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UB recruits Business leaders and scientists to spearhead global initiatives in research and health. 

The UB Center of Integrated Global Biomedical Sciences has now created the Sustainable Development Leadership Committee, according to UB News.

Paul Tesluk, dean and professor of UB School of Management will chair the committee. 

Gene D. Morse, director of CIGBS, said Tesluk has a “keen interest in sustainable development through innovation and sound business and management principles.”

The team of business leaders and researchers is partnering with Business Administration Masters candidates who are interested in health care from UB, Zimbabwe and Jamaica. 

CIGBS supports the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda For Sustainable Development which works to address problems such as hunger, poverty and education on a global scale. 

UB dancers present Zodiaque Dances On 

UB’s Zodiaque Dance Company is celebrating its 45th year with Zodiaque Dances On, directed by Kerry Ring and Jenna Del Monte, according to UB News. 

Zodiaque is UB’s resident dance company choreographed by students, faculty, alumni, and guests. This year’s show features an array of styles performed by UB students. 

The show will feature pieces from alumni Richard Ashworth, Rebecca Guile Wind and Danielle Sheather. The show also includes a bow ceremony directed by Tom Ralabate, Zodiaque’s immediate past artistic director. 

Zodiaque Dances On will be held at the Center for the Arts on March 7-9 at 7:30 p.m. and March 10 at 2:00 p.m..


Nonprofit CEO reinstated after mayor’s confidant takes action
 L. Nathan Hare, CEO of the Community Action Organization, was temporarily fired by the nonprofit’s board of directors, according to The Buffalo News.

Attorney Adam Perry intervened on Hare’s behalf, leading to his reinstatement and the dismissal of four directors who tried to fire him.

Hare was allegedly fired due to his unsatisfactory performance as CEO, communication problems and suspicious financial dealings. The board a forensic accountant immediately after.
 Daniel Borochoff, head of CharityWatch, said the nonprofit should be investigated by the state attorney’s office.

Boulevard Mall goes to auction after value plummets
 Town of Amherst representatives are promoting the Boulevard Mall to investors as it will be auctioned this spring, according to The Buffalo News.
 The mall’s value has significantly dropped from $159.5 million in 2006 to $29.9 million in 2018, according to Trepp LLC.

The town maintains the property is worth $54.9 million.
 Amherst officials said the property’s extensive parking and Niagara Falls Blvd. location are among reasons to invest.

A potential metro rail extension, which could facilitate access and potential federal and state tax benefits, is also in investors’ favor. 


House of Representatives passes bill to avert another shutdown

On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed a bill allocating funds towards building 55 miles of President Trump’s proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall. The bill allocated $1.37 billion, although Trump demanded $5.7 billion. 

Trump, in a statement released by the White House, said he would sign the bill but also “take other executive action — including a national emergency — to ensure we stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border”. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi responded to the statement, and said the Democrats planned to “respond appropriately” if Trump declared a national emergency.

Amazon halts plans of a New York headquarters after opposition

Amazon has decided not to go through with building its headquarters in New York City — a plan that would have brought an estimated 25,000 jobs to the city. 

Amazon reversed its decision to build the headquarters in Long Island City, Queens when it was denied $3 billion in tax breaks after strong opposition from politicians such as Alexandria Ocasio Cortez. 

Amazon now plans to go through building offices in Arlington, Virginia and Nashville, Tennessee. 


Marx memorial defaced for second time in two weeks

A memorial to Karl Marx in London was vandalized for the second time in less than two weeks on Saturday, according to Al Jazeera

Vandals called the statue a “memorial to the Bolshevik Holocaust,” referencing the October Revolution that placed Bolsheviks in power.

The cemetery called the graffiti “senseless, stupid [and] ignorant.” 

The Metropolitan Police have made no arrests in either case of vandalism.

Marx’s memorial has been defaced with paint in the past and an attempted bombing in 1970. 

Iran conveys to Pakistan they need their cooperation to take action against Jaish al-Adl

Iran lodged an official protest with Pakistan’s ambassador to Tehran in the aftermath of a suicide attack by terrorist organization Jaish al-Adl, based out of Pakistan, according to Al Jazeera

The attack killed 27 members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Sistan-Baluchestan province.

 The official protest came after a statement by Iran’s parliament speaker, Ali Larijani, who held the Pakistani government accountable for an act he said was orchestrated from “their territory.”

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi responded to the claims by announcing a special delegation to Tehran in order to hold talks about the attack.