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#Haiti, October 13, 2022 – The government of Haiti has decided to seek aid from international forces to help deal with the significant rise in gang violence that has gravely impacted the country.
Reports are that the Haitian government authorised Ariel Henry, Prime Minister of Haiti to ask “Haiti’s international partners” to help with the “immediate deployment of a specialised armed force” to address the growing security crisis.
On Sunday, the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, urged the international community, including the UN Security Council, to consider “as of matter of urgency” the request by the Haitian government for the immediate deployment of an international specialized armed force in the country.
The Secretary-General said the force would address the humanitarian crisis, including securing the free movement of water, fuel, food and medical supplies from main ports and airports to communities and healthcare facilities.
While addressing the Organization of American States (OAS) summit in Lima, Peru, on October 7, the Foreign Minister of Haiti, Jean Victor Genius, also made a plea for international police support, noting that the economic situation in his country was “catastrophic”.
During the OAS summit, the Secretary of State for the United States, Antony Blinken, said Washington was committed to restoring security in Haiti.
In recent months violence has increased throughout Haiti, especially in the capital Port-au-Prince, with armed gangs fighting for control of key roads and neighbourhoods.
In addition to this, the country has been facing a massive water shortage, the shutdown of ports, attacks on food depots and charities, the closure of hospitals and a delay in the start of the new school year. As if those issues weren’t enough, Haiti is now battling an outbreak of cholera.

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#TurksandCaicos, October 13, 2022 – National and Domestic Security leaders announced a significant arrest over the weekend; and on Monday it was confirmed that Andre De Souza, a Jamaican citizen was charged.  De Souza has at least two open cases in the TCI Judiciary, an immigration offence and a violent stabbing in December 2020.
In the newest case against De Souza, a police report informs he was charged with carrying a firearm and ammunition.  He had been out on bail after being held, back in 2020, for wounding with intent following a stabbing incident.   At the time it had also been found he had overstayed his time in The Turks and Caicos by more than three years.
As recently as September 23rd, the young man was listed for appearance in TCI courts, it’s unclear if he made an appearance.
He was arrested again by Police on Friday October 6th and described by police as ‘wanted in connection with firearm-related offences.’
He was arrested in the vicinity of Alice and Alice Plaza on Airport Road, Providenciales after being identified by officers.  Police said he was found with a quantity of drugs and took him into custody.
Both Nigel Dakin, TCI Governor and Trevor Botting, TCI Police Commissioner have commented on the ‘significant arrest’.
On Monday Botting said, “In the last seven days, an arrest has been made of a person of interest who remains in custody in connection with their involvement in serious crime, possession of a firearm and ammunition and a quantity of drugs.”
It was Dakin who on Friday revealed that De Souza had also been arrested for alleged gun possession, which along with his previous offenses could land him in TCI prison for the better part of a decade.

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#TurksandCaicos, October 13, 2022 – An astronomical surge in the cost of airline travel during October on American Airlines has Turks and Caicos residents looking to other carriers for a more reasonable rate.  But there is more about which to be concerned than just switching airlines in order to get the US… firstly there is a confidence the Turks and Caicos as a tourism destination can feel about the high demand for a TCI Vacation but on the flip side, the price of the airline ticket could be off-putting to travelers signally the islands are simply out of reach financially.
On American Airlines, it is thousands more dollars to travel to Providenciales than the other hotspots in the Caribbean region.  Our newsroom ran the comparison ourselves and found, travel in early October to the Turks and Caicos costs as much as $2,000 to $6,000 plus round trip – and that’s for seating in the main cabin.  When we crosschecked the cost on American to Nassau, Bahamas – the price was under $500; flying to Montego Bay in Jamaica on American bottoms out at $430; going to Barbados on American Airlines, that flight is steep at just over $900 but still far less than the $6,135 we were fed in flight search last night if you wanted to fly American to Providenciales during mid-October.
Tourism officials are aware and have reached out to American Airlines about the unsettlingly high airline ticket prices.  Josephine Connolly, Minister of Tourism for the Turks and Caicos Islands informed AA had agreed to adjust the ticket costs.  It was the same comment from Executive Director of the TCHTA Stacy Cox.
A more recent check on the ticketing from American Airlines website showed rates still in the thousands of dollars.
A passenger seeking a round trip ticket on American from Miami this Friday October 14 in the main cabin would have to pay $4,138 for a 15 hour journey with one layover.
The prices fluctuated significantly but most of them were above the $4,000 dollar mark.
Demand and sold out flights have been listed as the reason for the astronomical spike in airline tickets to Providenciales.
TCI Tourism officials are unhappy about the rates but seem helpless to do anything about it.
Travel Pulse on Wednesday reported international airfares are expected to average $795 for a roundtrip flight during the upcoming holiday season. That’s up 25 percent from 2019 and due largely to inflation.  Thankfully, American Airlines tickets begin to plummet in pricing once you get to November; air travel to Provo via AA in early November ranges from $300 to $700 and by December, the cost of roundtrip tickets is between $600 and $1000.  Still if you book on October 1st… you would have to pay around $2,469 for the nonstop 1 hour 54-minute flight linking Providenciales to Miami, Florida.

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#Venezuela, October 13, 2022 – At least twenty-two 25 people are dead, and more than fifty are reported missing in Central American following its dalliance with monsoon type rainfall; the story is particularly heartbreaking in Las Tejerias, Venezuela after a river overflowed on Sunday.
The flash flooding caused by incessant rains is the latest deadly disaster caused by what meteorologists describe as a “La Nina weather event.”
Several houses and businesses were destroyed, and photos showed toppled trees littering streets covered with mud and debris, including splintered wood, household items and mangled cars.
President Nicolas Maduro declared three days of national mourning for the victims.  He also said 20,000 officials, including rescuers and members of security forces, have been deployed to the affected regions.
In recent months several people have died as historically high precipitation affected the country.
In August, at least 15 people died in the Venezuelan Andes after heavy rains triggered mud and rock slides. At least eight people were reported dead in September when floods from heavy rains flowed through a religious retreat in the western part of the country.

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