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UN food agency sets up global rapid response hubs to rush in

Faced with a rising number of sometimes almost simultaneous emergencies, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a new response network with strategic hubs in Africa, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Latin America ready to transport life-saving supplies within 24 to 48 hours by air and sea.“With the growing number of natural disasters, aid agencies must be better prepared and better equipped to reach affected populations, as quickly as possible,” WFP Transport and Procurement Division Director Ramiro Lopes da Silva said in a statement today. As an example of the need such a network, the Agency noted that a year ago thousands of people in Guatemala were hit by Hurricane Stan while Pakistan was rocked by a massive earthquake just a few days later. Modelled on the UN Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) in Brindisi in southern Italy, each hub will stock strategic supplies of relief goods and equipment. Established in June 2000 and managed by WFP, the Brindisi base has provided critical support to UN agencies, governments, and non-government organizations (NGOs) during emergencies such as the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and the recent crisis in Lebanon. “By establishing a presence in strategic corners of the world, we are taking a further key step towards enhancing further our performance in assisting those in need,” Mr. Lopes da Silva said.The new network comprises depots in Ghana (Accra), Dubai, Panama, Malaysia and Brindisi. “Over the last six years, the logistical support from the Brindisi hub made a significant difference to the speed and efficiency of emergency response as seen during crises stretching from the earthquake in Iran to conflicts in Afghanistan and Darfur,” UNHRD Network Coordinator Giuseppe Saba said.“By positioning critical supplies around the globe, there is no doubt that we will be able to help people more rapidly and more effectively – very possibly, making the difference between life and death.” Financial and in-kind support to the new network is coming from a variety of governments and institutions, including NGOs such as the Swedish Rescue and Response Agency (SRSA) and Solidarity. TNT, the global express logistics and mail company and WFP’s corporate partner, is also assisting by temporarily hosting the facility in Ghana. read more

New car buyers survey

All surveys returned to the Council will be entered into a prize draw. The survey can be downloaded by clicking on the link below. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Guildford Borough Council has been working with SMMT to pilot the roll-out scheme throughout their local dealerships, beginning from 1 July 2005. SMMT is asking all new car buyers, whether in Guildford or not, to complete a simple survey, looking at their buying priorities and what features attract them when choosing a new vehicle. The new car fuel efficiency label – known as the Green Label – is starting to appear in car showrooms. To better provide information for buyers, we would like to gather some information from customers. read more

Priest assaulted and locked in bathroom by youths

first_imgA PRIEST WAS locked into a bathroom during an incident in South Armagh last night.The PSNI said that detectives in Newry are investigating an aggravated burglary which occurred at a Parochial House in Jonesborough Village on Wednesday 30 October.They said that at around 11.30pm, the local priest disturbed three youths in the office of the Parochial House.The youths assaulted the priest and left him locked in the bathroom of the property, before making off with a small sum of money.The priest was able to escape from the bathroom by climbing out the window. He was later taken to hospital to be treated for facial injuries.The PSNI said that inquiries are ongoing and police are asking anyone who was in the area and who may have noticed any suspicious activity or who has any information to contact CID in Newry on 0845 600 8000.Information can be given anonymously by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.last_img read more