New Udall, Bennet Welcome $62.8 Million from HUD for Flood Recovery Efforts
Humanitarian aid runs up against limits in Somalia | The Hungry World | Deutsche Welle | 07.11.2011 Abshiro Mohammed has built a makeshift roof over his head out of canvas and wooden sticks. The thin farmer who lives in southern Somalia has to feed five children, but he doesn't know what with. And on top of the hunger comes disease.
UN launches new aid appeal for famine-stricken Somalia | Africa | Deutsche Welle | 13.12.2011 The United Nations will require $1.5 billion (1.14 billion euros) to keep its lifesaving projects operational in Somalia next year. Humanitarian coordinator for Somalia, Mark Bowden, appealed Tuesday for increased aid to the war-ravaged country during the launch of the humanitarian assistance appeal for 2012. "The 2012 appeal is based on realistic assessments of the emergency needs of four million people still in crisis months after famine was declared in July," said Bowden. "The aid will go into food, health and education projects," he added. The number of those receiving food aid in Somalia has tripled in October. An increase in humanitarian assistance has had a significant, positive impact especially in Southern Somalia, where famine is the worst.
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Elton John: Stopping the AIDS Epidemic in Its Tracks World AIDS Day is a time for us to consider the state of the epidemic and the challenges we must overcome to achieve a world without AIDS. It's a time to reflect on the fact that we ALL have a role to play in ending this disease. And one of the most important ways we can stop AIDS in its tracks is simply by fighting stigma and homophobia. This World AIDS Day nearly coincides with the 20th anniversary of the death of my dear friend, Freddie Mercury. If Freddie were alive today he would feel very much as I do. He'd be astonished by how far we've come in treating and preventing HIV/AIDS since the frightening and tragic early days of the epidemic.
The Blossom Bus: Help Rural Girls Get To School! Summary The Blossom Bus project employs local vehicles in rural India to transport Muslim minority girls to secondary school, clearing the single greatest obstacle to their continuing education. What is the issue, problem, or challenge? Mewat, Haryana is largely populated by the Muslim Meo tribe whose misfortunes clash sharply with more affluent surrounding areas. With a female literacy rate of only 6%, Mewat ranks among the most regressive districts in terms of girls' education in all of India. The scarcity of secondary schools combined with conservative local attitudes toward female mobility has terrible consequences for an adolescent girl in Mewat: if there is no school in her village, she is forced to drop out.
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Friday, May 8, 2009 Immigrant of the Day: Linda Katehi (Greece) Our Immigrant of the Day is Linda Katehi, currently provost and vice chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. ImmigrationProf Blog: Immigrant of the Day: Linda Katehi (Greece)
Democrats want war savings to fund new stimulus package - The Hill's On The Money Democrats on the supercommittee have proposed that the savings from the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan be used to pay for a new stimulus package, according to a summary of the $2.3 trillion plan obtained by The Hill. The latest offer from Democrats on the deficit panel, made Monday night to their Republican counterparts, would use some of the war savings to help pay for spending on infrastructure. The budget savings from ending the wars are estimated to total around $1 trillion over a decade, according to an estimate in July from the Congressional Budget Office. The plan includes $200 billion in defense cuts and slashes $200 billion from other discretionary spending.
Fresh earthquake topples buildings in eastern Turkey | World | Deutsche Welle | 10.11.2011 A magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck in eastern Turkey late Wednesday, toppling two hotels, an apartment complex and at least 20 other buildings. Rescue workers rushed to the scene in the Edremit district, some 15 kilometers (9 miles) from Van, where a magnitude 7.2 quake hit on October 23, killing 600 people. Turkish media have reported that some 26 survivors have been pulled from the rubble of the hotels and the apartment building, but at least eight people were killed.
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By Teri Walker – A bill requiring welfare recipients to pass a drug test before receiving benefits will be taken up in the next legislative session, if the bill’s sponsor has his way. Sen. Frank Antenori, R-Tucson, presented Senate Bill (SB) 1380 in the 2011 legislative session, where it passed the Senate with unanimous Republican approval, but stalled in the House of Representatives. The senator will bring his bill back to the legislature for another try at the start of the next session in January 2012. Welfare Drug Testing Is Proposed, Questioned
Craigslist founder turned philanthropist Craig Newmark set out to discover which U.S. non-profits were the most effective social media users. It turns out, there doesn't appear to be a correlation between social media savvy and an organization's net worth. "The deal is, it's not about money, it's about getting people to talk with each other to make people's lives better," says Newmark, who now focuses his energies on his non-profit craigconnects, which seeks to maximize the use of online tools for the common good.
The IRS, which plans to finalize the new fees in coming months, recently said it was open to ways to mitigate costs. To get certified, preparers will need to register and pass a competency test. Some will need to be fingerprinted, pass a background check with the FBI and take continuing education classes. The IRS estimates the licensing fee for each tax preparer at between $250 and $275, but H&R Block expects the cost will be more than $400, including state fees and its own background-check expenses. Tax prepares brace for new IRS fees, rules
Sluggish Donor Response To Pakistan Floods Disaster In The Making By Eurasia Review International aid agency Oxfam has expressed alarm over the floods in Sindh and Balochistan provinces, as only $1.30 has been committed per person by international donors in the first 10 days of the UN appeal as opposed to $3.20 committed in the same period during last year’s floods. Oxfam calls on the Government of Pakistan and the international donor community to dig deep into their resources and rapidly increase their funding to prevent the disaster from deteriorating further. The agency warns that the situation of millions of people in Sindh and Balochistan will worsen unless more aid arrives. According to the latest figures, more than 8.8 million people in Sindh and 14,000 people in Balochistan so far have been affected by the 2011 monsoon rains.
Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation. By Max Baldwin I have just got back from the opening ceremony of the child friendly spaces that Plan has set-up in Thatta District in the flood-affected Sindh province in Pakistan. Families who had to leave their homes in the neighbouring district of Badin were evacuated here by the local government. Pakistan floods: Children’s needs must remain a priority
Sindh floods: UN launches international appeal UN official says VIP movement hampering relief work. UN official says VIP movement hampering relief work. PHOTO : AFP/ FILE UNITED NATIONS: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon formally called on the international community to help Pakistan respond to the humanitarian needs of around six million people in flood-hit areas. “The secretary-general calls for solidarity of the international community in support of disaster management and risk reduction in Pakistan,” his office said in a statement on Thursday.
Over 300 killed, 6 million affected by floods in Pakistan ISLAMABAD, Sept.17 (Xinhua) -- Recent floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains in southern Pakistan have killed nearly 300 people and affected 6 million more, according to the latest figures released by the country's National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) on Saturday. The floods caused damage to an area of 7.987 million acres and swept away standing crops in the whole affected areas, said NDMA. According to NDMA, floods have affected all the 23 districts of Sindh province and completely damaged a total of 539,899 houses while another 848,412 houses have suffered partial damage.