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With Each New Discovery, Zika Virus Becomes More Frightening

March 15, 2016
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With Each New Discovery, Zika Virus Becomes More Frightening

Carol Pearson VOA News: Scientists are making new discoveries about the Zika virus almost daily, and the more they learn, the more frightening the virus becomes. Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Thursday that “there is nothing about Zika control that is quick or easy. The only...
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Brazil’s mothers left to raise microcephaly babies alone

March 11, 2016
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Brazil’s mothers left to raise microcephaly babies alone

Ianka Mikaelle Barbosa, 18, poses for a photograph with Sophia, 18 days old, who is her second child and was born with microcephaly, at her house in Campina Grande, Brazil February 17, 2016. Reuters/Ricardo Moraes Ianka Barbosa was 7 months pregnant when she found out her child had microcephaly. Before the baby was even...
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Haiti: land of the free

March 11, 2016
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Haiti: land of the free

Emma Thomson – Financial Times. Long beset by corruption, colonial rule and natural disasters, the nation is at last beginning to attract adventurous travelers Trekking across the Haiti’s Central Plateau We were pacing along a russet mud track when a Creole call went up: “Gade! Blan yo se sou pye!” (“Look! The whites are...
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Zika Virus May Cause More Problems in Fetuses

March 6, 2016
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Zika Virus May Cause More Problems in Fetuses

Pregnant women who become infected with Zika virus may be at risk for not only having a child with microcephaly, but also having a fetus with other serious health issues, including problems with the nervous system and even fetal death, according to a new study from Brazil. The study — which provides some of...
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The Relentless Rise of Two Caribbean Lakes Baffles Scientists

March 6, 2016
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The Relentless Rise of Two Caribbean Lakes Baffles Scientists

By Jacob Kushner PUBLISHED March 3, 2016 LETANT, Haiti—On a recent calm day, the surface of Lake Azuéi has no waves, not even any ripples. Pillars of pastel-colored concrete break the still surface, the tops of what once were houses. They are all that’s visible of the community that once thrived here. Alberto Pierre,...
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Coffee Company Supports Haiti Farmers By Importing Their Cacao, Selling Island’s Coffee and Artwork

March 3, 2016
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Coffee Company Supports Haiti Farmers By Importing Their Cacao, Selling Island’s Coffee and Artwork

The most famous spots for single-origin chocolate are the countries cacao lovers already know well, like Costa Rica, Columbia, Bolivia and the Dominican Republic. Haiti, a Caribbean island still recovering almost six years after a devastating earthquake in 2010, is not a name that usually comes up. Singing Rooster, a Madison, Wisconsin, nonprofit formed...
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Sex a bigger problem for Zika than first believed

March 2, 2016
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Sex a bigger problem for Zika than first believed

By Franco Ordoñez fordonez@mcclatchydc.com A dozen new Zika cases are raising worries that the virus may be more easily contracted through unprotected sex than originally believed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday that they’re investigating 12 cases where the women’s only known exposure to the Zika virus was through sex with...
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Flooding kills several and damages thousands of homes in Haiti

March 2, 2016
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Flooding kills several and damages thousands of homes in Haiti

By Jacqueline Charles jcharles@miamiherald.com At least one person is dead and four are missing in Haiti after rains triggered mudslides and flooding that damaged more than 10,000 homes, the country’s Civil Protection Office said Monday. Edgard Celestin, a spokesman with the office, said a man was helping a person cross the Dame Marie River...
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As drought hammers countryside, many in Haiti go hungry

February 27, 2016
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As drought hammers countryside, many in Haiti go hungry

Only shriveled carrots and potatoes grow in Carole Joseph’s small vegetable plot. The family’s chickens are long gone. She sold her only tools to buy food, then the wooden bed she shared with her children. The family now sleeps on the floor of their shack. All that’s left to sell are the pots she...
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IS NAVASSA WITHIN HAITIAN TERRITORIAL WATERS? THERE IS A LOT OF FERTILIZER THERE. COULD HELP AGRICULTURE

February 27, 2016
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IS NAVASSA WITHIN HAITIAN TERRITORIAL WATERS? THERE IS A LOT OF FERTILIZER THERE. COULD HELP AGRICULTURE

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navassa_Island Perhaps we should take possession of this small island to be a big help to our agriculture. It was a source of fertilizer for years.
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As drought hammers countryside, many in Haiti go hungry

February 24, 2016
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As drought hammers countryside, many in Haiti go hungry

AP News: ORIANI, Haiti –  Only shriveled carrots and potatoes grow in Carole Joseph’s small vegetable plot. The family’s chickens are long gone. She sold her only tools to buy food, then the wooden bed she shared with her children. The family now sleeps on the floor of their shack. All that’s left to...
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Projet de 500,000 dollars américains à Nan Panyol

February 20, 2016
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Projet de 500,000 dollars américains à Nan Panyol

Fevrier 20, 2016 Haïti – Agriculture : Projet de 500,000 dollars américains à Nan Panyol] La Fondation Dr. Louis G. Lamothe est en train de mettre en place un projet d’agriculture durable, estimé à environ 500,000 dollars américains à Nan Panyol, 3ème section communale de Souçailles de la Commune de Kenscoff. Ce projet, qui se déroulera sur...
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How a Natural Energy Shot and an Organic Chocolate Bar Are Changing Agriculture in Haiti

February 18, 2016
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How a Natural Energy Shot and an Organic Chocolate Bar Are Changing Agriculture in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI, February 17, 2016 — Two new products debuted this month in the U.S. at all Whole Foods Market stores nationwide–Kuli Kuli’s Moringa Green Energy shots and Taza Chocolate’s Stone Ground Haiti bar–and ingredients for both are sourced directly from smallholder farmers in Haiti. This direct market access, combined with helping farmers to...
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The country hit by the worst drought in 35 years !

February 17, 2016
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The country hit by the worst drought in 35 years !

Haiti Libre: Since the beginning of 2015, Haiti faces the worst drought in the last 35 years, reports the National Coordination for Food Security (CNSA). The phenomenon “El Niño”, which began in early 2015, one of the strongest ever recorded, could persist in 2016 and have an impact on food security in Haiti. This...
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Upsurge in paralysis condition accompanies Zika

February 17, 2016
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Upsurge in paralysis condition accompanies Zika

By FRANK BAJAK and LIBARDO CARDONA In this Feb. 11, 2016 photo, Zulay Balza fails to close her eyes as neurologist Jairo Lizarazo tests her facial muscles at the Erasmo Meoz Hospital in Cucuta, Norte de Santander state, Colombia. Balza was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a disorder in which the immune system attacks the...
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Zika virus: Brazil soldiers deployed to warn of risks

February 14, 2016
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Zika virus: Brazil soldiers deployed to warn of risks

More than 200,000 soldiers have been deployed across Brazil to warn people about the risks of the Zika virus. Brazil is at the centre of an outbreak of the virus, which has been linked to a surge in babies being born with underdeveloped brains. The country has 462 confirmed cases of microcephaly, and is...
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Haiti faces worst food insecurity crisis since 2001

February 11, 2016
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Haiti faces worst food insecurity crisis since 2001

In this Monday, March 24, 2014 photo, farmer Sylgramiz Delivra, 60, takes a break from gathering cassava stem cuttings that she will use to plant on her land, in Bombardopolis, northwestern Haiti. Drought is hitting this region, alarming international aid organizations such as the U.N. World Food Program. Dieu Nalio Chery AP By Jacqueline...
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Zika Virus Comes to Ohio by Way of Haiti

February 11, 2016
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Zika Virus Comes to Ohio by Way of Haiti

State health officials said a 30-year-old Cuyahoga County woman and a 21-year-old Stark County man have the first confirmed cases of Zika in Ohio. Amanda Garrett, Akron Beacon Journal | February 10, 2016 AP/Felipe Dana (TNS) – Two Northeast Ohio residents who visited Haiti on unrelated trips brought home the same unwanted souvenir in...
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World’s oldest bird, an albatross, just hatched her 40th chick – at 65

February 11, 2016
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World’s oldest bird, an albatross, just hatched her 40th chick – at 65

By Lonnie Shekhtman February 10, 2016 Kiah Walker/US Fish and Wildlife Service Kiah Walker/US Fish and Wildlife Service A Laysan albatross named Wisdom has hatched what could be her 40th chick, according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, an impressive feat at her ripe age of at least 65. Baby Kūkini, which is...
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Possible direct detection of gravitational waves by LIGO could spell Nobel Prize

February 11, 2016
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Possible direct detection of gravitational waves by LIGO could spell Nobel Prize

Stephanie Fine and Jiyun Lee / Staff Designers By Dan Garisto | Spectator Senior Staff Writer | February 11, 2016, 7:26 AM One year ago, exactly a century after Einstein introduced his General Theory of Relativity, a Columbia student started up a machine that aimed to probe the deepest mysteries Einstein’s theory proposed. On...
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