Tuesday , May 18th , 2021  

Bombardier Announces Further Deleveraging Actions with Full Repayment of its 6⅛% Senior Notes Due 2021

MONTRÉAL, May 17, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier (TSX: BBD.B) today announced that, as part of its plan to enhance profitability and deleverage its balance sheet, it has completed the repayment in full and complete discharge of its 6% Senior Notes due May 15, 2021 utilizing its available liquidities. The payout was in the amount of EUR 426,663,291 covering the outstanding principal...

– Mining giant Rio Tinto Face Environmental, Human Rights Complaint in Papua New Guinea –

By Catherine WilsonCANBERRA, Australia, May 17 2021 (IPS) On the occasion of World Environment Day, 5 June 2021, drawing from IPS’s bank of features and opinion editorials published this year, we are re-publishing one article a day, for the next two weeks. The original article was published on January 4 2021 Contamination of rivers and streams by mine waste in the vicinity of the Panguna copper...

COVID-19 Vaccination: The Barriers to Achieving Global Herd Immunity

COVID-19 vaccinations are key to overcoming the pandemic, says the World Health Organizations (WHO). The UN agency has approved the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine for emergency use, which is a prerequisite for inclusion in the global vaccine solidarity initiative, COVAX. Credit: Unsplash/Ivan Diaz via UN News By Sunil J. WimalawansaNEW JERSEY, USA, May 17 2021 – The global community is conducting...

Q&A: On the Frontline, Islands Aim to Seize Climate Initiatives

Extreme weather associated to climate change has resulted in million of dollars in loss and damage in St. Vincent and the Grenadines over the past few years. Credit: Kenton X. Chance/IPS By SWAN / A.D. McKenzieKINGSTON / PARIS, May 17 2021 – The “all-virtual” Latin America and the Caribbean Climate Week (LACCW) that took place May 11-14 highlighted islands’ particular vulnerabilities...

The Devastating Gun Battle in Gaza is Being Fought in an Uneven Killing Field

Escalated hostilities in the Gaza Strip have resulted in heavy casualties and large-scale displacement. More than 50 children have been killed in the current crisis in the Middle East, a senior UN official, said May 15. Credit: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) By Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, May 17 2021 – In most civil wars and military conflicts across...

Women Leading Somalia’s Health System

By Sania FarooquiNEW DELHI, India, May 17 2021 – Somalia is one of the most complex regions of the world, with threats and political instability, extreme weather conditions, movement of internally displaced people (IDPs), decades of conflict, poverty-related deprivation, poor health and communicable diseases that are killing people. There is a constant risk of gender violence making women, children...

Africa’s Worsening Climate: Here’s How the United States can Help Africa

Sudanese youth live with continuous insecurity due to climate change vulnerability, including droughts, desertification, land degradation and food insecurity. Courtesy: Albert Gonzalez Farran/ UNAMID/ CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 By Esther NgumbiURBANA, Illinois, May 17 2021 – Recently, I participated in a Congressional hearing on the “Effects of climate change in Africa”, before the House Foreign...

South America’s Gas Dreams

Gas development in South America, during pandemic and post pandemic times, was the issue of a new round of debates this Friday 14 at the XXX La Jolla Energy Conference, which takes place virtually from May 7 to 28, and brings together officials , Latin American businessmen and analysts. Credit: Emilio Godoy / IPS. By Emilio GodoyMEXICO CITY, May 14 2021 – The gas producing countries of South...

Where are the Women? How Pandemic Decisions are Ingraining Global Gender Bias

A healthcare worker collects samples for COVID-19 testing at Mimar Sinan State Hospital in Buyukcekmece district, Istanbul, Turkey, April 2020. New numbers reveal that men outnumber women 3-1 in 225 COVID-19 task forces around the world, while 70 percent of the frontline healthcare workers are women. Credit: UNDP Turkey/Levent Kulu By Raquel LagunasUNITED NATIONS, May 14 2021 – There are teams...

US Casts 45 Vetoes – and Counting—While Protecting a Client State

Smoke from an airstrike rises over the city of Rafah in southern Gaza Strip. Credit: UNICEF/Eyad El Baba By Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, May 14 2021 – The UN Security Council (UNSC), the most powerful political body at the United Nations, has largely remained silent or ineffective in resolving one of the longstanding military conflicts in the Middle East involving Israelis and Palestinians. But,...