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Tolling the Interstates: Will Indiana be the First?

Planetzine - 1 hour 57 min ago
Indiana is on track to be the first state to apply new tolls on all lanes of selected interstate highways if they are successful in their application for a waiver from the Federal Highway Administration.

The Many Problems With Autonomous Vehicles

Planetzine - 2 hours 57 min ago
Optimists predict that autonomous vehicles will be a transportation panacea, but there are good reasons to be skeptical. They create as many problems as they solve.

Google’s quantum computing plans threatened by IBM curveball

New Scientist Tech - 3 hours 27 min ago
A mathematical leap has let IBM simulate a 56-qubit quantum computer on a traditional machine, the biggest yet on a classical computer

Singer-Activist Taina Asili Enlists Lila Downs, Immortal Technique, Talib Kweli & More For '¡Viva Puerto Rico ... - Billboard

Haiti Resilience - 3 hours 37 min ago

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Singer-Activist Taina Asili Enlists Lila Downs, Immortal Technique, Talib Kweli & More For '¡Viva Puerto Rico ...
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"Music has always been a powerful tool of resistance and resilience for Puerto Ricans. My music, my ... “As a member of Public Enemy, I have contributed to disaster efforts like Katrina and the earthquake in Haiti,” says DJ Johnny Juice. “This however ...

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Singer-Activist Taina Asili Enlists Lila Downs, Immortal Technique, Talib Kweli & More For '¡Viva Puerto Rico ... - Billboard

Haiti Rebuilding - 3 hours 37 min ago

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Singer-Activist Taina Asili Enlists Lila Downs, Immortal Technique, Talib Kweli & More For '¡Viva Puerto Rico ...
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Proceeds from the compilation will go directly to MariaFund.org, where 100 percent of monetary donations will be used to support immediate relief, recovery and equitable rebuilding on the island, especially for communities hit hardest by the storm ...

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Categories: REBUILDING HAITI

Which U.S. Cities Changed the Most This Decade

Planetzine - 3 hours 57 min ago
Analysis looks at a decade of data to determine which communities are undergoing dynamic transformations, and which are standing still.

Confronting Wisconsin's $1.1 Billion Highway Widening Proposal

Planetzine - 4 hours 57 min ago
A coalition of environmentalists, civil rights activists, and other community interests teamed up to successfully oppose a Milwaukee highway widening proposal. In an interview, one of the leading lawyers discusses his work.

Haiti - News : Zapping...

haitilibre - 5 hours 35 min ago

Deputy Gary Bodeau will visit the Judge - Opening of the hotel Basilic Bed & Breakfast - 22 Haitians arrested aboard a minibus in DR - 6th Edition of the International Festival Ayiti-Couleur - Soon the First Stone of the 4th Center...

After UN troubles, Haiti wary of new justice mission - Reuters

Security Situation - 5 hours 44 min ago

Reuters

After UN troubles, Haiti wary of new justice mission
Reuters
FILE PHOTO: Senegalese officers with the FPU (Formed Police Units) stand in formation before the start of the opening ceremony of the United Nations Mission for Justice support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH) in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, October 16, 2017.

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After UN troubles, Haiti wary of new justice mission - Reuters

Security Situation - 5 hours 48 min ago

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After UN troubles, Haiti wary of new justice mission
Reuters
President Jovenel Moise's government has welcomed the deployment of the U.N. mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH) in the face of opposition skepticism. A U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti intended to restore stability after a 2004 coup ...

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Musicians unite for “Viva Puerto Rico” album to fund hurricane relief - HuffPost

Haiti Resilience - 5 hours 56 min ago

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Musicians unite for “Viva Puerto Rico” album to fund hurricane relief
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“Music as a form of resistance and resilience runs deep in our Puerto Rican culture and history,” said Taina Asili. “Gathering musicians together to do something to support those rebuilding from the hurricane is an act I take as a continuation of our ...

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Musicians unite for “Viva Puerto Rico” album to fund hurricane relief - HuffPost

Haiti Rebuilding - 5 hours 56 min ago

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Musicians unite for “Viva Puerto Rico” album to fund hurricane relief
HuffPost
Proceeds from the compilation will go directly to MariaFund.org where one hundred percent of monies raised will be used to support immediate relief, recovery, and equitable rebuilding in Puerto Rico for the communities hit hardest by the storm. The ...

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Categories: REBUILDING HAITI

Data Shows a Tepid Post-2008 Recovery in America's Cities

Planetzine - 5 hours 57 min ago
According to data compiled by the Lincoln Institute, public revenue and spending on the local and municipal levels hasn't truly bounced back following the Great Recession.

Haiti - FLASH : Network of counterfeiters within the Ministry of the Interior

haitilibre - 6 hours 4 min ago

Jude Alix Patrick Salomon, the Minister of the Economy and Finance has alerted Max Rudolph Saint Albin, the Minister of the Interior that his Ministry was the victim of organized fraud involving several million gourdes...

Afghanistan: Afghanistan Weekly Field Report |16 – 22 October 2017

UN OCHA maps - 6 hours 5 min ago
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Afghanistan, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Pakistan

Countrywide Conflict Displacement

As of 16 October, a total of 295,317 people were displaced due to conflict in Afghanistan. This is up by more than 8,000 people compared to the previous week. The provinces sheltering the highest numbers of IDPs are Nangarhar (34,872), Kunduz (29,883), Badghis (24,625) and Baghlan (18,788).

Central: More than 1,800 displaced people reportedly arrived in Ghazni Centre, nearly 700 people arrived in Malestan, Ghazni, and more than 500 in Kabul City. In order to consider them for assistance, MoRR and partners decided to assess the situation of access to basic services in the displacement localities of the city. In 2017, 18,574 people were verified as displaced in the Central Region, 6 per cent of the total displacement.

Northern/North Eastern: More than 7,000 people have reportedly been displaced to the district centre within Emamsaheb district, Kunduz. About 1,000 people reportedly fled from surrounding villages to Dasht-e-Archi Centre, Kunduz, and some 2,200 people arrived in Kunduz City from Dasht-e-Archi and Emamsaheb districts. In Shiberghan, Jawzjan, the arrival of around 4,900 people was reported from within the province and from Sayad district in neighbouring Sar-e-Pul. This year, 106,309 displaced people have been verified in the two regions, 36 per cent of this year’s total displacement across the country.

Eastern: Fighting between NSAGs in Khogyani, Nangarhar, erupted on 15 October and displaced between 7,100 to 8,500 people, according to initial reports. Families reportedly tried to reach safe areas on foot, moving towards Khogyani centre, Chamtala, Kaga, and Jalalabad City. Since January, 46,733 people have been displaced in the Eastern Region, 16 per cent of the displacements across the country in 2017.

Southern/South Eastern: Some 1,200 people were displaced within Ghorak district, Kandahar Province, and to Sangin district, Hilmand, according to unconfirmed reports. In Kandahar Province, more than 2,000 people displaced from Maruf district to Spin Boldak, according to authorities. A total of 66,739 people are currently displaced in the two regions, 23 per cent of the total displacements this year.

Western: No significant displacements were reported during the reporting period from Badghis, Farah, Ghor or Hirat provinces. More than 1,400 displaced people were selected for assistance based on eligibility and vulnerability criteria by assessment teams. In total, 56,962 people are currently displaced in the Western Region, 19 per cent of the total displacements this year.

Returnees and Refugees

From 15 to 21 October, a total of 951 people spontaneously returned from Pakistan to Afghanistan and another 108 were deported, according to IOM. From Iran, 8,115 people returned spontaneously and 7,693 were deported. This year, 91,003 people have returned from Pakistan and 317,004 from Iran.

In the same reporting period, 1,022 refugees returned to Afghanistan from Pakistan, according to UNHCR. Since January, more than 53,000 refugees have returned from Pakistan, 79 per cent less compared to the 260,000 in the same period of the previous year. The past week, 25 refugees returned to Afghanistan from Iran. A total of 1,063 refugees have returned since January, half of the more than 2,100 in the same period of the previous year.
Ongoing Response Activities (please also see page 2)

During the past week, more than 42,000 displaced people, undocumented returnees and refugees received some form of humanitarian assistance in all regions of the country.

CR: UNHCR commenced winterisation activities that will reach more than 10,000 families in seven provinces, five of them in the Central Region, over the coming three months. In Parwan, ARCS provided food and emergency household items to 1,260 displaced people from Sia Gird/Ghorband. In Khost City, SI and IRC assisted nearly 900 IDPs from Janikhel with cash and hygiene kits. WFP distributed food to 4,200 refugees from Pakistan in Bermel district, Paktika.

NR/NER: A total of 2,877 displaced people received some kind of humanitarian assistance in Balkh, Faryab, Kunduz and Sar-e-Pul provinces. ACTED, CARE, NRC and PIN provided cash assistance, WFP distributed food, SCI and UNHCR emergency household items and DACAAR WASH kits.

ER: More than 32,000 displaced people and undocumented returnees received humanitarian assistance and medical services in the Eastern Region during the reporting period by DRA/CWSA, DRC-DDG, SCI/DRA, NRC, WFP and partners of the Health Cluster. Responding to the latest displacements from Khogyani, provincial authorities (ANDMA, DoRR, RRD) dispatched food and warm clothing to Chamtala and Khogyani district centres and assisted 290 of the most vulnerable families on 21 October. The Department of Public Health (DoPH), WHO and the BPHS implementer AADA dispatched additional medical supplies to the health centre in Chamtala and Khogyani district hospital to cover the needs of 2,000 patients.

SR: In Lashkargah, Hilmand, ACF distributed cash assistance to nearly 1,500 displaced people. They had already received a first instalment of cash assistance and cash for food as well as hygiene kits ten days ago.

Uncovered Needs and Response Gaps

WR: According to ANDMA, more than 70,000 families in Ghor Province are forced to sell their belongings to buy food due to crop failure caused by poor rainfall and locust infestation. The Governor reportedly made AFN10 million available for assistance. The amount, however, could only cover an estimated 5 per cent of the food requirements to get the families through the lean season.

Security Incidents and Access Constraints

CR: Armed clashes are reportedly ongoing in Janikhel, Paktya, and the health facility in the district centre remains occupied by ANSF despite negotiations led by DoPH.

iciHaiti - Energy : Installation of solar panels continues at the Centrale of Coteaux

haitilibre - 6 hours 8 min ago

As part of the reconstruction of the electrical system devastated by the passage of Hurricane Matthew in October 2016...

Haiti - DR : New military reinforcement on the Dominican border

haitilibre - 6 hours 12 min ago

As we observe a sharp rise in violence and killings in Haiti, especially in the metropolitan area since the departure of the military MINUSTAH, the Dominican Ministry of Defense has decided to increase once again the security along the border...

Russia to focus on environmental problems at UN Assembly - TASS

Haiti environment - 6 hours 24 min ago

Russia to focus on environmental problems at UN Assembly
TASS
MOSCOW, October 23. /TASS/. Russian Natural Resources Minister Sergey Donskoy plans to focus on the necessity to step up air and water pollution control at the UN Environment Assembly, the minister wrote on his official Facebook page on Monday.

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Western US Quake? Fifty simulations of the 'Really Big One' show how a 9.0 Cascadia earthquake could play out

science and disasters - 6 hours 39 min ago
The largest number yet of detailed simulations for how a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake might play out provides a clearer picture of what the region can expect when the fault unleashes a 9.0 earthquake.
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