North America 

Killing of Black Disciples ‘king’ could be linked to Mexico’s Gulf Cartel drugs, FBI says

Lawrence ‘Big Law’ Loggins was shot to death last year in a parked car in Englewood. New revelations of possible Gulf Cartel ties are in an affidavit in a sweeping drug case. The leader of one of Chicago’s oldest and largest gangs could have been killed in connection with a load of drugs supplied by the Gulf Cartel, a Mexican drug cartel, according to an FBI court filing. Lawrence “Big Law” Loggins was shot to death on Feb. 6, 2019, in a parked car in front of his home near…

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Covid19 Europe 

Georgia schools just reopened and kids are already catching COVID-19

School reopenings during the novel coronavirus pandemic continue to be a problem, and reports from Georgia’s first week of school aren’t reassuring. A second-grader tested positive on the first day of school, forcing the closure of a classroom. 20 other children and the teacher are now forced to quarantine at home. A photo of a crowded high school hallway revealed that schools seem more concerned with punishing students who criticize them than they are with imposing stricter safety measures that protect the students and teachers. The reopening of schools remains…

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Utilities 

Improving the resilience of water and sanitation services in Kenya by partnering with the private sector

The COVID-19 outbreak led to an increased demand for safe water due to frequent handwashing and people staying at home. But water and sanitation micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are struggling to survive, as they face revenue loss and increased costs to cater for the higher demand. This situation puts access to safe water for 48-million Kenyans served by utilities and private MSMEs in peri urban and rural areas at risk. Our survey of a group of Kenyan water and sanitation enterprises in April 2020 revealed that these MSMEs…

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North America 

How Costa Rica Slowed, Stopped, Then Reversed Deforestation in Their Rainforests

In the 1970s and 80s, Costa Rica had the highest deforestation rates in Latin America but the next few decades saw the country halt her forest loss, initiate replanting and conservation efforts, and regrow almost all of her lost tree cover. Their methods have set up the most successful forest management model on earth. Leading the way in the fight against human-accelerated climate change, Costa Rica’s success story of sustainable forestry was strengthened by a simple strategy of valuing forests by paying for their restoration, through their Payment for Environmental…

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Africa Management 

Call for Solar Mini-Grid EPC Company in Somalia – Green Building Africa

The developer selected will have to harness the solar resource potential of the three camps, estimate required energy demand and investigate land options for the mini-grids. The off-grid installations should be designed for easy expansion and integration into the national grid, Mercy Corps said, and the closing date for the submission of proposals is on Wednesday. The three camps host refugees from Somalia. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, estimates 14,951 refugees lived at the Kebribeyah camp in February, with 12,120 at Aw Barre and 11,994 at Sheder. Ethiopia’s…

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