1980s a batch of 10 were released into Oman´s Arabian Oryx Sanctuary. Since then, regenerating the oryx has been an often precarious process. The Omani sanctuary sprawls over 2,824 square kilometre (1,100 sq miles) of diverse terrain -- from flat plains to rocky slopes and sandy dunes. Its own fate has been nearly as tortured as that of the oryx it houses. In 2007, the sanctuary became the first place ever to be removed from UNESCO´s World Heritage list as the government of Oman turned most of it over to oil drilling. On guard against poachers Now, as oil prices have plunged over the past few years, it is the wildlife once again that has become an increasing priority for the authorities. Harsousi puts the current number of Arabian oryx in the sanctuary at 742 and says that other species are flourishing there too. "In the past three years, we have been able to increase the number of the Arabian gazelle, known as sand gazelles, from 300 to about 850," he added. In addition to the animals, there are 12 species of trees that provide a habitat for diverse birds.
ADMIN posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogKhawaja Saad Rafique. Photo:Geo News LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Khawaja Saad Rafique said on Monday that though his party has no differences with the judiciary, however it reserves the right to voice its opinion if their decisions are contrary to the law. Rafique told journalists after attending a meeting along with Speaker of the National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq with party leader Nawaz Sharif at his Jati Umra residence that: ?Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has repeatedly admitted of owning an offshore company, however, he was allowed to be off the hook, which showed that there exists different criteria of justice?. He said that chief justice is right in saying that the judiciary should not be criticized but the judges should also be cautious in giving their remarks. ?We have delivered more than those who we are competing with,? he said, ?No one can say now that they have been in opposition. PTI and Jamat-e-Islami have Khyber Pakhtunkuwa?s provincial government, they are accountable to the people of their province.? He said that it will be decided in the election that whether politics of abuse will win or politics of development. ?Imran Khan will win if people opts for politics of abuse, and we will win if they will vote for development,? he added. Rafique said that the concerns of the speaker should be taken into consideration on every level. He said that Imran Khan?s attitude is not one of a political opponent rather that of someone bent on creating unrest. The railways minister said that the country can only progress if judiciary, military, and other state institutions work in tandem. ?If we all work within our constitutional boundaries and don?t become a danger to one another and don?t turn our differences into enmity then there is no danger to the progress of the country,? he remarked.
ADMIN posted a blog entry in Geo News Blog[embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/c461f9ee14b5e74f165fcb8444a2534c.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9OS8xOC8yMDE3IDEyOjQyOjQyIFBNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9L05US3dEbUZBblFEWXlOOXViSWZPZz09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] KARACHI: Dismissed reserve policemen and unpaid teachers clashed with police at the Karachi Press Club in the Saddar area of the metropolis on Tuesday. During the clashes, police arrested a number of protestors. Teachers were protesting unpaid salary dues The protestors were trying to march onto the high-security Red Zone, where the Chief Minister's House is located, to protest and present their demands. Barred from doing so, police and the protesting teachers skirmished, with the police baton charging and using water cannons to disperse the crowd. A number of minor injuries were reported from the clash and some protestors were also arrested. The protestors threw stones and glass bottles at the riot police deployed to control the situation, following which police pushed the protestors back with the help of a water cannon. The teachers claimed that they had been protesting for the past two days for their salaries, but were yet to be contacted by any government official. On July 25, around 300 government school teachers renewed their demand for salaries outside KPC. A similar protest was held earlier as well, which ended in front of Sindh Assembly on June 5, the same day the provincial budget was announced. The protest ended after Secretary of School Education Abdul Aziz Uqaili assured the protesters that their problems will be resolved within a week. Teachers across the provinces have been protesting non-payment of salaries for the last five years.
ADMIN posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogFederal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen testifies before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, July 13, 2017, in Washington, DC. AFP/Chip Somodevilla WASHINGTON: The US Federal Reserve (Fed) kept its benchmark interest rate unchanged on Wednesday but gave no clear signal about the chances for another increase this year or about any concerns about low inflation. But the central bank did confirm that it plans to begin to reduce its massive bond holdings "relatively soon". In the absence of any signs of inflationary pressure, the policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) elected to hold off on raising the key lending rate, and repeated that it "is monitoring inflation developments closely". That was largely as expected, and analysts said the Fed has nothing to gain by surprising markets, and no evidence in the data impelling it to move. But the statement at the conclusion of the two-day meeting gave economists very few hints of the Fed's thinking since it was barely changed from the statement issued in June when the central bank raised interest rates by a quarter point to the current range of 1.0-1.25 percent. Despite nearly seven years of uninterrupted job creation and a very low unemployment rate of 4.4 percent, inflationary pressures and wage gains have shown little sign of life, something that has baffled economists. The Fed has pointed to transitory factors like falling prices for mobile phone plans and prescription drugs, which will continue to depress closely watched inflation measures for some time. But some analysts are sceptical that those factors explain the whole story. "The Fed did the bare minimum today, acknowledging recent economic data and little else," Chris Low of FTN Financial said in a client note. "They clearly don't see any need to rethink their inflation forecast now." Inflation below 2% The Fed statement noted that the 12-month inflation rate, as well as the core measure that excludes volatile food and energy prices, have declined "and are running below two percent." The June statement said the rates were "somewhat below" that target -- one of the very few minor changes in the language. And while inflation is expected to remain under the central bank's two percent target in the coming months, the statement repeated the view that it is expected to "stabilise around the Committee's two percent objective over the medium term". But longtime Fed-watcher Mickey Levy of Berenberg Capital Markets said the signs to support that confidence are not visible in the data. "Broadly speaking, a sustained return of inflation to two percent seems further off," he said in a commentary. Even faced with this low-inflation picture, the committee said it continues to expect "economic conditions will evolve in a manner that will warrant gradual increases" in the key policy interest rate. The Fed's own projections in June showed the majority of policymakers expect a third rate hike this year, and three each in 2018 and 2019. But analysts in recent weeks have become increasingly doubtful the Fed will decide to go ahead with a third increase in the benchmark lending rate this year, although a slight majority still sees another hike in December. "The soft inflation developments indicate that the risks are for a shallower path of rate hikes," Levy said. Joe Manimbo, the senior market analyst for Western Union Business Solutions, was blunter saying the Fed is "a bit more concerned about the inflation outlook which puts in jeopardy another rate hike this year." Balance sheet normalisation Meanwhile, the central bank also confirmed that it will begin implementation of a plan "relatively soon" to reduce the size of its investment holdings, which were built up to record levels during the financial crisis to help support the economy, especially once interest rates reached zero. As long as the economy "evolves broadly as anticipated", the so-called normalisation plan would gradually reduce the holdings of mortgage-backed securities, the statement said. Most analysts expect the process to start in September but once it begins it will run in the background, on a set course with very gradual moves, and will not require further announcements from the FOMC.
waqas dar posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogHEREFORD: Police in West Midlands have arrested a man with knives and an axe near an Army Reserve centre, reported the BBC. The 23-year-old man was arrested on Sunday night. Police officials said there was nothing to indicate that there was a threat to the army centre and was not related to the terror attack in Finsbury Park, London. The man?s motives are not yet known and he is in custody, BBC quoted police officials as saying. ?On identifying the man our officers took prompt action to contain the threat and take him into custody,? said Asst Ch Con Martin Evans of West Mercia Police. He added that an "extremely sensitive investigation" was being carried out and added that additional police patrols would take place in the town to safeguard the citizens.
waqas dar posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogBANDIPUR: The Indian Reserve Police?s headquarter was attacked early morning on Monday in Indian occupied Kashmir?s Bandipur district, according to Indian media reports. The Indian security forces claimed to have killed four attackers in the resultant exchange. A complete shutdown owing to a state curfew and other restrictions was observed in Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) on May 28, against the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Ahmed Butt and 11 other youth by Indian troops, the Kashmir Media Service reported. Read more: Complete shutdown observed in IoK The two-day strike in the valley was called by the joint Hurriyet leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Mohammad Yasin Malik against the killings and use of brute force on civilians Indian by troops. The leaders also called for a march to Tral on Tuesday to pay tribute to Sabzar and other youth martyred yesterday by Indian troops in Pulwama and Baramulla areas.