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  1. Ecoman1949

    Haiti update: Kenya recruits evangelical pastors to help lead the UN mission in Haiti? New PM falls ill

    As Cole Porter says,”How do you do that voodoo that you do so well“. 😂
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    Abinader should not attend Ukraine peace conference

    Abinader would be nothing more than an observer at the conference. The invite obligates him to attend and it’s an opportunity for him to add some gravitas to his political reputation. If he bows out he needs to do it gracefully. If he decides to attend, the risk is Putin can ban Russian tourist...
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    7 Caribbean Destinations Where You Can Vacation Comfortably on $2,000 for 2 Weeks

    My favourite shoes are my Reikers. Made in Germany . Good looking dress shoes, light weight, and great for hot climates. They can be expensive but I buy them on sale. A woman once told me women notice men who wear nice shoes. She was right.
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    7 Caribbean Destinations Where You Can Vacation Comfortably on $2,000 for 2 Weeks

    Still have my Seiko issue Mickey Mouse watch. Around 40 years old now. I think Timex made a version a long time ago. The Seiko is much better quality. Walking around the DR streets I wear a ratty old Timex Ironman. An older Rolex Submariner is on my wish list.
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    Electric Cars in the DR

    I agree with some of what you posted here. Renewables do have a place in certain countries and climates and will result in lower fossil fuel consumption in those countries. Coal fired electrical generating plants in the DR could switch to LNG to reduce emissions and large scale solar energy...
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    Haiti update: Kenya recruits evangelical pastors to help lead the UN mission in Haiti? New PM falls ill

    Using church leaders to broker a peace deal with the Haitian gangs is futile. If religious influence had the potential to bring peace, there are plenty of religious organizations in Haiti to broker a deal with the gangs and it would have been done long ago. They know the gangs better than Kenyan...
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    Electric Cars in the DR

    The CEO of Toyota Japan is pushing hard on their production of hydrogen fuelled ICE vehicles and hydrogen ICE electric hybrids. 0 emissions and less than a minute to refuel. They are counting on consumers who don’t want to deal with the irritations of recharging EV’s, their distance limitations...
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    Abinader returns from work-vacation in Europe

    Exactly! Stuffing a quart of shite into a pint bottle doesn’t make for long term progress. Overpopulation and the social and cultural problems that come with it, overcrowding and disease, increased crime rates up 800% since 2013 according to an post a few months ago, increasing failure of water...
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    7 Caribbean Destinations Where You Can Vacation Comfortably on $2,000 for 2 Weeks

    Did a quick check of two week AI resort prices, primarily Playa Dorada for off season (July-August) from Toronto. Discounts up to 35% are available. As low as $1375 Canadian per person, double occupancy. That equates to $1008 US dollars at current exchange rates and includes airfare.
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    Kenya President to meet US President Biden for talks on Haiti

    Thanks for that EHM. I was in the mood for some levity. Credit where credit is due. You can pack more sarcasm and humour into a few words than many posters.
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    Kenya President to meet US President Biden for talks on Haiti

    The ball for Biden is Gaza not Haiti. Haiti is a distraction for him. Gaza is his focus because his support for Israel is costing him votes. He‘s the main funder of the Haitian intervention. If he doesn’t get good results in Haiti quickly, he can stop further funding long before the November...
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    The DR is better than Florida?

    Nothing wrong with rednecks CR. I’ve spent time in Texas, Florida, and Alabama. I’ve met many and enjoyed conversing with them all. They are not limited to the South. We have plenty in Canada too. Funny what the mind can flash back to when certain words are mentioned. I hear the word redneck and...
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    The DR is better than Florida?

    Bob, I still have cousins in Florida and California. Two of my mother’s sisters married USAF serviceman stationed at Ernest Harmon AFB in Stephenville, Newfoundland. It closed in 1966. My parents would split their snowbird stays between Florida and California. They preferred California overall...
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    Humidity exacerbates heat sensation

    The change from El Niño to La Niña is the major influencer according to NOAA scientists. Also responsible for the big heat dome over the central states, the Gulf areas and the very high water temperatures. Also reflected in the NOAA hurricane season prediction. More hurricanes of greater intensity.
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    Are some there yet?

    The gang leaders are definitely counting on the delays.
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    Are some there yet?

    CR. This is beyond belief and is undermining the morale of the Haitian police and the other multinational forces. Logistical issues, I suspect, is a euphemism for, more money has to grease our palms before we commit all our resources. The Haitian police force is learning the hard way that the...
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    Are some there yet?

    After the recent three day bromance between the US President and the Kenyan President in Washington, the Kenyans are obligated to make an appearance in Haiti and stay the course regardless of the outcome. Someone said politics makes for strange bedfellows. The US using Kenya as an ally to...
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    DR looking into a spacesport solution for national security

    Not as far fetched as some might think. Your right. Full scale nuclear plants require years of planning and billions of dollars to build and operate. Not going to happen in the DR. A safe, small scale, portable nuclear generating plant capable of powering 100,000 homes is more of a reality for...
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    DR looking into a spacesport solution for national security

    This is a DR feel good political initiative and how it looks is important from a political perspective. A ego boost the DR needs right now. The reality is the biggest threat to DR national security is what’s happening across the DR border in Haiti. Will we ever see a spaceport in the DR? It’s...
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    DR looking into a spacesport solution for national security

    The European Space Agency launch site in French Guiana has been used to launch many satellites including the James Webb space telescope. Any site established in the DR would have to compete with it. As you noted, security at the ESA launch site was a problem. Not anymore. The French Foreign...