Hurricane Maria Does ‘Mind Boggling’ Damage to Dominica



Irma recovery: Richard Branson calls for Marshall Plan 

The billionaire, who rode out the historic hurricane [in his wine cellar!] on his private island, sees a need for a long-term rebuilding effort.

…The European Recovery Program was a U.S.-led effort to inject $13 billion into the economy of 16 European nations with agriculture and industrial production hollowed out by the war. It has been forever linked to then-Secretary of State George C. Marshall, who powerfully called for substantial aid to Europe during a speech at Harvard University in 1947.

…By many measures, the plan was a success, with a 150 percent increase in standard of living over the next three decades in participating countries, according to the Marshall Foundation, and stronger ties with Europe on diplomatic and economic levels. Launched in 1948, the aid effort concluded in 1952.

“Over the coming weeks, we’ll have to assess exactly what is needed. It is clear to me creating jobs is paramount — there will be a huge amount of rebuilding to be done and people will need work to help rebuild their lives as well as their homes,” Branson wrote on his blog.

…“The boats are piled up like matchsticks in the harbour. Huge cargo ships were thrown out of the water and into rocks. Resorts have been decimated,” Branson said Friday after a tour of Virgin Gorda, a nearby island southwest of Necker. “The houses have their roofs blown off; even some churches where people sheltered have lost roofs. But the whole British Virgin Islands community is rallying round,” he said.

Irma recovery: Richard Branson calls for Marshall Plan – The Washington Post


Will Hurricane Irma Hit Haiti? The Storm Looks Like It’s Headed For The Island Nation

According to the National Hurricane Center, Irma will arrive in Haiti at approximately 8:00 a.m. on Sept. 7, but it may be an indirect hit. According to this chart by the NHC, Haiti will be spared the worst of the hurricane — wind speeds will top out around 30 to 40 miles per hour, unlike the 100+ mile per hour winds that battered the Texas Gulf coast when Harvey hit last week. For now, however, only Antigua, Barbuda, Montserrat, St. Kitts, Sint Maarten, St. Martin, and Saint Barthelemy have hurricane warnings posted.

Will Hurricane Irma Hit Haiti? The Storm Looks Like It’s Headed For The Island Nation

Crossing my fingers for Haiti’s safety. (Enough’s enough!)

Trump administration wants evidence of Haitian immigrants’ crimes so it can avoid providing humanitarian aid 

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is taking the unusual step of hunting for evidence of crimes committed by Haitian immigrants as it decides whether to allow them to continue participating in a humanitarian program that has shielded tens of thousands from deportation since an earthquake destroyed much of their country.

...The request for criminal data for an entire community is unorthodox. The law doesn’t specify it should be a consideration for Temporary Protected Status and the government has never said it would use criminal rates in deciding if a country’s citizens should be allowed to stay under this program. Introducing new criteria is likely to cause consternation among law-abiding Haitians who may feel they are being penalized for the wrongdoing of their compatriots.

Trump administration wants evidence of Haitian immigrants’ crimes – NY Daily News