YPO Leaders Share Insights into Building an Optimal Board of Directors

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Aug. 31, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — YPO, the premier chief executive leadership organization in the world, hosted a live Twitter chat discussing best practices and innovative strategies to create an optimal board of directors. Featured guests included YPO members and experienced board advisors Bernie Tenenbaum (@exprof2), founder and managing partner of Lodestone Global, […]

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More Evidence of ISIS’ Genocidal Intent

An important piece of journalism from the AP. “In exclusive interviews, photos and research, The Associated Press has documented and mapped 72 of the mass graves, the most comprehensive survey so far, with many more expected to be uncovered as the Islamic State group’s territory shrinks. In Syria, AP has obtained locations for 17 mass graves, including one with the bodies of hundreds of members of a single tribe all but exterminated when IS extremists took over their region. For at least 16 of the Iraqi graves, most in territory too dangerous to excavate, officials do not even guess the number of dead. In others, the estimates are based on memories of traumatized survivors, Islamic State propaganda and what can be gleaned from a cursory look at the earth. Still, even the known numbers of victims buried are staggering — from 5,200 to more than 15,000. Sinjar mountain is dotted with mass graves, some in territory clawed back from IS after the group’s onslaught against the Yazidi minority in August 2014; others in the deadly no man’s land that has yet to be secured.” (AP http://yhoo.it/2c6A94F)

Thousands Rescued At Sea. Again…”Rescuers saved 3,000 migrants in the waters off Libya on Tuesday as they tried desperately to reach Europe, a day after a record 6,500 people were rescued in the Mediterranean…After several weeks of relative calm in the stretch of Mediterranean between Italy and Libya, more than 1,100 people were rescued on Sunday and another 6,500 on Monday.Dramatic images distributed by the Italian coastguard showed children among the survivors crammed onto an old fishing boat… The total number of arrivals in Italy this year now stands at 112,500, according to the UN’s refugee agency and the coastguard, slightly below the 116,000 recorded by the same point in 2015. (AFP http://yhoo.it/2bYwadd)

Zuckerberg Makes his first trip to Sub-Saharan Africa…The Facebook founder visited Sub-Saharan Africa for the first time on Tuesday, touching down in Lagos, Nigeria. He met with local businesses and developers in an effort to understand how Facebook could “better support tech development and entrepreneurship across Africa,” the company said in a statement. His visit included a trip to a Yaba, known as the Silicon Valley of Nigeria, where he toured a coding camp for kids and met with about 50 local startup founders and developers at CcHub, a local innovation center. (CNN http://cnnmon.ie/2c6Aa90 )

People stockpiled food, police manned major crossroads and soldiers were deployed at petrol stations and banks on Tuesday as Gabon braced for results from an election that will decide the fate of Ali Bongo and his family’s 50-year grip on power. (Reuters http://bit.ly/2bPslXf)

One hundred thirty men and boys remain missing in Cameroon nearly two years after a government crackdown on suspected members of the Nigeria-based Boko Haram extremists, Amnesty International said Tuesday, calling on the government to provide answers. (AP http://yhoo.it/2bXxMUw)

A Nigerian militant group, which has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks on oil and gas facilities in the southern Niger Delta energy hub in the last few months, said on Monday that it had halted hostilities. (Reuters http://bit.ly/2bPnw04)

Kenya is on its way to breaking the devastating cycle of drought, poverty and hunger over the next decade, a leading scientist said as he was named winner of a prestigious award. (Reuters http://bit.ly/2bxYcOM)

Children who escaped Boko Haram’s Islamic insurgency now are dying of starvation in refugee camps in northeastern Nigeria’s largest city as the government investigates the theft of food aid by officials. (AP http://yhoo.it/2bPgqKT)

South Africa’s recovery from its worst drought in over century could be stalled as anticipated rain relief from a La Nina weather system remains uncertain, the South African Weather Service said on Monday.  (Reuters http://bit.ly/2bPdvSr)

The United Nations is under increasing pressure to set up an independent inquiry into its Syria aid programme after a Guardian investigation found contracts worth tens of millions of dollars have been awarded to people closely associated with the president, Bashar al-Assad. (Guardian http://bit.ly/2c6zHnf)

Palestinian authorities are silencing dissent by cracking down on free speech and abusing local journalists and activists critical of their policies, a leading international human rights group said Tuesday. (AP http://yhoo.it/2bGe11Q)

In a series of 40 rescue missions launched off the northern coast of Libya, Italian Coast Guard personnel and several partner agencies saved around 6,500 migrants said to be traveling from Somalia and Eritrea, according to the coast guard. (VOA http://bit.ly/2bPcOIS)

Iraqi militias are recruiting children from camps for civilians displaced by conflict ahead of the long-awaited operation to retake militant-held Mosul, according to a report from Human Rights Watch Tuesday. (AP http://yhoo.it/2bPdOfV)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office on Tuesday called criticism of Israeli settlement building “absurd” after a UN envoy strongly hit out at his government over the issue. (AFP http://yhoo.it/2bGid1u)

Rubbish is again accumulating on some Beirut streets after protesters blocked access to a dump, raising fears that last summer’s garbage crisis, which provoked unprecedented street protests, could return. (VOA http://bit.ly/2bTaEp7)

The U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator says a “minimum” of 10,000 people have been killed and wounded in Yemen’s conflict. (AP http://yhoo.it/2bxXAZg)

Libya has shipped the last of its chemical weapons stocks out of the country, officials said Tuesday, under a UN-backed plan to ensure the arsenal could not fall into the wrong hands. (AFP http://yhoo.it/2bPfUMN)

Sri Lanka is planning to begin testing its first web-based disaster damage and loss reporting system by the end of the year, authorities say. (TRF http://yhoo.it/2c8nmiF)

Bangladesh’s top court on Tuesday rejected a final appeal by the leader of an Islamist party against a death sentence for atrocities committed during the 1971 war of independence, lawyers said, meaning he could be hanged at any time. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/2bPcQjR)

Tea estates in southern India are hiring temporary workers during peak plucking season and denying these laborers basic rights as required by law, said a report released on Tuesday. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/2bPcREl)

The United States and India pledged on Tuesday to deepen security and commercial ties at the start of an annual U.S.-India strategic dialogue in which tension with Pakistan over the disputed Kashmir region will also be discussed. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/2bGeiSi)

Fresh fighting between ethnic minority rebels and Myanmar’s military is overshadowing an upcoming peace conference led by Aung San Suu Kyi’s new civilian government, people involved in the talks said Tuesday. (AFP http://yhoo.it/2bGiYHP)

Indonesia’s Disaster Agency said it is confident the country’s forest fires and haze of toxic smoke they send over Southeast Asia are unlikely to reach levels seen in 2015 because of favorable weather conditions and a quicker emergency response. (VOA http://bit.ly/2c5wkwC)

A prominent anti-Muslim group of Buddhist nationalists in Myanmar is criticizing former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on social media, and accidentally taking actor Morgan Freeman down with him. (AP http://yhoo.it/2bPgeeG)

Former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide made a rare public appearance to support his party’s presidential candidate. (AFP http://yhoo.it/2bTasq1)

The deadly collapse of a tailings dam last November at the Samarco mine, owned by Vale SA and BHP Billiton, was caused by drainage and design flaws, a report into Brazil’s worst-ever environmental disaster showed on Monday. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/2bxTCQw)

Venezuela on Tuesday was set to expel a crew of Al Jazeera journalists who were intending to cover an opposition march against President Nicolas Maduro, the country’s union of journalists said. (AFP http://yhoo.it/2bPfqq5)

…and the rest

The U.N health agency says three common infections transmitted by sex are increasingly resisting antibiotics, and is calling on doctors and patients to make sure the right drugs and doses are used. (AP http://yhoo.it/2bPfWEu)

The UN on Tuesday welcomed a decision by France’s highest administrative court to suspend a controversial ban on burkini swimwear, warning that the ban had fuelled religious intolerance and stigmatisation. (AFP http://yhoo.it/2bPeXUR)

When The U.S. Backs Gay And Lesbian Rights In Africa, Is There A Backlash? (NPR http://n.pr/2c6znom)

Analysis: Where next for S.Sudan and rebel chief Machar? (AFP http://yhoo.it/2bTbAK7)

Secret aid worker: I’d rather help people abroad than my own community (Guardian http://bit.ly/2bxXZuF)

Brazil impeachment: Dilma Rousseff’s last stand? (BBC News http://bbc.in/2bPfHcJ)

Will These African Languages be Lost forever? (UN Dispatch http://buff.ly/2bPi676)

Communicating development in a post-factual world: How to win against the Daily Mail (Aidnography http://buff.ly/2bPhFto)

My Fellow Americans: Please Never, Ever Say (or Imply) That the United States Is the Only Country that Tries To Do Something About Corruption (Global Anticorruption Blog http://buff.ly/2bGl36I)

Why Australia should support negotiations for a nuclear weapon ban (The Intrepreter http://buff.ly/2bGkkT3)



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News in Brief 30 August 2016 (AM) – Geneva

30 Aug 2016

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More than two million people have been displaced by Boko Haram militants acting inside Nigeria and on its borders. Photo: OCHA//Ivo Brandau

“Nigeria displaced are close to starvation”

In Nigeria, displaced people including children are on the verge of starvation and need help urgently after the liberation of areas previously held by terror group Boko Haram.

The appeal comes from Chaloka Beyani, who’s the United Nations expert on internally displaced persons (IDPs).

He’s just returned from north-east Nigeria, where government forces have pushed back the militants.

“The people who came out of those areas are severely malnourished, close to the point of starvation for most of them, including children, and I think that the scale of the crisis was not realised, there was no access in those areas, and I think now both the international community and the Nigerian government are having to scale up their efforts.”

According to Mr Beyani, well over two million people have been displaced by the violence.

He noted with concern that while most live with host communities, a smaller number have sought shelter in camps, where women and girls are subject to sexual exploitation.

More than 7,000 people rescued from Mediterranean Sea in 48 hours

Seven thousand and twenty seven – that’s the number of people who were rescued off the coast of Libya in just 48 hours, on Sunday and Monday.

According to UN partner the International Organization for Migration (IOM), many of those plucked to safety were sailing together in a flotilla of vessels unsuitable for the high seas.

It included 44 rubber dinghies, eight small wooden vessels and two bigger fishing boats.

IOM’s Joel Millman has more:

“We are aware of reports of two fatalities in the rescue yesterday; we saw photos, many people had lifejackets on, which was good, but numbers that high, it could be that two is not a number that could hold, but that’s our report of fatalities.”

IOM estimates the total number of migrants rescued this year off the coast of Libya at more than 111,000.

The agency has also noted that migrant and refugee arrivals in Greece – on the so-called eastern Mediterranean Sea route – were at their highest number since April, at around 2,800.

Back in January, nearly 70,000 people made the same journey by boat.

1.3 million children face no school meals in west and central Africa

And finally…school dinners are vital to child development, but 1.3 million students in west and central Africa may go without because of a funding shortfall, the World Food Programme (WFP) has warned.

Coinciding with the start of the academic year, the UN food agency says it needs USD$ 48 million to continue its school meals programme.

WFP spokesperson Bettina Luescher explains what happens when children don’t get the school meal they’ve come to rely on:

“What it means is they cannot concentrate, what it means is their bodies will not develop…they will never be as productive in the long run as other children will be. School meals help the children get – especially girls – get an education, they will have jobs, they will have fewer babies….it’s a huge benefit for families, for villages, for the whole society.”

Unless the funding comes through next month, WFP will be unable to help youngsters in Cameroon, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.

And by the end of this year, the agency says that assistance will run out for hundreds of thousands of children in another 11 countries.

Daniel Johnson, United Nations, Geneva

Duration: 3’27″

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Meridian Malaria Test Wins Prestigious Innovation Award

illumigene® Malaria Receives 1st Place Award at the Journées Internationales de Biologie /Association des Colloques Nationaux des Biologistes Conference in Paris CINCINNATI, Aug. 30, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Meridian Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIVO) was awarded 1st place for innovation in emergency treatment and point-of-care testing for its illumigene® Malaria test at the 2016 JIB/ACNBH Conference this summer. […]

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