April 17, 2021

Climate change: Methane pulse detected from South Sudan wetlands

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By Jonathan Amos BBC Scientists think they can now explain at least part of the recent growth in methane (CH4) levels in the atmosphere. Researchers, led from Edinburgh University, UK, say their studies point to a big jump in emissions coming from just the wetlands of South Sudan. Satellite data indicates the region received a […]

Facebook fails to save child bride from auction

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From Freedom United Facebook has come under fire for allowing the “barbaric use of technology” that led to a girl in South Sudan being married off to the highest bidder. An auction was held on Facebook for a 16-year-old girl in order to drive up her dowry. Plan International reports that five men placed competing […]

BVI & Cayman Islands sanctions – additional reporting obligations

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By Richard May, Martin Livingston, Adam Huckle, Anna Whaley, Brandon Doffing From Maples Sanctions Orders are extended by Statutory Instrument to the British Overseas Territories, including the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands, to implement sanctions regimes implemented by the United Nations Security Council, the European Union and the United Kingdom Government (“Sanctions Orders“). […]

Weathering the storm: powerful lessons from the Caribbean

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From UN Environment Florence, Joyce, Mangkhut and Olivia. From the Atlantic to the Pacific, raging tropical storms continue to threaten the wellbeing of millions around the world. The death and destruction caused by tropical storms are a stark reminder of coastal communities’ vulnerability to natural hazards and of the need to draw lessons from such events […]

The Editor Speaks: World Refugee Day

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Today (20) is World Refugee Day. World Refugee Day commemorates the obstacles refugees face each year, while also celebrating their courage and strength. Since 2001, the United Nations and more than 100 countries have observed World Refugee Day annually on June 20th. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has started the #WithRefugees petition to […]

Pope calls for Peace in Easter Message: ‘Hope and Dignity’

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From Newsmax On Christianity’s most joyful day, Pope Francis in his Easter Sunday message called for peace in a world marked by war and conflict, “beginning with the beloved and long-suffering land of Syria,” and extending to the entire Middle East, the Korean peninsula and parts of Africa affected by “hunger, endemic conflicts and terrorism.” […]

15 children die in South Sudan during botched measles vaccination campaign

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Report From WN.com The Associated Press reported a measles vaccination campaign in South Sudan has resulted in the death of 15 children as reports said children as young as 12 years old administered the vaccine, South Sudan’s government announced Friday. Reports, quoting the United Nations, said the children died of “severe sepsis/toxicity” from the contaminated […]

Syria’s mass hangings get little response

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By Nina Agrawal Los Angeles Times From Arkansas online The Syrian government commits an atrocity, and the United States and the United Nations denounce it. Then nothing else happens. Experts say the pattern will likely continue with the revelation last week that, since 2011, officials at a military prison in Syria have summarily executed as […]

UN says 2016 filled with challenges, milestones for the Caribbean, international community

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From Antigua Observer UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 29, CMC – The United Nations says 2016 was filled with challenges and milestones for the Caribbean and the international community in general. On Wednesday, in its End-of-Year Report, the UN said while 2016 marked the hottest year on record, there were “critical breakthroughs, such as the historic Paris […]

Crisis talks to save endangered rhino

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By Tristan McConnell, AFP From Business Insider Ol Pejeta (Kenya) (AFP) – Conservationists and scientists met in Kenya this week to come up with a last ditch plan to save the northern white rhinoceros from extinction. There are only five northern whites left on the planet — three live in a 700-acre enclosure on the […]