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2009-09-25 07:00:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Swiss Re, Oxfam America, The Rockefeller Foundation and The International Research Institute for Climate and Society at Columbia University (IRI) announced a joint Commitment to Action at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) 2009 meeting in New York on 22 - 25 September. Aimed at helping communities most vulnerable to climate variability and change, the collaboration will expand on their joint 2008 commitment focused on using risk reduction and...

2009-09-17 11:00:00

Experiences for charity auction to benefit Oxfam from Scarlett Johansson, Colin Firth, and Giada De Laurentiis, available at www.ebay.com/oxfam LOS ANGELES, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- International relief and development agency Oxfam America teams up with eBay once again to benefit Oxfam's poverty relief and advocacy efforts around the world. The program consists of three consecutive charity auctions beginning on September 17, 2009, and features unique "experiences" with Oxfam...

2009-09-15 09:00:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Building preparedness for climate change can create incentives for new and expanded economic activity, help create jobs, and reinforce efforts to reduce emissions - all while saving lives, according to a new briefing paper released by international humanitarian organization Oxfam America today. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080221/DC14723LOGO ) "Even with aggressive efforts to reduce emissions, the consequences of climate...

2009-08-28 12:15:30

The effects of climate change on Nepal will mean more suffering for millions of people living in extreme poverty, an international aid agency said. Nepal already is experiencing poor harvests and water shortages in rural areas, an Oxfam report said. Millions of people are dependent on water flowing from the mountains and some streams have dried to a trickle, the report said. The report was released Thursday in advance of a December summit in Copenhagen on the threat of climate change in the...

2009-05-20 08:48:00

NEW YORK, May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Amnesty International has organized an inter-organizational panel event at the NYU Center for Global Affairs to address the ongoing crisis in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The May 20th event will take place at 7:00 p.m. at 15 Barclay Street and include other organizations, including, Oxfam America, the United Nations and the Congo Coalition. Representing Amnesty International will be the event's organizer, Zachary Michaelson, a member of...

2009-04-21 07:00:00

Oxfam Calls for Urgent Action, Increase Could Overwhelm Current Response System WASHINGTON, April 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The number of people affected by climate-related humanitarian disasters is projected to rise by 54% by 2015, threatening to overwhelm emergency response and humanitarian aid systems, said international agency Oxfam America in a new report released today. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080221/DC14723LOGO ) The rise in numbers -- from the current 250...

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2009-02-15 07:37:54

According to the head of British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, the company will begin sharing knowledge of patented treatments, and will cut prices for medication in developing nations. Andrew Witty, in an interview with the British newspaper Guardian, said he believed pharmaceutical companies had an obligation the help treat the poor, and has challenged his competitors to do the same. "We work like crazy to come up with the next great medicine, knowing that it's likely to get used an...

2008-10-06 18:00:26

Midland organisations today joined criticism of the energy giant e.on for its plans to build the UK's first coal plant in three decades. In a letter to Paul Golby, chief executive of e.on, an influential group of development and environmental organisations, and academics from the Midlands called on him to reconsider the plans. They claim a new coal power plant in Kingsnorth, Medway, Kent, would emit seven million tonnes of carbon every year, which amounts to more than the combined...

2008-10-06 12:00:26

X FACTOR winner Leon Jackson is calling on bands and musicians to get involved with charity music festival Oxjam. Money raised from all events at Oxjam will be used to fight poverty and support Oxfam projects around the world. The Whitburn-born star said: "Oxjam needs musicians to put on gigs to raise money for Oxfam projects. Every single pound raised counts. Oxjam organisers are looking for musicians from all types of musical backgrounds and tastes to put on gigs and make a difference...

2008-09-18 09:00:49

Oxfam warns new humanitarian crisis looms in north Uganda NAIROBI, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- A new report from international agency Oxfam warned on Wednesday that northern Uganda risks another humanitarian crisis unless adequate social and health services are urgently put in place to help people return home following 20 years of conflicts. The report published in Nairobi found that despite no peace settlement, people are returning to their villages, many of which lack the basic health and...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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