Friday , December 13th , 2019  

The Ignoble Fall of a Nobel Peace Prize Winner

International Court of Justice in The Hague. Credit: United Nations By Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Dec 12 2019 – Appearing before 17 judges of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto civilian leader of Myanmar, became a public apologist for the military government of Myanmar which has long been accused of genocide and forcing over 730,000 Rohingya...

Commonwealth: Commit to Limit Global Warming or Face Irreversible Impacts

Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Patricia Scotland said there is urgent need for higher climate ambition to limit global temperature increase to 1.5 ° Celsius – or risk severe and irreversible impacts. Credit: Desmond Brown/IPS By Desmond BrownMADRID, Dec 12 2019 – Commonwealth countries, including those in the Caribbean, continue to push for more ambition, following reports that a...

Sasakawa Vows to Continue Support for Fighting Leprosy in Bangladesh

Chairman of the Nippon Foundation and Sasakawa Health Foundation in Japan Yohey Sasakawa speaking at the Conference of Organizations of Persons Affected by Leprosy in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Credit: Rafiqul Islam / IPS By Rafiqul IslamDHAKA, Bangladesh, Dec 12 2019 – Chairman of The Nippon Foundation and Sasakawa Health Foundation, Yohei Sasakawa, has assured Bangladesh of continuing support for...

Mainstreaming Leprosy-affected People a Big Challenge in Bangladesh

Feroza Begum, Leprosy activist. Credit: Rafiqul Islam / IPS By Rafiqul IslamDHAKA, Bangladesh, Dec 12 2019 – When Feroza Begum was first diagnosed with leprosy in 2006, it felt as though she had been struck by a thunderbolt due to the deep-seated prejudice in her society that the disease is a curse from Allah (God). “ I was affected with leprosy disease, nobody accepted me (in the past)....

Fighting for a Leprosy-Free World

By Crystal OrdersonDHAKA, Dec 12 2019 – The Chairman of The Nippon Foundation and Sasakawa Health Foundation, Yohei Sasakawa is passionate about ensuring the world does not forget Leprosy and reminding us of the discrimination that people living with Leprosy still face. Sasakawa who is also a WHO Goodwill Ambassador is in Bangladesh where his Foundation held the first-ever meeting of organizations...

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,...