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Nigeria: Active USG Programs for the Lake Chad Basin Response (Last Updated 01/18/18)

Relief Web Maps - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 22:32
Source: US Agency for International Development Country: Cameroon, Chad, Niger, Nigeria

Lake Chad Basin - Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #6, Fiscal Year (FY) 2018

Haitian-American Artist Explains His Image Of MLK And President Trump - KUOW News and Information

Haiti environment - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 22:21

KUOW News and Information

Haitian-American Artist Explains His Image Of MLK And President Trump
KUOW News and Information
I remember as a kid in high school researching famous black artists and finding Basquiat and discovering his work for the first time, and discovering that he's actually of Haitian descent. He's Haitian and Puerto Rican, similar to me. He grew up in an ...

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Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Ms. Ursula Mueller ... - ReliefWeb

Haiti Sustainable - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 22:21

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Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Ms. Ursula Mueller ...
ReliefWeb
OCHA remains firmly committed to continue to support the Government of Haiti and humanitarian and development partners in their efforts to embrace a new way of working to overcome the humanitarian-development divide. In this transition phase, the ...

Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Ms. Ursula Mueller ... - ReliefWeb

Haiti Resilience - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 22:21

ReliefWeb

Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Ms. Ursula Mueller ...
ReliefWeb
OCHA remains firmly committed to continue to support the Government of Haiti and humanitarian and development partners in their efforts to embrace a new way of working to overcome the humanitarian-development divide. In this transition phase, the ...

Haiti: Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Ms. Ursula Mueller Remarks at the opening of the Member States Briefing on Haiti

ReliefWeb Haiti rss - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 22:19
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Haiti

UN Headquarters, New York, 18 January 2018

As delivered

Good afternoon!

Distinguished delegates, it is a pleasure to be here to open this meeting. I am honored to have the Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of Haiti to the United Nations, his Excellency Ambassador Regis, and Dr. Mamadou Diallo, our Deputy Special Representative and Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator joining us here this afternoon.

And thank you so much for your interest. We are here to have a meeting on the humanitarian needs in Haiti and the 2017-2018 multi-year Humanitarian Response Plan which was launched in Port-au-Prince last week, to meet the needs that were identified.

And I take this opportunity to thank the Government of Haiti, to thank humanitarian partners, and, Mr. Mamadou Diallo, for your untiring efforts to alleviate the suffering of the people in Haiti.

While the humanitarian situation in Haiti has improved since it was devastated by Hurricane Matthew in 2016, deep-seated vulnerability and humanitarian need persist across the country.

More than half of the population of Haiti lives in extreme poverty, and 1.3 million people need food assistance to get by.

Cholera cases are decreasing but the risk of outbreaks remains high.

Displacements remain a critical concern.

And climate change is increasing the intensity and frequency of natural disasters, making them a growing threat to people’s lives and livelihoods.

Altogether, 2.8 million people across Haiti will require humanitarian assistance, protection and early recovery assistance this year, of whom humanitarian agencies expect to assist the most vulnerable 80 per cent by mobilizing US$ 252 million through the Humanitarian Response Plan.

UN agencies, NGOs and other partners will turn the response plan into action, complementing the activities of the Government and development agencies to address the underlying root causes of the vulnerability.

OCHA remains firmly committed to continue to support the Government of Haiti and humanitarian and development partners in their efforts to embrace a new way of working to overcome the humanitarian-development divide.

In this transition phase, the Humanitarian Country Team will focus on providing lifesaving aid and protection; strengthening the resilience of the people of Haiti to natural disasters; and supporting early recovery and sustainable livelihoods.

Ladies and gentlemen. The Government of Haiti, with the support of partners, has made great progress.

We have learned crucial lessons since Hurricane Matthew.

Drawing on these lessons, we have all made strides to increase the resilience of the Haitian people through better emergency preparedness and a greater focus on early recovery.

As the current chair of CARICOM, Haiti will lead efforts to build a regional partnership to reinforce preparedness and response to natural disasters.

But more needs to be done. By implementing the Humanitarian Response Plan, with the strong backing of donors and partners, we will be able to build a better future for Haiti’s most vulnerable people.

I would now like to invite his excellency the Permanent Representative of Haiti to the United Nations, to deliver his remarks.

Je vous en prie.

The $5 Billion Question: Will Cities Win or Lose in the Bid for Amazon's Second Headquarters?

Planetzine - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 22:00
We asked more than a dozen urban experts: How will cities gain or lose from the competition to host Amazon's second North American headquarters?

Haitian-American Artist Explains His Image Of MLK And President Trump - KCUR

Haiti environment - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 21:37

KCUR

Haitian-American Artist Explains His Image Of MLK And President Trump
KCUR
I remember as a kid in high school researching famous black artists and finding Basquiat and discovering his work for the first time, and discovering that he's actually of Haitian descent. He's Haitian and Puerto Rican, similar to me. He grew up in an ...

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Haitian-American Artist Explains His Image Of MLK And President Trump - New England Public Radio

Haiti environment - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 21:33

New England Public Radio

Haitian-American Artist Explains His Image Of MLK And President Trump
New England Public Radio
I remember as a kid in high school researching famous black artists and finding Basquiat and discovering his work for the first time, and discovering that he's actually of Haitian descent. He's Haitian and Puerto Rican, similar to me. He grew up in an ...

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My country is not a “shithole” - The All State

Haiti Resilience - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 21:13

The All State

My country is not a “shithole”
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We share the same core values: an everlasting thirst for freedom, perseverance and a deep faith in God. It is not a coincidence that these core values lead both nations to rise against their oppressors, earn their independence shortly one after the ...
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Residents Move Into America's First Solar Powered Town

Planetzine - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 21:00
Residents will live in solar powered homes and ride around the community in self-driving, solar-powered shuttles. Babcock Ranch outside of Fort Myers, Florida, has been in the making since 2005. A city of 50,000 is forecasted.

For Trump's security advisers, tempering an impetuous boss - Virginian-Pilot

Security Situation - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 20:47

Virginian-Pilot

For Trump's security advisers, tempering an impetuous boss
Virginian-Pilot
Sometimes the damage spans continents, as with Trump's recent slurs against African nations and Haiti. Just as frequently, the tensions erupt within. His national security team has been beset by rivalries: between former White House strategist Steve ...

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We are all Haitians today

Topix-Haiti - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 20:42

I AM A FIRST GENERATION IMMIGRANT. FROM A SHITHOLE. Yes, Taiwan in the early 70s was not nearly as much of a shithole as, say, Haiti is today.

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occupied Palestinian territory: Protection of Civilians Report | 2 - 15 January 2018

UN OCHA maps - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 20:29
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: occupied Palestinian territory

Latest developments

  • Overnight on Wednesday, 17 January 2018, Israeli forces carried out a search and arrest operation in a house located between Birqin village (Jenin) and the Jenin refugee camp. According to media sources, one Palestinian, who was reporteddly involved in the drive-by killing of the Israeli settler on 9 January (see below), was killed in the operation. Three other Palestinians and two Israeli forces were injured and three houses were demolished during the operation.

Biweekly highlights

  • Four Palestinian civilians, including three children, were killed by Israeli forces in four separate incidents across the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). Three of the fatalities, including two children (15 and 17-years-old) and a 25-year-old man, occurred in three separate incidents on 3, 11 and 15 January, in Deir Nidham village (Ramallah), next to the perimeter fence east of Al Bureij refugee camp (Gaza) and in Jayyus village (Qalqiliya), in clashes during protests against the US administration's declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Another 17-year-old boy was shot and killed on 11 January, during clashes involving stone throwing at Israeli forces in Iraq Burin (Nablus).

  • On 9 January, a 35-year-old male Israeli settler was shot and killed by Palestinians in a drive-by shooting on Road 60, near Sarra-Jit junction (Nablus). Following the attack, Israeli forces restricted access through all Nablus city entrances and the surrounding villages. Search procedures were intensified, causing disrupted access to and from Nablus city.

  • Overall, 269 Palestinians, including 83 children, were injured by Israeli forces during multiple clashes across the oPt. Of the total injuries, 67 occurred during clashes in protests next to the perimeter fence in the Gaza Strip. The rest of the injuries (202) were recorded in the West Bank, the majority during protests near Huwwara checkpoint (Nablus), followed by Al Bireh city (Ramallah) and Abu Dis and Al ‘Eizariya towns (Jerusalem). Another 28 injuries were recorded during search and arrest operations, the majority in Ad Duheisha refugee camp (Bethlehem). 61 injuries were caused by live ammunition, another 62 by rubber-bullets and 137 injuries were caused by medically-treated tear-gas inhalation or by being directly hit by tear gas canisters.

  • Across the West Bank, Israeli forces conducted 176 search and arrest operations and detained 261 Palestinians, including at least 22 children. Ten of these operations triggered clashes with residents. In the Gaza Strip, on two occasions, Israeli forces carried out land-levelling and excavation operations in the vicinity of the perimeter fence in Khan Younis and Beit Hanoun (Gaza North).

  • On at least thirteen occasions in Gaza, Israeli forces opened fire at farmers and fishermen, while enforcing access restrictions on land along the perimeter fence and on fishing areas along the coast, injuring five fishermen and arresting eight others, including two children, in addition to confiscating three boats. On at least four occasions, members of an armed group in Gaza reportedly fired rockets towards Israel, of which, three landed in southern Israel; no injuries were reported. In response, the Israeli authorities launched four airstrikes and fired missiles targeting military training sites and open areas, reportedly resulting in damage, but no injuries.

  • According to Palestinian farmers in Gaza, on four separate occasions, on 7 and 9 January, Israeli airplanes sprayed herbicides on farming land located along the perimeter fence with Israel.

  • On 13 January, Egyptian naval forces opened fire at a fishing boat near the southern Gaza Strip and killed a 33-year-old Palestinian fisherman in unclear circumstances.

  • The Israeli authorities demolished and/or seized three structures in Area C and East Jerusalem on the grounds of lack of building permits, displacing two Palestinians, and affecting another 16. Two of the targeted structures, a residential and agriculture structure, were in Beit Hanina and Silwan (East Jerusalem), and the third, an agriculture structure, in the Area C part of Al Khadr village (Bethlehem). Also in Area C, the Israeli authorities issued six stop work orders against thirteen structures in the village of Duma and the community of Khirbet al Marajim (both in Nablus), including two inhabited residential structures and twelve animal shelters.

  • Five Palestinians were injured and 115 Palestinian-owned trees and seven vehicles were vandalized in 14 separate incidents involving Israeli settlers. Seven of these incidents were reportedly perpetrated by settlers from the Yitzhar settlement against residents of Madama, Burin, Yatma, Urif and Al Lubban ash Sharqiya villages (all in Nablus), involving damage to 100 trees, the physical assault of a man, and four stone-throwing incidents, which damaged four Palestinian owned-vehicles. Another 15 trees were vandalized by settlers reportedly from Elon Moreh settlement, on lands belonging to Palestinians from Deir al Hatab (Nablus). Following the shooting attack that resulted in the killing of one Israeli settler, settlers attacked houses in Sarra, Huwwara villages (Nablus), Far'ata (Qalqiliya) and in Al Lubban ash Sharqiya (Nablus); damage to the houses was reported. In the latter incident, 42 Palestinians were injured in clashes involving Israeli forces. Another five Palestinians were injured during clashes with Israeli forces, following the entry of Israeli settlers to the Joseph’s Tomb site in Nablus city**.

  • According to Israeli media reports, at least five incidents of stone-throwing by Palestinians against Israeli-plated vehicles were reported, resulting in damage to five private vehicles near Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Ramallah. In addition, damage was reported to the light rail in the Shu’fat area of East Jerusalem.

  • On 14 and 15 January, the Israeli authorities closed Gaza’s sole goods crossing, Kerem Shalom, for two days, following the discovery of a tunnel which was subsequently destroyed.

  • During the reporting period, the Egyptian-controlled Rafah Crossing was closed in both directions. According to the Palestinian authorities in Gaza, more than 23,000 people, including humanitarian cases, are registered and waiting to cross Rafah.

Scoop: Macron sent aide to lobby Palestinians over Trump peace plan - Axios

Security Situation - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 20:26

Axios

Scoop: Macron sent aide to lobby Palestinians over Trump peace plan
Axios
Why it matters: The administration has also removed Belize and Samoa from the list of countries eligible for temporary working permits. However, the decision to include Haiti comes a week after the President reportedly referred to Haiti, El Salvador ...

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Radar Speed Sign 2.0: How a Small Town Calmed Its Traffic

Planetzine - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 20:00
To get a handle on drivers whizzing through its main road, the small town of Betterton, Maryland installed a "smart" radar speed sign. The data it collected helped the local sheriff's department improve traffic enforcement.

The VICE Morning Bulletin - VICE

Food Security - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 19:34

VICE

The VICE Morning Bulletin
VICE
Daro: First and foremost, their caregivers have to develop some kind of trust and security for these children. The kids need to know they're not going back to the situation they were in, people are there to protect them, support them, and nurture them ...

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Large volcanic island flank collapses trigger catastrophic eruptions

science and disasters - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 19:29
New research not only implies a link between catastrophic volcanic eruptions and landslides, but also suggests that landslides are the trigger. At the heart of Tenerife and standing almost 4 km high, Teide is one of the largest volcanoes on Earth. Over a period of several hundred thousand years, the previous incarnations of Teide have undergone a repeated cycle of very large eruptions, collapse, and regrowth.

Haiti: Haiti: Humanitarian Funding Overview (as of 18 January 2018)

ReliefWeb Haiti rss - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 19:10
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Haiti

Private Telcos More Expensive Than Municipal Broadband 85% of the Time

Planetzine - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 19:00
A Harvard study found that, in 27 communities and cities with both private and city owned internet, the municipal broadband was almost always cheaper.

Haitians Face Hurdles After Protected-Status Renewal Delays - U.S. News & World Report

Food Security - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 18:18

U.S. News & World Report

Haitians Face Hurdles After Protected-Status Renewal Delays
U.S. News & World Report
But Haitian immigrants and advocates complained Thursday's measures wouldn't help thousands of Haitians who still hold immigration documents showing their legal and work status expiring Monday. And they were upset by another announcement Thursday from ...

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