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

Ten-man Ireland U21s salvage draw

first_img Press Association Ireland were left facing a major test after defender Sean McGinty was dismissed for a foul on Youssef Toutouh early in the second half. However, they managed to hold out to claim a morale-boosting share of the spoils in Fredericia. In a game played in blistering heat, Ireland created a handful of chances on the break despite their numerical disadvantage against a side King always believed would give them just the kind of test they needed ahead of the start of the new European Championship qualifying campaign in August. Blackburn defender Anthony O’Connor went close with a 60th-minute header from Sean Murray’s free-kick, while Aston Villa midfielder Samir Carruthers almost snatched victory 12 minutes from time. He homed in on substitute Michael Harriman’s dangerous low cross but was unable to connect in front of goal. However, keeper Sean McDermott, who replaced Aaron McCarey at the break, had to make two late saves from Bassel Jradi to deny the Danes a win in a rousing conclusion to the game. Ireland, who finished third behind Italy and Turkey in qualification for this summer’s finals in Israel, open their new campaign in the Faroe Islands on August 14 and then face Germany at home the following month. center_img Noel King’s Ireland Under-21s claimed a battling 0-0 friendly draw in Denmark despite having to play for 40 minutes with only 10 men.last_img read more

Floyd Mayweather rules out Manny Pacquiao rematch in Saudi Arabia [VIDEO]

first_img Source: Talk Sports Mayweather told FightHype:“The video that y’all been seeing is false because I went to Saudi Arabia. I went there a long time ago.“I talked to them about me fighting there, just different fights, but they wanted me to specifically say Manny Pacquiao.“Basically, that’s an old video. At the end of the day, there’s no talks about me and Manny Pacquiao fighting a rematch.“Even if we did fight, all they’re going to do is have an excuse, just like the first time.“But as far as me and Manny Pacquiao, as of right now, it will never be a rematch.”This is not the first time we’ve seen short-lived speculation of a Mayweather vs Pacquiao rematch.Just last year, Mayweather told the world he was planning to rematch Pacquiao when the pair met at an event in Tokyo.This soon fell apart, and he ended up knocking out Tenshin Nasukawa in a bizarre exhibition bout instead.In the meantime, Pacquiao has continued his career with two impressive wins over Adrien Broner and Keith Thurman. American boxer, Floyd Mayweather has played down rumours of a potential rematch with Manny Pacquiao in Saudi Arabia.The retired 50-0 boxing legend was seen talking up the fight in a video that circulated on social media over the weekend.In the clip, Mayweather appears to be addressing potential Saudi business partners and says:“I wanna say thank you.“It’s an honour to come to Saudi Arabia to sit down with you guys to talk about the Mayweather vs Pacquiao rematch.“Saudi Arabia. Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather. I’m on my way.”However, he’s now revealed this is in fact an old video.last_img read more