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DR Officials say 30 Dead after TD 22 Drenched Santo Domingo

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#DominicanRepublic, November 24, 2023 – At least 21 were left dead in Santo Domingo of the Dominican Republic after a deluge of weekend rains that dismantled mountains there and cause severe landslides in the capital city.  By Thursday, the death toll would climb to 30 as the city faces a significant clean-up effort.

Among the 30 lives lost, nine were due to the collapse of the walls of a highway tunnel, onto their cars from the rain, reports say.

The Emergency Operations Center (COE) on Sunday, informed that many were displaced as more than 13,000 people had to relocate to safer areas. Also, over 2,500 were rescued by protection agencies as well as over 2,600 homes affected by the storm.

Some communities, a total of forty-five, were without communication and the rains left behind infrastructural damage such as bridges and parts of roads.

Videos on social media show the severity of the flooding as water gushed down streets.

According to reports the additional deaths include

Domingo de la Rosa Ramírez, 31, who was dragged through the waters of the Yaguate River, in San Cristóbal; Rafael Fernández Reyes, 19, and was also swept away by the waters of the La Cueva River, in Guayabal, in the province of Azua. Also, an unidentified man was included in the list, between the ages of  25 and 35 years, presumed to have been dragged by the current of the Haina River, near the mouth, in San Cristóbal.

The other victims are, Eduardo Cabrera Castillo, of Dominican nationality; Solange María Méndez, of Dominican nationality; Omar Alejandro Méndez, Dominican; Boniel Dovelie, of Haitian nationality; Awilda Vásquez Burgos, American national; María Nereida Martínez Vásquez, of American nationality; Michael Orozco, of American nationality and Ramón Antonio Martínez, American national.

There has been an outpouring of empathy for the people of the Dominican Republic with the passage of Tropical Depression 22, which drenched much of the region November 16-20,2023.

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Trinidad Makes Big Energy Commitment

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#TrinidadandTobago#Energy, February 20th, 2024 – To diversify its energy mix as well as its economy, Trinidad and Tobago is putting focus on energy transition for development, working on a solar project which will potentially change energy production for the nation.

This was announced by Prime Minister Keith Rowley at the opening of the Energy Conference and Supply Chain Expo 2024 in Guyana on February 19th.

Expressing that energy is the center of economic development, Rowley highlights why this development is significant. He says in order to transform the energy system to cater to the growing demand for energy while decreasing global emissions, a broad mix of energy is needed.

He further mentions that this is what’s required of producer economies like Trinidad and Tobago for development.

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Irish Humanitarian Organization in Haiti – Address Hunger Crisis and More

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#Haiti#Crisis#ConcernWorldwide, February 2oth, 2024 – Seeing that Haiti’s humanitarian crisis worsens day by day with too many Haitians, hundreds of thousands, edging the line to severe deprivation of food, Ireland’s largest aid and humanitarian agency Concern Worldwide is addressing major food insecurity. 

 The organization in a release said “ “We are providing food assistance, via electronic vouchers to help families purchase food from local vendors so that they can feed their families and prevent malnutrition in children as the situation worsens.”

They are also working to provide Haitians with clean water and sanitation as the waterborne disease Cholera continues to threaten lives, killing more than 1,150 people in 2023.

And, they provide referrals for cases of sexual and gender based violence in Port au Prince.

Concern is supported by funding from USAID, receiving €2.1 million (euros) to help over 30 thousand people in the hunger crisis as well as €1 million (euros) yearly from the Irish Government for its work in Haiti.

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Why the Haitian President’s Wife – Martine Moïse – was charged with his 2021 Assassination

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#Haiti, February 21, 2024 – Martine Moïse, the widow of Haiti’s assassinated President Jovenel Moïse, is being charged for involvement in his July 2021 murder, according to recent reports on Monday February 19th, 2024.

She is charged for complicity and involvement in criminal associations.

In his report, Haitian Judge Walther Wesser Voltaire reveals there were questionable actions related to Martine Moïse as well as statements that simply didn’t add up.

For instance, Voltaire states that she mentions hiding under the marital bed for safety during the attack on her husband, but authorities expressed that this claim is illogical, saying that a giant rat measuring “between 35 and 45 centimeters,” could not fit under the bed.

This is due to the fact that the gap between the bed and the floor was 14 to 18 inches, according to the indictment.

Considering these revelations, Voltaire states that her claims were “so tainted with contradictions that they leave something to be desired and discredit her.”

There are other suspicious actions by Mrs. Moïse, reported by the Judge, as revealed by Lyonel Valbrun, former Secretary General of the National Palace.

Voltiare’s report says Valbrun claimed there was pressure from the late President’s wife to make available to Claude Joseph, former Prime Minister, office space for the organization of a Council of Ministers.  Additionally, Valbrun reported that Martine Moïse dedicated hours to remove objects from the Palace during the days leading up to her husband’s murder.

Joseph, like the former first lady is also being charged for complicity and involvement in criminal associations.  Also, they were both injured during the attack on Jovenel Moïse.

The accusations against Mrs. Moïse, reports say, are also based on information from Joseph Badio, former official in Haiti’s Justice Ministry, who is accused of being involved in planning the Haitian president’s 2021 assassination.

According to the indictment, linked in  Voltaire’s 122 page report highlights Badio “outing” Mrs. Moïse for plotting with others, Joseph included, to kill her husband to gain power.

Joining Joseph and Moïse with charges is Léon Charles, ex-chief of Haiti’s National Police, carrying the worst of the charges including, murder, attempted murder, illegal possession of weapons, conspiracy against the state’s internal security, and involvement in criminal associations.

Haitian-American pastor Christian Emmanuel Sanon, former DEA informant Joseph Vincent, presidential security chief Dimitri Hérard, former senator John Joël Joseph, and judge Windelle Coq, are also among the accused, some already sentenced and some handed over to the US to face Federal charges.

Media reports have exposed that after a two and a half year investigation, there are still unanswered questions.  And, despite going into details about the assassination, it fails to reveal the motive behind it and how it was financed.

A separate case on Moise’s killing is being tried in Miami.

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