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Bahamas Prime Minister to Call for National Day of Mourning for Hurricane Dorian Victims

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Upon his arrival at the Emergency Operation Center, which is tasked with the job of coordinating hurricane relief efforts on Grand Bahama, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis took time to speak with some of the volunteers at the EOC. Left of the Prime Minister is Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator Kwasi Thompson. (Photo credit: BIS/Yontalay Bowe)

NASSAU, The Bahamas, Tuesday September 10, 2019 – Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis says a national day of mourning must be held to properly mourn those who died as a result of Hurricane Dorian.

The count is now at least 50.

His announcement came during a visit to Grand Bahama, where he held a press briefing and was updated by all of the relevant agencies on Grand Bahama as they continued the relief effort on the island, which was severely impacted by Category 5 Hurricane Dorian as it passed through Abaco and Grand Bahama on September 1.

“I will be making a national address, during which time I will ask for a National Day of mourning and for flags to be flown at half-mast in honor of those individuals who have died during this devastation,” said Prime Minister Minnis.

“I want to extend condolences to those individuals who have lost loved ones.”

The Prime Minister acknowledged nobody could have predicted exactly what kind of devastation Hurricane Dorian would have left behind once it passed over the islands: “But what I can say is that the entire international community is with us. “They have been assisting us from day one. They have made commitments that they will assist us in rebuilding our country.”

He noted that not only was the United States there to lend their support to The Bahamas, but the entire CARICOM community also reached out and offered assistance in the form of monetary assistance, man-power and advice.

Addressing the complaints by many about the decision to close the country’s air space (particularly over Grand Bahama and Abaco), Prime Minister Minnis said that in spite of the criticism, he holds firm to the decision, calling it the right one in the face of the circumstances.

“We wanted to limit the amount of aircraft flying over these islands to humanitarian aircraft only,” said Prime Minister Minnis. “There would have been a lot of negativity regarding that and a lot of people have complained. But we did that because we felt that there would have been too much people using the opportunity to fly over these islands just for sightseeing purposes.

“If that happened, it would first of all, hinder the work of those humanitarian aircraft coming in to assist and deliver aid.Secondly, because the towers at both Abaco and Grand Bahama are down, having so many aircraft fly over at the same time could have possibly result in midair collision, which would have been another disaster on our hands.”

Recalling a personal experience recently, Minnis said that during a trip to Abaco to view the devastation there, the airplane (which was carrying him, the Prime Minister of St. Lucia, Prime Minister of Barbados, Chairman and Secretary General of CARICOM, the Bahamian Commissioner of Police and others) had to suddenly drop its altitude because another aircraft was on a collision course with their aircraft and the plane was not responding to the Bahamasair pilot.

“That’s the perfect example of why we had to make the decision to close the airspace to aircraft not involved in Humanitarian aid,” the Prime Minister said.

During the press briefing, the Prime Minister was given a rundown on the efforts being made by various agencies in the restoration process. He also heard from Island Administrators for all of the constituencies in Grand Bahama and how the storm affected their respective communities and the people within them.

“I want to thank you all for the excellent work that you’re doing, because without your support, confidence and ability in the aftermath of this terrible event, the death toll could have been much higher,” he said.

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Plan Launched to Support Millions of Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants

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CARACAS, Venezuela, Tuesday November 19, 2019 A US$1.35 billion appeal has been launched to meet the
increasing humanitarian needs of Venezuelan refugees and migrants in Latin
America and the Caribbean and to support the communities hosting them.

The ongoing political and economic crisis in the South American country
has forced more than 4.6 million citizens to flee, nearly 80 per cent of whom
are sheltering in the region.

If current trends continue, numbers could reach 6.5 million by next
year, according to the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, and the International
Organization for Migration (IOM), which launched the plan.

“Only through a coordinated and harmonized approach will it be possible
to effectively address the large-scale needs, which continue to increase and
evolve as the current crisis deepens”, said Eduardo Stein, Joint UNHCR-IOM
Special Representative for Venezuelan refugees and migrants.

The 2020 Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan (RMRP) includes
actions in nine key sectors such as health, education, protection, nutrition,
shelter and humanitarian transport.

It also puts a strong focus on ensuring the social and economic
inclusion of refugees and migrants.

The 2020 RMRP, as the plan is known, is the result of a wide-ranging
consultation process that involved host Governments, civil society and
faith-based organizations, local communities and donors, but also refugees and
migrants themselves.

It is a coordination and fundraising tool established and implemented by
nearly 140 organizations working across the region.

Stein underscored the need for increased resource mobilization.

“Despite many efforts and other initiatives, the dimension of the
problem is greater than the current response capacity, so it is necessary that
the international community doubles these efforts and contributions to help the
countries and international organizations responding to the crisis,” he said.

“More support to governments is needed, with a focus on development concerns, in addition to immediate humanitarian needs.”

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Haitian National Team Veteran Mechack Jérôme to Return to El Paso Locomotive FC for 2020 – KFOX El Paso

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