OECS Commission, Castries Saint Lucia 03/09/15 -The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission is in final preparations to host its fifth climate change seminar, which is to be held under the theme: Strengthening the Environment and Building Resilience to Climate Change in OECS Member States”.
The seminar will take place at the Conference Room of the Verandah Resort and Spa in St Phillips, Antigua from September 9-10 2015.
2 September 2015 - 9:45am Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE has joined the international community in a demonstration of solidarity for the island of Dominica, and has pledged US$100,000.00 towards relief efforts on behalf of the Government of the Virgin Islands.
Premier Smith stated that while the British Virgin Islands was spared, the Government wanted to reach out in a tangible way to the Government and people of the Commonwealth of Dominica.
The flood situation in Assam remains grim even as the number of flood hit people has increased to 12.40 lakh in over 2199 villages across 19 districts.
Four more people have been killed due to floods in Assam and nearly 1.76 lakh hectares of cropland has been damaged.
More than 2.66 lakh displaced people have taken shelter in 385 relief camps.
The worst affected districts are Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Lakhimpur, Tinsukia, Kokrajhar, Nalbari and Dhubri.
In the area rivers are flowing above the danger mark.
The governor of Chimbu Province in Papua New Guinea has confirmed the drought impact is severe in some parts of the province, such as the Wahgi Valley.
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Source: Reuters - Thu, 3 Sep 2015 23:00 GMT
Afghan refugees complain of harassment in Pakistan
Number of people returning to Afghanistan rises sharply
Problems reflect chill in relations between neighbours
Returning families say Afghanistan no safer than when they fled
By Frank Jack Daniel
KABUL, Sept 4 (Reuters) - Rahim Khan's return to Afghanistan 28 years after fleeing to Pakistan was not the homecoming he had dreamed of.
Rice crops in western Cambodia will die from drought if the region does not receive rain within the next month, officials said Thursday, as a development organization urged the government to do more to assist farmers with irrigation.
A delay to the beginning of the rainy season, which typically lasts from the end of May through the first half of October, has devastated provinces that are home to the country’s largest area of rice fields and plantations, vice president of the National Committee for Disaster Management Nhim Vanda told RFA’s Khmer Service.
Local knowledge can make new force more effective, but some say it needs more training and oversight.
The Afghan Local Police (ALP) are playing an increasingly important security role, but questions remain about the accountability of this new and sometimes controversial force. Speakers at a series of IWPR debates held around Afghanistan in August called for action to curb corruption and abuses in order to ensure these police units enjoyed local support.
Calais, le 31 août 2015
La Commission européenne a annoncé aujourd'hui l'allocation d'une aide financière à la France afin d'aider le pays à résoudre la situation à Calais.
Frans Timmermans, Premier Vice-Président de la Commission européenne et Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissaire à la Migration et aux Affaires intérieures, ont visité Calais, aux côtés du Premier Ministre français Manuel Valls et du Ministre de l'Intérieur français Bernard Cazeneuve.
Geneva, 4 September 2015
By Kate Pawelczyk
The night of 26 August began as any other night for Mary Fontaine, her husband and their two children. The family live in the south-eastern community of Petite Savanne, in Dominica, a 290 sq. mile island country in the eastern Caribbean.
The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, today delivered a check in the amount of $25,000 to the Permanent Representative of Dominica to the OAS, Hubert Charles, which represents the initial contribution of the Organization to the emergency phase of recovery efforts following Tropical Storm Erika.
Members of the Mvuwo women’s group in Arusha, Tanzania, come together on a weekly basis to make mango pickles, produce jam, and bottle honey, which they then sell to raise income for their members. Although the group is certified to process, pack, and sell their produce by the regulatory authorities in Tanzania, a year ago, they began facing problems with poor quality packaging that was affecting their sales.
the Ministry Of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDIMAR) has established all measures to reduce risk following the prediction of unusual rains and storms across East Africa caused by El Nino.
The Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) Climate Prediction and Application Centre predicts that the rise in water temperature in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans may lead to floods and landslides in affected regions.
9/4/2015 - 01:40 GMT
by Danny Kemp with Peter Murphy in Budapest
European Union foreign ministers were set to meet Friday to discuss the continent's escalating migrant crisis, after the father of a Syrian toddler found dead on a beach spoke of how his children "slipped through my hands" as their boat sank.
The heartbreaking images of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi lying dead in the surf have ramped up pressure on political leaders to address Europe's worst refugee crisis since World War II.
KYANGIN — Major General Parinya Khoonnasee and members of the Royal Thai Army medical delegation provided free orthopedic and general medical treatment to patients at Kyangin township hospital in Hinthada District, Ayeyawady Region, on 2 September.
The Thai Army’s medical team was accompanied by Ministry of Health officials and assisted by Township Administrator U Phyo Min Htaik and departmental officials.
A total of 516 flood victims were treated by the medical team.
HKAMTI — Continuous heavy rains in Hkamti District and northern parts of Chindwin River since August 30 are still inundating low-area villages and Hkamti town in Sagaing Region.
The sandbags and water control walls have not been able to prevent water spilling out of the lake and river.
A total of 353 households in low areas of the township were inundated and 1,803 flood victims are sheltering in a camp with assistance of accommodation and foods at the town’s Myatheintan Pagoda.— District IPRD
Calais, 31 August 2015
Today, the European Commission announced financial aid to support France to help address the situation in Calais.
European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos visited Calais, alongside French Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Minister of Interior Bernard Cazeneuve.