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More trees help water sanitation, reduce child deaths: study

October 9, 2017
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More trees help water sanitation, reduce child deaths: study

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – More trees at water sources improve sanitation and lead to fewer children dying from diarrhea in poor countries, a global study said on Monday. The study examined the health of 300,000 children and the quality of watersheds across 35 countries including Bangladesh, Nigeria and Colombia, and found that having...
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EIAP not boosting Dominican apparel exports to US: USITC

October 8, 2017
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EIAP not boosting Dominican apparel exports to US: USITC

The Earned Import Allowance Program (EIAP) is not offering enough incentives to significantly boost Dominican apparel exports to the United States eight years after it was implemented, according to the US International Trade Commission (USITC). The decline is due to increased imports from Haiti and more competition from other Western hemisphere suppliers. In 2016,...
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Paul Farmer Works to Heal Haiti in ‘Bending the Arc’

October 5, 2017
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Paul Farmer Works to Heal Haiti in ‘Bending the Arc’

NY Times: By JEANNETTE CATSOULIS OCT. 5, 2017 A young Paul Farmer in Haiti, in a still from “Bending the Arc.” Credit Partners in Health/AbramoramaA feel-good documentary that’s literally about making people feel good, “Bending the Arc” dives into the quagmire of global health care with the sunny insouciance and can-do brio of its...
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Miami’s Hottest Neighborhood is Probably Not Where You’re Looking

September 27, 2017
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Miami’s Hottest Neighborhood is Probably Not Where You’re Looking

Joe Raedle / Getty Images This winter, expect to hear a lot about Little Haiti. David Landsel September 27, 2017 Hot new restaurants, cutting-edge galleries, a new food hall, Panther Coffee—we’re talking about Wynwood, right? Yes, but also no. That very unique arts district, known for its colorful murals, is now squarely on the Miami...
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A FIRST – HAITI SHIPS AID TO OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN TURKS & CAICOS AFTER HURRICANE IRMA

September 18, 2017
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A FIRST – HAITI  SHIPS AID TO OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN TURKS & CAICOS AFTER HURRICANE IRMA

Sep 17, 2017 Brad Johnson, the President of Haiti’s Mission of Hope, https://mohhaiti.org/ passed through Turks & Caicos where he met with Premier Sharlene Cartwright Robinson. Their discussions focused upon damage done by Hurricane Irma, and its effect on the Haitian community there. Over 75% of the Turks & Caicos population of roughly 35,000...
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Hurricane Maria is following Irma’s path and getting stronger

September 17, 2017
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Hurricane Maria is following Irma’s path and getting stronger

(CNN)Hurricane Maria is forecast to rapidly strengthen over the next two days as it takes aim at Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricane Irma just days ago. The storm is expected to be a major hurricane when it hits the Leeward Islands over the next few days, intensifying to a Category 4 hurricane in 48...
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For first time in 300 years, no one is living on Barbuda

September 15, 2017
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For first time in 300 years, no one is living on Barbuda

(CNN)When Hurricane Irma ravaged the island of Barbuda in the Caribbean, the ferocious storm “extinguished” the isle’s way of life and left the beautiful spot “uninhabitable.” And, now, for the first time in a few centuries, no one lives there. “The damage is complete,” Ronald Sanders, the Antigua and Barbuda ambassador to the United...
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2 Atlantic disturbances likely to develop: National Hurricane Center

September 15, 2017
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2 Atlantic disturbances likely to develop: National Hurricane Center

By National Hurricane Center, NOAA As Tropical Storm Jose threatened to bring life-threatening rip currents to the East Coast, the National Hurricane Center was watching two other disturbances in the eastern Atlantic Thursday evening (Sept. 14). A tropical wave about 850 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands was producing disorganized cloudiness and showers. Conditions...
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Coffee, Bees and Climate Change Are Linked In Ways You May Not Have Expected

September 13, 2017
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Coffee, Bees and Climate Change Are Linked In Ways You May Not Have Expected

By Merrit Kennedy • Sep 11, 2017 Weekend Edition Saturday A coffee farmer picks fresh coffee cherries in Colombia. New climate research suggests Latin America faces major declines in coffee-growing regions, as well as bees, which help coffee to grow. Neil Palmer (CIAT) / University of Vermont Pollinators such as bees play a key...
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Irma mostly spared Haiti. But for struggling farmers, the damages are devastating

September 10, 2017
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Irma mostly spared Haiti. But for struggling farmers, the damages are devastating

By Jacqueline Charles jcharles@miamiherald.com September 09, 2017 1:58 PM SAINT-LOUIS-DU-NORD, Haiti The morning after Hurricane Irma skirted Haiti’s northern coast, Artis Esperance walked his farm land and tried to salvage what the menacing Category 5 storm — and thieves — hadn’t already claimed. For the second time in 11 months, Mother Nature had dealt...
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IRMA SET FOR HAITI – CAP HAITIAN REPORTS NO EMERGENCY PREPARATIONS OR SUPPLIES – PREPARE FOR THE WORST- Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

September 7, 2017
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IRMA SET FOR HAITI – CAP HAITIAN REPORTS NO EMERGENCY PREPARATIONS OR SUPPLIES – PREPARE FOR THE WORST- Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

HURRICANE Irma is surging through the Caribbean with the Dominican Republic and Cuba set to face the storm later today as it makes its path north towards Florida – with the United Nations (UN) warning the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic could affect up to 49 million people. So far, 10 people...
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IRMA Update- 185 mph winds: It’s currently a Category 5, the highest possible on the hurricane scale. It packs winds of 185 mph, making it one of the most powerful Atlantic storms ever recorded.

September 6, 2017
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IRMA Update- 185 mph winds: It’s currently a Category 5, the highest possible on the hurricane scale. It packs winds of 185 mph, making it one of the most powerful Atlantic storms ever recorded.

“I am asking you to be very vigilant and to listen to the advisories when they tell you to leave from coastal areas, leave from areas near the ocean,” Prime Minister Guy Lafontant told the nation in between meetings with Haiti’s Office of Civil Protection and representatives of international donor agencies, including the World...
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HAITI SITS FROZEN- INACTIVE – IN THE SPOTLIGHT AS THE FREIGHT TRAIN ROARS TOWARDS US

September 6, 2017
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HAITI SITS FROZEN- INACTIVE – IN THE SPOTLIGHT AS THE FREIGHT TRAIN ROARS TOWARDS US

‘May God save us all’: Mass evacuation as Hurricane Irma makes landfall in the Caribbean with 185mph winds after swelling to the size of FRANCE as Red Cross braces for ‘major humanitarian response’ Hurricane Irma strengthened to Category 5 storm sparking evacuations from Caribbean and the Florida Keys The Red Cross said it is...
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Hurricane Irma: Caribbean braces for ‘extremely dangerous’ storm

September 5, 2017
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Hurricane Irma: Caribbean braces for ‘extremely dangerous’ storm

Predicted path of Hurricane Irma Hurricane Irma has been upgraded to a category five – the highest category – making it “extremely dangerous” as it crosses the Caribbean. Irma now has sustained winds of 290km/h (180mph), making it the most powerful the Atlantic has seen in over a decade. It is projected to bring...
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Hurricane Irma has become so strong it’s showing up on seismometers used to measure earthquakes

September 5, 2017
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Hurricane Irma has become so strong it’s showing up on seismometers used to measure earthquakes

US-bound Hurricane Irma has gotten so strong that it is showing up on equipment designed to measure earthquakes. Stephen Hicks, a seismologist at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton, said seismometer recordings on Guadeloupe, an island group in the southern Caribbean Sea, show the now-Category 5 storm approaching the Lesser Antilles, another Caribbean island group....
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Will Hurricane Irma Hit Haiti? The Storm Looks Like It’s Headed For The Island Nation

September 4, 2017
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Will Hurricane Irma Hit Haiti? The Storm Looks Like It’s Headed For The Island Nation

ByCate Carrejo Just on the heels of Hurricane Harvey, another powerful storm is threatening the Atlantic this week. A troublingly powerful hurricane formed off the coast of Africa several days ago, and its slow trek across the ocean has struck fear in Americans who watched the destruction in Texas. Scientists are just now making...
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Powerful Hurricane Irma could be next weather disaster

September 1, 2017
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Powerful Hurricane Irma could be next weather disaster

While much of the United States’ focus is still on Texas and the destruction left behind by Hurricane Harvey and it’s historic rainfall, powerful Hurricane Irma is rapidly intensifying in the open Atlantic and poses a major threat to the Caribbean and potentially the United States next week. Irma was named as a tropical...
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Hurricane Harvey slams into Texas as Category 4 cyclone

August 27, 2017
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Hurricane Harvey slams into Texas as Category 4 cyclone

CORPUS CHRISTI, Tex. — Residents of the Gulf Coast hunkered down late Friday amid dire warnings of a major natural disaster as Hurricane Harvey, having intensified rapidly into a Category 4 storm with 130 mph winds, roared ashore just to the northeast of this South Texas city. The National Hurricane Center reported at 10...
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Reforestation project makes impact in Haiti, looks to grow

August 25, 2017
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Reforestation project makes impact in Haiti, looks to grow

The Haiti Reforestation Partnership took the old adage about teaching a man to fish to heart. In a decades-long effort to improve the quality of life for the small Caribbean country, Haiti Reforestation Partnership learned early that the best way to turn things around was to let the locals take complete ownership of the...
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Cotton is back in Haiti after a 30-year absence

August 23, 2017
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Cotton is back in Haiti after a 30-year absence

Cotton is back in Haiti after a 30-year absence, having once been the country’s fourth largest agricultural export. Global outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland, the Smallholder Farmers Alliance (SFA) and Haiti’s Minister of Commerce and Industry, Pierre Marie Du Mény, have together announced the reintroduction of cotton as an anchor crop to help revitalize farming, boost the economy and contribute to environmental...
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