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19 Dec 2014 description
report Yemen Times

Published on 18 December 2014 in Report
Bassam Al-Khameri (author)

It has been four years since clashes between the military and Houthis in Sa’ada governorate came to an end. Residents of Sa’ada displaced by the fighting are yet to return home, however, as they continue to wait for properties damaged in the conflict to be reconstructed.

19 Dec 2014 description

From the 1st to 10th of December, the EU funded programme HIJRA AMINA and the Directorate of Violence Against Women (DVA W) embarked on an intensive public campaign in Erbil, targeting the IDP and refugee populations, host communities and the general public, on domestic violence and trafficking in persons (TiP). The aim of this joint effort was to raise public awareness on the two crimes.

19 Dec 2014 description
report Yemen Times

Published on 18 December 2014 in News Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshiki (author)

SANA'A, Dec. 18—Yemen’s Parliament unanimously granted a vote of confidence on Thursday afternoon to the new Cabinet formed by Khalid Bahah that was formed on Nov. 9.

Ali Al-Ansi, an Islah party member of Parliament (MP), said that the vote was necessary because of the extreme instability in Yemen. “We had no solution other than to grant a vote of confidence in order to help stabilize the country.”

19 Dec 2014 description

QUETTA: Two more polio cases have been detected in Qila Abdullah and Nasirabad districts of Balochistan.

According to sources in the health department, 19 cases of the crippling disease have been reported so far this year from different parts of the province.

A polio vaccination campaign was suspended in Quetta on Nov 26 after a gun attack on polio workers in which four vaccinators, among them three women, lost their lives.

19 Dec 2014 description

This area was enveloped in darkness for 30 long years which spread differences in nationality and religion. An era which we should erase from our memory, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the UPFA public rally in Kilinochchi on Thursday (18).

19 Dec 2014 description

75 houses to be constructed for the affected families

The resettlement of the families affected by the recent landslide in Meeriyabedde in Koslanda got off the ground today (18th December). Commencing the project Secretary Defence and Urban Development Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa laid the foundation stone for the new housing scheme during a ceremony held there this morning.

19 Dec 2014 description

KARACHI: Provincial health authorities on Wednesday confirmed another polio case in Sindh — a 10-month-old girl from Sanghar — bringing the tally to 28 cases this year.

Officials in the expanded programme on immunisation (EPI) in Sindh said Pooja, daughter of Umeedo of Sanghar district, was the latest victim whose stool samples were sent to the National Institute of Health (NIH) Islamabad three weeks ago.

She is the second polio victim from Sanghar district. A 2-year-old boy was the first victim whose infection was confirmed in July.

19 Dec 2014 description

KARACHI: In the wake of below average rainfall in Thar in recent years, the Sindh government has planned a series of water, food and livestock projects under a strategy to end water shortfall in the drought-hit desert district, it emerged on Wednesday.

Officials in the Sindh government said the death of 311 children in the drought-hit Thar, spread over 22,000-kilometres, prompted the urgency to build a series of water reservoirs in the desert. In this regard, an ‘efficient water resource management’ project was ordered by Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah.

19 Dec 2014 description

Aamir Yasin | Kashif Abbasi

ISLAMABAD/RAWALPINDI: While Islamabad police and Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) directed all school administrators on Wednesday to ensure security of students, there are over 50 schools in the federal capital which do not have boundary walls.

Following the attack on a school in Peshawar, FDE through an official letter told schools to deploy guards at the entrance gates and equip the guards with metal detectors to frisk visitors, keep gates closed and keep a record of private transporters who provide pick and drop service to students.

19 Dec 2014 description

UNFPA donates two mobile lab buses to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to help combat the Ebola Virus Disease Epidemic in Liberia.

19 Dec 2014 description
report Irrawaddy

By NYEIN NYEIN

CHIANG MAI, Thailand — Burmese migrants and NGOs supporting migrants in Thailand have called on the Thai government to reform its social security system so that legally registered Burmese, Laotian and Cambodia workers in the country can gain long-term benefits from the system.

19 Dec 2014 description
report Mizzima News

The largest clinic in Myanmar for treating HIV/AIDS and drug resistant tuberculosis has been officially opened in Yangon’s Insein Township by the international medical humanitarian organisation, Medecins Sans Frontieres.

The clinic will have the capacity to treat a total 10,000 HIv/AIDS patients and about 45 people with DR-TB who are co-infected with HIV/AIDS, says MSF, or about 150 patients a day.

19 Dec 2014 description

By David Tereshchuk*

December 18, 2014—UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, was drawn into the island country of Sri Lanka by the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami that occurred on December 26, 2004.

The massive tidal waves, high force winds and torrential rains caused havoc throughout the region, and Sri Lanka was especially hard-hit. An estimated 40,000 Sri Lankans were killed, and almost a million people there suffered the upheaval of lost homes and livelihoods.

19 Dec 2014 description

By Laura Wise*

This article is the first in a series of special coverage commemorating the 5-year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti. Stay tuned for the full series.

Iowa, the Great Flood of 1993. North Carolina, Hurricane Floyd, 1999. New York City, September 11, 2001. In the aftermath of each of these disasters, Rev. Tom and Rev. Wendy Vencuss of the New York Annual Conference were there, helping communities to recovery and get back on their feet. Even this long and committed experience, though, would not prepare them for the events of January 12, 2010.

19 Dec 2014 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

Source: Reuters - Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:50 GMT

  • Houthis appear to be imposing own views of women's role

  • Reports abound of harassment of women

  • Houthis deny curtailing liberties

  • Rights researcher says stories of harassment worrying

By Yara Bayoumy

SANAA, Dec 18 (Reuters) - When Yemeni Arwa Othman took a dance at the headquarters of a political party in Sanaa, she exposed the kind of deep hostility that is worrying women's rights campaigners now that Houthi rebels control the capital.

19 Dec 2014 description
report AlertNet

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:58 GMT
Author: Chris Arsenault

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Global warming could cause an 18 percent drop in world food production by 2050, but investments in irrigation and infrastructure, and moving food output to different regions, could reduce the loss, a study published on Thursday said.

Read the full article on AlertNet.

19 Dec 2014 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

Source: Reuters - Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:31 GMT

FREETOWN, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Sierra Leone's leading doctor died of Ebola on Thursday, hours after the arrival in the country of an experimental drug that could have been used to treat him, the government's chief medical officer said.

Read the full article on Reuters - AlertNet

19 Dec 2014 description
report AmeriCares

Stamford, Conn. – Sept. 18, 2014 – Global pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk has donated $1 million to support AmeriCares comprehensive response to the West Africa Ebola outbreak. The gift will support the emergency response and global health organization’s efforts to contain the outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, which has infected more than 18,000 people and killed nearly 7,000. AmeriCares Ebola response aims to expand treatment capacity, reduce transmission, restore access to essential health services and improve safety practices in health care facilities.

19 Dec 2014 description

The SMM continued to monitor the implementation of the provisions of the Minsk Protocol and Memorandum and the work of the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC). The SMM observed no shelling or use of fire-arms, although the JCCC did report on a number of cases. Furthermore the SMM noted no movement of weaponry towards the contact line, noting on the contrary movement away from it.

Near government-controlled Lidine (65km south-west of Donetsk), the SMM observed two trucks – each towing D-30 howitzers (artillery piece) – moving west, away from the contact line.

19 Dec 2014 description

Mbanza Congo - At least nine hundred and three unexploded ordnance will be demolished on Friday, in the commune of Luvo, Mbanza Congo city, northern Zaire province, by the National Demining Institute (INAD).

According to a note from the provincial department of INAD, delivered to ANGOP, in Mbanza Congo, the material consists anti-personnel landmines, mortar shells, rockets, grenades, TNT block and various ammunition.