Madison Realty Capital Provides $53 Million Construction Financing to Heritage Equity Partners for Multifamily Development in Brooklyn

NEW YORK, Jan. 19, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Madison Realty Capital, a New York City based real estate private equity firm focused on debt and equity investment strategies, today announced it has provided $53 million in construction financing to Heritage Equity Partners, led by Toby Moskovits and Michael Lichtenstein, for a 150-unit ground-up multifamily development […]

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Priority setting during the COVID-19 pandemic: going beyond vaccines

Iestyn Williams, Beverley Essue, Elysee Nouvet, Lars Sandman, Donya Razavi, Mariam Noorulhuda, Susan Goold, Marion Danis, Godfrey Biemba, Julia Abelson, Lydia Kapiriri Summary box • Development of vaccines is a major breakthrough in the fight against the SARS-CoV-2 virus. • Much attention has been paid to how to prioritise between patient groups for vaccination and how to ensure equity, especially in low-income countries, but there are other important decisions that need to be made. • These decisions include: (a) choosing between the various vaccines that will become available, (b) continuing…

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Two UN peacekeepers killed in an ambush in Central African Republic

Two United Nations peacekeepers were killed after their convoy was ambushed by members of the UPC and anti-Balaka armed groups in southern Central African Republic (CAR), the UN Mission in the country said on Monday. The attack took place some 17 kilometres (about 11 miles) from Bangassou, the capital of the Mbomou prefecture. UN peacekeepers had retaken control of the city on Friday, after it captured two weeks earlier by anti-government armed groups. Mankeur Ndiaye, head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in CAR (MINUSCA), strongly condemned the attack…

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Factsheet on Humanitarian Air Services (Last updated 17/12/2020)

What is it? Humanitarian air services provide a lifeline for millions of people caught in humanitarian crises. In such situations, ensuring fast and safe access to the affected areas is crucial in saving lives. Planes and helicopters are often the only way to reach crises-affected areas that have no reliable roads, ports or commercial air strips, or that are rendered inaccessible by constraints. Humanitarian air services are used to transport humanitarian staff and aid, and to carry out medical and security evacuations, as needed. The European Union operates its own…

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UNHCR East and Horn of Africa, and the Great Lakes Region COVID-19 External Update #25 (01 – 31 December 2020)

Operational Context The COVID-19 situation in the East and Horn of Africa, and the Great Lakes (EHAGL) region is in its tenth month since the first cases were reported in March 2020. As the situation continues to evolve, the region is still relatively less impacted than the rest of the continent. As of 13 January 2021, there were 319,401 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the 11 countries overseen by the EHAGL Bureau. For the past month, the EHAGL region reported 10% of the total COVID-19 cases in Africa, as well as…

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East Africa’s locust “air force” could be grounded, as another wave of the scourge takes flight

Nairobi/New York/Rome, 19 January 2021 – A locust fighting force assembled by countries in East Africa to combat an invasion of the crop-devouring pest is at risk of seeing its activities grind to a halt as funding to sustain its operations dries up, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) warned today. Without additional financing for fuel, airtime, and pilot hours, the 28 anti-locust aircraft which are now patrolling the skies to spot and spray locust swarms could cease operations in March, the Organization told partners at…

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Innovation to counter food supply-chain disruptions and spur recovery

At Global Forum for Food and Agriculture in Berlin, FAO Director-General appeals for a creative and integrated approach to agri-food systems to drive recovery from COVID-19 and achieve a sustainable world 19 January, 2021, Rome/Berlin – Innovative solutions in agri-food systems helped households and countries contain disruptions in food supply chains during the COVID-19 pandemic, and more will be required to “build back better and build back greener”, FAO’s Director-General QU Dongyu said today. Innovation occurs on the technology frontier but also in policy making and business models, he emphasized…

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WFP Uganda Country Brief, November 2020

In Numbers 11,085 mt of food assistance distributed USD 6.8 m cash-based transfers made USD 114 m six months (December 2020 – May 2021) net funding requirements 1,220,970 people assisted in November 2020 Operational Updates School Feeding activities As part of COVID-19 response activities under the Karamoja School Feeding Program (KSFP). WFP, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Sports and the District Local Governments (DLG) of the Karamoja Region, distributed the second round of take-home dry rations to 117,039 pupils. The ration distributed is equivalent to 60 days…

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