Web Resources – Reservocation http://reservocation.com/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 01:46:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://reservocation.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-2021-07-30T111851.286-150x150.png Web Resources – Reservocation http://reservocation.com/ 32 32 20,000 earthquake-affected women and girls in Afghanistan need access to safe and dignified childbirth kits – Afghanistan https://reservocation.com/20000-earthquake-affected-women-and-girls-in-afghanistan-need-access-to-safe-and-dignified-childbirth-kits-afghanistan/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 00:30:42 +0000 https://reservocation.com/20000-earthquake-affected-women-and-girls-in-afghanistan-need-access-to-safe-and-dignified-childbirth-kits-afghanistan/ Kabul, Afghanistan – Nearly 20,000 women of childbearing age, including 1,929 who are currently pregnant, are among those affected by the deadly earthquake that shook Afghanistan’s Paktika and Khost provinces last week. Of the pregnant women, 648 are in their last trimester or are expected to give birth within the next three months. These women […]]]>

Kabul, Afghanistan – Nearly 20,000 women of childbearing age, including 1,929 who are currently pregnant, are among those affected by the deadly earthquake that shook Afghanistan’s Paktika and Khost provinces last week.

Of the pregnant women, 648 are in their last trimester or are expected to give birth within the next three months. These women need sustained access to life-saving reproductive health services, such as skilled birth attendants, facility deliveries, and referral to comprehensive emergency obstetric and neonatal care, if needed.

The United Nations Population Fund, through its partner the Afghanistan Relief and Development Agency (AADA), supported the deployment of five mobile health teams to affected areas to support health facilities flooded with a flood of earthquake survivors who needed immediate medical attention.

To ensure safe deliveries amid the overwhelming demand for medical care, UNFPA and partners initially distributed 10 clean delivery kits benefiting approximately 2,000 pregnant women who cannot attend a facility. to give birth safely during the emergency to avoid life-threatening infections. Clean delivery kits contain the most basic essential supplies such as a plastic sheet, blanket, sterile gloves, soap, razor blade and umbilical cord.

Two family health houses also supported by UNFPA in Paktika remain open and functional and continue to provide maternal and reproductive services to women and girls, as well as general health services, particularly for earthquake victims.

Twelve midwives recently trained by UNFPA have been deployed to support the provision of emergency maternal and newborn health services in Paktika, with six midwives deployed to Sharan Provincial Hospital and six to district hospitals of Urgon and Giyan.

In addition to providing health services, the mobile health team also provides psychosocial support and services and distributes 1,000 dignity kits for women and girls in affected areas with support from the Organization for the Promotion and health management (OHPM). Dignity kits help ensure that women and girls can access hygiene supplies for their particular needs, including for menstruation. The kit contains basic hygiene items like reusable sanitary napkins, soap and underwear.

UNFPA is working closely with partners in devastated areas to support the coordination of humanitarian assistance to the most affected populations, with a particular focus on the needs of women and girls.

This response adds to UNFPA’s full commitment to responding to the overall humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan since the August 2021 takeover of the de facto Taliban government. At the beginning of this year, UNFPA appeals for $251.9 million in funding meet the reproductive health and psychosocial support and services needs of 9.2 million people. So far, UNFPA has only received 21% of the appeal. With other crises occurring, such as the devastating earthquake, it is necessary to gather the necessary resources to meet the urgent needs of people in need of humanitarian assistance.

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For more information contact:

Zaeem Abdul Rahman

Email: zaeem@unfpa.org

Mobile: +93 799 714 314

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PlanetScape Ai and Planet’s Professional Services Team Step Up the Fight for Human Rights https://reservocation.com/planetscape-ai-and-planets-professional-services-team-step-up-the-fight-for-human-rights/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 16:03:12 +0000 https://reservocation.com/planetscape-ai-and-planets-professional-services-team-step-up-the-fight-for-human-rights/ PlanetScape Ai works with governments and international organizations to support human rights around the world. Born from founder and Chief Scientist Andrew Marx Ph.D.’s years of research into genocide, geographic information systems and remote sensing, PlanetScape Ai specializes in the development and implementation of custom analytical services, leveraging artificial intelligence and high-speed data streams deliver […]]]>

PlanetScape Ai works with governments and international organizations to support human rights around the world. Born from founder and Chief Scientist Andrew Marx Ph.D.’s years of research into genocide, geographic information systems and remote sensing, PlanetScape Ai specializes in the development and implementation of custom analytical services, leveraging artificial intelligence and high-speed data streams deliver actionable insights to decision makers around the world.

Regions plagued by war or internal political instability are at heightened risk of mass atrocities. The chaos that creates the conditions leading to war crimes and genocide can also make reporting difficult, if not impossible. Countries can impose flight restrictions and field reports are dangerous and ineffective. But, says Marx, “Planet’s space observations allow us to see what’s happening in the darkest corners of the world. We’re talking about areas where we don’t have other information coming out. [Remote sensing] is a way for us to investigate these areas.

The purpose of these programs, says Marx, is to prevent something like any other Darfur, “where large-scale attacks occur over the course of weeks or months and we don’t hear about them until people reach a nearby international border.” According to Marx, the deployment of modern satellite surveillance programs can help in two ways. First, and the main objective, is to quickly identify what is happening and pass this information on to groups who can prevent further violence. Second, it helps document incidents for international criminal tribunals or future war crimes tribunals.

“What Planet is doing is unprecedented. This reduces the time to detect an attack – to just 24 hours – and reduces the time window of when that attack occurred,” Marx explained. “Knowing when something was last intact and when it was first detected as destroyed increases the probative value of the information. A narrow window can be used with other information, as if there were military units in the area that could have done this. This is something that Planet is bringing to the table, which is new – shrinking that time window.

PlanetScape Ai uses PlanetScope data along with proprietary algorithms and workflows to run custom satellite monitoring programs at scale. The powerful combination of data and algorithms increases efficiency by orders of magnitude over traditional satellite monitoring programs.

However, this efficiency was not a given when PlanetScape Ai started using Planet. Marx needed help figuring out how to extend his surveillance to large areas. With that in mind, they asked Planet for help. Planet’s Customer Success organization is a dedicated team that strives to understand the unique use cases of Planet’s customers and work with them to accomplish the mission at hand.

“Working with Andrew Marx at PlanetScape Ai was an ideal scenario. He had the vision, the knowledge, the experience, and he knew what was needed to complete his project. But there was the edge case specific to the project. of the algorithm he needed to develop to automate and scale his efforts. In conversations with Andrew, he shared his timeline and said he needed to bring in additional resources to help with the development of the algorithm I suggested we speak with Planet’s Professional Services team to assess efforts,” said Kinsie Rayburn, Customer Success Manager at Planet.

In less than two months, with only weekly check-ins, Marx shared that “Planet’s professional services group was able to help us achieve efficiencies using state-of-the-art cloud computing approaches. technology. The robust codebase that the team has put together will make it much easier to expand to more regions and larger areas. Resilience and documentation facilitate scaling. This is a huge advantage over a custom solution, which only serves one purpose. We ended up realizing efficiencies that we didn’t expect.

What efficiencies? Planet Professional Services has reduced PlanetScape Ai’s Amazon Web Services (AWS) runtime from 6 hours per day to less than 2 hours per day with cloud-based parallel processing. This reduction allowed PlanetScape Ai’s first long-term monitoring campaign to quickly justify the initial cost of the professional services contract. Additionally, Planet Professional Services took the initiative to create additional automations for PlanetScape Ai’s analytical workflows, which saved PlanetScape Ai approximately $80,000/year in construction and maintenance costs.

“We turned to Planet Professional Services for industry-leading best-practice engineering and scaling, and that’s what they delivered. Future work should be much easier as they developed it properly with good documentation. I’m thrilled with the work and look forward to working with the team again,” Marx said.

Find out how Planet Professional Services can quickly deliver results to your team.

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Ethiopia, Africa | Hunger Crisis – Operation Update n° 1, Appeal n° MDRET027 – Ethiopia https://reservocation.com/ethiopia-africa-hunger-crisis-operation-update-n-1-appeal-n-mdret027-ethiopia/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 01:42:45 +0000 https://reservocation.com/ethiopia-africa-hunger-crisis-operation-update-n-1-appeal-n-mdret027-ethiopia/ Attachments A. THE DISASTER AND THE RED CROSS AND RED CRESCENT RESPONSE TO DATE February 10, 2022: The Somali regional government submits a request to the ERCS appealing for support to respond to the drought. January 2022: The Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS) conducts an in-depth assessment following the worsening drought conditions in the Somali […]]]>

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A. THE DISASTER AND THE RED CROSS AND RED CRESCENT RESPONSE TO DATE

February 10, 2022: The Somali regional government submits a request to the ERCS appealing for support to respond to the drought.

January 2022: The Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS) conducts an in-depth assessment following the worsening drought conditions in the Somali region and in the Borana and Moyale areas of the Oromia region.

March 1, 2022: IFRC publication 507,108 Swiss francs from the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the ERCS response in the Somali region and the Borana and Moyale areas of the Oromia region.

March 29, 2022: IFRC publishes a Federation-wide hunger crisis emergency appeal for 12.5 million Swiss francs to support 500,000 people in the most affected areas of Oromia, Somalia and in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ (SNNP) regions, for a period of 24 months.

Overview of the situation

The Horn of Africa

The eastern region of the Horn of Africa has experienced drought conditions following consecutive poor rainy seasons since the end of 2020, leading to significant impacts on production, vegetation, water resources, insecurity food and livelihoods.

Food insecurity is rapidly worsening in East Africa – an estimated 81.6 million people, including internally displaced people, refugees and host communities in rural and urban areas, face food insecurity high treble. This represents an increase of around 39 percent from the 58.6 million recorded in November 2021. The overall food insecurity situation is expected to worsen in most countries in the region during the lean season as they face multiple and overlapping shocks (drought, floods, macroeconomic challenges, and conflict).

The nutritional situation in the region is critical, with an estimated 7 million children under the age of 5 expected to suffer from acute malnutrition in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, including more than 1.7 million from severe acute malnutrition. There is a high likelihood that the nutritional situation will deteriorate over the next three months, exacerbated by the unaffordability of nutritious diets and the impacts of drought.

Based on the funding requirements of this Emergency Appeal (EA), the current state of the funding situation amounts to an IFRC Secretariat coverage of CHF 1,452,769 (18%) and a Federation scale of CHF 3,022,135 (24%). There is therefore an urgent need for additional funding to cover the remaining deficit of CHF 9,477,865 (86%).

In Ethiopia

An estimated 8 million people in Oromia, Somalia and Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples (SNNP) and Southwest regions are drought-affected and in need of food assistance after three seasons of consecutive below-average rains and high temperatures. Floods and conflicts have also contributed to making populations less resilient to the impact of drought. Oromia and Somali regions are the most affected. About 3.4 million people in Oromia and 3.5 million people in Somalia need humanitarian assistance. In southern Ethiopia, around 175,000 people have been displaced by drought. Households, with their livestock, move to areas where they can seek better livelihood opportunities and water sources.

According to UN OCHA 2, the May 2022 report revealed that more than 8 million people are affected by drought in the affected regions (Somali 3.5 million, Oromia 3.4 million, SNNP 1 million and South West 15,000 people), including 7.2 million severely food insecure and 4.4 million people in need of water assistance. Additionally, 2.1 million head of cattle have been reported dead, while at least 22 million head of cattle are at risk and are very weak and emaciated with little or no milk production.

The drought in Ethiopia has exacerbated existing fragilities by increasing food insecurity and malnutrition as well as straining the resources of communities heavily dependent on livestock products. Livelihoods of pastoral and agro-pastoral populations have been decimated with the death of over 1.46 million head of cattle, with the burden most heavily felt by those in the Somali region, accounting for 67% of that figure according to data available. People in Oromia, SNNP and South West regions have not been immune to the burden of these shocks, their livelihoods being particularly vulnerable to the decline in the market value of spoiled animals and, by therefore, to the reduced nutritional sources they offer.

In addition, precipitation forecasts (local, regional and global) for the rainy season from March to May 2022 indicated a below-average performance, especially in most drought-affected areas. While seasonal rains normally begin in March and peak in April, forecasts indicated the likelihood of a delayed start. By mid-March, most beneficiary areas had received no rain, and the spatial distribution raises fears of a likely fourth consecutive bad season that could lead to an unprecedented climate emergency in the region.

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THUNGELA RESOURCES LIMITED – TR-1: Standard Significant Holding Notification Form – SENS https://reservocation.com/thungela-resources-limited-tr-1-standard-significant-holding-notification-form-sens/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 13:00:00 +0000 https://reservocation.com/thungela-resources-limited-tr-1-standard-significant-holding-notification-form-sens/ TR-1: Standard form for notification of major holdings THUNGELA RESOURCES LIMITED(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)Registration number: 2021/303811/06JSE share code: TGALSE Share Code: TGAISIN: ZAE000296554(“Thungela” or the “Company” and together with its affiliates, the “Group”) TR-1: Standard form for notification of major holdings MAJOR HOLDING NOTIFICATION (to be sent to the relevant issuer and […]]]>

TR-1: Standard form for notification of major holdings

THUNGELA RESOURCES LIMITED
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
Registration number: 2021/303811/06
JSE share code: TGA
LSE Share Code: TGA
ISIN: ZAE000296554
(“Thungela” or the “Company” and together with its affiliates, the “Group”)

TR-1: Standard form for notification of major holdings

MAJOR HOLDING NOTIFICATION (to be sent to the relevant issuer and FCA in Microsoft
Word format if possible)

1a. Identity of issuer or underlying issuer
of existing shares to which voting rights are attached- THUNGELA RESOURCES LTD
stained ii:

1b. Please indicate if the issuer is a non-UK issuer (please mark with an ‘X’ where applicable)
Non-UK issuer

2. Reason for notification (please tick the appropriate box(es) with an “X”)

An acquisition or sale of voting rights X

An acquisition or disposal of financial instruments

An event modifying the distribution of voting rights

Other (please specify) iii:

3. Contact details of the person subject to the notification obligation iv

Name PUBLIC INVESTMENT CORPORATION SOC LIMITED

Head Office City and Country (if applicable) PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA

4. Full name of shareholder(s) (if different from 3.) v

Last name

City and country of registered office (if applicable)

5. Date on which the threshold was crossed or
06/17/2022
reaches vi:

6. Date on which the issuer notified (DD/MM/YYYY): 20/06/2022

7. Total positions of the person(s) subject to the notification obligation

% of voting rights to- % of voting rights Total number of
attached to shares (to- through financial instruments Total of both in % voting rights held
tal of 8. A) ments (8.A + 8.B) in the transmitter (8.A +
(total of 8.B 1 + 8.B 2) 8.B) vii
Resulting situation
on the date on which
the threshold was
13.872% 13.872% 18,909,239
crossed or reached
Previous position
notification (if 14.307% 14.307%
in force)

8. Notified detail of the resulting situation on the date the threshold was crossed or
reached viii

A: Voting rights attached to shares

Class/type of Number of voting rights ix % of voting rights
actions

ISIN code (if possible) Direct Indirect Direct Indirect
(DTR5.1) (DTR5.2.1) (DTR5.1) (DTR5.2.1)

18,909,239 13.872%

SUBTOTAL 8.A 18,909,239 13.872%

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Type of in- Expiry exercise/ which can be acquired if
% of voting rights
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exercised/converted.

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Maturity type Financial Number of
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instrument date x voting rights
riod xi Colonization xii
TOTAL
8.B.2
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applicable box with an “X”)

The person subject to the notification obligation is not controlled by any natural or legal person and does not
control any other company that directly or indirectly holds an interest in the (underlying) issuer xiii

Complete chain of controlled companies through which voting rights and/or
the financial instruments are effectively held starting with the natural or legal person who has ultimate control
(please add additional lines as needed) xiv

% of voting rights if he % of voting rights Total of both if he
equals or is superior through financial inequality or is superior
than the notifiable instruments if it is equal to the notifiable
Name xv threshold or is greater than threshold
notification threshold
PUBLIC INVESTMENT
SOCIETY SOC 13.872% 13.872%
LIMIT

10. If voting by proxy, please identify:
Name of agent N/A

The number and % of voting rights held N/A

The date until which the voting rights will be held N/A

11. Additional information xvi

Location of completion PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA

Completion date June 20, 2022

UK Financial Advisor and Business Broker
Liberum Capital Limited

Sponsor
Rand Merchant Bank (a division of FirstRand Bank Limited)

Johannesburg
June 20, 2022

Date: 2022-06-20 03:00:00
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Funding for education in emergencies in the wake of COVID-19: time to reinvest to meet growing needs – Global https://reservocation.com/funding-for-education-in-emergencies-in-the-wake-of-covid-19-time-to-reinvest-to-meet-growing-needs-global/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 12:03:07 +0000 https://reservocation.com/funding-for-education-in-emergencies-in-the-wake-of-covid-19-time-to-reinvest-to-meet-growing-needs-global/ Attachments Funding for education in emergencies dries up as a result of COVID-19 Time to reinvest to meet growing educational needs Geneva, 16 June 2022 – Funding for education in emergencies (EiE) is falling behind. It falls far short of meeting the needs of the millions of crisis-affected school-aged children and young people around the […]]]>

Attachments

Funding for education in emergencies dries up as a result of COVID-19

Time to reinvest to meet growing educational needs

Geneva, 16 June 2022 – Funding for education in emergencies (EiE) is falling behind. It falls far short of meeting the needs of the millions of crisis-affected school-aged children and young people around the world who need educational support. This is the conclusion of a new report released today by the Geneva Global Hub for EiE at an event organized by the Permanent Missions of Switzerland and Niger to the UN in Geneva. The report provides, for the first time, a comprehensive assessment of the multiple sources of funding for EiE, highlighting key trends and gaps. In 2021, humanitarian funding for EiE reached an all-time high of $807 million. But, with needs growing even faster due to conflict, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, this was insufficient to provide millions of children with a safe, inclusive and quality education. Among UN-led humanitarian appeals, the education sector was only 22% funded in 2021, half of what it was in 2018. Despite increased awareness of the problem, the ‘EiE continues to be an underappreciated and underfunded part of humanitarian responses. “As a global community, we are committed to achieving SDG4 guaranteeing the right to education for all children and young people. Yet the reality is that we are currently falling behind in achieving this goal,” said Patricia Danzi, Director General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). “In this context, I cannot stress enough the importance of this new report on the current state of global funding for education in emergencies. The flagship report offers avenues for closing the significant funding gap for EiE. »

Tracking of EiE funding needs to be improved to better inform decisions on where limited resources are best spent, with the study recommending the creation of a public platform linking all existing EiE data sources.

A more joint approach between humanitarian funding and development cooperation for EiE is also needed. Official development assistance for education in countries in crisis reached $5.7 billion in 2020, more than eight times the level of humanitarian aid. This can be further harnessed to support better learning outcomes for children, but this will only happen with greater coordination between all education actors to ensure that the limited funding available for EiE is allocated where it is most needed.

“Too often, education funding is directed towards high-profile crises that have received wide media coverage or are geopolitically significant to donors,” said report author Damian Lilly. “More needs to be done to address inequalities and the unpredictability of education funding, so that all children have access to the education they deserve.

With the UN hosting an Education Transformation Summit (TES) in September, there needs to be stronger political commitment to EiE. And these key recommendations for EiE funding will be important in the run-up to the upcoming Education Cannot Wait (ECW) high-level funding conference, which ECW Director Yasmine Sherif announced. that it will take place in February 2023. Donors will be asked to make specific commitments. to fund EiE, and the recommendations of this report should be reflected in these commitments.

“We call on world leaders, donors, the private sector and philanthropic foundations to step in with today’s absolute and fierce urgency to respond to this crisis of epic proportions,” Sherif said. “Our investment in education today – for girls and boys caught in protracted crises and emergencies – is our investment in the dreams and hopes of each of these children, and in a more peaceful, more prosperous world. and more humane tomorrow. Without substantial, predictable and flexible additional funding to immediately scale up support for safe, continuous and inclusive quality education for girls and boys caught in the most challenging crisis contexts, we will not achieve Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG) and all other SDGs.

It is clear that the need for EiE funding is growing and the gap between this need and available resources is widening. New EiE funding commitments are key to meeting this challenge, as are innovative and collaborative solutions that make better use of existing support.

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Gun control: Bipartisan group of senators announce tentative agreement on gun safety legislation https://reservocation.com/gun-control-bipartisan-group-of-senators-announce-tentative-agreement-on-gun-safety-legislation/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 03:16:00 +0000 https://reservocation.com/gun-control-bipartisan-group-of-senators-announce-tentative-agreement-on-gun-safety-legislation/ Notably, the announcement includes the support of 10 Republican senators, which would give the proposal enough support to overcome the Senate filibuster. The agreement is significant given the division among lawmakers on the gun issue, but the actual legislative text is yet to be written. The proposal includes support for state crisis intervention orders, funding […]]]>

Notably, the announcement includes the support of 10 Republican senators, which would give the proposal enough support to overcome the Senate filibuster. The agreement is significant given the division among lawmakers on the gun issue, but the actual legislative text is yet to be written.

The proposal includes support for state crisis intervention orders, funding for school safety resources, an improved review process for buyers under 21, and penalties for buying straw.

Most importantly, the legislation includes a so-called red flag provision, with the government providing “resources to states and tribes to create and administer laws that help ensure deadly weapons do not fall into the hands of individuals whom a court has determined to be a significant danger to themselves or others,” the statement said. The proposal would also include “major investments to increase access to mental health and suicide prevention programs; and other support services available in the community, including crisis intervention and recovery and trauma”.

Additionally, the legislation would provide resources “to expand mental health and support services in schools, including: early identification and intervention programs and school-based mental health and support services.”

And that would address an area Republicans have focused on in recent weeks: school safety. The lawmakers said in their statement that the proposal provides funds “to help put in place safety measures in and around elementary and secondary schools”, while supporting “school violence prevention efforts”. and training of school employees and students.

Regarding the enhanced review process for buyers under 21, lawmakers said the proposal “requires an investigation period to review mental and juvenile health records, including checks with bases of state and local law enforcement data.

The group on the exit includes Republican Sens. John Cornyn from Texas, Thom Tillis and Richard Burr from North Carolina, Roy Blunt from Missouri, Bill Cassidy from Louisiana, Susan Collins from Maine, Lindsey Graham from South Carolina, Rob Portman from Ohio, Mitt Romney from Utah and Pat Toomey from Pennsylvania. Incumbent Democratic senators include Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly of Arizona, Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Chris Coons of Delaware, Martin Heinrich of New Mexico, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Michigan’s Debbie Stabenow. It also includes Sen. Angus King of Maine, an independent who caucus with Democrats.

Biden says framework ‘reflects important steps in the right direction’

President Joe Biden said Sunday the deal “doesn’t do everything I think is needed, but it does reflect important steps in the right direction.”

If passed, Biden wrote, the framework would mark “the most significant gun safety legislation to pass Congress in decades,” adding, “With bipartisan support, there is no no excuse for delay, and no reason why it should not be quickly passed by the Senate and the House.”

“With each passing day, more and more children are being killed in this country: the sooner it lands on my desk, the sooner I can sign it, and the sooner we can use these measures to save lives.”

Biden also thanked Murphy, who led the negotiations for the Democrats, as well as Cornyn, Sinema and Tillis.

Senate leaders react

“The principles they announced today show the value of dialogue and cooperation,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said in a statement. “I continue to hope that their discussions will result in a bipartisan product that will make meaningful progress on key issues such as mental health and school safety, uphold the Second Amendment, gain broad support in the Senate, and make a difference for our country.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he would introduce legislation “as soon as possible.”

“After a relentless wave of gun-related suicides and homicides, including mass shootings, the Senate is poised to act on common-sense reforms to protect Americans where they live, where they live. shop and where they learn,” the New York Democrat said. “We need to act quickly to move this legislation forward, because if one life can be saved, it’s worth it.”

Activists express their support

Gun control activists responded overwhelmingly positively to the deal on Sunday.

March for Our Lives, the student movement focused on preventing gun violence, said it welcomed the proposed reforms.

“In a less broken society, we would be able to require background checks every time someone wants to buy a gun, and we would ban assault rifles outright,” said David Hogg, l one of the group’s co-founders and a survivor of the 2018 Parkland School Shooting, in a statement. “But if even a life is saved or a mass shooting attempt is prevented thanks to these regulations, we think it’s worth fighting for.”

“We are grateful to the bipartisan group of senators who worked on this compromise,” he added.

And former U.S. Representative Gabby Giffords, who has become one of the nation’s leading gun control advocates since a 2011 shooting that killed six and nearly killed her, called the reforms “not forward saving”. (Giffords is married to Kelly, one of the Democratic senators behind the deal.)

“As a member of Congress, I have always worked across party lines to get things done for my constituents. This deal shows that it is still possible to cut through politics and serve the American people. “, she said in a series of tweets.

“And while this agreement is not perfect, many details remain to be ironed out and much more needs to be done. If carefully drafted and adopted, this framework would be a life-saving step forward.”

The talks lasted all weekend

Still, the deal would be significant given the division among lawmakers over the gun issue, even following a series of devastating mass shootings, including one that killed 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school. in Uvalde, Texas.

A source with knowledge of the talks said negotiators hoped to get 10 Republican senators to sign the deal before it was announced, to show they can overcome the 60-vote filibuster threshold. The Senate is currently split evenly between the Democratic and GOP conferences with 50 seats each.

Senator Chris Murphy
The four top Senate negotiators — Murphy, Sinema, Cornyn and Tillis — were in talks all weekend to work out final details and also held talks with a larger bipartisan group of negotiators.
The House voted 223 to 204 last week to pass a sweeping package of gun control laws called the Protecting Our Kids Act. The measure is not expected to pass the Senate, however, amid widespread GOP opposition to stricter gun controls.
The passage of the legislation in the House came hours after an emotional hearing on gun violence in which families of victims pleaded for more action.

Democratic Representative Jamie Raskin of Maryland on Sunday praised Senate negotiators before the announcement for their work on the legislation, but refrained from expressing support for the next package.

“Well, we would definitely vote on that and work on it,” he said on “State of the Union” when asked if he would vote for the bill, adding: “ This is a step in the right direction. We’re glad the Senate is finally awake to this.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a progressive Democrat from New York, later said on the same program that she would be willing to support the legislation “if we get a real baby step, not some kind of distraction, I think, from the solution .” She stressed that it was essential to include a provision for background checks.

“You know, I believe, if we can get background checks, my hope — my hope is that it’s a yes” on the legislation, Ocasio-Cortez said.

This story has been updated with news of the announced deal.

CNN’s Kristin Wilson, Devan Cole and Daniella Diaz contributed to this report.

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Communities living in SADC TFCAs to benefit from COVID-19 response grants – Mozambique https://reservocation.com/communities-living-in-sadc-tfcas-to-benefit-from-covid-19-response-grants-mozambique/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 10:24:34 +0000 https://reservocation.com/communities-living-in-sadc-tfcas-to-benefit-from-covid-19-response-grants-mozambique/ Thousands of people living in 40 vulnerable communities near Mozambique’s Maputo Special Reserve and around two remote parks in South Africa who have lost their jobs as a result of COVID-19 will be temporarily employed in parks in both countries, thanks to relief grants recently awarded to communities. COVID-19 relief grants, made available by KfW […]]]>

Thousands of people living in 40 vulnerable communities near Mozambique’s Maputo Special Reserve and around two remote parks in South Africa who have lost their jobs as a result of COVID-19 will be temporarily employed in parks in both countries, thanks to relief grants recently awarded to communities.

COVID-19 relief grants, made available by KfW Bank and administered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature Regional Office for Eastern and Southern Africa (IUCN ESARO), offer immediate relief for the loss of livelihoods as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a result, people from these local communities will be employed in the parks and reserves for the next 12 months to help with conservation activities such as maintaining park infrastructure such as buildings, roads and fencing.

The COVID-19 Response Grants are part of the SADC Transfrontier Conservation Areas Funding Facility (SADC TFCA FF) of €2 million in COVID-19 relief made available to SADC Member States to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in TFCAs.

IUCN ESARO will disburse the grants to 10 SADC Member States. TFCAs benefiting from COVID-19 grants include Kavango-Zambezi, Lubombo, Greater Mapungubwe, /Ais /Ais-Richtersveld, Iona-Skeleton Coast, Maloti-Drakensburg and Niassa-Selous. The COVID-19 grants will be implemented by government entities and their partners who are currently involved in supporting the various wildlife conservation initiatives in the SADC region.

The initial phase of the SADC TFCA FF is currently benefiting from investments worth €25 million from the German government. The COVID-19 package is part of the accelerated financing mechanisms under the financing facility. It aims to deal with the emergencies induced by the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures put in place to contain it.

Areas of support under this program include protected areas and community reserves, tourism operations, alternative community livelihoods and related health support. The facility aims to adopt a demand-driven approach that will respond to emerging crises such as natural disasters and other emergencies that affect conservation operations in TFCAs.

The awards ceremony for communities close to the Maputo Special Reserve and the two remote parks of the Richtersveld and Mapungubwe National Parks in South Africa was held on May 3, 2022 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The ceremony was attended by representatives of the Directorate of the SADC Secretariat for Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources (FANR), IUCN-ESARO, KfW and SADC Member States, namely the Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia. , South Africa and the United Republic of Tanzania.

Partners such as the Delegation of the European Union to Botswana, the GIZ-CRNM project, the Embassy of the United States of America in Botswana, representatives of the Kavango Zambezi (KAZA) Biodiverse Landscapes Fund, the Peace Parks Foundation and South African National Parks (SANPARKS) were also present.

In his speech, Mr. Domingos Gove, Director of FANR at the SADC Secretariat, appreciated the flexibility shown by KfW and its partners in making available the €2 million COVID-19 relief package.

Mr. Nils Meyer from KfW underlined the importance of partnerships to address the challenges of biodiversity loss; destruction and fragmentation of ecosystems; and other pressures imposed on the environment by humans.

He said that in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the connection between people and nature has become more apparent and it has become more important to provide a funding program that helps people living in TFCAs to conserve biodiversity and maintain the integrity of SADC’s important ecosystems.

Mr. Meyer called on more International Cooperating Partners (ICPs) to invest in the SADC TFCA FF to achieve the €100 million target and contribute to sustainable financing mechanisms for biodiversity conservation within SADCs TFCA.

Mr. Vhalinavho Kavhagali of IUCN reiterated his organization’s commitment to supporting critical interventions to mitigate the serious conservation threats posed by COVID-19.

Mr. Miguel Gonçalves, Park Manager, Maputo Special Reserve (ANAC), said the grant will complement another COVID-19 relief mechanism in the park supported by the World Bank and the MozBio Fund. The Peace Parks Foundation (PPF) has recognized how its partnership with ANAC in the Maputo Special Reserve contributes to conservation impacts on the ground.

SANPARKS Acting Managing Director, Mr. Dumisani Dlamini appreciated how the grants will contribute to the creation of short-term employment opportunities for the communities living around the two remote parks of Richtersveld and Mapungubwe National Parks, providing a immediate relief for loss of livelihood options as a result of the pandemic.

The Deputy Director General for Biodiversity Conservation at the South African Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment (DFFE), Ms Flora Mokgohloa, appreciated the COVID-19 package and reiterated the great need for additional funding to unlock the potential of TFCAs to contribute to biodiversity conservation. .

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Radio Ergo audience report, June 09, 2022 – Somalia https://reservocation.com/radio-ergo-audience-report-june-09-2022-somalia/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 12:13:07 +0000 https://reservocation.com/radio-ergo-audience-report-june-09-2022-somalia/ Attachments **Brief Summary Many callers this week (June 2-8, 2022) to Radio Ergo’s independent feedback platform expressed frustration that their voices calling for help and assistance were not being heard. Most spoke of the worsening effects of the drought with water, food and fodder shortages and rising prices. Some of those welcoming the rainfall, especially […]]]>

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**Brief Summary Many callers this week (June 2-8, 2022) to Radio Ergo’s independent feedback platform expressed frustration that their voices calling for help and assistance were not being heard. Most spoke of the worsening effects of the drought with water, food and fodder shortages and rising prices. Some of those welcoming the rainfall, especially in Togdher and central regions, mentioned the lack of resources. There have been more calls regarding COVID19, especially from Puntland and central regions, indicating heightened concern over the disease. Here is a summary of the calls by theme.
precipitation – Among callers in Togdher, a caller in Faqa-ayub said there was little rain and many people had converged there, raising concerns about resources. They wanted help. Among the Mudug callers, some said it was light rain. A caller in Abudwak said many had arrived there after some rain, although there was no pasture and livestock were still scanty. Another in Galgadud hoped the drought was behind them for now. A caller in Bay said the watersheds were filling up. A caller displaced from Barwaqo camp in Baidoa said the rain had destroyed houses and help was needed. A Bardera farmer, Gedo, said their crops started growing after some rains.

Persistent drought and impact – In the north, a caller in Baki, Awdal, said food prices had skyrocketed and they needed help. A caller in Gabiley said he was 55 and stuck in drought hardships having received no help. Callers in Buhodle said the rainfall was short-lived and they needed help. One attributed the persistent drought to poor governance. A caller in Durugsi said the trees were dying. Callers in Sanag said water sources had dried up and water and food prices had risen. A caller from the north said they had been abandoned by the Somaliland and Puntland governments and were emigrating. In Puntland, a Gardafu caller in Bari said there was no water and their cattle had died. A caller in Bosaso said they had migrated from Alula and came across the carcasses of cattle that had died on the way. There were calls complaining about drought and lack of water from Dagari, Dool and Galkayo to Mudug. A caller in Goldogob said people were arriving from Bari and there were concerns about rapidly depleting resources. Two callers said they needed their information shared in order to get help. Two women calling in Adado said people were dying, mothers and children were the worst affected and livestock were suffering from disease. A woman calling in Galmudug said all their goats had died and only five out of 100 camels were left. Two other callers from Galmudug said they had not had rain since 2020 and they feared starvation. They had received no help and wanted Radio Ergo to be an emissary to help them receive help. In Guriel, a disabled mother of four said all her livestock had died and she needed help. Another woman said it was becoming increasingly difficult to buy food due to rising prices. In Hiran, a caller from Beletweyne said the water level in the river was dropping. A caller in Buloburte said rural people were moving into town. In Middle Shabelle, a caller in Raage-elle said they had been without water for three days, food prices were rising and many displaced people needed help. A caller from Lower Shabelle said his farm and livestock had been hit by the drought and needed help to recover. Farmers in Bakool and Bay said they needed rain to plant. In Dollow, Gedo, a woman caller said people were migrating in search of water. Another said they had no water or fuel for the farm pumps. One of Gedo’s callers asked supporters to help them.

Help complaints – a caller said the Bahnano organization did not provide assistance fairly and did not answer his phone lines. A caller in Abudwak said WFP had promised them cash cards but they had not received them.

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FSIS decides not to change safe handling instructions requested by the Safe Food Coalition https://reservocation.com/fsis-decides-not-to-change-safe-handling-instructions-requested-by-the-safe-food-coalition/ Mon, 06 Jun 2022 04:41:07 +0000 https://reservocation.com/fsis-decides-not-to-change-safe-handling-instructions-requested-by-the-safe-food-coalition/ Four years ago, Thomas Gremillion of The Consumers’ Federation of America petitioned the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on behalf of the Safe Food Coalition. The petition called for regulation of FSIS revise regulations that mandate mandatory safe handling instruction (SHI) labeling for raw and partially cooked meat and poultry products. In a […]]]>

Four years ago, Thomas Gremillion of The Consumers’ Federation of America petitioned the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on behalf of the Safe Food Coalition. The petition called for regulation of FSIS revise regulations that mandate mandatory safe handling instruction (SHI) labeling for raw and partially cooked meat and poultry products.

In a May 31 decision letter, FSIS told Gremillion it was denying its motion and did not plan to make rules “at this time.”

“FSIS will continue to explore new strategies to communicate safe food handling practices to consumers. Current SHI labeling regulations will remain in place while we review research options and other strategies,” the agency’s decision reads.

The Safe Food Coalition is “not precluded from submitting a revised petition containing additional information to support the requested actions. »

The Safe Food Coalition’s petition specifically requested that FSIS update the regulations to require that the SHI label:

  • display information about thermometer use and final cooking temperatures;
  • include the “Check Your Steps” logo that identifies the four safe handling practices on the www.foodsafety.gov website – clean, cook, separate, and refrigerate – instead of the currently required graphic
  • be positioned in such a way as to ensure the legibility of the label; and
  • include a web address for additional information on safe cooking recommendations.

FSIS claims that the results of a recently published consumer study found that three experimental SHI labels containing many of the features requested in the petition performed no better than the current SHI label with respect to visual attention. and label compliance for the four safe handling instructions.

FSIS said the research also found that consumers tend to focus more on the manufacturer’s cooking instructions (MCI) than the SHI.

“Based on these findings, FSIS has concluded that instituting regulations to revise the SHI labeling regulations, as requested in your petition, would not be an effective use of agency resources, because the requested revisions would likely have a limited impact on consumer food handling behavior,” according to the decision. “Therefore, as set forth below, we have decided to dismiss your petition without prejudice.”

The National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI) Food Handling Labels Subcommittee recommended in 2014 that FSIS pursue changes to the existing SHI label and conduct. consumer studies to determine the effectiveness of any revisions to the SHI label.

Six consumer focus groups that FSIS conducted in 2015 found that consumers would find certain revisions to the SHI label useful, such as recommendations to use a food thermometer and provide end point temperatures.

“Based on these findings, FSIS determined that additional research using more rigorous quantitative approaches with a broader sample of consumers was needed to help inform potential revisions to the current SHI label and assess whether a revision of the label would improve consumer food safety behaviors,” the agency said.

FSIS contracted in 2018 with RTI International and its contractor North Carolina State University (NCSU) to conduct consumer behavior research to assess whether revisions are needed to the required SHI label on all raw and partially cooked products and assess consumers’ ability to correctly discern between non-ready-to-eat (NRTE) products and RTE (ready-to-eat) products

RTI submitted its final report of the consumer research findings on September 23, 2020. A brief summary of the findings related to the SHI label is discussed in the decision letter and the full research report is posted on the RTI website. FSIS at: https://www.fsis.usda.gov/food-safety/food-safety-stats/consumer-research. Summary points include:

  • The first phase of the research consisted of an online experiment that was conducted with a sample of US consumers to select three variations of a revised SHI label that best caught the attention of participants.
  • The three revised SHI labels that were selected contained many of the features requested in the Safe Food Coalition’s petition, such as information on thermometer use and final cooking temperatures, updated messages and graphics on safe handling and a web address for additional safety information. cooking recommendations.
  • The second phase of the research was a behavior change study to assess the effectiveness of the three revised SHI labels versus the current SHI label on study participants’ adherence to recommended safe handling instructions.
  • The behavior change study included a meal preparation observation experiment, an eye tracking study, and post-survey interviews with study participants.

The decision letter says; “The results of the behavior change study showed that the three revised labels, which as noted above contained many of the features requested in your petition, performed no better than the current SHI label. with regard to visual attention and adherence to labels for the four safe handling instructions.”

“While a revised label was more effective in encouraging proper handwashing, it did not influence other behaviors. The study also found that participants tended to spend more time looking at hand washing instructions. manufacturer cooking (MCI) than the SHI label, and they tended to look at the MCI before looking at the SHI,” he added.

Also on the petition front last week, FSIS released additional comments on the Northern Goose Processors petition. He asks for a change standard for the definition of “Ready-to-Cook Poultry”, to allow acceptance of production and importation of Young Chinese Goose Head-on without requiring religious exemption.

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This Week at the FDA: Senate User Fee Increase, Novavax Briefing Papers and CDRH Retract PHE Guidance https://reservocation.com/this-week-at-the-fda-senate-user-fee-increase-novavax-briefing-papers-and-cdrh-retract-phe-guidance/ Fri, 03 Jun 2022 20:17:34 +0000 https://reservocation.com/this-week-at-the-fda-senate-user-fee-increase-novavax-briefing-papers-and-cdrh-retract-phe-guidance/ Welcome to another episode of This Week at FDA, your weekly source for updates — big and small — about the FDA, drug and medical device regulation, and what we read on the web. This week, we learned that the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) will annotate its version of the […]]]>

Welcome to another episode of This Week at FDA, your weekly source for updates — big and small — about the FDA, drug and medical device regulation, and what we read on the web. This week, we learned that the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) will annotate its version of the FDA user fee reauthorization bill next week. We also got a preview of briefing materials for the upcoming FDA advisory committee meeting to review Novavax’s COVID-19 vaccine. Additionally, we’ve seen the FDA’s Device Center withdraw one of its pandemic-era guidance on the impact of COVID-19 on formal meetings and user fee requests for devices. medical.

Next Wednesday, the Senate HELP Committee will meet hold an executive session to tag his version of the FDA user fee reauthorization package, the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Historic Advancements Act (FDASLA). The markup comes just weeks after the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted to bring forward its House Upstairs User Fee bill for review.

FDA reviewers found the Novavax vaccine offered a “reduced risk of mild to severe COVID-19 occurring at least 7 days after the second round of primary vaccinations”, ahead of vaccines and related biologics (VRBPAC) Meet tuesday. The reviewers also flagged a possible risk of myocarditis in vaccine recipients. STAT and Reuters learn more about the information documents.

On COVID-19 vaccines, Pfizer and BioNTech have would have have completed their Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) request to expand the use of their mRNA vaccine to children 6 months to 4 years of age, following Moderna’s similar request submitted end of April.

The FDA also issued a notice this week stating that it was withdraw an orientation first released in June 2020 which gave sponsors an additional 180 days before automatically withdrawing their premarket request. At the time, the agency said that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was relaxing requirements to give sponsors more time, but as the pandemic began to abate, the FDA decided that she had to return to the pre-pandemic situation.

We also read this interview in Night policy with FDA social media director Brad Kimberly on some of the agency’s tweets during the pandemic. It’s an interesting look at how the agency approaches public communication on health issues, many of which are “science-intensive messaging” and “complicated messaging” in ways that are sometimes humorous or light.

Moreover, we learned that federal investigators will examine the FDA’s response to the infant formula crisis that stemmed from Abbott Nutrition’s infant formula recall following an inspection of its Sturgis, Michigan facility earlier this year. The recall led to critical infant formula shortages across the country and prompted the Biden administration and the FDA to act to improve the supply of infant formula.

Medicines and biologicals

This week we saw two new warning letters sent to companies regarding deviations from Human Cells, Tissues and Cellular and Tissue-Based Products (HCT/Ps) regulations and registration and registration issues. registration of drugs. The FDA is long warning letter to OsteoLife Biomedical I LLC cites numerous issues with the company’s processing of HCT/P that could pose a risk of contamination or cross-contamination of its products or equipment. The agency too warned Grimann SA de CV for submitting “conflicting information between the labeling and the electronic registration file” for its product Derofen Miel (NDC 81660-435).

We also saw three responses to FDA requests notice of non-compliance to submit clinical trial information to ClinicalTrails.gov. The agency sent four letters of notice of non-compliance to trial sponsors advising them of their obligation to submit clinical trial results to the online repository, and the letters appear to be having an impact, as the agency absolved the three first sponsors she wrote to. of any concerns.

Medical equipement

This week, the FDA released a cybersecurity alert for a multitude of Illumina next-generation sequencing instruments. The agency said a vulnerability in the devices could allow malicious hackers to remotely take control of diagnostic products, change how the products work, and potentially alter patient data. Illumina has released a patch for the devices and is working with the agency and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to continue to resolve the issues.

Earlier in the week, the two top officials from the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) gave an update on how the center fared during the pandemic and the fact that they are starting to return to some normality. They noted that starting June 1, CDRH will be accepting all non-COVID-19 in vitro diagnostic pre-submissions that have been put on hold so the agency can allocate resources to the pandemic.

The FDA has also decided to classify two types of medical devices in Class II (special controls). Both types of devices include non-implanted electrical stimulation devices for the management of premature ejaculation and coronary heart disease risk indicators that use acoustic heart signals.

Additionally, the FDA announcement a Class I recall of the stent covered by Atrium Medical Corporation’s iCast due to potential balloon or catheter hub separation. The agency said the recall affected nearly 70,000 devices in the United States and it had received 75 injury complaints related to the issue.

Speaking of reminders, MedtechDive reviewed the FDA’s first-quarter device recalls, which rose largely due to BD’s massive recall of its catheter port connectors, which affected some 288 million devices.

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