Hawaii Army National Guard engineers are building small housing units for evacuees displaced by the eruption of the Kilauea volcano. Members of the 230th Engineer Company are working with local volunteers to build the housing units, with the first ones going to senior citizens and to families that include children.
About 230 members of the Utah National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment, based in West Jordan, are preparing to deploy to the Middle East to take part in Operation Spartan Shield. The troops will train at Fort Hood, Texas, before heading overseas, where they will help move troops and equipment and conduct airlift operations.
The Marine Corps has updated its policy on parental leave, giving parents more flexibility. The new policy allows primary caregivers to break up their leave time, increases the leave time for secondary caregivers to 14 days and affords unmarried parents the same leave time as married parents.
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has pledged a total of $2.4 million to Chicago-based journalism nonprofits City Bureau, Free Spirit Media and Chicago Public Media. The giving round supports the foundation's Jack Fuller Legacy Initiative, an effort geared toward increasing diversity and inclusiveness in journalism.
Salesforce.org has launched the Salesforce.org Nonprofit Cloud, a customer relationship management platform that uses artificial intelligence to help nonprofit leaders make more informed decisions. "The ability to measure how well they are delivering on their mission is critical to improving their outcomes and reporting on their success," said CEO Rob Acker.
The United Nations Security Council is urging both Houthis and Saudi-led forces not to block humanitarian aid from entering Yemen through the port of Hodeidah, where fighting has escalated dramatically in recent days. The UN has evacuated many staff from the region but continues to supply aid to civilians there through partner organizations.
The United Nations General Assembly this week voted to condemn Israel for Palestinian civilian deaths in Gaza and to call on UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to develop a proposal to protect Palestinians in the region.
A US-backed amendment condemning Hamas that was attached to the resolution did not receive the two-thirds majority needed to pass.
Suicide claims a life approximately once every 40 seconds and is the second most common cause of death among 15- to 29-year olds, says the World Health Organization. The majority of suicides worldwide occur in low- and middle-income countries, and the trauma of war, natural disasters, violence or sexual abuse increase the risk of suicide, the agency says.
United Nations Women has appointed Purna Sen to the newly created post of Executive Coordinator and Spokesperson on Sexual Harassment and Discrimination. The goal of the post is to "find lasting solutions to stop, prevent and respond to sexual harassment both, within and outside the UN."
Global warming will exceed the strictest standards set out under the Paris climate deal by around 2040 if current trends continue, according to a draft report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. "Rapid and far-reaching" changes are needed to stop temperatures from exceeding the 1.5 C cap set out in the Paris agreement, the IPCC warns.