ART Holdings Limited (ARTD.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Paper & Packaging sector has released it’s 2013 annual report.For more information about ART Holdings Limited (ARTD.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the ART Holdings Limited (ARTD.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: ART Holdings Limited (ARTD.zw) 2013 annual report.Company ProfileAmalgamated Regional Trading Holdings Limited (ART) manufactures and distributes products in three key categories paper products, stationary and batteries. Its product portfolio is diverse; ranging from tissue paper, sanitary ware and disposable napkins to writing pens and automotive, solar and standby batteries. Its products fall under the brand names Exide, Eversharp, Softex and Chloride. The company also has substantial interests in timber plantations and offers forestry resources management services. ART has a southern African footprint, with a strong presence in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and South Africa. Formerly known as Beachmont Trading Limited, its name changed to Amalgamated Regional Trading Holdings Limited in 2001. The company is a subsidiary of Taesung Chemical Company Limited and its headquarters are in Harare, Zimbabwe. Amalgamated Regional Trading Holdings Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange
RDC Properties Limited (RDCP.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Property sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the half year.For more information about RDC Properties Limited (RDCP.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the RDC Properties Limited (RDCP.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: RDC Properties Limited (RDCP.bw) 2017 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileRDC Properties Limited is a property management, development and rental company in Botswana. It also has interests in Madagascar through a Mauritian-based subsidiary. The company develops and manages commercial, industrial and residential developments which are based in prime locations in major towns and cities of Botswana. RDC Properties Limited offers long-term value to its shareholders through construction income, rental income, hospitality income, capital appreciation and the sale of premium properties. Landmark properties in its portfolio include Masa Centre, Standard Chartered House, Chobe Marina Lodge and Isalo Rock Lodge. RDC Properties is investigating investment opportunities to expand its footprint in South Africa, Mozambique and Namibia.
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Bitcoin has caught the attention of many investors in recent years. It’s not hard to see why. In 2017, the cryptocurrency jumped from under $1,000 to $20,000, making a lot of people wealthy. Looking ahead though, the prospects for Bitcoin look more uncertain. Not only do the chances of Bitcoin being adopted as a proper currency look slim, but regulators are now cracking down on cryptoassets in a big way.If you’re looking to make money from the financial markets and you’re not afraid to take on some risk, I’d suggest taking a look at small-cap stocks. This area of the stock market can be highly profitable if you pick the right stocks. For example, had you put £2,000 into Boohoo shares five years ago, that money would now be worth over £30,000. With that in mind, here’s a look at two small-cap stocks in the FTSE AIM 100 that I believe have big potential.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Online shopping boomDotDigital Group (LSE: DOTD) is a fast-growing technology company that specialises in artificial intelligence-based digital marketing solutions. Its key offering is an advanced digital marketing platform called Engagement Cloud, which helps organisations connect with their customers. This platform is currently used by over 4,000 companies across more than 150 countries, including the likes of British Airways, Barbour, and Tottenham Hotspur.The reason I’m bullish on this FTSE AIM 100 company is that I expect it to benefit from one of the most powerful trends on the planet today – the growth of online shopping. Increasingly, we’re doing a lot more of our shopping online (particularly in the wake of the coronavirus) and this is a trend that looks set to continue in the years ahead. This means that retailers are going to need to get serious about online marketing. DotDigital, which offers solutions that enable companies to effortlessly produce online marketing campaigns, looks well placed to capitalise on this trend.Source: dotDigital DotDigital shares have been stubbornly stuck around the 100p mark for about two-and-a-half years now. In that time, however, revenue and profits have continued to expand (three-year revenue growth of 58%). 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Twitter Linkedin Tara Smith (16) looks on as Maddy Warren (20) fires a shot at goal against SMU on August 26, 2018. Photo by Jack Wallace. Nick Stephenshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/nick-stephens/ + posts High school hoops: FWCD falls, Paschal and Arlington Heights win nail-biters Nick Stephenshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/nick-stephens/ TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Nick Stephenshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/nick-stephens/ printTCU soccer maintained their undefeated record on the road Friday night, defeating Arkansas-Little Rock 2-0.The Horned Frogs got off to a quick start, taking the lead in the sixth minute. Defender Chaylyn Hubbard played in a cross to forward Maddy Warren, who headed it home for the first goal.Lightning struck in the 36th minute delaying the game by one hour.Tara Smith (16) looks on as Maddy Warren (20) fires a shot at goal against SMU on August 26, 2018. Photo by Jack Wallace.The score remained 1-0 until the 71st minute when Maddy Warren found some space outside the box and fired a long-range shot past the Arkansas-Little Rock goalkeeper.The match finished 2-0 as the Horned Frogs recorded their sixth win and sixth shutout of the year. TCU has only given up two goals all season, and both were in the draw against SMU.The team returns to action Thursday against Santa Clara, who is currently ranked 12th in the United Soccer Coaches national rankings. Kickoff is set for 9 p.m. High school hoops: Arlington Heights and Country Day lose, Paschal survives ReddIt High school hoops: Paschal and Arlington Heights win, struggles continue for Country Day Nick is a senior journalism student from Cleveland, Ohio. He covers the TCU soccer team for TCU 360. Nick is an honors student and is minoring in music. Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award High school hoops: Paschal and FWCD fall, Arlington Heights wins road tilt Twitter Facebook Nick Stephenshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/nick-stephens/ Previous articleVolleyball defeats Montana State, wins Fight in the Fort tournamentNext articleHoroscope: September 10, 2018 Nick Stephens RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Facebook Nick Stephens TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello ReddIt
Subscribe 62 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Kristin Shrader-Frechette Photo courtesy: University of Notre DameAlthough for decades the former Naval Ordnance Testing Facility, Pasadena, did secret, classified development, testing, and manufacturing of weapons, including nuclear missiles, it has never been cleaned up. The sister facility of Jet Propulsion Labs, its toxins are up to a million times higher than allowed. They cause cancer, birth defects, and damage to the brain, kidneys, multiple other organs, and are especially harmful to children. California regulators called the site “an imminent and substantial” danger.Supported by nearly 2000 Pasadena residents, our local, all-volunteer, citizens’ group, Stop Toxic Housing in Pasadena, recently filed notice it would appeal a non-jury decision by a single judge. That decision allows developer Trammell Crow to build 550 apartments on the toxic site, without first performing full cleanup. Our group’s slogan and philosophy is “Affordable Housing Yes, Toxic Housing No.”The fundamental problem is that Trammell Crow is claiming to do full cleanup, but its own scientific documents show the opposite. For instance, in August 2019 Trammell Crow sent Pasadena residents a glossy brochure that claimed it would clean up the toxic site “to highest state standards.” Trammell Crow repeatedly made similar statements to the city; at the 4-15-19 Pasadena City Council meeting, Brad Cox of Trammell Crow again assured everyone that his company would complete a “thorough and safe cleanup of the existing soil contaminants.”Yet Trammell Crow’s own scientific documents show that because full cleanup “would be a costly and time-intensive process,” none of the roughly 35 site contaminants will be cleaned up to the highest state standard. For instance, Trammell Crow’s own approved documents allow it to leave carcinogens, solvents like trichloroethylene (TCE), onsite at 26,000 times higher than the state standard—the level needed to prevent cancer and birth defects.Similarly, DTSC (CA Department of Toxic Substances Control) scientists, reviewing Trammell Crow’s scientific documents, asked Trammell Crow for “evidence that” site carcinogens, “proposed to be left in place will not be a future threat.” Trammell Crow responded that providing such safety evidence “is outside the…obligations of Pasadena Gateway [the name of the Trammell Crow LLC developing the toxic site].”Instead of full cleanup, Trammell Crow convinced state regulators to allow it to employ permanent monitoring, land-use controls, electrically-run blowers, and a thin sheet of plastic under buildings, to try to keep cancer-causing gases from entering apartments. US EPA says the plastic doesn’t work. It gets punctured and is often installed improperly, and permanent monitoring is necessary to try to protect residents. Ongoing monitoring and land-use controls are required only at toxic sites that have not been cleaned up to meet government standards and that remain very dangerous.The fact that the state regulator, DTSC, is not protecting Pasadena residents is nothing new. Consumer Watchdog recently warned that “California has some of the toughest environmental-protection laws in the nation, but also some of the weakest enforcement.” Recall what recently happened in the Los Angeles Exide Battery case; thousands of low-income, minority children have permanent IQ deficits because, for decades, DTSC was not doing its job. After 10 years of mostly unsuccessful attempts to reform DTSC, the California Legislature’s Joint Oversight Committee said in 2019 that DTSC has “an inadequate and unresponsive regulatory program.”In response to Trammell Crow and DTSC, scores of leading physicians and biological/medical scientists—from Harvard, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Notre Dame, UCLA, UCSF, USC, etc—have examined the Pasadena scientific studies. They say the only way to protect public health is to “require full site testing and cleanup before any construction” on the Pasadena toxic site. stoptoxichousing.org/site/#scientistsPasadena’s toxic-site problem is fixable. However, Trammell Crow apparently doesn’t want to spend the money to fix it, although it’s the largest commercial developer in the US, with $65 billion in assets. Instead, the state regulator is allowing Trammell Crow to spend only $1 million for partial Pasadena cleanup. Given the price of nearby commercial properties, Trammell Crow appears to be buying the toxic site for up to an $85-million discount, a 70% discount, likely because of its contamination. Why isn’t Trammell Crow spending more of its apparent, $85-million savings on site cleanup that would protect our community?If Trammell Crow is so confident about the quality of its cleanup, why did it require DTSC to remove its liability for site toxins before pursuing the development? If Trammell Crow needs liability protection because of contamination, don’t site residents and the city need it too?Shrader-Frechette is an environmental scientist and biologist from the University of Notre Dame, currently a Pasadena resident, she has authored 18 books and 450 scientific articles, she has served on US EPA’s Science Advisory Board and many US National Academy of Sciences boards/committees. The governments of Australia, Canada, Congo, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the US have repeatedly sought her assistance in dealing with their own hazardous-waste problems, and she has helped to clean up hazardous sites in each of these nations. The US National Science Foundation has funded her scientific research for 28 years, and she has won international/national awards for pro-bono work to protect poor/minority communities from pollution throughout the world. 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Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: home price appreciation Home Prices Housing Market NAR National Association of Realtors August 11, 2015 1,778 Views Xhevrije West is a talented writer and editor based in Dallas, Texas. She has worked for a number of publications including The Syracuse New Times, Dallas Flow Magazine, and Bellwethr Magazine. She completed her Bachelors at Alcorn State University and went on to complete her Masters at Syracuse University. Home / Daily Dose / Nearly All Metro Areas See Home Price Appreciation in Q2 Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home prices rose in almost all metro areas in the U.S. mostly due to the increase in home sales during Q2, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of Realtors (NAR).Despite low inventory levels, the median existing single-family home price increased in 93 percent of measured markets, with 163 out of 176 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) showing gains based on closings in the second quarter compared with the second quarter of 2014. Meanwhile, only 13 areas recorded lower median prices from the previous year.”Steady rent increases, the slow rise in mortgage rates, and stronger local job markets fueled demand throughout most of the country this spring,” said Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist. “While this led to a boost in sales paces not seen since before the downturn, overall supply failed to keep up and pushed prices higher in a majority of metro areas.”According to the NAR, price gains were recorded in 85 percent of metro areas in the first quarter. In addition, 34 metro areas experienced double-digit increases in the second quarter, a decline from the 51 metro areas in the first quarter.”With home prices and rents continuing to rise and wages showing only modest growth, declining affordability remains a hurdle for renters considering homeownership—especially in higher-priced markets,” Yun said.On a national level, the median existing single-family home price in the second quarter was $229,400, an increase of 8.2 percent from the second quarter of 2014 when the price was $212,000. Year-over-year, the median price rose 7.1 percent in the first quarter.San Jose, California metro area topped the list of the most expensive housing markets, with a median existing single-family price of $980,000, followed by San Francisco, California ($841,600); Anaheim-Santa Ana, California ($685,700); Honolulu, Hawaii ($698,600); and San Diego, California ($547,800).There were 2.30 million existing homes available for sale at the end of the second quarter, slightly above the 2.29 million homes for sale at the end of the second quarter in 2014. NAR says the average supply during the second quarter was 5.1 months—down from 5.5 months a year ago.NAR also reported that the total number of existing-home sales, including single family and condo, increased 6.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.30 million in the second quarter from 4.97 million in the first quarter.”The ongoing rise in home values in recent years has greatly benefited homeowners by increasing their household wealth,” Yun said. “In the meantime, inequality is growing in America because the downward trend in the homeownership rate means these equity gains are going to fewer households.”Chris Polychron, NAR president and executive broker with 1st Choice Realty in Hot Springs, Arkansas noted that the Realtors are reporting strong competition and limited days on market for available homes—especially at the entry-level price range.”Buyers should work with their Realtor to deploy a negotiation strategy that helps their offer stand out,” Polychron said. “If a bidding war occurs, it’s important for the buyer to stay patient and only counteroffer up to what he or she can comfortably afford. It’s better to walk away and wait for the right home instead of being in a situation where one has purchased a home above their means.”Click here to view the National Association of Realtors full report. in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News About Author: Xhevrije West Nearly All Metro Areas See Home Price Appreciation in Q2 Previous: Circuit Court Revives FDIC’s Securities Suit Against Deutsche, Goldman, and RBS Next: DS News Webcast: Wednesday 8/11/2015 The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Print This Post Share Save home price appreciation Home Prices Housing Market NAR National Association of Realtors 2015-08-11 Brian Honea The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago
News UpdatesCentre Notifies Act To Regulate Funds Received As Foreign Contributions [Read Notification] Akshita Saxena28 Sep 2020 8:37 PMShare This – xThe Central Government on Monday notified the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Act, 2020, to regulate the acceptance and utilisation of foreign contributions by individuals, associations and companies. It amends the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010 to prohibit acceptance and utilisation of foreign contribution or foreign hospitality for any activities detrimental…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Central Government on Monday notified the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Act, 2020, to regulate the acceptance and utilisation of foreign contributions by individuals, associations and companies. It amends the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010 to prohibit acceptance and utilisation of foreign contribution or foreign hospitality for any activities detrimental to the national interest. The Act prohibits public servants from accepting any foreign contributions. This is in addition to the bar placed on election candidates, editor or publisher of a newspaper, judges, government servants, members of any legislature, and political parties, among others. Further, it prohibits the transfer of foreign contributions to any other person be it an individual, association, or a registered company. Thus, sub-granting of foreign funds has been prohibited. The Act also provides that any person seeking Government approval (mandatory for accepting foreign contributions) must provide the Aadhaar number of all its office bearers, directors or key functionaries, as an identification document. In case of a foreigner, they must provide a copy of the passport or the OCI card. Explained : Changes Brought To Foreign Contributions Regulation Act It reduces the cap for utilization of funds for administrative expenses from 50% to 20%. The Act was cleared by the Parliament on September 22, 2020. Notably, it was passed unopposed in the Rajya Sabha, as the Opposition Members had staged a walk out, in protest to passing of the Farmers’ Bills. To read more about the Act and the debate in Lok Sabha, Click Here. Click Here To Download Notification Read Notification Next Story
Concerns for child safety as two convicted sex offenders residing in Donegal Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennan Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook Previous articleGrant approved for works at Scoil AdhamhnainNext articleGAA Preview: A look ahead to Division 3 News Highland Pinterest Google+ Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR James White (Left) and Jason Lydiard (Right)Gardai in Letterkenny have confirmed that two convicted sex offenders are residing in Donegal.James White and Jason Lydiard, who both served time in prison in Northern Ireland for sex offences, registered at Letterkenny Garda station in recent days.Concerns for children have been raised following sightings of the men in the area of the town, which were posted to social media this morning. Homepage BannerNews By News Highland – April 21, 2018 Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further WhatsApp
ChiccoDodiFC/iStock(FREDERICK, Md.) — Police arrested two teenagers who are accused of fatally punching a man in what investigators are calling a random and unprovoked attack.The teens, ages 15 and 16, were charged for allegedly attacking a 59-year-old man at the Great Frederick Fair in Frederick, Maryland, over the weekend, police said. The victim, who police believe was attacked at random, was found lying unconscious on the ground at around 5:30 p.m Friday and was airlifted to a local trauma center, where he died the following day.Witnesses on the scene said the man appeared to be minding his own business when he was approached by the teens.“Criminal Investigators responded to the scene and interviewed numerous witnesses who indicated that the person assaulted was the victim of an unprovoked attack,” the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “As a result of the investigation, two juvenile suspects were able to be identified and were later located and arrested by the sheriff’s office.”The massive police presence at the fairgrounds led to rumors about what may have occurred. The event’s organizers aimed to clear things up in a statement on its Facebook page.“The Great Frederick Fair’s number one priority is the safety and security of our guests,” the statement said. “To dispel rumors of the events of last night, while there was an assault, there was NO shooting and NO stabbing. The team of security and law enforcement was able to respond rapidly to control and contain the incident.”The 15-year-old suspect has been charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment. The 16-year-old was charged with second-degree assault. However, the sheriff’s office said it was consulting with state prosecutors to determine additional charges in light of the victim’s subsequent death.Investigators said they interviewed both suspects, but the office did not release any details about a possible motive.Law enforcement sources told Washington ABC affiliate WJLA-TV that the suspects may have been playing the so-called “knockout game” — in which the attacker aims to knock out the victim with a single sucker punch — but a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office would not confirm those suspicions.The violent game has been linked to assault reports in at least six states, and several people have been killed in suspected knockout attacks.The teens were being held in juvenile custody pending an initial court hearing. It’s unclear if they have retained attorneys.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
As 2015 draws to a close, the Gazette looks back on some of its top stories. It was a year when breakthrough research identified harmful chemicals in e-cigarettes and learned how toxic co-workers can be, but also how coffee and even a little sarcasm can be good for us.And it was a year in which esteemed scholars such as poetry critic Helen Vendler and physicist Gerald Holton spoke deeply about their intellectual journeys, while pianist Vijay Iler touched on the value of practice. And faculty shared the books that shaped them.As always, inspiring students sparkled, such as the five members of the Class of 2016 selected as Rhodes Scholars, a onetime Somali refugee determined to lead her homeland in a new direction, the young writers stepping up to be journalism’s hopeful future, and a cadre of Buddhist monks from Asia studying at Harvard Divinity School.In arts and sciences, an Academy Award-winning actress confessed to feelings of self-doubt while at Harvard College, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences added a new theater, dance, and media concentration for undergraduates, and a historic $400 million gift secured the bright future of Harvard’s School of Engineering and Sciences (SEAS).Students, faculty, and administrators grappled with disturbing results of a national survey on sexual assault on college campuses. President Drew Faust spoke candidly about many developments, including the House renewal project, the Harvard Campaign, and the expanded Harvard Art Museums, as well as some of her top priorities for the academic year, while Provost Alan Garber made a persuasive case for protecting academic disciplines.The Gazette took readers to Mexico for a series exploring Harvard’s many efforts to confront housing, pollution, and traffic challenges, and brought home the remarkable journey taken by middle school students from a hardscrabble Brooklyn neighborhood to Harvard’s campus last spring to learn that college is not an abstraction, but a possibility. A three-part series examined the epidemic of opioid abuse and what can be done to counter it.Stories glimpsed life in earliest Colonial America, with a look at the Old Burying Ground that opened in 1636, the year of Harvard’s founding, and an ambitious archival project to digitize the University’s collection of priceless diaries, journals, notebooks, and other documents from 17th and 18th centuries.Here are some of the year’s most popular and significant Gazette stories, along with the top videos shared on YouTube.Harvard’s Colonial North American Project website includes 150,000 images of diaries, journals, notebooks, and other rare documents from the 17th and 18th centuries. A sampling of them are on display at the Pusey Library. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerA digital portrait of Colonial lifeWealth of detail in wide-ranging archival projectPart of the University’s endeavor to digitize all its collections and make them available free of charge, the Colonial North American Project contains material scattered through 12 repositories — from Houghton Library to the Harvard University Archives to Loeb Music Library.Go ahead, be sarcasticResearch uncovers creative benefits — yes, benefits — in using sarcasm when people trust each otherDespite sarcasm’s nasty reputation, new research finds that it can boost creativity and problem-solving in the workplace.Beware those toxic co-workersStudy says they undercut groups in destructive, expensive waysThe new study examined both the human and fiscal costs of toxic workers.Class Day speaker Natalie Portman urged students to take advantage of the brimming self-confidence of youth and take chances even at the risk of not coming out on top. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerPortman: I, too, battled self-doubtClass Day speaker says that even as a Harvard student and successful actress, she questioned her worth, but learned to set her own goalsNatalie Portman, the Academy Award-winning actress, returned to Harvard for Class Day to share her own experience with insecurity.Harvard receives its largest giftJohn A. Paulson gives $400 million to endow School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, securing vision for Allston-based innovationAs the School prepares for an expansion into Allston, it receives funding to secure its impact on the world.The books that shaped themSix professors reflect on their most memorable titlesFaculty members talk about the formative books that shaped their lives and even their scholarship.Harvard President Drew Faust is pictured in her Massachusetts Hall office. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerQ&A with Harvard President Drew FaustFaust discusses University’s priorities and challengesAt the beginning of her ninth year as president of Harvard, Drew Faust outlined her plans for the University, and the challenges it faces.A onetime refugee aims highWhen she graduates from the Kennedy School, Fadumo Dayib plans to run for president of SomaliaA 2015 graduate from Harvard Kennedy School explains her journey from Somalia to Cambridge, and what she hopes to accomplish upon her return home.Chemical flavorings found in e-cigarettes linked to lung diseaseFocus on nicotine overshadowed other hazards attached to smoking deviceDiacetyl, a flavoring chemical linked to cases of severe respiratory disease, was found in more than 75 percent of flavored electronic cigarettes and refill liquids tested by researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.Student scholars, with dreams aplentyFive Rhodes recipients from Harvard share goals before heading to OxfordThe Harvard students chosen as Rhodes Scholars explained how they’ll spend their time.Jermont Haines (from left), Tukoya Boone, and Aaron Abdulmalik get a science lesson from Graduate School of Arts and Sciences student Tessa Montague. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerA college vision, made real200 middle school visitors from Brooklyn sample what a university can offerAfter “Humans of New York” photographer Brendan Stanton organized a campaign, the middle school students from Mott Hall Bridges Academy in Brooklyn, N.Y., visited Harvard to sample what a university can provide them.Heroin’s descentStages of losing control, on the street and in the bodyThe Gazette sought insights into the heroin epidemic across several disciplines, including law, health, and the science of addiction, for a three-part report on the crisis and new ideas for responding to it.How coffee loves us backHealth benefits are a recurring theme in Harvard researchCoffee is everywhere, through history and across the world. And increasingly, science is demonstrating that its popularity is a good thing.Jill Johnson applauds a student dance during rehearsal. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerTheater, Dance & MediaFAS approves a new concentration in the artsMembers of the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) backed a concentration for College undergraduates in Theater, Dance & Media that blends historical and theoretical study with arts practice.Troubling findings on sexual assaultHarvard’s portion of national study paints disturbing pictureFollowing the release of national survey results, President Faust and the University’s Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Assault responded to sexual misconduct on campus.The makeover of Mexico CityAided by Harvard experts, officials are tackling housing, pollution, and traffic problems — and solving themWith Harvard experts helping, clever and dynamic Mexico City is dealing with global megacity challenges like traffic and housing, and could be a template for a flexible, functioning urbanism of the future.Harvard’s top three YouTube videos for 2015Natalie Portman’s Class Day Speech | Harvard Commencement 2015 <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDaZu_KEMCY” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/jDaZu_KEMCY/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman ’03 addresses graduating seniors at Harvard’s Class Day ceremony on May 27 at Tercentenary Theatre.A public address by Shinzo Abe, prime minister of JapanJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addressed the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum on a range of policy issues affecting his country and the Asian community.Jumping on water: Robotic water striderWatch how novel robotic insects developed by a team of Harvard and Seoul National University scientists can jump directly off water’s surface.Digital communications coordinator Rebecca Wickel contributed to this report.