The assistance will give the government flexibility to help communities reconstruct infrastructure and restore basic social services, the World Bank said in a statement. Ompong has destroyed billions in infrastructure and agricultural products and has triggered landslides that left dozens dead. Its total damage to crops and livestock was estimated at P26.7 billion, data from the Department of Agriculture showed. “Natural disasters can exacerbate poverty through loss of lives, livelihood, property and infrastructure, and can roll back years of development gains," Mara K. Warwick, World Bank Country Director for Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand said in a statement. "We want them to know the Bank supports the country’s efforts to address their needs," she added. 'Ompong' death toll hits 81, expected to rise Ompong damage to crops, livestock reaches P26.7 billion: DA The World Bank said funds were accessed from the contingent line of credit … [Read more...] about World Bank releases $496 million loan for Ompong aid
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Ted Anthony, Ap National Writer Published 11:30 am PDT, Friday, September 28, 2018 Security stands on the roof of the United Nations building during a visit by President Donald Trump, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, at U.N. Headquarters. Security stands on the roof of the United Nations building during a visit by President Donald Trump, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, at U.N. Headquarters. Photo: Evan Vucci, AP A person takes cover from the rain at the United Nations headquarters during the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. Governments from around the world will gather Wednesday to discuss the persistent scourge of tuberculosis, which last year claimed more lives than any other communicable disease. less A person takes cover from the rain at the United Nations headquarters during the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. Governments … [Read more...] about Analysis: At UN, world leaders grapple with fragmented world
An Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotsman walk into a bar. That’s how the old joke begins, but in reality, what would happen next? As it turns out, contrary to his nation’s hard-drinking reputation, the Irishman would likely be the one driving everyone home. The World Health Organization (WHO) has compiled a list of the countries that consume the most alcohol, and found that the citizens of the United Kingdom are the 12th heaviest drinkers in the world, consuming 12 liters (3.17 gallons) of pure alcohol a year. Ireland comes in 26th on the list, tied with Slovenia and South Korea, drinking a relatively modest 10.9 liters (2.88 gallons) of alcohol a year. From WHO data, Newsweek has worked out a breakdown of what type of alcohol each nation favors, giving a percentage amount for beer, wine, spirits (including all distilled beverages), and the ‘other’ category, which includes fermented beverages made from grains, cider and more. Nigeria has a massive 92 … [Read more...] about Alcohol Consumption Around the World: Which Countries Drink the Most?
Second-hand clothes donated by Americans have sparked a bitter trade dispute between the United States and one of the world's poorest countries. The obscure conflict is playing out in the apparel markets of Rwanda, where the government has increased import duties on used clothing from the United States from $0.25 to $2.50 per kilogram. The tax hikes, which were imposed in 2016, are designed to encourage domestic clothing production in a country that still bears the scars of a horrific genocide 24 years ago. But they have provoked a backlash from the Trump administration. Used clothes, many of which start as US charity donations, have long been a staple of wardrobes in Rwanda. Yet their abundance and popularity have stalled development in the local clothing industry. Rwandan President Paul Kagame has said the duties are needed to boost local producers and prevent his country from being used as a "dumping ground" for used American clothes. He has proposed banning imports by 2019. … [Read more...] about The US is fighting one of the world’s poorest countries over trade
Camping World Holdings Inc., a large network of RV-centric retail locations, said it plans to open new SuperCenters in Baxter, Minnesota and Eau Claire, Wisconsin by the first quarter next year. Camping World currently owns and operates more than 140 SuperCenters nationwide, with most locations specializing in RV sales and service, retail accessories and its entire portfolio of Good Sam products and services. As part of Camping World's growth strategy, the brand is making major investments in the quality of its dealer network. From new strategic acquisitions, new store development and facility upgrades, the company's network will continue to expand and evolve while serving their customers' outdoor, RV and camping needs. "We have strengths and assets in our portfolio to expand on and are making consistent progress with our growth strategy to position our company for the future," said Marcus Lemonis, Chairman of Camping World. "We're encouraged by recent market analysis and customer … [Read more...] about Camping World plans to enter new markets in Minnesota and Wisconsin