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Kit Miyamoto
Many of 1.3 million Haitians living in crowded displacement camps could be back in safe homes within 12 months to 24 months, says earthquake structural engineer and post-disaster expert Dr. Kit Miyamoto.

Working with the Pan American Development Foundation, in cooperation with the Haitian Ministry of Public Works (MTPTC) and the UN's Office for Project Services (UNOPS), Miyamoto and a MTPTC team of 250 specially trained structural engineers are wrapping up the most comprehensive inspection of 400,000 homes in the capital.

ImageWith a population that is approximately 40 percent Indian, it comes as little surprise that the dual-island nation of Trinidad & Tobago shines during the largest Hindu festival on the island, Divali or Festival of Lights. Celebrated by Hindus in Trinidad & Tobago, India and around the globe, this year’s event, held November 5, 2010, will be commemorated by the young and old, rich and poor with colorful events and extravagant light displays.

The American Red Cross has committed $2.76 million to underwrite operating expenses at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare Critical Care Trauma and Rehabilitation Program in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, allowing the facility to remain open until the middle of next year.

The hospital operates 24/7 for the general public, providing the only critical care and trauma services for all of Haiti. Funding from this agreement will support essential medical services, including operating expenses, payroll and administrative fees.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean, celebrated the inauguration of the Embassy of Barbados in Havana on September 16.

In her address to mark the occasion, Minister McClean said: "What we are witnessing here today is best seen within the context of a journey that began in 1972, when four visionary Caribbean leaders, President Forbes Burnham of Guyana and Prime Ministers Michael Manley of Jamaica, Dr. Eric Williams of Trinidad and Tobago and Errol Barrow of Barbados, took the bold step to establish diplomatic relations with Cuba.