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Humanitarian Assistance in Review Latin America and the Caribbean | Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 – 2014

The countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) are highly vulnerable to a range of natural hazards, including droughts, earthquakes, forest fires, floods, hurricanes, landslides, and volcanic eruptions. Between FY 2005 and FY 2014, USAID provided nearly $986 million for emergency humanitarian assistance to affected populations in the LAC region. Of the total, USAID’s Office of U.S.

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UN treaty regulating global arms trade set to enter into force

UN News Service

25 September 2014 – Less than two years after its adoption by the United Nations General Assembly, the Arms Trade Treaty has now received the 50 ratifications needed to trigger its entry into force, the world body announced today.

The threshold of 50 ratifications was reached earlier today at a joint ceremony held as part of the 2014 Treaty Event – an annual undertaking on the margins of the Assembly’s high-level debate that seeks to promote wider participation in the multilateral treaty framework.

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OFDA Boletín del mes de Agosto 2014

Nuevos ‘small grants” del RDAP fortalecerán la RRD comunitaria

Los cinco proyectos nuevos, descritos abajo, están programados para concluir este diciembre.

COLOMBIA—Desarrollando un sistema de alerta temprana para las inundaciones

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Bermuda + 4 others
Hurricane Cristobal kills four, churns towards Bermuda

08/26/2014 22:58 GMT

MIAMI, August 26, 2014 (AFP) - Strengthening Hurricane Cristobal killed at least four people in the Caribbean and then trained its deadly sights Tuesday on the holiday paradise of Bermuda, officials and meteorologists said.

The storm dumped torrential rain on the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands and Dominican Republic, triggering flooding and killing four people, authorities there said.

Agence France-Presse:

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Bahamas - Tropical Cyclone CRISTOBAL (ECHO Daily Flash 22 August)

  • CRISTOBAL formed on 23 August in the Caribbean, near the Turks and Caicos. On 25 August, 6.00 UTC, it was a Tropical Storm with maximum sustained wind speed of 85 km/h and its centre was located over water, east of the Bahamas, approximately 160 km north-west of the island of San Salvador. In the following 48 h, it is expected to move north-north-east, away from land, slightly intensifying.

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Swamped by Rising Seas, Small Islands Seek a Lifeline

By Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 11 2014 (IPS) - The world’s 52 small island developing states (SIDS), some in danger of being wiped off the face of the earth because of sea-level rise triggered by climate change, will be the focus of an international conference in the South Pacific island nation of Samoa next month.

Scheduled to take place Sep. 1-2, the conference will provide world leaders with “a first-hand opportunity to experience climate change and poverty challenges of small islands.”

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Bahamas + 1 other
34 ressortissants-es haïtiens détenus aux Bahamas

Les autorités bahamiennes ont annoncé, le 7 juillet 2014, la détention de 34 migrants-es haïtiens dont 15 hommes, 18 femmes et une fillette. Arrivés aux Bahamas à bord d’une embarcation à voile, le dimanche 6 juin dernier, ces Haïtiens/Haïtiennes ont été arrêtés sur les rives de ‘’Abacos Island’’, l’une des îles de l’archipel des Bahamas, a appris le GARR.

Dans un communiqué relayé par l’Agence en ligne espagnole EFE, le directeur de l'immigration des Bahamas, William Pratt, a déclaré que les ressortissants-es haïtiens ont reçu chacun une assistance médicale.

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The Chikungunya Virus

Authored by: Hon. Kenred Dorsett M.P.

Source: Ministry of the Environment and Housing

Date: July 7, 2014

I wish to bring further attention and awareness of the threat posed to The Bahamas by the Chikungunya Virus.

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Chikungunya Fever

Bahamas Information Services

The Ministry of Health wishes to advise the public of a confirmed imported case of Chikungunya Fever. The case occurred in an adult visitor who travelled to The Bahamas from the Dominican Republic on June 29, 2014. His symptoms reportedly began the day before travel to The Bahamas. He was seen at the Princess Margaret Hospital on June 30, 2014 and was subsequently tested. A confirmed positive test was received on July 4, 2014. The patient has been treated and is presently recovering well.

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NEMA ready for 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Authored by: Lindsay Thompson

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) held its annual monthly meeting just prior to the June 1 start of the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season, to confirm its readiness in the event a storm threatens these islands.

On Friday, May 30, Captain Stephen Russell, Director of NEMA chaired the meeting and fielded reports from the Emergency Support Function groupings, the representatives of the National Disaster Committee.

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Participation record pour l’exercice d’alerte au tsunami dans les Caraïbes

L’exercice d’alerte au tsunami qui s’est déroulé le 26 mars dans les Caraïbes a connu une participation sans précédent comparée aux tests effectués en 2011 et 2013. Organisé sous les auspices de la Commission océanographique intergouvernementale (COI) de l’UNESCO, cet exercice montre l’implication des pays concernés et la prise de conscience de la menace que représentent les tsunamis dans la région.

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Record participation in Caribbean tsunami warning exercise

The level of participation in the tsunami warning exercise that took place on 26 March in the Caribbean was unprecedented, compared with similar exercises in 2011 and 2013. Organized under the auspices of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), it reflects the commitment of the countries concerned and a growing awareness of the tsunami threat in the region.

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Récord de participación en el simulacro de alerta de tsunamis en el Caribe

El ensayo de alerta de tsunami que se desarrolló el 26 de marzo en el Caribe obtuvo una participación sin precedentes comparado con otros que se habían desarrollado en 2011 y 2013. Organizado bajo los auspicios de la Comisión Oceanográfica Intergubernamental (COI) de la UNESCO, el ensayo muestra la implicación de los países concernidos y la toma de conciencia respecto a la amenaza que representan los tsunamis en la región.

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CCRIF Semiannual Report June-November 2013


This report, for the period 1 June – 30 November 2013, is for the first two quarters of the 2013/2014 fiscal and policy year for CCRIF. It is designed to provide an update on progress during this six-month period towards achievement of CCRIF’s Strategic Objectives (see Figure 1) as defined in the CCRIF Strategic Plan 2012/2013 – 2014/2015. In providing this progress update, this report also illustrates how the Facility upholds its customer values.

The report presents:

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U.S. Government construct $800,000 Emergency Relief Warehouse for NEMA

Authored by: Simon Lewis

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Tuesday, December 10 officially took control of the newly constructed Emergency Relief Warehouse, at Hawksbill, Grand Bahama.

The 4,500 square feet facility was built at a cost of $800,000 and is situated on one acre of land on what was previously the campus of the Grand Bahama Catholic High School.

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The Right to Food in the CARICOM Region: An Assessment Report - April 2013

Right to Food Study, 2013.

This publication presents coherent and systematic information and analysis about: the current food and nutrition security situation in the CARICOM Region and in CARICOM Member States, and the relevant legal, policy and institutional environments in the Region with respect to the protection and realization of the right to food.

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Haiti + 1 other
Le HCR déplore de nouveaux décès en mer dans les Caraïbes

WASHINGTON DC – 28 novembre (HCR) – Le HCR a exprimé son inquiétude sur les récents décès en mer après le chavirage d'un bateau en début de semaine dans les Bahamas. C'est la troisième tragédie maritime dans le nord des Caraïbes depuis octobre.

La tragédie de cette semaine a coûté la vie à 30 personnes, probablement des Haïtiens. Au moins 110 autres personnes, dont 19 femmes, se trouvaient également à bord du bateau et elles ont été secourues par l'armée et la police des Bahamas ainsi que les garde-côtes américains.