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Typhoon in Philippines kills 400 people

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By Dana Malcolm

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#Philippines, December 31, 2021 – The Philippines are still reeling after the devastation of Typhoon Rai. So far, nearly 400 people have died, and many others have been displaced. According to CNN, whole villages have been destroyed by the typhoon.

A resident Jovelyn Paloma Sayson told the media house, “We need money to rebuild our house, we are not dreaming of a mansion. All we want to have is our own house to live in so that our children are safe.

Humanitarian aid workers reported concern about the spreading of diseases, including the COVID-19 virus, because of the close proximity of dislocated Filipinos. Hundreds of thousands of people are gathered in shelters.

Alvin Dumduma of the aid group Humanity and Inclusion told CNN.

“The conditions in evacuation centers are far from ideal, thousands are sleeping under one roof with no clean water…children aren’t going to school…they will be stuck this way for a long time.”

The United Nations has pledged over 100 million dollars in aid, but Filipinos are still projected to have a very rough time rebuilding everything they have lost.

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Providenciales International Airport Full Emergency Exercise

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#TurksandCaicos, April 17, 2022 – The Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority wishes to advise the General Public, that there will be a full-scale emergency Aviation Security exercise simulating an incident at the Providenciales International Airport on Tuesday 17th May 2022 at 6:00 pm.

The purpose of this exercise is to prepare the emergency services to carry out their respective roles and function, and to support TCIAA in defining the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders during emergencies, and to establish adequate communication protocols in the unfortunate event of an actual incident at the Providenciales International Airport.

The Turks and Caicos Airports Authority would like to thank the public for its understanding and cooperation. Please be guided accordingly. For more information visit us at www.tciairports.com

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Providenciales International Airport Full Emergency Exercise

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#TurksandCaicos, April 17, 2022 – The Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority wishes to advise the General Public, that there will be a full-scale emergency Aviation Security exercise simulating an incident at the Providenciales International Airport on Tuesday 17th May 2022 at 6:00 pm.

The purpose of this exercise is to prepare the emergency services to carry out their respective roles and function, and to support TCIAA in defining the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders during emergencies, and to establish adequate communication protocols in the unfortunate event of an actual incident at the Providenciales International Airport.

The Turks and Caicos Airports Authority would like to thank the public for its understanding and cooperation. Please be guided accordingly. For more information visit us at www.tciairports.com

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Canadian flight crew busted in DR; but airline wants ‘innocent’ released

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 By Shanieka Smith

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#TheCaribbean, April 17, 2022 – A major drug bust – about 200 packages of presumed cocaine weighing about 200 kilograms were seized at the Punta Cana International Airport in the Dominican Republic on an aircraft that was set to fly from Punta Cana to Toronto. The National Directorate for Drug Control (DNCD) in the Dominican Republic said authorities allegedly found eight black packages each containing 25 packages.

As a result, a Canadian Airline crew from Canadian charter carrier Pivot Airlines, along with some passengers have been detained. The eleven detainees, nine of which are Canadians, one person from India and another from the Dominican Republic are being questioned to determine who and how each person may have been involved. Six are aircrew members, including two pilots, and five are passengers.

Pivot Airlines shared that the five crew members “discovered, reported and suspected that there was contraband in a maintenance compartment of the plane.”

In a letter to the Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly, the CEO of Pivot Airlines, Eric Edmonson wrote that “for more than 24 days, our crew has been subject to threats against their lives, inhumane treatment, and arbitrary detention, for dutifully reporting a crime and averting a potential aviation disaster. We are deeply concerned for their safety and are pleading with you to intervene so they may return home to their families,” Edmonson said.

The company said they are “working diligently to secure the release of our crew.” In the meantime, a series of investigations is ongoing and the detainees, though they have been bailed, will have to stay in the Dominican Republic until the matter is resolved.

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