What we’re reading: Indonesia arrests hundreds for suspected involvement in forest fires

first_img + posts Welcome TCU Class of 2025 TCU celebrates first-generation students What we’re reading: Chilean protests continue in Santiago TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history print Motorcyclists wear protective masks in Indonesia. Photo by CNN.Four corporations are under investigation and about 200 people have been arrested across six provinces over suspected involvement in massive forest fires in Indonesia.According to CNN, the fires are a result of slash and burn farming techniques to clear the land.Roughly 600 schools in Malaysia have closed because of air pollution from debris. About 800,000 acres of land have been burned and hundreds of residents have had to evacuate, according to Indonesia’s National Board for Disaster Management.Authorities have sent 52 planes to conduct water bombing operations to battle the flames. Abortion rates have decreasedAbortion rates across the nation are at their lowest since the practice became legal in 1973, according to a report from the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights. The report said the drop in abortions are due to a drop in pregnancies across the world, increased access to contraception and better education about safe sex practices.Despite the almost 400 U.S. state laws enacted between 2011 and 2017 restricting abortion access, the report found no evidence that stricter abortion laws played a major role in the overall decline of abortions.Spain to hold its fourth election in four yearsDespite months of negotiation, Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez did not receive enough support from parliament to form a government.Sánchez’s PSOE party, or the Spanish Socialist Worker’s Party, gained the majority of its seats earlier this year but could not take control of the 350-seat parliament, according to CNN. Spanish citizens will be going back to the polls on November 10, less than seven months after the general election. Environmental activists arrested at UK airportAt least 19 members of Heathrow Pause, a group of environmental activists opposed to the expansion of the Heathrow airport, were arrested for flying drones inside restricted airspace. Photo by Student News Daily“It is a crime against humanity and all life on Earth to support carbon–intensive infrastructure projects,” Heathrow Pause said. The protestors were warned that flying drones could endanger passenger lives, which is punishable by life in prison.That’s what we’re reading today, be sure to check in tomorrow for a look at the biggest headlines. A forest fire in Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo by CNN ReddIt Yulissa Cortinahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/yulissa-cortina/ Yulissa Cortinahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/yulissa-cortina/ Linkedin Facebook Twittercenter_img Twitter Yulissa Cortinahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/yulissa-cortina/ Yulissa Cortina Facebook ULA gives college advice​ to local high schoolers Linkedin ReddIt Students approve all proposed changes to SGA’s constitution World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Previous articleTCU News Now 9/18/19Next articleHoroscope: September 19, 2019 Yulissa Cortina RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Yulissa Cortinahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/yulissa-cortina/last_img read more

Will letting agents soon have to offer students rent discounts?

first_imgTens of thousands of student rent payers have been handed a 50% discount by the UK’s largest student accommodation provider.In a move likely to put private landlords and lettings agents under pressure to follow suit, Unite Students made the month-long offer after facing pressure from swathes of the student population, who are frustrated at not being able to return to campuses until mid-February. #It follows news that students at 31 universities were threatening to hold social-media organised rent strikes to protest at having to pay for their empty accommodation.Unite Students said that as well as the 50% discount, student rent payers would also get a four-week complimentary extension of their tenancy agreement at the end of the academic year, to help them finish any studies, carry on with part-time work, or enjoy summer in their university city.Both the discount and extension will be available to students checked-in, but not living in, their accommodation between 18th January and 14th February.Challenging time It says that it appreciates this is a challenging time for students and Richard Smith, Unite’s chief executive, adds: “The new rent discount recognises the challenges and disruption that students face following the government’s latest lockdown announcement, and we feel that taking this action is the right thing to do.”Some universities, such as Essex, Sheffield, Manchester and Newcastle, have already confirmed that students in their accommodation won’t have to pay rent if they don’t come back during lockdown.But Universities UK says the vast majority of students don’t rent university-owned accommodation and rely on decisions made by private landlords or other providers.Unions also believe students shouldn’t pay for empty accommodation during lockdown; the National Union of Students is calling for rent rebates and the opportunity to leave tenancies early.Unite Students Richard Smith student accommodation January 13, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » COVID-19 news » Will letting agents soon have to offer students rent discounts? previous nextCOVID-19 newsWill letting agents soon have to offer students rent discounts?The UK’s largest student accommodation provider has cut rents by 50%, putting private landlords under pressure to follow suit.Nigel Lewis13th January 202101,365 Viewslast_img read more