Thursday , December 12th , 2019  

Madison Realty Capital Provides $210 Million Construction Loan for Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences in Fort Lauderdale

NEW YORK, Dec. 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Madison Realty Capital (MRC) originated a $210 million construction loan for the development of the Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences located at 525 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. MRC sourced the deal directly with high–profile developer Fort Partners, which will use the financing to complete vertical...

Bangladesh Can Be Leprosy-Free Before 2030 Prime Minister Tells National Zero Leprosy Conference

Mr Yohei Sasakawa, chairman of the Nippon Foundation and Sasakawa Health Foundation and WHO Goodwill ambassador. Credit : Crystal Orderson / IPS By Rafiqul Islam and Crystal OrdersonDHAKA, Bangladesh, Dec 11 2019 – Leprosy is not a curse but should be detected and treated early, Bangladeshi Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, has told delegates at a gathering in her country’s capital to discuss...

Why Africa is Seeking Special Considerations on Climate Finance

From left to right: Augustine Njamnshi an environmental legal expert, Tosi Mpanu Mpanu, a negotiator from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Mohammed Nasr, the the African Group of Negotiators (AGN) Chair. Credit: Isaiah Esipisu/IPS By Isaiah EsipisuMADRID, Dec 11 2019 – As the 25th session of climate negotiations draw to an end this week, the African Group of Negotiators (AGN) have been...

A Reflect on Why the Current Case Against Myanmar in ICJ Is Crucial

A Rohingya woman and her child at a refugee camp in Bangladesh. Credit: Kamrul Hasan/IPS By IPS UN BureauNEW YORK, Dec 11 2019 – Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has arrived at the Hague to defend Myanmar at the International Court of Justice, against charges of genocide of the Rohingya people, as brought on by the Gambia. Gambia’s Minister of Justice Abubacarr Tambadou on Tuesday...

Coordinated Global Action Is the Best Way to Control the Fall Armyworm Pest

Fall Armyworm larva feeding and damaging maize plant. Credit: FAO By Rémi Nono WomdimROME, Dec 11 2019 – Dealing with transboundary pests is tricky at the best of times. Standards, practices, capacity levels and engagement vary across countries and regions, and responses are often ad hoc and ineffective. However, matters become even more complex when the pest in question flies over borders,...

Taking Bangladesh to Zero-Leprosy, One New Case at a Time

Sandhya Mandal – a community health worker working on leprosy in Meherpur district of Bangladesh. Credit: Stella Paul / IPS By Stella PaulDHAKA, Bangladesh, Dec 11 2019 – Sandhya Mandal has never felt so vindicated. For the past four years, the 36-year-old community health worker from Meherpur – a rural district bordering India – has been traveling 50 km every day along dusty roads...

Nippon Foundation Announces US$ 2m Support for the Education of Rohingya Children in Bangladesh

Chairman of The Nippon Foundation Yohei Sasakawa and BRAC Executive Director Asif Saleh announcing $2 million partnership. Credit: Rafiqul Islam / IPS By Rafiqul IslamDHAKA, Bangladesh, Dec 11 2019 – In the light of limited access to education for displaced Rohingya children, the Nippon Foundation has announced US$ 2 million support to BRAC to launch a project to ensure educational facilities...

Aung San Suu Kyi Defends Myanmar from Accusations of Genocide, at Top UN Court

Aung San Suu Kyi appears at the UN International Court of Justice (ICJ) on 11 December 2019. Credit: ICJ/Frank van Beek By External SourceUNITED NATIONS, Dec 11 2019 – Myanmar will have “no tolerance” for human rights abuses committed in Rakhine state and will prosecute the military, if war crimes have been committed there, Aung San Suu Kyi told the International Court of Justice (ICJ),...

Pakistan’s “Women as Peace Champions” Project Receives UNAOC-BMW Group Intercultural Innovation Award

MADRID, Spain, Dec. 10, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The "Women as Peace Champions" project of the Women's Rights Association in Pakistan was selected as one of ten global grassroots initiatives to receive the prestigious Intercultural Innovation Award from the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group, during an Awards Ceremony held last night at the Royal...

Building Momentum to Hold Companies to Account

Children pan for gold along the Bosigon River in Malaya, Camarines Norte, the Philippines. © 2015 Mark Z. Saludes for Human Rights Watch By Komala Ramachandra and Juliane KippenbergWASHINGTON DC, Dec 11 2019 – Millions of adults and children around the world suffer abuses as workers who obtain raw materials, toil on farms, and make products for the global market. They are at the bottom of...