Statement – Update on COVID-19: The pandemic paradox: hope and hardship, in equal measure

Statement by Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe Copenhagen, 28 January 2021 Good morning, Today, we face a pandemic paradox. Vaccines, on the one hand, offer remarkable hope. On the other hand, newly emerging variants of concern are presenting greater uncertainty and risk. A total of 35 countries in the European Region have begun vaccinations, administering 25 million doses. These vaccines have shown the efficacy and safety we all hoped they would, and we should pause to acknowledge where science and determination have got us, since…

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USAID/Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance: Development & Disaster Risk Reduction, West Africa – Fiscal Year (FY) 2020

Many countries across West Africa face complex emergencies, frequent food security crises, and recurrent climate shocks, such as floods. In FY 2020, USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (USAID/BHA) supported programs to address the root causes of chronic food insecurity; improve emergency preparedness and response capacity at local, national, and regional levels; and support communities to build assets, livelihoods, and resilience to future disasters. • USAID/BHA provided more than $76 million in FY 2020 to support development efforts and disaster risk reduction (DRR) activities across West Africa. • In FY 2020,…

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New OLI Systems platform V11 democratizes electrolyte modeling with revolutionary cloud platform; new, rigorous chemistry insights and software innovations enhance sustainability, reliability, and efficiency

Cloud Apps, Cloud APIs, Optimizer and Bulk Data Input fuel industrial digital transformation PARSIPPANY, N.J., Dec. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ —  Access OLI Anytime, Anywhere The new OLI Platform V11 brings ubiquitous cloud access to proven electrolyte technologies for digital transformation.  For the first time, field engineers, operators and non-experts can access five decades of leading electrolyte chemistry innovations on the cloud to improve operations performance for industrial processes. New chemistries and software in V11 significantly increase asset reliability, operational efficiency, and environmental sustainability by accurately predicting scaling, corrosion, and toxic…

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IOM COVID-19: Impact On Key Locations of Internal Mobility – Bi-Weekly Analysis, 4 November 2020

Executive summary The current COVID-19 pandemic has affected global mobility both in terms of international mobility restrictions and restrictive measures on internal movement. To better understand how COVID-19 affects global mobility, IOM has developed a global mobility database to gather, map and track data on these restrictive measures impacting movement. This report provides a global perspective of the COVID-19-related measures and restrictions imposed by countries, territories and areas impacting internal movements, as well as the resulting effects on stranded migrants and other population categories. The information in this report relies…

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UNOWAS Magazine N12 – October 2020

Following Togo where presidential elections were held last February, five more presidential elections are planned in Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Ghana and Niger. These elections are a major opportunity to continue the efforts undertaken for decades to strengthen democratic institutions, consolidate peace, and promote development. However, it must be noted that they are also a source of political tensions, and even – regrettably – all too often a source of violence and crises that threaten social cohesion and stability, not only in the concerned countries, but also in the…

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World Reacts with Anger, Dismay to US Man’s Death

Protests were held in several cities around the world Saturday, in seeming solidarity with demonstrators in the U.S. over the death of an African American man while in police custody earlier this week. The U.S. embassies in several countries drew protesters, angered by the death of George Floyd on May 25. Floyd died after a white police office kneeled on his neck for nearly 9 minutes. The incident was videotaped, and Floyd could be heard pleading several times, “I can’t breathe.” In Berlin Saturday, thousands of Germans gathered outside the…

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UN rights chief urges US to take “serious action” to stop police killings of African Americans

GENEVA, May 29 (NNN-AGENCIES) — The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights condemned the killing by US police of an unarmed, handcuffed Black man whose death was captured on video and led to violent protests in the state of Minneapolis. “This is the latest in a long line of killings of unarmed African Americans by US police officers and members of the public,” Michelle Bachelet said reacting to the killing. “I am dismayed to have to add George Floyd’s name to that of Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Michael Brown and…

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Cameroon Prison Fire Seriously Injures Inmates

Authorities in Cameroon are investigating a fire inside a maximum-security prison in the port city of Douala that sent three inmates to the hospital with serious burns. A fire official said two firefighters were also injured Thursday trying to put out the blaze at the New Bell jail in the commercial capital. Firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to a heavily populated neighborhood close to the prison. It is unclear what started the fire, nor if the fire was linked to overcrowded conditions in the prison. Human…

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