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First Person: False promises in Mauritania

Mirants UN - Sat, 03/28/2020 - 23:32
Women and girls face particular challenges as migrants, whatever their reason for leaving their country of origin. UN agencies are learning more about these difficulties, and how to address them.

Helping migrant shipwreck survivors to deal with trauma

Mirants UN - Thu, 03/26/2020 - 05:00
Every year, migrants embarking on sea-crossings see their journey end in tragedy: those who survive and return home can struggle to cope with daily life, and need support. To help migrant returnees, the UN has a range of programs aimed at tackling the mental health side-effects of trauma.

UN expert raises alarm over migrant, asylum seeker ‘pushbacks’ at Turkey-Greece border 

Mirants UN - Mon, 03/23/2020 - 16:24
Greece must take immediate action to end the violence against migrants and asylum seekers at the border between Turkey and Greece, an independent UN human rights expert said on Monday, expressing alarm at reports of violence at the hands of some Greek security officers and unidentified armed men.

‘Count every drop, every drop counts’: UN weather agency calls for better water data on World Meteorological Day

Global Warming - Mon, 03/23/2020 - 04:40
Floods, extreme rainfall, droughts and melting glaciers…many of the major signs of climate change involve water. On this year’s World Meteorological Day, the UN weather agency (WMO) is reinforcing the message of World Water Day, by focusing on the links between climate and water, and calling for better water-related data.

World Water Day: Often overlooked, water resources are essential part of solution to climate change

Global Warming - Sun, 03/22/2020 - 08:51
On World Water Day, the United Nations launched a flagship report which says that reducing both the impacts and drivers of climate change will require major shifts in the way we use and reuse the Earth’s limited water resources. 

Turn around deforestation in 2020, the ‘Nature Super Year’, says Guterres

Global Warming - Sat, 03/21/2020 - 04:20
On the International Day of Forests, which falls on Saturday, UN chief António Guterres is calling for 2020, which has been referred to as a “nature super year”, to be the year that the world turns the tide on deforestation and forestry loss.

FIRST PERSON: The ‘inseparable bond’ between Hawaiian culture and native plants

Global Warming - Fri, 03/20/2020 - 21:30
The 17 goals agreed by the global community to reduce poverty and create a sustainable planet are the responsibility of all people, wherever they are in the world, according to the United Nations. The Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs represent a boundary-pushing blueprint for the future of the Earth and it’s anticipated they will be realized by 2030. UN News joined the International Labour Organization on a visit to Hawaii where many people are already living aspects of the goals in their everyday work.

UN chief congratulates Uzbekistan on decision to end statelessness for 50,000 people

Mirants UN - Fri, 03/20/2020 - 20:43
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has congratulated Uzbekistan on the passage this week of legislation set to end statelessness for some 50,000 people in the Central Asian country.  

Blueprint launched to manage Earth’s fragile peatland carbon sinks

Global Warming - Wed, 03/18/2020 - 16:07
A blueprint for how countries can keep carbon in fragile land-based carbon sinks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions has been unveiled by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). 

COVID-19: Agencies temporarily suspend refugee resettlement travel

Mirants UN - Tue, 03/17/2020 - 20:45
A “vital lifeline” for vulnerable families forced to flee their homelands has fallen victim to the COVID-19 pandemic as two UN agencies announced on Tuesday that they are temporarily suspending resettlement travel for refugees. 

New report from UN Economic Commission for Europe measures progress on Global Goals

Global Warming - Tue, 03/17/2020 - 18:15
As all eyes, hearts and minds focus on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) garnered attention on Tuesday when a new UN report revealed that only ten countries in the European region have levels of air pollution below the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended limit. 

Our insurer gave us the 'PUSH-OFF' over cover for our pet

lbWepZaFvATzSCKT - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 22:05
Tony Dearsley was left stunned when he was told he could keep his lifetime pet cover – but only if he was prepared to pay an annual premium three times higher than the year before, a massive £7,410.

Hey presto! Watch out for EE’s early exit fee trick

lbWepZaFvATzSCKT - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 21:59
Not only do customers have to pay off the entire remaining cost of their contract but EE also imposes extra charges on them.

Locked out of a home loan? Make sure computer says YES!

lbWepZaFvATzSCKT - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 21:59
Being newly qualified or near retirement can make you a ‘mortgage misfit’...but don’t worry, the good news is that there are lenders prepared to take on borrowers who are not quite the norm.

JEFF PRESTRIDGE: Questions over British Steel pensions

lbWepZaFvATzSCKT - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 21:59
Few organisations come out of last year’s misselling scandal with their reputations intact. The two regulators also need to do some serious soul searching.

Company behind Hollywood blood and gore to help NHS

lbWepZaFvATzSCKT - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 21:58
Lifecast, which is based at Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire, has joined forces with MedaPhor, a Welsh company that has developed ultrasound training simulators.

Britain's top four banking bosses raked in £21m pay

lbWepZaFvATzSCKT - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 21:58
The big four banks - HSBC, Barclays, Lloyds and Royal Bank of Scotland - are set to reveal their financial figures for 2017. And HSBC's Stuart Gulliver is likely to lead the pack.

Experts say even GCHQ is concerned about smart meters

lbWepZaFvATzSCKT - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 21:58
The consequences, they say, could be dire with homes potentially losing their power supply and hackers selling stolen details to criminals.

Predator Melrose dangles £570m carrot at GKN investors

lbWepZaFvATzSCKT - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 21:58
Melrose plans to sell Ergotron, a division of Nortek, a company it bought in 2016. The sale could raise £1bn. And GKN investors would receive a 57% share of that bounty.

Trevor Abrahmsohn reignites Presidents Club sleaze row

lbWepZaFvATzSCKT - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 21:57
Trevor Abrahmsohn, who styles himself the ‘estate agent to the stars’, has this weekend defended the events, saying they were ‘serious and responsible’ fundraising exercises.
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