Cabo Delgado displacement could reach 1 million, UN officials warn

first_imgCabo Delgado displacement could reach 1 million, UN officials warn The United NationsSenior leaders with the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, warned on Monday of the urgent need to address the growing humanitarian needs of the hundreds of thousands of people uprooted by the ongoing deadly insurgency in the Cabo Delgado province in northern Mozambique.Assistant High Commissioners Gillian Triggs and Raouf Mazou were fresh from the country, where they heard shocking stories from survivors of a crisis that is unfolding in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the aftermath of several devastating cyclones.The violence is escalating, they told journalists in Geneva, with the number of internally displaced people (IDPs) increasing from around 70,000 roughly a year ago, to close to 700,000 today, and expected to reach one million by June.“If one looks at the speed at which we are seeing the number of internally displaced persons rise, we know that the window of opportunity that we have is closing”, said Mr. Mazou, who is UNHCR‘s Assistant High Commissioner for Operations.Beheadings and rape The insurgency began in 2017 and more than 2,000 people have been killed, but it is not clear who the insurgents are, how they are supported, or what they want, according to Ms. Triggs, Assistant High Commissioner for Protection.The “mysterious group” has been responsible for beheadings, murders, rape and other atrocities. Villages have been razed and there are reports that children were among those decapitated.The displaced people, more than half of them children, fled by boat or on land for safer areas further south in Cabo Delgado province. Most, or around 90 per cent, have found shelter with family and friends in urban areas, or with host communities in villages. The Mozambican Government is developing sites for the remaining displaced people.The authorities have also moved some people from overcrowded areas to a settlement site, where they are living in primitive conditions, and shelter, food, clothing, as well as water and sanitation, are desperately needed. Ms. Triggs said while the authorities distributed food there in December, no further distributions have occurred since, either by the Government or the UN World Food Programme (WFP). UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Gillian Triggs, (left) meets with displaced people in Cabo Delgado, in northern Mozambique.She also heard shocking stories of grandmothers caring for orphaned grandchildren, which is now becoming commonplace.“In this case, the grandmother was caring for a baby, a few months old. Her daughter had been killed in the conflict. The father of the child had been killed, beheaded, And the grandmother was now in this period of grief, trying to care for this child without milk, where they were grinding up root vegetables for the children, giving them diarrhoea and exposing them to all sorts of other things”, she said.Step up support Ms. Triggs reported on some bright spots that have surfaced, including a project to provide the displaced people with official documentation which will allow them to access education, transport and social services.But with the Mozambican Government saying it is uncertain that people will be able to return home, given the instability, Mr. Mazou pointed to the need for greater international support, noting that a$254 million humanitarian appeal is only around five per cent funded.The authorities have established an agency for developing northern Mozambique, he said, in efforts to address some of the root causes of the crisis, which include lack of development and access to resources.“What we’re facing now is the need for immediate humanitarian assistance. and also to think of the long term for those who may remain in the places where they are now”, he said. /UN News Release. 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We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:children, Commissioner, conflict, education, Geneva, Government, grandchildren, Humanitarian, Mozambique, resources, settlement, social services, Transport, UN, vegetables, violencelast_img read more

Mexico Opens Anti-monopoly Probe Amid Oxygen Price Rise

first_img“Before, we might ship one box a day, but it has exploded and now people are asking for 50 boxes,” he said of ivermectin. A woman rubs antibacterial gel into her hands as she waits in a distanced line to get tested for COVID-19 at a mobile diagnostic tent in San Gregorio Atlapulco in the Xochimilco district of Mexico City, Wednesday, July 22, 2020. The capital’s health secretariat has erected mobile testing units in the areas of the city hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, but with test supplies limited – on Wednesday only 20 were available in San Gregorio Atlapulco – some symptomatic people end up waiting in line on multiple days before successfully getting a test. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell) The spike in home treatment not only involves supplementary oxygen. Pharmacies are getting deluged with requests from customers for unproven remedies for COVID-19. Prices for oxygen tanks in Mexico have reportedly tripled since the pandemic hit Mexico in March, and Mexico continues to post record levels of infection. On Thursday, the Health Department said there were 8,438 newly confirmed cases for the previous 24 hours, bringing the country’s case total to 370,712. Confirmed deaths rose by 718 to 41,908. Many Mexicans have tried to treat COVID-19 symptoms at home, either out of fear of going to crowded hospitals or because the government has told people with less severe symptoms to stay at home. But he questioned whether anything illicit was involved. “It was supply and demand. Everybody was asking for oxygen, so it was kind of logical the price would have gone up,” he said. Becerra said oxygen supply companies may have been unprepared for the huge surge in demand due to the coronavirus outbreak.center_img It said that if any violations are found, companies that engage in unfair practices could face fines of up to 8% of annual revenues. MEXICO CITY (AP) – Mexico’s anti-monopoly commission said Thursday it is looking into possible price-fixing or monopolistic practices in the market for medical oxygen, after pharmacies reported a spike in prices and difficulties in getting tanks and refills. “Starting in March, it began to get scarce because there was a huge amount of demand. What little we could get hold of went up by 200%” in price, said Juvenal Becerra, whose UNEFARM association represents about 5,600 pharmacies in Mexico. The Federal Economic Competition Commission said it was not pre-judging whether any violations occurred. It said the investigation was opened July 13 and would take at least four months. Becerra said customers were making a run on the antibiotic azithromycin and the anti-parasite drug ivermectin.last_img read more

Wiggle is Official Retail Partner for Castle Triathlon Series in 2012-13

first_imgThe Castle Triathlon Series has confirmed that Wiggle, the UK’s number 1 online cycle and tri-sports retailer, is now its official retail partner for the 2012 and 2013 race seasons. Having won 220 Triathlon magazine awards for an incredible seven years running, Wiggle has become a leading one-stop-shop for triathletes.The Castle Triathlon Series has built up momentum in recent years and has grown dramatically since its conception in 2009. The series attracted over 5,000 participants for all of last year’s events, held at three castles in the UK and one in France.Expanding into 2012, all Castle Tri series events are held at some of the finest and most breathtaking locations across the UK and Europe. Featuring Lough Cutra Castle, Cholmondeley Castle, Castle Howard, Chateau de Chantilly and Hever Castle, the series provides diverse backdrops for both participants and spectators.“Wiggle is a fantastic brand and this partnership will bring together the very best in racing and retail for the ultimate triathlon experience,” said Brian Adcock, Race Director of the Castle Triathlon Series. Martin Talbot, Marketing Director at Wiggle added, “Wiggle is absolutely fired up and raring to go with the Castle Triathlon Series! We want to develop Wiggle’s triathlon event activity and this is a perfect opportunity.“For a feel good factor, the locations alone are worth the visit. Combine this with the endorphin rush from competing and the atmosphere will be electric! It’s going to be two years full of fantastic, unique and inspiring triathlon events.”The Castle Triathlon Series enables adults to compete individually or as a relay of two or a relay of three. Mixed relays are encouraged! and the series aims to include families, so that children and parents can race on the same day, making a great family day out. Children from eight to 15 years can compete to win medals and prizes.As an all-inclusive event series for both novice and experienced triathletes with varying race distances from sprint to Olympic, the Castle Triathlon Series is always marked by its motivational atmosphere. Over the coming two year partnership, both Wiggle and Castle Triathlon are keen to make triathlon events accessible for keen sportspeople to experience and Relatedlast_img read more

From Portugal: Chelsea in a tough battle for signing, club preparing…

first_imgWith a new club in the race, the Portuguese press has several stories about the left-back’s future today.O Jogo point out Juve are joining the likes of Chelsea, Paris Saint Germain and Barcelona in the competition for the Brazilian, and say there’s a reason why the list includes so many big clubs.The newspaper brings the the numbers which show how good Telles has been, and that indeed puts him among the best fullbacks in Europe.Embed from Getty ImagesWith 10 goals and eight assists this season, his 18 contributions for goals put him on top of the list, along with Rangers’ James Tavernier.They’re followed by Borussia Dortmund’s Achraf Hakimi with 17, Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold and Rangers’ Borna Barišić with 16, then Besiktas’ Caner Erkin with 15.Porto have tried to extend Telles’ contract twice, and both attempts have been turned down. That’s why they wait for the transfer market now.O Jogo says that last year, the club had already tried to sell him for the amount of his release clause, which is €40m. Now with such a good season, it’s likely they’ll do it again.Chelsea continue to be named in these stories, although we’re still to see if the Blues have have something advanced for the player or Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameBuild a City, Trade With Your Neighbors, Play With Your FriendsForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystDigitization in Banks Is No Longer About Efficiency, but Business Resilience. Don’t Get Left Behind.StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥Undo At the weekend, the Italian media pointed out that Juventus are one of the clubs who are chasing Porto star Alex Telles.last_img read more