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How Did Cities Boost Affordable Housing in 2017?

Planetzine - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 18:00
Affordability is elusive in many of America's cities, but some of them made concrete efforts to fight that trend in 2017.

Trump's tiny view of the world - Durango Telegraph

Haiti Rebuilding - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 17:32

Trump's tiny view of the world
Durango Telegraph
As members of Durango's Indivisible Immigration Committee, we wish to express our profound dismay and revulsion that our president would characterize people from Haiti and the continent of Africa (there are 54 independent countries in Africa) as coming ...

Categories: REBUILDING HAITI

India tests nuclear-capable missile that could reach most of China - Axios

Security Situation - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 17:30

Axios

India tests nuclear-capable missile that could reach most of China
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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India tests nuclear-capable missile that could reach most of China - Axios

Security Situation - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 17:29

Axios

India tests nuclear-capable missile that could reach most of China
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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Haiti, Belize, Samoa No Longer Eligible for Temporary US Work Visas - Voice of America

Security Situation - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 17:27

Voice of America

Haiti, Belize, Samoa No Longer Eligible for Temporary US Work Visas
Voice of America
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has removed Haiti, Belize, and Samoa from a list of countries whose citizens are eligible for temporary work visas to the United States, the agency announced Thursday. Published in a Federal Register ...
Trump admin blocks Haitians from temporary visasCNN
Days After 'Shithole' Controversy, Trump Administration Bans Haiti From Applying for Low-Skilled Work VisaNewsweek
Homeland Security ends program allowing Haitians to seek work visas in USNew York Daily News
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See inside the universe in this stunning light sculpture

New Scientist Tech - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 17:03
The complexity of our universe from the atomic scale to the cosmic is on display in Cosmoscope, part of London’s Lumiere light festival

Amazon Announces 20 Finalists for its Second Headquarters

Planetzine - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 17:00
In September, 238 applicants dreamed the impossible dream of attracting the second headquarters of Amazon, along with some 40,000 jobs. Today, all but 20 of those applicants will have to find a new quest.

Trump admin. moves to bar Haitians from agricultural, seasonal worker visas - TheGrio (blog)

Haiti Education - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 16:41

Atlanta Black Star

Trump admin. moves to bar Haitians from agricultural, seasonal worker visas
TheGrio (blog)
Michael Clemens, a senior fellow at the non-partisan Center for Global Development, told NBC News that hundreds of Haitians get visas to the United States through these seasonal and agricultural visas because it is the best option for them. Other visas ...
US Removes Haiti from List of Nations Eligible for Temporary Work VisasAtlanta Black Star
Donald John Trump | TheHillThe Hill
Haiti - latest news, breaking stories and comment - The IndependentThe Independent
Reuters -Amazon S3
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Not Even Trump Can Obliterate America's Soft Power - Bloomberg

Food Security - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 16:33

Bloomberg

Not Even Trump Can Obliterate America's Soft Power
Bloomberg
Indeed, it included trims of nearly 30 percent for the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development, and therefore entailed drastic reductions in programs focusing on global public health, food security, women's rights, and myriad ...

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South Sudan: South Sudan Crisis | Refugees, IDPs and Food Insecurity – DG ECHO Daily Map | 18/01/2018

Relief Web Maps - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 16:26
Source: European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations Country: Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda

Dominica: Dominica: Landslides and floods triggered by Huricane Maria (18 September, 2017)

Relief Web Maps - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 16:13
Source: UNOSAT Country: Dominica

A large scale landslide inventory was carried out by a team from the University of Twente, use of 5 scenes of Pléiades satellite imageries with resolution of 0.5m, which were obtained in September 23 and October 5 after the hurricane, made available through UNITAR-UNOSAT. Apart from these also a series of Digital Globe Images were used that were collected for the Google Crisis Response through a KML layer. The images were visually interpreted by image interpretation experts, and landslides were mapped as polygons, separating scarp, transport and accumulation areas, and classifying the landslides in types.

A total of 9,960 landslides were identified, which include 8,576 debris slides, 1,010 debris flows and 374 rock falls, with area of 7.30km2, 2.50km2, and 0.50 km2 respectively. The whole area of landslide is 10.30 km2, which covers 1.37 percent of the island. The source of landslides is 3.30km2, and the other 7.0 km2 is transportation and deposition area. Almost all of the rivers flooded due to intensive precipitation. The flooded area is 13.03km2, which covers 1.74% of the island. Dominica will face some new problems for mountain hazards in the coming years, as many of the fresh scarps may produce more debris, and many tree trunks are still on the slopes or in the river channels. With so many fresh landslides in the upper catchments, it is likely that debris flows will be triggered with rainfall thresholds that are substantially lower than before the hurricane. Hurricane Maria damaged the forest cover dramatically, which changed the conditions for hazard initiation. Without the protection of vegetation, more new shallow landslides could happen in the near future. A series of cascading hazards may happen, for example landslides or debris flow blocking rivers and resulting in outburst floods. Therefore more detailed evaluation of the post-Maria hazard and risk situation is very important.

Lebanese spies exposed in cyber hacking campaign - Axios

Security Situation - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 16:13

Axios

Lebanese spies exposed in cyber hacking campaign
Axios
Hackers with links to Lebanon's main intelligence agency left hundreds of gigabytes of intercepted data on the open internet, per a report from security firm Lookout, Inc. and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Victims of the hack span 21 different ...

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The VICE Morning Bulletin - VICE - VICE

haiti shelter - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 16:06

VICE

The VICE Morning Bulletin - VICE
VICE
Trump accuses Russia of helping North Korea, bus fire in Kazakhstan kills 52, John Kelly said to dub Trump campaign wall promise "uninformed," and more.

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Falling Crime Rates Have Changed American Cities

Planetzine - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 16:00
The drop in crime in cities has extended American life expectancies, especially those of black men, and brought more wealthy people into urban areas.

The Wall Street Journal: Trump administration shuts Haiti out of seasonal worker program

Topix-Haiti - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 15:55

Rule tightening follows end to humanitarian program that allowed tens of thousands of Haitians to live and work in U.S. A man removes the garbage in a flooded street in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince after Hurricane Matthew in 2016. The government notice cites high rates of fraud and abuse among Haitian recipients of the seasonal worker visas, and high rates of Haitians staying in the U.S. after their visas have expired.

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This Haiti Earthquake Anniversary, Black Immigrants are Under Threat - Afro American

Security Situation - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 15:54

Afro American

This Haiti Earthquake Anniversary, Black Immigrants are Under Threat
Afro American
We need the Department of Homeland Security to update the Federal Register, with the start date the 60-day re-registration period beginning on the day the Federal Register is updated. We also need Congress to enact legislation that provides a humane ...

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This Haiti Earthquake Anniversary, Black Immigrants are Under Threat - Afro American

Security Situation - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 15:54

Afro American

This Haiti Earthquake Anniversary, Black Immigrants are Under Threat
Afro American
We need the Department of Homeland Security to update the Federal Register, with the start date the 60-day re-registration period beginning on the day the Federal Register is updated. We also need Congress to enact legislation that provides a humane ...

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Ex-US Envoys to Africa Voice Concern Over Trump's Reported Vulgar Remarks - Voice of America

Haiti Resilience - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 15:52

Voice of America

Ex-US Envoys to Africa Voice Concern Over Trump's Reported Vulgar Remarks
Voice of America
During last Thursday's Oval Office meeting on immigration, Trump was reported to have referred to immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and Africa as coming from "s---hole countries." According to some in the room during a White House meeting last week on ...
48 ex-US envoys write to Trump, chide him over 'shithole' remarkThe Star, Kenya

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Mozambique: Flash Update #1: Tropical depression affects Mozambique | 18 January 2018

UN OCHA maps - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 15:07
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Mozambique

Highlights

• Heavy rains are impacting the northern parts of Mozambique.

• More than 22,000 people have been affected by heavy rainfall in Nampula province.

• Very strong rains, temporarily accompanied by severe thunderstorms and winds, are expected to continue.

Situation

A low-pressure system in Mozambique channel evolved on 16 January to tropical depression stage and is resulting in heavy rains in the northern parts of the country. As of 17 January, more than 22,100 people have already been affected by heavy rains in Nampula province. One death has been reported. Mozambique Island, Mossuril, Nacaroa district are without electricity. Several schools and health facilities, and nearly 4,300 houses have been damaged in the districts of Mossuril, Monapo, Mozambique Island and Meconta, according to local authorities and humanitarian partners. At least three road sections in Monapo, Mossuril and Meconta distriscts are impassable. In Mozambique island, 250 people are isolated in Sangane community.

Niassa and Cabo Delgado provinces will be recording heavy rainfall due to the low pressure system formed in Mozambique channel. Four river basins, Licungo (in Gurué station), Meluli, Messalo and Megaruma, are above alert level. In addition, increased risks of urban floods in the city of Pemba as well as soil erosion in the cities of Nampula, Nacala, Cuamba and Pemba are expected. The Nampula dam, which was facing serious water scarcity in the past months, is now completely full.

According to the National Meteorological Services, strong rains, temporarily accompanied by severe thunderstorms and winds with gusts up to 60 km per hour, will continue until 19 January which might affect the provinces of Nampula, Cabo Delgado, Zambézia and Niassa. The Central Emergency Operative Center estimates that 409 villages with a total population of 447,500 are at risk of being affected in Nampula province.

Tax Abatements Could Spur Adaptive Reuse in Washington, D.C.

Planetzine - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 15:00
Faced with commercial vacancies around 11 percent and the prospect of new office supply coming online soon, D.C. stakeholders are pushing for a bill that would provide incentives for conversions of office buildings into residential units.
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