Countries With No Military, and Who Defend Them
There are 195 countries in the world today and it may come as a surprise that not all of them have a military to defend their nations. Many of these military-free countries are surrounded by water, island nations often protected by the nations around them. Since natural bodies of water are a great…#cia #centralamerica #caribbean #oceania #netherlands #unitedkingdom #southpacific #vanuatu #kiribati #newzealand (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 20, 2024 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Potential tsunami hazard of the southern Vanuatu subduction zone: tectonics, case study of the Matthew Island tsunami of 10 February 2021 and implication in regional hazard assessment - Roger J, Pelletier B, Gusman A, Power W, Wang X, Burbidge D, Duphil M.
The Vanuatu subduction zone (VSZ) is known to be seismically very active, due to the high convergence rate between the Australian and Pacific tectonic plates for the majority of the margin. However, this is not the case on its southernmost part south of la... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 20, 2023 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

Mauritius Begins to Correct a Historic Wrong Towards LGBTQI+ People
Credit: Collectif Arc-en-Ciel/FacebookBy Inés M. PousadelaMONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, Oct 27 2023 (IPS) In response to lawsuits brought by LGBTQI+ activists, the Mauritius Supreme Court has issued two landmark judgments striking down the criminalisation of consensual sex between adult men as unconstitutional. Its reasoning turned upside down the argument used by anti-rights forces to attack LGBTQI+ activists in many African countries: it acknowledged that criminalisation is the foreign import rather than gay sex, and a relic of colonialism it’s high time to shake off. A damning colonial legacy As in so many other Commonwealth...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 27, 2023 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ines M Pousadela Tags: Africa Civil Society Featured Headlines Health Human Rights LGBTQ TerraViva United Nations CIVICUS 2023 IPS UN Bureau Source Type: news

Singapore ’s Banks Increase Customer Scrutiny After Money Laundering Scandal
Singapore’s banks are reportedly increasing customer scrutiny following a $1.8 billion money laundering scandal. As the Financial Times (FT) reported Saturday (Sept. 23), this added oversight is being applied to customers from a number of countries — China among them — with lenders also stepping…#singapore #vanuatu #turkey #stkitts #nevis #dominica #cyprus #cambodia #connectedeconomy #pymnts (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 24, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gold, watches and other luxury items totaling $1.75B seized in Singapore money laundering scheme
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Singapore police say they have uncovered more luxury watches, gold bars and other assets from a massive money laundering scheme that was busted last month, bringing the total amount of assets seized or frozen to 2.4 billion Singapore dollars ($1.75 billion). The police…#kualalumpur #malaysia #singapore #cyprus #turkey #cambodia #vanuatu (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 22, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vanuatu prime minister to face no confidence vote in parliament
Vanuatu, at the centre of strategic rivalry between China and western countries in the Pacific Islands, has plunged into political crisis, with its prime minister to face a no-confidence vote in parliament next week. Opposition leader Bob Loughman, a former prime minister who drew Vanuatu closer…#pacificislands #bobloughman #alatoikalsakau #vanuatu #kalsakau #emmanuelmacron #charlesdegaulle #pacific #beijing #taiwan (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 4, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Road traffic injury could be minimized when individual road users take more responsibility for their safety and the safety of others: perception of healthcare workers in Vanuatu - Fanai S, Mohammadnezhad M.
This study aimed to explore the perceptions of Vanuatu's Health Care Workers (HCWs) regarding the existing preventative strategies for RTI. MATERIALS AND... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 2, 2023 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Community-Based Prevention Source Type: news

Climate Justice – Is Litigation a Good Way Forward?
Discussion on “loss and damage” was revived in COP27 in reaction to the failure of developed countries to fulfil their pledge to climate financing to help vulnerable states with climate actions. While there is currently no clear definition for “loss and damage”, the term essentially refers to the much-contested obligations of countries that have historically benefited from fossil fuel investment to pay for the residual consequences and permanent damage caused by climate change to nature and human societies, predominantly in the developing countries. Loss and damage encompass both economic and non-economic losses. ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 19, 2023 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Kwan Soo-Chen and David McCoy Tags: Asia-Pacific Climate Change Environment Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse TerraViva United Nations IPS UN Bureau Source Type: news

Chinese military-run hospital ship arrives in Kiribati
A Chinese military-run hospital ship has arrived in Kiribati for the first time, as China vies with the United States for influence in the Pacific region. The arrival of the 14,300 metric ton "Peace Ark" - the first time a Chinese navy vessel has visited Kiribati - marks a step up in Chinese soft…#kiribati #pacific #peaceark #kiribatimarks #pacificisland #taiwan #wechat #tonga #vanuatu #solomonislands (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 16, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Large South Pacific Earthquake Poses Tsunami Risk for Vanuatu
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Source: Reuters: Health - May 19, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sempo Delivers Cash Aid for the Unbanked in Crisis
Digital cash transfers can make things easier, but not everyone who needs aid has a bank account – or access to the internet. Crypto has been floated as a potential solution to these issues, but how can crypto serve disaster victims who do not have smartphones, bank accounts, or internet access?…#cole #oxfam #vanuatu #sempo #stellaraidassist #redcross #grassrootseconomics (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 17, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Do countries have a legal obligation to protect the climate?
Prof Jacqueline Peel and Zoe Nay from the University of Melbourne discuss the potential outcomes of the UN’s recent decision to support calls for an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice regarding states’ legal obligations to protect the climate. The United Nations has just…#zoenay #unitednations #ungeneralassembly #pacific #icj #worldcourt #southernocean #generalassembly #vanuatu #tuvalu (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 10, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

If We Value Human Rights and the Rule of Law, Then We Must Fight for Climate Justice
Cyclone damage in Vanuatu. Credit: UNICEF/ReliefWebBy Jotham Napat and Patricia ScotlandLONDON, Mar 23 2023 (IPS) Human life is sacred and every individual deserves an equal chance in life. We have a common desire, we all want to lead a free, fulfilling existence, with dignity, where our basic needs are met, with opportunities to advance and equal treatment under the law. These are fundamental human rights, protected by international law, which we all have a shared responsibility to protect. Out of the horrors and bloodshed of war, we created an international system for cooperation between nations under the United Nations...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 23, 2023 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jotham Napat and Patricia Scotland Tags: Climate Action Climate Change Development & Aid Environment Global Headlines Health Human Rights Inequality TerraViva United Nations IPS UN Bureau Source Type: news

“ I Was Blind, But Now I See ” – Celebrating Malawi’s Progress on World NTD Day
Vainesi, a former trachoma trichiasis patient, cheers in celebration knowing that trachoma has been eliminated in Malawi. Vainesi had suffered with the pain caused by trachoma for 10 years before a local disability mobiliser encouraged her to go to the hospital for treatment. By Lazarus McCarthy ChakweraLILONGWE, Jan 30 2023 (IPS) “I was blind, but now I see.” This is what Vainesi, from Salima District in Central Malawi, said after surgery to treat trachoma. A mother of three, Vainesi had been unable to work or provide for her family once the disease began to affect her eyesight. Vainesi is one of millions of Malawians...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 30, 2023 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera Tags: Africa Development & Aid Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Source Type: news

Breaking up is hard to do: Separation of Fiji and Vanuatu tied to Samoan seamounts
The islands of Fiji and Vanuatu rise from the tropical waters of the South Pacific in one of the most tectonically active and geologically complex regions of the world. A U.S. National Science Foundation-supported study of volcanism in this area … (Source: NSF News)
Source: NSF News - January 24, 2023 Category: Science Authors: NSF Source Type: news