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Trump deals Haiti another blow, ending participation in guest worker program - Miami Herald

Security Situation - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 01:19

Miami Herald

Trump deals Haiti another blow, ending participation in guest worker program
Miami Herald
... seasonal workers under the federal H-2A and H-2B guest worker program, will no longer be eligible. The temporary workers' visa has for decades allowed hundreds of U.S. farmers, hoteliers and other business owners to hire thousands of foreign ...

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Trump administration bars Haitians from US visas for low-skilled work - Reuters

haiti earthquake - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 00:35

Reuters

Trump administration bars Haitians from US visas for low-skilled work
Reuters
Supporters of the visas say they gave Haitians a rare opportunity to work legally in the United States, contribute to the U.S. economy, and help fund the recovery of Haiti after the earthquake, which killed more than 200,000 people. “They're just ...
Trump admin. moves to bar Haitians from agricultural, seasonal worker visasNBCNews.com

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Trump administration bars Haitians from US visas for low-skilled work - Reuters

Security Situation - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 00:35

Reuters

Trump administration bars Haitians from US visas for low-skilled work
Reuters
The number of Haitians entering in 2016 on H-2B visas, which are for non-agricultural seasonal work, was more than zero but too low to report, according to DHS. Supporters of the visas say they gave Haitians a rare opportunity to work legally in the ...
Trump admin. moves to bar Haitians from agricultural, seasonal worker visasNBCNews.com

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Trump administration bars Haitians from US visas for low-skilled work - Reuters

Security Situation - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 00:35

Reuters

Trump administration bars Haitians from US visas for low-skilled work
Reuters
The number of Haitians entering in 2016 on H-2B visas, which are for non-agricultural seasonal work, was more than zero but too low to report, according to DHS. Supporters of the visas say they gave Haitians a rare opportunity to work legally in the ...

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Haiti Removed From Temporary Visa Eligibility List - Bloomberg BNA

Security Situation - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 00:15

Miami Herald

Haiti Removed From Temporary Visa Eligibility List
Bloomberg BNA
Therefore, allowing them to continue to apply for the visas is “no longer in the U.S. interest,” the agency said. H-2A visas go to temporary workers in the agriculture industry, while H-2B visas go to seasonal nonagricultural workers such as those in ...
Trump deals Haiti another blow, ending participation in guest worker programMiami Herald

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Mauritius: Tropical Cyclone Berguitta - Estimated Impacts Warning 21, 17 January 2018 2100 UTC

Relief Web Maps - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 23:40
Source: Pacific Disaster Center Country: Mauritius, Réunion (France)

JTWC Summary: TROPICAL CYCLONE 06S (BERGUITTA), LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 144 NM EAST-NORTHEAST OF PORT LOUIS, MAURITIUS, HAS TRACKED SOUTHWESTWARD AT 06 KNOTS OVER THE PAST SIX HOURS.RECENT ANIMATED MULTISPECTRAL SATELLITE IMAGERY SHOWS A SHIELD OF RELATIVELY DISORGANIZED DEEP CONVECTION PERSISTING OVER A LOW-LEVEL CIRCULATION CENTER EVIDENT IN A 171715Z METOP-B ASCAT PASS AND A 1758Z METOP-A ASCAT PASS.THE CURRENT POSITION IS BASED ON THESE ASCAT PASSES, WITH HIGH CONFIDENCE.THE INTENSITY OF 65 KNOTS IS CONSISTENT WITH RECENT MULTI-AGENCY DVORAK AND AUTOMATED SATELLITE INTENSITY CONSENSUS ESTIMATES.TC 06S IS TURNING POLEWARD UNDER THE STEERING INFLUENCE OF A REORIENTING SUBTROPICAL RIDGE SITUATED TO THE SOUTHEAST.THE SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE TRACKING AROUND THE RIDGE AXIS DURING THE FORECAST PERIOD, BEGINNING EXTRATROPICAL TRANSITION BY TAU 72 AND COMPLETING BY TAU 96.INTENSITY IS EXPECTED TO REMAIN RELATIVELY STEADY OVER THE NEXT 36 HOURS AS FAVORABLE POLEWARD OUTFLOW AND UNFAVORABLE, MODERATE EASTERLY VERTICAL WIND SHEAR EXERT COMPETING INFLUENCES.MARGINAL WEAKENING IS ANTICIPATED IN THE MEDIUM TO EXTENDED-RANGE AS THE TC 06S TRACKS OVER COOLER WATER AND ENCOUNTERS INCREASING VERTICAL WIND SHEAR, BUT RECEIVES OFFSETTING BAROCLINIC SUPPORT AS IT UNDERGOES EXTRATROPICAL TRANSITION.THE CURRENT, HIGH- CONFIDENCE FORECAST TRACK IS CONSISTENT WITH CONSENSUS MODEL TRACKERS, WHICH REMAIN IN TIGHT AGREEMENT.MAXIMUM SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHT AT 171800Z IS 25 FEET....

U.S. Traffic More Dangerous Than Other Developed Nations

Planetzine - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 22:00
Around the world, car crashes are the tenth leading cause of death, and while the United States is spending money on transportation, that money isn't making the roads safer.

Gaetz: “Everywhere you look in Haiti it's garbage” - The Pulse

haiti earthquake - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 21:07

The Pulse

Gaetz: “Everywhere you look in Haiti it's garbage”
The Pulse
Unlike Northwest Florida, Haiti has been on the receiving end of many recent catastrophic natural disasters and is still recovering. Within the last decade, several major hurricanes have made landfall on the tiny island nation and, in 2010, a 7.0 ...

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Gaetz: “Everywhere you look in Haiti it's garbage” - The Pulse

Security Situation - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 21:07

The Pulse

Gaetz: “Everywhere you look in Haiti it's garbage”
The Pulse
Gaetz went on an official Congressional Delegation this past summer that made stops in countries in Central America and South America, including Haiti. According to the State Department, the visit was meant to reinforce the strong U.S.-Haiti bilateral ...

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The 'Wide-Ranging Ecological Downside' of Road Salt

Planetzine - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 21:00
A study from the USGS using five decades of data shows salinity and alkalinity are up in waterways across the United States.

Haiti's Michael Brun Responds to Trump's 'Shithole' Comments: Exclusive - Billboard

Haiti Resilience - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 20:35

Billboard

Haiti's Michael Brun Responds to Trump's 'Shithole' Comments: Exclusive
Billboard
Today's United States is a land rife with cultural divide, but Haitian DJ/producer Michael Brun comes bearing a message of love and unity. Hailing from Port-au-Prince, the 25-year-old knows the prevalent narrative of his homeland. Haiti is often seen ...

Haiti's Michael Brun Responds to Trump's 'Shithole' Comments: Exclusive - Billboard

Haiti Education - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 20:35

Billboard

Haiti's Michael Brun Responds to Trump's 'Shithole' Comments: Exclusive
Billboard
Negativity reinforces negativity, and to impressionable youth who don't know their true worth, these words became reality. But instead of feeling pity or remorse, myself and a new generation of Haitians saw it as a call to action. A call to reconnect ...

The Slow Transition from Gas Taxes to Mileage Fees

Planetzine - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 20:00
Oregon was the first to conduct a pilot program in 2006, followed by California and Colorado last year. With financial backing from the U.S. DOT, at least four more states are exploring charging by the mile driven rather than the fuel burned.

Cliff Avril: Seattle should rebuild around Russell Wilson but won't ... - NFL.com

Haiti Rebuilding - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 19:19

NFL.com

Cliff Avril: Seattle should rebuild around Russell Wilson but won't ...
NFL.com
Despite a season-ending neck injury in 2017, Cliff Avril intends on playing in 2018, which would be his 11th NFL season. The Seahawks DE discusses his health and whether the team will rebuild around Russell Wilson.

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Categories: REBUILDING HAITI

Brightline Launches In Florida, Eyes Expansion To Other States

Planetzine - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 19:00
Pundits predicted that a privately-funded passenger rail system in Florida would fail to materialize. Those predictions were wrong, and now company officials are eyeing regional expansion.

Haiti: Eight years after the earthquake, Haitians need support to boost resilience for sustainable development

ReliefWeb Haiti rss - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 18:50
Source: UN Development Programme Country: Haiti

12 January 2018 - Eight years ago today a devastating earthquake struck Haiti killing 200,000 people, including 102 United Nations personnel. More than 300,000 were injured and over 1.5 million Haitians were displaced. Today, our hearts are with the Haitian women, men and children and all our colleagues’ families and friends who lost their loved ones during this tragic event.

Haiti is among the countries most exposed to natural disasters, and its vulnerability increases with climate change, the degradation of the environment and the irrational use of space, especially in cities.

From 1975 to 2012, disasters linked to climate have caused annual damages and losses amounting to approximately 2 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Eight years ago, in just a few minutes the earthquake caused the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere to lose 120 percent of its GDP.

Haiti’s path to recovery has been particularly difficult, also considering the country’s challenges as a Small Island Developing State: extremely vulnerable to debt, unemployment, climate change and sea level rise.

But Haitians have also shown tremendous resilience after the earthquake and every year subsequently as they face a new hurricane season. Many continue to face multiple challenges, including displacement, food insecurity and lack of access to clean water and sanitation, and country still needs international support as Haitians pave their own way towards sustainable development.

Results:

  • UNDP has partnered with the people of Haiti to build back better after the earthquake and after several hurricanes in the past eight years.

  • Over 300,000 Haitians were temporarily employed—40 percent of them women—to remove debris, recycle material, and help rebuild their communities - All debris was removed - Over 2,300 km2 were protected, 400 hectares reforested - Learn more

  • After Hurricane Matthew: from recovery to Sustainable Development

  • Meet Oriental Meliance, a young Haitian and learn about his hope beyond the earthquake. Watch the video

Trump's bigger Africa problem: He ignores a growing food crisis - New York Daily News

Food Security - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 18:45

New York Daily News

Trump's bigger Africa problem: He ignores a growing food crisis
New York Daily News
Marshall, the architect of winning World War II and winning the peace afterward, knew the importance of food. In Marshall's time, White House meetings were held on how to fight hunger and devise strategies for building peace. That is what we should be ...

Democratic Republic of the Congo: RD Congo - Nord-Kivu : Note d’informations humanitaires du 15/01/2018

UN OCHA maps - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 18:38
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Faits saillants

• Près de 35 000 déplacés dans le Territoire du Lubero suite aux tensions intercommunautaires

• Inquiétude sur la contagion de la peste dans le bétail

Aperçu de la situation

En dépit d’une situation d’accalmie à travers l’ensemble du Nord-Kivu, de nouveaux affrontements entre les groupes armés d’une part et les opérations des FARDC d’autres part ont été enregistrés dans les territoires de Rutshuru et Lubero.

Ces combats ont provoqué plusieurs mouvements de population, selon plusieurs organisations non gouvernementales nationales. Plus de 7 200 personnes ont quitté leurs habitations dans le sud du Lubero depuis la mi-décembre, fuyant les affrontements entre groupes armés qui secouent cette partie du Territoire.

Un autre mouvement a également été remarqué au sud du Lubero, suite à l’arrivée d’environ 35 000 personnes entre le 26 décembre 2017 et le 4 janvier 2018 en provenance du nord du Territoire de Rutshuru, où des violences sont quotidiennement enregistrés entre groupes armés, alimentées par les tensions intercommunautaires.

L’inspection provinciale de l’agriculture, pêche et élevage vient de sonner l’alarme sur une épidémie de peste de petits ruminants, qui sévit la province du Nord Kivu depuis octobre 2017. Selon les estimations, 50 000 sur les 500 000 têtes de bétail reconnues dans la province ont été décimés par cette peste entre octobre 2017 et janvier 2018. Le risque de propagation demeure très élevé, selon les spécialistes.

Team Coady Panel to Speak on the Third Millennium Haitians as Masters of Their Own Destiny - Seton Hall University News & Events

Haiti Education - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 18:33

Seton Hall University News & Events

Team Coady Panel to Speak on the Third Millennium Haitians as Masters of Their Own Destiny
Seton Hall University News & Events
... and the Department of Religion, will host a panel on Third Millennium Haitians as Masters of Their Own Destiny. The panel consists of Team Coady, a group from northern New Jersey interested in the future of Haiti. During the last four years, Team ...

Syrian Arab Republic: Southern Syria: Resident Population & Internally Displaced Persons (As of 31 December 2017) [EN/AR]

Relief Web Maps - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 18:17
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Syrian Arab Republic
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