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Cochrane Evidence Aid: resources for earthquakes - Special Collection :: Cochrane Evidence Aid: resources for earthquakes - The Cochrane Library

Cochrane Evidence Aid: resources for earthquakes - Special Collection :: Cochrane Evidence Aid: resources for earthquakes - The Cochrane Library | Disaster  & Humanitarian Response | Scoop.it
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Evidence Aid Special Collection on earthquakes

The Evidence Aid Special Collection (comprising Cochrane Reviews - Cochrane Reviews in our Special Collections are available free of charge) on earthquakes has now been updated, and is available from both the Evidence Aid website (http://www.evidenceaid.org) and The Cochrane Library homepage (http://www.thecochranelibrary.com/details/collection/587779/Cochrane-Evidence-Aid-resources-for-earthquakes.html). 

For information, there are also three other Evidence Aid Special Collections available (Flooding and Poor Water Sanitation; Burns; Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). 

Please pass this information to anyone you think might be interested. There will be a suite of Tweets being posted in early January about it.

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Nigeria: Clean Up of N-Delta Oil Spills to Begin in Three Weeks - Govt

Nigeria: Clean Up of N-Delta Oil Spills to Begin in Three Weeks - Govt | Disaster  & Humanitarian Response | Scoop.it
By Emeka Mamah The Federal Government, yesterday, said that it would commence the clean up of oil spills in the Niger Delta region starting from Ogoni land within the next three weeks. Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig- General Paul Boroh (retd), made this known in Enugu, yesterday. Boroh spoke at the commissioning of the Skills Acquisition and Training in Automobile Technology and Manufacturing of Plastics by about 200 former Niger Delta agitators under the sustainable reintegration programme in the Presidential Amnesty initiative. The skill acquisition programme was in partnership with the Innoson Group, manufactures of Innoson Vehicles and Plastics Manufacturing Assembly Plant, Emene, Enugu. "The clean up exercise will begin at Ogoni in three weeks time and progress to other parts of the Niger Delta region. We have gone to visit the area to assess the level of damage and a lot of people from the region will be involved in the exercise," he said, while describing the facilities at Innoson Kiara Academy as "fantastic." On the Amnesty Programme, Boroh said: "It has substantially achieved its core mandate of restoring peace and stabilizing the security in the Niger Delta region. "Ex-militants have now been trained and graduated from formal and informal trainings. The programme is now at its critical stage of sustainable reintegration of beneficiaries who have been trained. "Though conceived as a national response to security conditions in the Niger Delta between 2009 and 2011, it has been able to substantially meet its mandate and has been able, through its formal vocational programmes, trained approximately 17,000 beneficiaries in various skills and set up or employed more than 3,583 beneficiaries. The process is ongoing and 1,040 will conclude their refreshers and set up their own business by the end of this quarter."
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Your future contact lenses could double as electronic displays

Your future contact lenses could double as electronic displays | Disaster  & Humanitarian Response | Scoop.it
Researchers have a proof of concept of contact lenses that can act as electronic displays with the help of a conductive polymer film.
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Microsoft and the NFL's $400 million marketing fumble

Microsoft and the NFL's $400 million marketing fumble | Disaster  & Humanitarian Response | Scoop.it
Things haven't worked out so great between the Microsoft Surface tablet and the NFL.
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CDC warns pregnant women to avoid travel to Brazil because of Zika virus

CDC warns pregnant women to avoid travel to Brazil because of Zika virus | Disaster  & Humanitarian Response | Scoop.it
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a travel advisory warning pregnant women not to travel to Brazil. Colombia and 12 other areas.
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Older people and those with disabilities are being left behind by humanitarian aid | Toby Porter

Older people and those with disabilities are being left behind by humanitarian aid | Toby Porter | Disaster  & Humanitarian Response | Scoop.it
In the buildup to the World Humanitarian Summit in May, we must ensure that marginalised groups are no longer neglected by humanitarian work
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How many disaster response efforts need to have this happen before we wake up and do something substantive?

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Impunity in conflict has cast a dark shadow over humanitarian work in 2015 | Clár Ní Chonghaile

Impunity in conflict has cast a dark shadow over humanitarian work in 2015 | Clár Ní Chonghaile | Disaster  & Humanitarian Response | Scoop.it
As political and development agendas overlap, there is a greater need than ever for a clear commitment to the principles of international humanitarian law
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Grotius International's curator insight, January 6, 11:51 AM

As political and development agendas overlap, there is a greater need than ever for a clear commitment to the principles of international humanitarian law

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Even Europe’s humanitarian superpower is turning its back on refugees

Even Europe’s humanitarian superpower is turning its back on refugees | Disaster  & Humanitarian Response | Scoop.it
Unable to cope with record flows, the nation is encouraging asylum seekers to go elsewhere.
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Kenya: Issues Kenyans Want Tackled in 2016

Kenya: Issues Kenyans Want Tackled in 2016 | Disaster  & Humanitarian Response | Scoop.it

Corruption, insecurity and the ailing health sector top the list of key issues Kenyans want the government to address this year.

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A 2-year-old boy is the first refugee to drown in 2016

A 2-year-old boy is the first refugee to drown in 2016 | Disaster  & Humanitarian Response | Scoop.it

A two-year-old is the first casualty of 2016, in a refugee crisis that shows no signs of slowing in the coming year.

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Disaster & Humanitarian News Digest

Disaster & Humanitarian News Digest | Disaster  & Humanitarian Response | Scoop.it
Disaster & Humanitarian News Digest, by Randy Roberson: News from around the disaster and humanitarian response world.
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Rural Telemedicine in the U.S. & Developing Nations

Rural Telemedicine in the U.S. & Developing Nations | Disaster  & Humanitarian Response | Scoop.it
Telehealth transformation needs to leverage on mobility, convergence and simplicity http://t.co/EyoRY4vBJu @LodoxSystems
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China bans online medical diagnoses - Xinhua | English.news.cn

China bans online medical diagnoses - Xinhua | English.news.cn | Disaster  & Humanitarian Response | Scoop.it
Hospitals offering medical advice online should not provide diagnoses via these services, ruled China's health regulator Sunday.
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Exclusive: One Man’s Harrowing Story of Surviving the Japan Tsunami

Exclusive: One Man’s Harrowing Story of Surviving the Japan Tsunami | Disaster  & Humanitarian Response | Scoop.it
I looked outside toward the ocean through a window and I saw something like smoke rolling over the trees planted along the coast to stop sand coming from the beach. I wondered if it was fire. But it was spray of the tsunami wave.
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Major snowstorm may strike East Coast on first official spring weekend

Major snowstorm may strike East Coast on first official spring weekend | Disaster  & Humanitarian Response | Scoop.it
WITH NEARLY ALL OF THE 2015-2016 WINTER SEASON BEHIND US ... IT SEEMS THAT THE COMPLACENCY OF A RATHER 'MILD' EL NINO WINTER... HAS SET IN. BUT THE 'WILD' TEMPERATURE AND SENSIBLE WEATHER VOLATILITY THAT SPRING TYPICALLY CAN DELIVER DOES MAKE ANOTHER APPEARANCE ACROSS THE NORTHEAST QUARTER OF THE LOWER 48.
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MIT team wins Hyperloop competition, Elon Musk predicts global transportation network

MIT team wins Hyperloop competition, Elon Musk predicts global transportation network | Disaster  & Humanitarian Response | Scoop.it
MIT team wins Hyperloop competition, Elon Musk predicts global transportation network
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Australian aid workers abducted by extremists in Burkina Faso, officials say

Australian aid workers abducted by extremists in Burkina Faso, officials say | Disaster  & Humanitarian Response | Scoop.it
An Australian couple have been abducted in northern Burkina Faso, according to local government officials.
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'It has failed,' Bitcoin software developer says

'It has failed,' Bitcoin software developer says | Disaster  & Humanitarian Response | Scoop.it
Between technical issues and a schism in the Bitcoin community, the currency alternative is not looking sustainable to a prominent Bitcoin developer.
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Get Canadian humanitarian out of North Korean prison! #FreePastorLim #BringLimHome

Get Canadian humanitarian out of North Korean prison! #FreePastorLim #BringLimHome | Disaster  & Humanitarian Response | Scoop.it
On December 16, 2015, North Korea sentenced a Canadian pastor on a humanitarian mission to hard labor for life for "crimes against the state."
Hyeon Soo Lim, a Korean-Canadian pastor from Toronto in his early sixties, was given the sentence after a swift 90-minute trial. Lim has been in detention since February 2015. 
Rev. Lim traveled to North Korea on January 31, 2015 on a regular humanitarian mission.  Since 1997, Rev. Lim has been supporting where help is most needed, including an orphanage, public schools, and a nursing home in North Korea. He's made more than 100 trips to North Korea during the last 20 years, supplying food, textbooks, and agricultural tools to civilians . His trips were not political in nature.
He was charged with "crimes" including harming the dignity of the supreme leadership, trying to use religion to destroy the North Korean system, and helping U.S./South Korean authorities abduct North Korean citizens, along with assisting North Korean refugees escape the authoritarian regime. Rev. Lim admitted to these charges, which were most likely forced (other foreigners detained in North Korea and then released have said they were coerced into making similar statements and confessing guilt). 
North Korea has very strict rules against any missionary or religious activities, as they are threatening to the supremacy of totalitarian leadership. Merely leaving a Bible in a public place can lead to arrest and severe punishment.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed "tremendous" concern with the sentence and noted that Canadian consular officials have not been allowed access to Lim while he's been in custody. "We certainly hope to be able to engage with this individual and stand up for his rights," Trudeau said. Diana Khaddaj, a spokeswoman for Canada's Global Affairs Department, said Canada is "dismayed at the unduly harsh sentence [...] particularly given his age and fragile health."
But the Canadian government needs to express more than mere hope and dismay.
Until recently, Canada neglected for years Omar Khadr, a Canadian child in Guantanamo. Will Prime Minister Trudeau be different in his response to another Canadian in unlawful detention, this time in the world's most atrocious regime? 
What we are asking for is more than possible. Last year, North Korea released Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American missionary who was convicted of anti-state crimes and had been serving a 15-year sentence.He was freed along with another American detainee after a secret visit by James Clapper, a top U.S. intelligence official.
The Canadian government needs to take strong, affirmative action NOW. If there is political will, Rev. Lim can be rescued. Please help us bring him home!
The petition is available in these languages on separate pages as well: French/français https://goo.gl/3GXp58
Korean/한국어 https://goo.gl/Lg5HrD
Chinese/中文 https://goo.gl/hczw65
Japanese/日本语 https://goo.gl/oQckOO
This petition is created by Ji-Soo An (U of Alberta Law School) and Hyun-Soo Lim (Yale Law School). We are Canadian students with no affiliation to the church or the Lim family. We started the petition after reading this disheartening story on the news. For inquiries or comments, please contact us at freepastorlim@gmail.com
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El Nino weather: Worries grow over humanitarian impact - BBC News

El Nino weather: Worries grow over humanitarian impact - BBC News | Disaster  & Humanitarian Response | Scoop.it
Ten of millions of people will face hunger, water shortages and disease in 2016 as the impacts of a powerful El Nino linger into 2016.
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20 humanitarian crises you may have missed this year | International Rescue Committee (IRC)

20 humanitarian crises you may have missed this year | International Rescue Committee (IRC) | Disaster  & Humanitarian Response | Scoop.it
As the refugee crisis in Europe and ongoing Syrian war continues to dominate news headlines, many countries struggle with conflict and natural disaster largely out of sight—and largely on their own.
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Nigeria: Govt Scraps Subsidy on Petrol, Kerosene

Nigeria: Govt Scraps Subsidy on Petrol, Kerosene | Disaster  & Humanitarian Response | Scoop.it

The federal government has officially stopped paying subsidy to oil marketers for the importation of premium motor spirit (PMS), otherwise called petrol and household kerosene.

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Ethiopia: The Business of Hunger and the Rights of the Poor

Ethiopia: The Business of Hunger and the Rights of the Poor | Disaster  & Humanitarian Response | Scoop.it

Opinion - Why the individual should be at the center of development thinking

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TeleHealth When InPerson Care Is Out of Reach

TeleHealth When InPerson Care Is Out of Reach | Disaster  & Humanitarian Response | Scoop.it
TeleHealth helped Tommy Henderson get the remote specialized care he needed.
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eHealth reform and chronic conditions in rural and remote Australia - Pulse+IT

Asia Pacific's first and only eHealth and Health IT magazine.
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Internet of Everything: Technologies & Minds (...

Internet of Everything: Technologies & Minds  (... | Disaster  & Humanitarian Response | Scoop.it
The Internet of Everything (IoE) represents the next “world-changing” revolution, after the Industrial Revolution of 1750 – 1900, and following the Computer & Internet revolution which started in the 1950’s.
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