Tropical Storm Isaac in Haiti, Nearly Three Years After the Earthquake

first_img Water, food, medicine, blankets and tents. Haiti lacked all of it at first, when chaos and surprise seized the people of Haiti during the earthquake that devastated the country in January 2010. Afterward, supplies were abundant. Aid arrived by the tons from every corner of the planet, but little by little it started to accumulate, because Haiti did not have official distribution channels or proper mechanisms in place to deliver the assistance. It did not have a contingency plan for emergencies. No one knew where they should be distributing the necessary products, and there was no organized manner to respond to the people still crying out for help. On August 25, 2012 everything was different. When Tropical Storm Isaac started to hit the Haitian coast, more than 14,000 people across the country, mainly in the western and eastern parts of the island, were already evacuated thanks to the Haitian government and its international partners, including the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which anticipated the possible damage. In the history of the country, this was the first preventive evacuation led by the Haitian government. The evacuees were already identified as members of vulnerable groups, such as refugees residing in camps, children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with disabilities, according to a statement from the Haitian government. These planned and organized evacuations were held throughout the day on August 24, a day before the storm made landfall. Additionally, many urgent evacuations were made during the night and early morning of August 25, while the weather conditions worsened. After the storm, a prompt and accurate damage assessment identified the most serious problems, and gave immediate assistance to people whose lives were at the greatest risk and required urgent attention. On August 26, the United Nations (UN) reported a toll of 19 deaths and 2,350 homes destroyed. Though these are not small, they are a stark contrast to the toll left by the earthquake of 2010, which took the lives of more than 200,000, and about 2.5 million homeless, according to figures from the UN. To assess Tropical Storm Isaac, the Haitian government and USAID used a team of experts in disaster response; all of which helped in the preparation of the storm, and are now determining the damages it caused, as well as where and what kind of humanitarian aid is needed. Preliminary reports indicate that the impact of the storm was more significant in Port-au-Prince and the southeastern departments of the country. From day one, humanitarian organizations were distributing emergency supplies to the needy, including water, food, personal hygiene packs, blankets, and plastic sheeting, among other items and necessities. The difference now is that all these resources were already in-country, ready to be used in incidents like this. Due in large part to the professional response and organization of the Haitian government before, during, and after Tropical Storm Isaac, countless and priceless lives have been saved. Lesson learned. By Dialogo August 30, 2012last_img read more

A stubborn Clayton Kershaw lifts Dodgers to 2-1 win

first_imgFor the first time in his career, Kershaw struck out 10 batters and allowed 10 hits. He walked one. Though his fastball was typically steady, Kershaw said he could not rely on his secondary pitches as much as he wanted.Of the Braves’ 10 hits against Kershaw, eight were singles. Six came on fastballs, two on sliders, and one each on a curveball and changeup.“I know it’s in there because I threw some good ones every now and then, slider and curveball,” he said. “But just inconsistent. I’ll throw a good one, get a swing and miss or a groundout, then hang one. Leave one up. It’s just in between right now. I know I can still do it, it’s just a matter of doing it every time.”For Kershaw, in-between is better than nothing. He’d rather have a pitch half the time than never at all.“I don’t have that many pitches where, if one’s not working I can throw other ones and hope for the best,” he said. “I need it to work. You’ve kind of got to be stubborn there a little bit and eventually figure it out.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error ATLANTA — Clayton Kershaw’s mastery of pitching to major league hitters tends to obscure his other outstanding qualities as an athlete. When he can combine a mid-90s fastball with a sharp-breaking curveball, a deceptive slider and an overlooked but nasty changeup, it’s easy to forget that Kershaw can be as stubborn as he is dominant.The stubbornness was on full display Thursday in the Dodgers’ 2-1 win over the Atlanta Braves.On a day when manager Dave Roberts wanted to spare his overworked bullpen, the Dodgers played 10 innings for the second day in a row. Ordinarily, that might have crippled a pitching staff on the verge of a three-game series in the thin air of Denver’s Coors Field.Kershaw saved the day, as he often does, by throwing 116 pitches and allowing only one run in eight innings. No Dodgers pitcher had thrown as many pitches in a game this season. center_img Kershaw was stubborn running the bases, too.Batting for himself with two outs in the seventh inning, Kershaw sent a line drive into Turner Field’s spacious right-field gap. Atlanta center fielder Mallex Smith and right fielder Jeff Francoeur collided in pursuit of the ball, which fell to the ground for a two-base error.Rookie Corey Seager then lined a single to right field, and Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward sent Kershaw home. The play at the plate was close because of Francoeur’s strong right arm. Kershaw insisted he was safe. Umpire Angel Hernandez called him out. The Dodgers quickly challenged and lost after a lengthy review, and the game remained tied 1-1.Several television angles appeared to show Kershaw was safe. So did the pitcher’s reaction; he immediately nodded to Roberts to challenge the call. But there was no “clear and convincing evidence to confirm or overturn” the call — the league’s verbiage — and the out stood.It was only the second challenge the Dodgers have lost in six tries this season.“We thought he was in there,” Roberts said. “That’s why we challenged it. Those guys in New York do the best they can.”The Dodgers struggled to score all series, even when they did. They still won two out of the three games in their final visit ever to Turner Field. Thursday, Yasmani Grandal’s RBI double against Alexi Ogando drove in Kiké Hernandez with the game-winning run in the 10th inning.Chris Hatcher pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning in relief of Kershaw, and Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless 10th for the second time in as many days. Jansen is 7-for-7 in save opportunities this season.As a whole, the Dodger bullpen has allowed one run in its last 26 1/3 innings, good for a 0.34 earned-run average.Kershaw lowered his own ERA to 1.50 and got his uniform dirty on a slide at the plate, an all around good day for the three-time Cy Young Award winner. A lesser manager’s heart might have stopped seeing his ace slide foot-first into potential danger.“It’s funny,” Roberts said. “When you get into the season and you start going through spring training, you worry about things like that. But as the game goes on, that was a potential winning run. I was trying to just think about scoring. I was looking at him as a baseball player.”A stubborn one, at that.last_img read more

Walt Frazier rips Lakers star LeBron James: ‘He doesn’t really care’

first_imgHall of Fame point guard Walt “Clyde” Frazier wasn’t holding back when sharing his thoughts on Lakers star LeBron James.Frazier currently works as a color commentator on MSG Network and helps cover Knicks games. During a timeout in New York’s 124-123 victory over Los Angeles, Frazier criticized James for not being a team player. “This type of behavior is not — when you’re the face of the NBA, I think you should be more a part of your team no matter what is going on,” Frazier said during the broadcast. “In the public you have to be a part of the team. In the locker room you’re not, but you have to (show) that type of togetherness in public and right now we see he doesn’t really care.”Clyde Frazier criticizes LeBron for not being “part of the team” and says “he doesn’t really care” 😳— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 17, 2019Frazier went on to discuss coach Luke Walton’s job security. When the broadcast showed Walton talking with his players, Frazier said, “So that’s why this man is rumored to be — this is his last season as Lakers coach.” Related News Lakers’ LeBron James to play Sunday against Knickscenter_img The Lakers signed James during the offseason with high hopes, but Los Angeles hasn’t had the season it expected. The Lakers fell to 31-39 and are now 11th in the Western Conference.last_img read more