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Haitians Facing A “Dramatic” Food Crisis Says World Food Programme

By on September 27, 2020

first_imgPORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – As the months of violent protests slowly subside in Haiti, the country’s residents now face another major crisis- extreme hunger and famine.According to the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), Haiti is approaching famine-like conditions, with more than 1 in 3 people in the country of 11 million in need of urgent assistance for food.A food assessment done by WFP in October found that 1 million of the nearly 3.7 million people suffering severe food shortages in Haiti are now facing an emergency and are on the brink of famine.Additionally, the assessment shows that food insecurity in Haiti’s rural areas has increased by 15% since the last analysis in December 2018. For the first time, some 850,000 people in the capital Port-au-Prince are suffering severe hunger, with many not sure when they will eat again.To add insult to injury, the violent protests in Haiti have made it extremely difficult for organizations to give residents the assistance that they need. WFP spokesman Herve Verhoosel said humanitarian agencies’ efforts to reach people in need have been hampered by security problems during the past seven weeks.For example, he said WFP school feeding programs have been badly affected and many deliveries have had to be postponed. He said this is creating hardships for some of the most vulnerable communities in Haiti, which count on this assistance to provide food to families.In early November, President of Haiti Jovenel Moise made a formal request to the United States, asking them for humanitarian assistance for residents. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), days later, honored his request by distributing, through the United Nations World Food Program, 2,000 metric tons of food from its emergency stockpile stored in Haiti.Though the USAID provided much-needed assistance, there is still much more that Haiti needs. Verhoosel warns that without immediate help, conditions in Haiti will deteriorate further. He says it is expected the number of people needing food aid will increase to more than 4 million by early next year.last_img read more

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India,Pakistan take different positions on Kashmir conflict

By on September 26, 2020

first_imgTalk Africa: BRICS and Africa India intensifies Kashmir crackdown as tensions rise Kashmiri women shout slogans at a protest after Friday prayers during restrictions after the Indian government scrapped the special constitutional status for Kashmir photo by Danish Ismail/ REUTERS Kashmiri women shout slogans at a protest after Friday prayers during restrictions after the Indian government scrapped the special constitutional status for Kashmir photo by Danish Ismail/ REUTERSRestrictions on movement in Kashmir were eased on Saturday after Indian Government restored telephone links in some parts of the region. This happened for the first since the special status of that region was revoked on August 5.The restoration of movement came amidst celebrations and protests by Kashmiris opposed to the Indian policy in Srinagar on Friday night.The celebrations were to mark the first United Nations Security Council meeting about the Kashmir issue for about five decades.For the first time since the Indian government announced that it was revoking Jammu and Kashmir state’s rights to set some of its own laws, police vans didn’t announce imposition of a virtual curfew in Srinagar.The authorities deny there has been a curfew in the past two weeks but on many occasions people have been ordered to stay indoors.For three decades now Indian authorities have been faced with a revolt in the part of Kashmir it controls which has seen at least 50,000 people killed in that period.Critics say the decision to revoke the region’s autonomy will cause further alienation and fuel the armed resistance.But Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has said the revocation was necessary to ensure its full integration into India and speed up development.Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan discussed the crisis on Friday by telephone with U.S. President Donald Trump, Pakistani and U.S. officials said.White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said,Trump reaffirmed the U.S. position that nuclear-armed Pakistan and India should reduce tensions through “bilateral dialogue.”Pakistan has sought the international community to focus on the issue, India on the other hand maintains that the territorial dispute must be resolved bilaterally and calls the situation on its side of the border an internal affair.The U.N. Security Council met behind closed doors at the request of China and Pakistan to discuss the issue.India’s U.N. Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin said the decision over Kashmir’s status was an internal matter and that the country was committed to ensuring the situation remained “calm and peaceful”.Relatedcenter_img India hopes for stronger ties with Africa ahead of India-Africa Summitlast_img read more

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Ghana’s economic growth projection lowered to 0.9%: minister

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first_imgGhana’s economic growth has been lowered to less than one percent according to the nation’s Finance minister. (Photo by: Eye Ubiquitous/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)Ghana’s economy is set to take a further hit as its growth was lowered to 0.9 percent while its budget deficit is expected to more than double, Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta said.These projections are as a result of a fall in oil prices and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic which has affected several aspects of the economy locally and internationally.Ofori-Atta was presenting a mid-year budget review to parliament in the capital Accra.The forecast is grim reading for Ghana which had recorded GDP growth of at least six percent for the last three years and was expected to keep its budget deficit below five percent for a third year.Ghana’s budget deficit will be more than double the initial forecast as the drop in oil prices and the coronavirus pandemic weigh on state income and economic growth.According to Ofori-Atta, the doubling of the budget deficit is calculated at 11.4 percent of gross domestic product compared with a projection of 4.7 percent at the end of 2019. Economic growth was predicted to be at 6.8 percent this year and was subsequently revised to 1.5 percent in March with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.The pandemic has also reversed some fiscal gains made under an International Monetary Fund program that ended in April 2019, Bloomberg reported.The African Development Bank (AfDB) had said in a report that African countries which were dependent on tourism and oil exporters were expected to be the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.Ghana produces about 200,000 barrels of oil per day.Related Ethiopia forecasts double-digit economic growth Africa’s role in global economic growthcenter_img Egypt’s economic growth stable at 5.6%: ministerlast_img read more

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BED NUMBER LIMIT AT NEWTON STEWART HOSPITAL SET TO CONTINUE

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first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInA LIMIT on beds at a cottage hospital in the region is set to continue – after more developments around staffing.Long-term sickness at Newton Stewart Cottage Hospital saw a decision made in May to limit bed numbers to 14 – and since that point we have been able to accommodate anyone who has required a bed.General Manager of Community Health and Social Care Graham Abrines said: “In order to ensure the safety of patients and staff, a decision was made in May to limit bed numbers from 22 to 14 and we moved quickly to recruit staff to post.“We were successful in recruiting new nurses at a point when newly-qualified staff were becoming available, and we had been preparing to lift the cap on beds in September.“Since then, however, other vacancies have arisen for Registered Nurses at Galloway Community Hospital in Wigtownshire which those staff have pursued and taken up.“So while we very much welcome that staff have chosen to continue to work within Wigtownshire in other busy, demanding frontline roles, we are unfortunately not able to lift the bed limit at the cottage hospital at this time.”An update was delivered to Dumfries and Galloway Health and Social Care’s senior management team this month.And a decision has been made to continue the cap on bed numbers at Newton Stewart.The situation is being considered, and the Health and Social Care senior management team will be updated within the next three months.last_img read more

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MSC becomes first major Shipping line to use 30% biofuel blends

By on September 25, 2020

first_imgMSC’s decision to use biofuel is complementary to the company’s broader strategic approach to sustainability. The company remains committed to implementing concrete plans to modernise its green and efficient fleet via the largest container shipping investment program in the industry. Responsibly sourced biofuels could provide an alternative solution for the shipping sector to meet the 2030 IMO level of ambition for CO2 emissions intensity reduction, as well as to make significant progress toward the 2050 levels of ambition. Using biofuel on container ships could significantly help reduce emissions and improve air quality. MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) is pleased to announce that the company has started to use biofuel in its vessels calling in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Sea News, December 10 The trials were completed with a minimal 10% blend fuel and following further trials the company is now using much higher 30% blends. “We are pleased to see these trials completed successfully and look forward to now using biofuel on our vessels as a routine matter. When using such blended fuel, we can expect an estimated 15-20% reduction in absolute CO2 emissions,” said Bud Darr, Executive Vice President, Maritime Policy & Government Affairs, MSC Group. “The potential CO2 reduction in the bio component of these fuels could reach 80-90%, which we will monitor and confirm over time”, he continues. Following successful trials with biofuel blends earlier this year, MSC has decided to continue bunkering responsibly sourced biofuel blends on a routine basis. Author: Baibhav Mishralast_img read more

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Flann Microwave led Trio of Cornish Companies to Develop W-Band Components for SATCOM

By on September 24, 2020

first_imgThree companies based out of Cornwall, England, have secured £148,000 in funding to develop a technology that enables faster and more accurate communication with satellites. The Cornish companies, Flann Microwave, Teddington Systems and Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd will be working together to create miniaturized components for the next generation of tiny communications satellites, known as nanosatellites and CubeSats. Bristol-based Thales Alenia Space will support the project with advice on end-user acceptance aspects and environmental aspects.The project is expected to create 14 new jobs in Cornwall and enable them to develop space sector manufacturing, servicing and launch capabilities. Awarded by the West of England Aerospace Forum (WEAF), the R&D grant is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and delivered by AeroSpace Cornwall.The increasing demand from individuals and business for more high-speed data services is driving a revolution in satellite technology. Traditional large satellites weighing several tonnes and orbiting 22,236 miles above the equator are set to make way for nanosatellites and CubeSats deployed in constellations just 300 miles above the Earth’s surface. Maximizing the data capacity and bandwidth, offered by these systems requires much higher frequency microwave switches to transmit data to ground antennas. These ‘W-band’ switches don’t currently exist – and this is where the new partnership comes into play.With its precision manufacturing skills and experience in space flight hardware, including for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Flann Microwave is well placed to lead the project. Completing the partnership, Goonhilly will offer advice around control specifications, while Teddington will design and manufacture the electrical components, and Thales Alenia Space will provide end-user and environmental consultancy.According to Flann Microwave, nanosatellites and CubeSats as small as 10cm cubed and weighing as little as 1.4kg are small enough to be launched as additional payloads on a large mission, in clusters of up to 100 at a time on a single rocket or by the new class of vertical and horizontal space launch systems being developed in Scotland and Cornwall. This approach makes them very cost effective. They have already launched more than 350 of these satellites so far this year.last_img read more

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Ultrasonic Wireless Energy Pioneer, uBeam, Joins Air Fuel Alliance

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first_imguBeam Inc, the pioneer of ultrasonic power-at-a-distance, has now joined the AirFuel Alliance. AirFuel Alliance is a global consortium of industry leaders focused on enabling and accelerating the adoption of contact-free wireless energy technologies and standards worldwide.uBeam’s CEO, Simon McElrea, delivered an address on the applicability and readiness of ultrasonic wireless power at the Alliance’s Annual Members Meeting in Krakow, Poland being held on September 11 & 12, 2019. The mission of the AirFuel Alliance, which comprises leading members from the semiconductor, original equipment manufacturer (OEM), and energy infrastructure sectors, is to promote critical wireless power technologies and to create an ecosystem of inter-operable products and the global public infrastructure to connect and power them.AirFuel, is the leading body in the promotion of wireless energy technology and standards. AirFuel has driven alliances and standards in both Resonant and RF technology to date. uBeam now looks forward to introducing ultrasonic technology into the AirFuel portfolio, and to expand the breadth of market solutions and applications to their worldwide partners and customers.last_img read more

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Lithuania thrashes Gilas in Jones Cup

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first_imgGilas had a strong start and was able to build a lead as high as 18-10 on three pointers by Roger Pogoy but Lithuania also rode on their outside shooting to come to within 22-20.Gilas were still holding to a slim 26-22 lead early in the second quarter when Lithuania turned things around with their outside sniping to surge to a 50-41 lead at the half.Lithuania’s lead continued to swell in the third frame as it reach to its highest at 20 points but Gilas was able respond with a run to trim the deficit to 74-64 on a triple by Matthew Wright.Lithuania had another run to quickly increase the lead to 87-70 before Gilas made its last push behind Mike Myers, Pogoy and Kiefer Ravena to make the score respectable.Elgirdas Zukauskas led the way with 22 points while Edvinas Seskus and Sarunas Vingelis contributed 19 and 13 points, respectively, for the Lithuania, which moved up to solo first place with 6-1 win-loss slate.Ilonggo Ravena and Myers top-scored with 14 points apiece, while Pogoy and Wright had 13 points each for Gilas.BOX SCORE:LITHUANIA 91 — Zukauskas 22, E. Seslus 19, Vingelis 13, Linkevicius 11, Beniusis 11, D. Seskus 7, Jocys 6, Volkus 2, Apsitis 0.PHILIPPINES 80 — Myers 14, Ravena 14, Pogoy 13, Wright 13, Cruz 10, Standhardinger 9, Jalalon 5, Jose 2, Parks 0, Ferrer 0, Belo 0.Quarterscores:17-22, 50-41, 74-64, 91-80./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full] [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Lithuania thrashes Gilas in Jones Cup ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]MANILA – Gilas Pilipinas failed to sustain its strong start. It suffered a 91-80 defeat in the hands of Lithuania in the 2017 William Jones Cup yesterday at the Taipei Peace International Basketball Hall in Taiwan.With the defeat, the national men’s basketball team has dropped to 4-3 win-loss slate and can only salvage a bronze medal finish if it wins over India and Iran in its last two games.last_img read more

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Warriors play final game at Oracle today to force Game 7

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first_imgKawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry and the Raptors are playing for Canada’s first NBA crown, not to mention the country’s first major title since the Toronto Blue Jays won the World Series in 1993.Toronto leads the series 3-2 series and is 3-0 on the Warriors’ home floor this season.“For some reason I think both teams are really good road teams and have been all season,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “That’s one thing. Two, two really tough-minded teams playing and you’ve got to be a little more tough-minded on the road. And I think a lot of those games probably could have gone either way.”The Warriors might have to overcome being both emotionally and physically spent after watching two-time reigning Finals MVP Durant go down again.Durant had returned from a month-long absence with a strained right calf to start Game 5 only to rupture his right Achilles tendon in the second quarter.Durant announced Wednesday (Thursday, Philippine time) on Instagram the severity of his injury and that he had undergone surgery.The Warriors also lost reserve big man Kevon Looney as he re-aggravated a cartilage fracture in his right collarbone area.Klay Thompson expects more energy than ever given the Warriors have recently gone through, not to mention all of the highs and lows during 47 seasons at Oracle.“We’re just thinking about enjoying this last show at Oracle we’re about to give our fans. And I expect our fans to be the loudest they have ever been, especially in the name of Kevin and bringing his type of spirit he would bring to the fight and the competitiveness,” Thompson said. “I know our fans will do that because we deserve it, but more importantly Kevin does for what he gave this team, this organization. There wouldn’t be banners if it wasn’t for his presence.” (AP) Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry shoots during a team practice in Oakland, California ahead of the 2019 NBA Finals Game 6 against Toronto Raptors. AP OAKLAND – Stephen Curry offered a long list of things motivating the Golden State Warriors to extend their season once more and keep alive the chase for a third straight championship.Winning for injured teammate Kevin Durant certainly ranks No. 1 heading into today’s Game 6 of the NBA Finals.A victory in the last game at Oracle Arena is right up there, too.“I don’t think much needs to be said about the motivation that we have or are going to have tomorrow,” Curry said on Wednesday (Thursday, Philippine time). “To protect our home court, feed off our crowd’s energy, play for ‘K’ and try to keep our season alive. There are a lot of things that you can kind of tap into for energy tomorrow. We’ll be ready.”last_img read more

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Ciptakan Bandara Ramah Lingkungan, Bandara San Francisco Larang Penggunaan Botol Plastik Sekali Pakai

By on September 23, 2020

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedBaggage Wrapping Bandara I Gusti Ngurah Rai Gunakan Plastik Ramah Lingkungan, Bagaimana dengan yang Lain?11/04/2019In “Bandara”Wujudkan Bandara Ramah Lingkungan, Bandara Dubai Kurangi Penggunaan Plastik Sekali Pakai13/06/2019In “Bandara”Revolusioner! Tempat Makan di Pesawat Terbuat dari Bahan Alami dan Bisa Dimakan25/09/2019In “Domestik” San Francisco International Airport. Sumber: istimewa Gerakan go-green dengan mengerem penggunaan plastik sekali pakai di dunia belakangan ini sudah mulai digalakkan. Tidak hanya di Indonesia saja, di luar negeri pun tengah gencar menyuarakan kampanye yang bertujuan untuk melindungi lingkungan ini. Sebut saja di Bandara Internasional San Francisco yang mulai memberlakukan aturan larangan penggunaan botol plastik sekali pakai yang akan efektif tertanggal 20 Agustus mendatang.Baca Juga: Tekan Limbah, Qantas Tahun Ini Stop Penggunaan Boarding Pass Berbahan KertasSebagaimana yang dilansir KabarPenumpang.com dari laman airport-technology.com (6/8), larangan ini diberlakukan pada semua botol air plastik sekali pakai yang ada di semua restoran, kafe, maupun mesin penjual otomatis yang ada di bandara berkode SFO tersebut. Sebagai gantinya, pengunjung akan dihimbau untuk membawa botol minumnya sendiri selama bepergian. Tidak asal mengeluarkan regulasi begitu saja, pihak bandara SFO juga telah menyediakan lebih dari 100 stasiun pengisian air minum gratis di sejumlah titik di bandara.“Dihimbau kepada seluruh pengguna bandara, baik vendor, penumpang, maupun bagian lain untuk tidak menggunakan, menyediakan, atau menjual minuman dalam botol plastik sekali pakai,” tulis pihak bandara dalam sebuah pernyataan.“Sebagai gantinya, kami sudah menyediakan stasiun pengirian air minum gratis dan menjual botol-botol minuman yang dapat dipakai berkali-kali,” tambahnya.Kendati menggunakan botol minuman yang dapat digunakan berkali-kali, itu tidak akan mengubah atau mengurangi cita rasa dari minuman yang Anda bawa – terkecuali Anda tidak pernah mencucinya hingga mengeluarkan bau yang tidak sedap.Walhasil, upaya bandara SFO untuk mengurangi limbah plastik ini disambut baik oleh berbagai kalangan – mulai dari pelancong yang perduli terhadap lingkungan hingga kelompok pemerhati lingkungan, Travel Without Plastic.“Kami sangat menyambut baik niat dari bandara SFO yang mulai mengeliminasi penggunaan dari botol plastik sekali pakai,” ujar pihak Travel Without Plastic.Baca Juga: Wujudkan Bandara Ramah Lingkungan, Bandara Dubai Kurangi Penggunaan Plastik Sekali PakaiSebelumnya, Bandara Internasional Dubai (DXB) telah terlebih dahulu menyuarakan kampanye ramah lingkungan ini. Bandara DXB berencana untuk melarang setiap orang untuk menggunakan sedotan plastik di kawasan bandara dan menggantinya dengan bahan yang lebih ramah lingkungan. Tidak hanya sedotan, pihak bandara DXB juga telah melarang penggunaan dari kantong plastik hingga kertas yang menjadi salah satu penyebab utama dari pencemaran lingkungan.last_img read more

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