UN agencys Afghan housing programme intensifies in advance of winter

A scheme to rebuild homes for thousands of returning refugees in Afghanistan has been stepped up in a bid to beat the country’s usually bitter winter, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) said today. But the plan’s progress is being hampered by the lack of locally available building materials, the inadequate roads used to transport the materials, and security problems in many rural areas, the UN agency said. A spokesman for UNHCR, Peter Kessler, said today in Geneva that 13,000 homes have been built so far and another 27,000 are under construction. The UNHCR-funded initiative has the goal of building 52,000 homes this year for around 270,000 refugees. The project includes the refurbishment of 24 public buildings in the Afghan capital Kabul, which currently house squatters. Last year the same UNHCR initiative resulted in more than 40,000 homes, providing shelter to an estimated 200,000 families. At least 541,000 Afghan refugees have returned to their homeland this year, with the majority arriving from Pakistan and Iran. read more

Cafe no longer being probed in death of Chris Bermans wife

by The Associated Press Posted Aug 17, 2017 2:36 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 17, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Cafe no longer being probed in death of Chris Berman’s wife HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut officials say they have closed an investigation of a restaurant after finding no violations in connection with a car crash that killed the wife of longtime ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman.The state Liquor Control Division investigated whether 67-year-old Katherine Berman was served alcohol at the Good News Cafe in Woodbury before the May 9 crash. Officials announced Thursday that no violations were found.Restaurant owner Carole Peck said the cafe was closed on the day of the accident.State police and liquor control officials are still investigating the crash.Katherine Berman, of Cheshire, was killed when her vehicle hit the rear of an SUV and flipped over in Woodbury. The 87-year-old SUV driver also died.The results of toxicology tests on Katherine Berman have not been released. read more