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Gold rush draws hundreds of dredging rafts to Amazon tributary



Gold rush draws hundreds of dredging rafts to Amazon tributary

AUTAZES, Brazil, Nov. 24 (Reuters) – Hundreds of dredging rafts operated by illegal miners have gathered in a gold rush on the Madeira River, a major tributary of the Amazon, floating hundreds of miles as state and federal authorities dispute who was responsible is to stop them.

The rafts, equipped with pumps, are moored together in lines that stretch almost across the vast expanse of Madeira, and a Reuters witnessed exhaust plumes indicating they are vacuuming the riverbed in search of gold.

“We have counted as many as 300 rafts. They have been there for at least two weeks and the government has done nothing,” said Greenpeace activist Danicley Aguiar.

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The gold rush started when world leaders gathered for a United Nations climate conference in Glasgow, where Brazil swore it had stepped up protection of the Amazon rainforest. read more

However, far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has weakened environmental enforcement since taking office in 2019, turning a blind eye to invasions of protected public and indigenous lands by illegal loggers, ranchers and wild gold diggers.

The Madeira flows some 2,000 miles (3,300 km) from its source in Bolivia through the rainforest in Brazil and into the Amazon River.

The dredging rafts drifted downstream from the Humaita area, where there has been a wave of illegal gold mining, and were last seen about 400 miles (650 km) away in Autazes, a municipal district southeast of Manaus.

A spokesman for the Brazilian environmental protection agency Ibama said the illegal dredging of the Madeira River was not the responsibility of the federal government, but of the state of Amazonas and its environmental agency IPAAM.

The head of IPAAM, Juliano Valente, said his agency has ordered state security forces to act, but he insisted that the river is under federal jurisdiction and enforcement should be left to the federal police and the National Mining Agency (ANM). ).

The federal police and the ANM did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“It’s free for everyone. None of the authorities are doing anything to stop illegal mining, which has become an epidemic in the Amazon,” Aguiar said.

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Reporting by Bruno Kelly Writing by Anthony Boadle Editing by Brad Haynes and Mark Potter

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When a staff shortage closed the dining room of her favorite restaurant, a retiree grabbed an apron to help





By Will Cadigan, CNN

When the dining room of an Ohio great-grandmother’s favorite restaurant closed due to staff shortages, she grabbed an apron without hesitation.

“I was here on opening day and was a regular,” Bonnie August, 81, told CNN at the Culver’s restaurant in Findlay. “I have my favorites for custard, I think we all have that. And I look at the flavor of the day and make a list and pick those days to meet up with friends.”

Danielle Doxsey, owner of the franchise store, said an influx of business and a shortage of staff forced her to close the dining room. “We didn’t want to overwhelm the staff,” she explained.

But that just didn’t sit well with Bonnie. “I don’t like to eat in my car,” she commented. “They should just open up.”

So she decided to do something about it. ‘I walked to the door,’ said Bonnie, ‘and Dani came to the door and said, ‘Oh Bonnie, I’m sorry, we’re not open.’ And I said, ‘I know. I want to apply.'”

Bonnie is a great-grandmother who previously worked in a factory after her husband was injured. “I just went to that factory and asked if I could fill out an application,” she said, “And they called me and asked me if I could start on the third shift Sunday night. And I said that would be perfect. I wanted to work , so I was available to my kids all day long. … So midnight worked great.”

Since she retired in 2009, she’s frequented her local Culver’s with friends and family, so she knew she had to help.

“I know the owner’s grandparents, parents and them, and they are wonderful, wonderful people and I wanted to help them, which is the main reason I came here,” emphasized Bonnie. “Just to help them stay open or open up.”

In many communities, the pandemic economy has endangered the future of local restaurants. One of the biggest problems facing businesses like the Culver’s franchise in Findlay is the labor shortage. According to the Labor Statistics Bureau, there were 10.4 million job openings across the country in September and only 6.5 million hired.

Since the start of the pandemic, millions of workers retired from the workforce, meaning workers still looking for a job now have choices when it comes to their jobs, and it shows: A record 4.4 million Americans quit their jobs in September.

That’s where the hidden helpers of the pandemic, like Bonnie, have emerged.

“My job posting says runner,” she said, “I don’t run anymore, I just rush as fast as I can. … It’s just walking, taking the orders, taking the bag and walking to the car and giving it to the people and chat to see if I can make them laugh.”

Bonnie said her return to work came as a shock to her friends and family.

“Well, first they asked me if I was crazy. “You’re not going to work anymore.” And I said, well, I am for a while. … I know that if there’s any way I can help, it’s what I need to do.”

Doxsey agreed that Bonnie isn’t looking for extra attention. “She’s doing it because she really wants us to do good, and she wants to see us bloom,” she said. “She just really wants to help and that’s all she cares about.”

Bonnie said she hopes her story can inspire other hidden helpers to give back to the things they love. “Jump into the water. It can be fun,” she says. “If you have the opportunity to give back, give back. We got so much.”

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COMEDK 1st Allotment Result 2021 Declared
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COMEDK 1st Allotment Result 2021 declared

COMEDK 1st Round Seat Allocation Result 2021 (OUT): The Consortium of Medical, Technical and Dental Colleges of Karnataka (COMEDK) today announced COMEDK seat allocation result 2021 for the first round. The counseling results have been released for those candidates who qualified for the COMEDK UGET exam on 14e Sept 2021. Candidates who participated in the 1NS Round can now view COMEDK Counseling Results online at In order to assist candidates to access and download the COMEDK Allocation Result/Letter, please find below also direct link to the official portal:

Check COMEDK 1st Round Seat Allocation Result 2021 – Direct Link (Available Now)

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According to the details shared by the Consortium, all candidates have been allocated a seat in the 1NS Tour of COMEDK counseling, must have their admission for 3 . confirmrd December. As part of the admission process, candidates must report to the assigned college with a printout of the assignment letter and all other necessary personal and academic documents. There, at the college, they will have to pay the required entrance fees and confirm their admission. If a candidate is not satisfied with the assigned seat and wishes to be considered for the next round of counseling, they can turn in the assigned seat at 5pm.e Dec 2021.

How COMKED 1 . to checkNS Round allocation result 2021 online?

According to the latest update, the COMEDK has the 1 . announcedNS Round Counseling Results in the form of seat allocation for the registered candidates. Candidates who participated in the counseling process can check the status of their seat assignment online by following the step-by-step guide below:

  • Step 1: Login to the exam portal i.e.
  • Step 2: Find and click the candidate’s application button for counseling
  • Step 3: You will be redirected to the website login page
  • Step 4: Enter your credentials and login to the portal
  • Step 5: Check for COMEDK Allocation Letter issued to you through your account
  • Step 6: Download the letter and keep it safe on your device
  • Step 7: Make a printout of the same for future reference

Also read: CSAB Special Round Vacant Seats 2021 Released, Allotment Result To Be Announced on on Dec 2


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Developer of innovative jackpot games gets green light to launch its content in the UK market, with its debut early next year

HITSqwad, an innovative new game studio on a mission to become a leading provider of jackpot games, has been awarded a Remote Gambling Software License by the UK Gambling Commission, enabling it to make its online games available to operators in the UK market.

Securing this license is part of wider plans to launch its cutting edge jackpot games in the major regulated markets around the world, with the first titles set to be released to players in the UK via Playzido early next year.

HITSqwad is run by a team of experienced industry experts who have identified a market gap for flexible and customizable jackpot games that are fully compliant with legal requirements in each of the jurisdictions that the operator partners want to target.

The provider develops a series of jackpot themes, each of which has a family of associated games. This ensures that his portfolio is varied, while also allowing operators to identify the themes and brands their players are engaged in and then add more titles.

Each title is developed with a mobile-first approach, ensuring unparalleled player engagement by providing a range of exciting features to trigger each jackpot.

Charl Geiser, CEO of HITSqwad, said: “Securing our UK Gambling Commission license is a milestone for HITSqwad. Not only is it our first major license, but it also allows us to launch our content on one of the world’s largest online gambling markets.

“Our strategy going forward is now to obtain additional licenses in other major regulated markets with the aim of giving as many operators and their customers as possible access to our innovative and exciting jackpot games.

“Our games and platform are built to be flexible and adaptable, making it easy for us to ensure they comply with the rules and regulations in each of the markets we target. The UK is an important market for us and the wider industry, and we are delighted to have been given the green light to enter the fray.”

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