White House Spokesperson Psaki Has COVID-19, Last Saw Biden on Tuesday

White House press secretary Jen Psaki tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, she said in a statement, adding she had last seen President Joe Biden on Tuesday. Psaki, 42, who stated she was vaccinated and experiencing mild symptoms, said she and the president sat outside more than 6 feet (1.8 m) apart and wore masks on Tuesday. Biden tested negative for COVID-19 on Saturday, said a person familiar with the matter. “I am disclosing today’s positive test out of an abundance of transparency,” Psaki said. Psaki, the main spokesperson for…

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Two Explosions Hit Congo’s Eastern City of Beni

BENI, CONGO – Congo banned public gatherings for two days starting Monday in Beni, after the eastern city was hit by two explosions. A suicide bomber detonated his explosives at a busy intersection in Beni on Sunday, the same day another explosion rocked a Catholic church, authorities said. Neither bomb killed any civilians, but the government closed major gathering spaces for two days and imposed restrictions on public meetings as a precaution against further explosions. The suicide bomber has been identified as a Ugandan who was a member of the…

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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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