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People in need of life-saving assistance hits 3.4 Mn in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO (News 1st) – The United Nations (UN) team in Sri Lanka and non-governmental organisations have today revised and extended their joint Humanitarian Needs and Priorities (HNP) Plan, which aims to provide life-saving assistance to 3.4 million people amid Sri Lanka’s worst economic crisis since independence.Since June, the HNP has been responding to the Government's request for UN-backed multi-sector support for Sri Lanka's debt and food and medicine shortages. Governments and donor agencies have helped the humanitarian community reach over 1 million of the country's most vulnerable people with cash, food, school meals, medicine, protection, and livelihood support. The HNP aligned with appeals from other UN agencies has raised US $79 million for Sri Lanka thanks to landmark support from the U.S and USAID, Australia, and Japan including JICA, the UN Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF), as well as Canada, Denmark, Norway, New Zealand, Italy, EU, Switzerland, France, and with additional support from the UK, Germany, Thailand, Sweden, Georgia, Latter Day Saint Charities and private individuals and organizations including Brandix Apparels Ltd, Hemas Holdings PLC, Dilmah Ceylon Tea Company PLC, Daraz (Alibaba Group), Amana Bank PLC and the Citi Foundation. The HNP's revision extends the plan through 2022 and requires US $70 million in additional funds to reach a total of US $149.7 million."We are immensely appreciative of the solidarity the international community has shown with the people of Sri Lanka, including through their generous contributions to the HNP.

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UNHRC : Core Group produces 19-point resolution on Sri Lanka
COLOMBO (News 1st) – The Core Group at the United Nations Human Rights Council has produced a 19-point resolution on Sri Lanka.This is a draft resolution and it has received the support of thirty other countries Albania,* Australia,* Austria,* Belgium,* Bosnia and Herzegovina,* Bulgaria,* Canada,* Croatia,* Cyprus,* Czechia,* Denmark,* Estonia,* Finland, Germany, Greece,* Iceland,* Ireland,* Italy,* Latvia,* Liechtenstein,* Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malta,* Montenegro,* Netherlands, New Zealand,* North Macedonia,* Norway,* Portugal,* Romania,* Slovakia,* Slovenia,* Sweden,* Switzerland,* United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and United States of America.The draft resolution noting with appreciation the work of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights towards the promotion and protection of human rights and truth, justice, reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka, has made the following 19-points.1.Welcomes the oral update presented by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to the Human Rights Council at its forty-ninth session and the report of Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights presented to the Council at its current session;2.Also welcomes the engagement of the Government of Sri Lanka with the Office of the High Commissioner and the special procedures of the Human Rights Council, encourages the continuation of such engagement and dialogue, and calls upon Sri Lanka to implement the recommendations made by the Office and to give due consideration to the recommendations made by the special procedures;3.Expresses concern at the human rights impact of the economic crisis, including as a result of increased food insecurity,
Rough waters ahead for cruise industry as it grapples with staffing slump amid travel heating up - fox29.com - Norway
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Rough waters ahead for cruise industry as it grapples with staffing slump amid travel heating up
record travel season is expected this summer.Colleen McDaniel, Editor-in-Chief of Cruise Critic told FOX Business’ Ashley Webster that the supply chain issues have caused delays for many cruise lines that were set to unveil new ships to the public."We've seen a number of cruise ships being delayed for their debuts because of that," McDaniel said.But, as McDaniel noted, supply chain issues aren't the only ones plaguing the industry this summer: Ongoing staffing shortages have assisted in stunting the industry’s post-pandemic rebound, forcing the world’s most notable cruise companies to find new ways to accommodate passengers.DOMESTIC FLIGHT PRICES INCREASED 47% SINCE JANUARYIn a statement to FOX Business, Norwegian Cruise Lines told the network that "due to the tight labor market, we have not been able to fully staff pride of America. Therefore, in order to maintain the highest possible onboard guest experience, we are operating at a lower guest capacity."Flexibility has been key to navigating the travel industry and in order to ensure the best experience for their customers, cruise liners are being forced to limit the occupancy on their ships. But as staffing woes pose as a major concern across multiple businesses, the cruise industry has a unique case as most cruise ships employ people from overseas.During the onset of the pandemic, employees traveled back to their native countries as travel advisories took effect to curb the pandemic.Now as travel restrictions have eased, many of those employed by cruise lines in the U.S.
Tim Spector - Early signs you may have Omicron Covid variant - even if fully vaccinated - dailystar.co.uk - India - Britain - Hong Kong - Norway - South Africa
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Early signs you may have Omicron Covid variant - even if fully vaccinated
Omicron variant of Covid has show two early warning signs that you might have the virus – even if you've been vaccinated.According to experts, if you feel dizzy or fatigued, you might have caught the virus – regardless of how many jabs or boosters you have had.The variant was first found in South Africa and Hong Kong in November, 2021, and came to the UK a few weeks later in December.It was thought to be a much milder strain when compared to the then-more dominant Delta strain, which had taken hold of the country at the time.According to a recent report published in infectious disease and epidemiology journal, Eurosurveillance, there were eight key symptoms experienced by a Norwegian group of fully vaccinated partygoers recently.These were a cough, runny nose, fatigue, sore throat, headache, muscle pain, fever and sneezing.The study found that cough, runny nose and fatigue were among the most common symptoms in the vaccinated individuals while sneezing and fever were least common in the milder strain of the virus.This prompted nausea to be added to the official symptoms list worldwide, as dizziness was already on it.And according to Professor Tim Spector, the man behind the much-lauded ZOE Symptom Study app, around half of all new colds are actually Covid.To stay up to date with all the latest news, make sure you sign up for one of our newsletters here.Fatigue can also present itself as sore or weak muscles, headaches, and even blurry vision and loss of appetite.The news of two new symptoms comes as two new variants of Omicrom were found in Bengaluru, India.According to New Indian Express, BA.2.10 and BA.2.12 were found, but not much data exists yet as these are the first sightings of the new variant.A spokesman for the
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