• Today
    September 24

  • 08:21 AM

OAS givesUS$125 000 in storm aid

rhondathompson, rhondathompson@nationnews.com

Added 10 November 2010

stluciabridgeboisdorange

The Organisation of American States (OAS) yesterday made an official contribution of US$125 000 from the Inter-American Emergency Aid Fund (FONDEM) to five countries of the region (Belize, Costa Rica, Haiti, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines) that were affected by hurricanes Tomas and Richard over the last few weeks. During an official ceremony at OAS headquarters in Washington, DC, each country received $25 000.  Secretary General José Miguel Insulza said the “impact caused by these disasters remind us of the need to deal with this matter in a comprehensive way, not only from the point of view of relief, but from that of the whole strategy we have in our region. “I would not say this is a warning, because we’ve had many warnings, but we must consider that there are more phenomena of this kind every year, that they are stronger and their effects are longer lasting, and that the damages are worse.” Insulza witnessed the damages caused by rains and mudslides during a visit to Costa Rica last weekend. “The FONDEM contribution is symbolic because it is certainly not enough to cover the damages caused by these disasters or fulfill the needs of those affected by them, but it is evidence of the commitment of the organisation to help its member states at the time of greatest need.” The permanent representatives of the beneficiary countries expressed their appreciation to the OAS and the Pan American Development Foundation for their support and quick response, which is an expression of solidarity. (AB)

JOIN THE DISCUSSION

Dos and Donts


Welcome to our discussion forum here on nationnews.com. We encourage lively debate, but we also urge you to take note of the following:

  • Stay on topic – This helps keep the thread focused on the discussion at hand. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.
  • Be respectful – Meeting differences of opinion with civil discussion encourages multiple perspectives and a positive commenting environment.
  • Do not type in capitals – In addition to being considered “shouting” it is also difficult to read.
  • All comments will be moderated – Given the volume of comments each day, this may take some time. So please be patient.
  • We reserve the right to remove comments – Comments that we find to be abusive, spam, libellous, hateful, off-topic or harassing may be removed.
  • Reproduction of comments – Some of your comments may be reproduced on the website or in our daily newspapers. We will use the handle, not your email address.
  • Do not advertise – Please contact our Advertising Department.
  • Contact our Online Editor if you have questions or concerns.
  • Read our full Commenting Policy and Terms of Use.
comments powered by Disqus

POLL

Barbados has introduced e-passports which feature biometric chips embedded in them. Do you think this will increase security and ease travel?

Yes
No
Not sure

FRONT COVER OF TODAY'S NEWSPAPER

CARTOON

INSTAGRAM