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Originally posted by muzzleflash
Wow ! 7 points ouch!
Any word on Tsunamis in the area? A lot of people can be at risk.
This was a big quake.
Any information coming from Port Au Prince yet?
They must be reeling from this right now...I hope things are moderate and turn out to be somewhat ok.
Non-lethal arms sent to Haiti
RIO DE JANEIRO - BRAZIL is to send guns with rubber bullets and other non-lethal weapons to Haiti because of rising fears of riots by an angry population desperate for aid, Defence Minister Nelson Jobim said on Friday.
'Brazil is sending to Haiti non-lethal instruments, like rubber-bullet weapons. According to the president (Rene Preval of Haiti), with the lack of water, fuel and food, people are starting to become restive,' Mr Jobim told reporters in Rio.
The minister, who returned to Brazil on Friday after a two-day visit to Haiti to see the situation of the quake-hit country and speak to Mr Preval, earlier said he feared an explosion of unrest was around the corner.
'As long as the people are hungry and thirsty, as long as we haven't fixed the problem of shelter, we run the risk of riots,' he said.
'We are worried about security,' he said.
Mr Jobim added that what he saw in Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince were 'the worst scenes' of his life. Brazil is in command of the 9,000 UN peacekeeping force deployed to Haiti before the quake, and is using its 1,260 troops there for disaster relief efforts. -- AFP
US troops spark anger in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE - TROOPERS from the US Army's 82nd Airborne division fanned out across Haiti's main airport on Friday, sparking angry scenes as they struggled to control crowds desperate to leave the country.
'Back up, back up. I'm not trying to be rude, but you've got to back up,' a soldier shouted as a French official tried to lead a group of French nationals into the airport terminal.
'Passeport americain seulement. Passeport americain seulement,' a frustrated State Department official shouted, as Haitian refugees began to crowd around an ad hoc holding area for US citizens clutching their precious blue passports. The US troops were the first of an estimated 1,000 due to pour into the country over the course of the day.
The United States is deploying as many as 10,000 troops to Haiti over the next few days, although many will remain on an armada of naval vessels gathering offshore, led by the aircraft carrier USS Vinson, the Pentagon said. The US detachment is the largest so far committed to the aid effort, three days after a massive earthquake devastated Port-au-Prince, killing thousands and destroying all semblance of governance in this poverty-stricken country.
The 82nd Airborne troops set up base at the airport, securing the entrance to the terminal where they began filtering US passport holders out of the crowd of hundreds of frustrated would-be refugees demanding flights.
A measure of order was restored, but there were confused and sometimes angry scenes as non-American diplomats tried to extract their own nationals from the crowd to usher them to rescue planes waiting on the tarmac. -- AFP
Originally posted by apacheman
For the benefit of any Haitian responders checking this thread:
Somebody needs to get a helicopter with a loudspeaker system airborne ASAP.
Use it to communicate across the city, play soothing music, inform the city where services are available. Preferably the president should be the voice they hear, but any familiar voice will work.
Please, if you do this it willl avert a lot of trouble and greatly comfort the people. It should also make coordination a little easier.
Pennsylvania Guard to Broadcast to Haitians
By Airman 1st Class Claire Behney
Special to American Forces Press Service
HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 15, 2010 – The Pennsylvania National Guard is sending a uniquely equipped plane to Haiti to provide radio and television broadcasts to keep the people of the earthquake-stricken nation informed as rescue and humanitarian missions continue.
Airmen assigned to the 193rd Special Operations Wing of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard load a C-130J as they prepare to depart Middletown, Pa., for Haiti, Jan. 15, 2010. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. David Hawkins
(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available.
About 50 airmen and three C-130 aircraft assigned to the 193rd Special Operations Wing will provide rapid communications response capabilities to all of Hispaniola, which comprises Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
Two of the aircraft are cargo aircraft. The third, named Commando Solo, is an airborne radio and television station that will provide important information to the Haitian people as U.S. and international search and rescue and humanitarian aid missions continue.
In what he described as an "unprecedented humanitarian mission," Gov. Edward G. Rendell said that the Pennsylvania Air National Guard had been called out to support the Air Force Special Operations Command mission in Haiti.
One of the aircraft departed late on Jan. 14, the other two aircraft left Middletown, Pa., today.
"Our National Guard is honored to extend a helping hand to the people of Haiti. I am proud of these dedicated airmen, who are always ready to answer the call of duty, whether it is for combat missions or to aid those in need," said Army Maj. Gen. Jessica L. Wright, the adjutant general of the Pennsylvania National Guard.
The 193rd was last called to serve in Haiti more than a decade ago. In 1994, Commando Solo was used to broadcast radio and television messages to the citizens and leaders of Haiti during Operation Uphold Democracy. This is, however, the first humanitarian mission of its type for the wing.
(Airman 1st Class Claire Behney is assigned to the Pennsylvania National Guard.)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will fly to Haiti on Saturday to get a firsthand look at the earthquake relief effort as well as to help evacuate some Americans caught up in the disaster.
""I will not be leaving the airport area, so I will not be using assets like automobiles that should be better used for transporting rescue workers or medical personnel," she said.
Clinton said the trip would give her and her team a firsthand look at how the relief effort was unfolding, which she could then convey to other world leaders, adding the United States backed the idea of a donor conference at some point in the future.
"I've spoken to a number of foreign ministers and heads of state who are asking questions about how things are operating and what they can do to contribute. It just gives you a level of credibility," Clinton said of the trip.
Brazilian Army Burying the Dead in Haiti According to Religious Traditions
Brazil will help bury the bodies spread through the streets of Port au Prince, Haiti's capital. Thursday, in a meeting with the country's president, Rene Preval, Brazil's Defense Minister Nelson Jobim, asked him to designate a field where hundreds of bodies can be buried.
Brazil's ambassador in Haiti, Igor Kipman should see to it that the bodies are buried following the religious traditions of the country where there are Christians and adherents of voodoo.
According to Jobim, Brazil is authorized to recruit Haitian labor so that the bodies of the voodoo followers be handled only by voodoo faithful observing all the proper rituals.
The Haitian president, according to Jobim, assumed the commitment to indicate an area to begin the burial as soon as possible.
Originally posted by marg6043
reply to post by JJay55
I think Pat Roberson have the answer to that, he knows everything because everything that is natural disasters is because people are sinners.
Groups raise doubts about Wyclef Jean's charity
LOS ANGELES -- Groups that vet charities are raising doubts about the organization backed by Haitian-born rapper Wyclef Jean, questioning its accounting practices and ability to function in earthquake-hit Haiti.
Even as more than $2 million poured into The Wyclef Jean Foundation Inc. via text message after just two days, experts questioned how much of the money would help those in need.
"It's questionable. There's no way to get around that," said Art Taylor, president and chief executive of the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance, based in Arlington, Va.
Taylor reviewed Internal Revenue Service tax returns for the organization also known as Yele Haiti Foundation from 2005 through 2007. He said the first red flag of poor accounting practices was that three years of returns were filed on the same day - Aug. 10 of last year.
In 2007, the foundation's spending exceeded its revenues by $411,000. It brought in just $79,000 that year.
An Associated Press review of tax returns and independent audits provided by Jean's foundation showed that it was closely intertwined with Jean's businesses.
Three of the five foundation board members - Jean, Jerry Duplessis and Seth Kanegis - are involved in his personal music and business endeavors.
According to an IRS tax return from 2006 reviewed earlier by the Web site The Smoking Gun, the foundation paid $250,000 to buy airtime from Telemax S.A., a for-profit TV station in Haiti that is majority owned by Jean and Duplessis.
Part of that money went to pay for a concert in Haiti put on by Jean himself, Locke said.
Another $160,000 that year was spent on a concert in Monte Carlo that Jean participated in, of which $75,000 paid for backup singers and $25,000 went to Jean through a company he owns with Duplessis, Platinum Sound Recording Studios Inc., Locke said.
"I'm not saying he didn't benefit from it," said Locke, who says his own salary is $8,100 a month after taxes. "We were paying that to Platinum Sound because that covered the cost of him participating in the event."
Locke argued that the foundation took in "several hundred thousand" dollars in exchange for Jean's work through the proceeds of an auction.
The foundation also rents office space from Platinum Sound, paying about $2,600 a month in New York. Locke said the foundation also plans to partner with Jean's Sak Pase Records to build a music studio to provide vocational training to Haitian children.
Originally posted by apacheman
reply to post by Brainiac
I meant their president.
Sorry, I thought that would be obvious.
Given the religious nature of the place a some appropriate music mixed with information might get them through the night easier.