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2014-06-02 12:33:00

Coimbatore, India Leads Testing to Help Cities Prepare for Natural Hazards SINGAPORE, June 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- WORLD CITIES SUMMIT -- In light of the growing threat of disasters from natural hazards such as floods, storms, fires and earthquakes, one growing city is taking the lead in piloting a new tool to assess how prepared cities of all sizes will be when disaster strikes. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20090416/IBMLOGO Coimbatore, India, is the first city to apply...

2014-03-28 00:23:39

BANGKOK, March 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Thailand will be the proud host of the first ever ASIAN DISASTER RISK REDUCTION EXPO (ADRE) which will be held in Bangkok at the IMPACT exhibition Center, from 4-7 November. ADRE is fully supported by the Bangkok Administration and Bangkok Fire. The exhibition will comprise an Expo, Conference, and Networking Event focused on one of the most important areas in the world today - natural and man-made disasters. The need for such an event is now...

2013-05-20 23:17:17

Jointly established by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and Sichuan University (Sichuan U), China's first Institute for Disaster Management and Reconstruction (IDMR) has recently been officially opened. (PRWEB) May 20, 2013 Jointly established by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and Sichuan University (Sichuan U), China's first Institute for Disaster Management and Reconstruction (IDMR) has recently been officially opened. Both institutions also held the Forum on...

2011-05-30 07:00:00

BEIJING, May 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- The Third Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction and World Reconstruction Conference organized by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction kicked off in Geneva on May 11. The theme of the event is "Invest Today for Safer Tomorrow", aiming at facilitating the building of communities of resilience through promoting more rational resource allocation. The event brought together representatives from 175...

2011-05-30 07:00:00

BEIJING, May 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- The Second WCSDF co-organized by United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), the People's Government of Chengdu, Sister Cities International (SCI) and World Cities Scientific Development Alliance (WCSDA) is slated for Aug 11-13, 2011 in Chengdu, China. The theme for the Forum is "Development and Cooperation among Cities: Building Livable Cities for Humanity". This is an international event on sustainable city...

2010-05-18 09:25:00

-- Aid agency says disaster risk reduction must be part of Haiti's long-term strategy -- Children are most vulnerable in disasters; can also be critical part of community preparedness PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, May 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- World Vision, the international Christian relief agency, is concerned that the upcoming hurricane season in Haiti could create a secondary disaster for Haitians and urges the Government of Haiti and the international community to include disaster risk...

2009-10-02 03:07:00

BANGKOK, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- World Vision, one of the world's leading emergency response agencies, says the recent series of disasters throughout Asia should be a wake-up call to the global community to fund efforts that reduce risk and save lives. The aid agency, an expert in disaster risk reduction (DRR), works with communities all over the world to help reduce their vulnerabilities to disasters like earthquakes and tsunamis, and says that DRR funding must be a...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'