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Haiti played key role in restoration of Cuba-US relations

December 23, 2014
Haiti played key role in restoration of Cuba-US relations PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The Office of the President of Haiti has indicated that President Michel Martelly made a contribution to the normalization of relations between Cuba and the US that led to the release from Cuban prison of US citizen Alan Gross. “The head of state congratulates the contribution...

IMF approves US$2.4 million disbursement to Haiti

December 22, 2014
IMF approves US$2.4 million disbursement to Haiti WASHINGTON, USA -- On December 17, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) completed the eighth and final review of Haiti’s performance under its program supported by the extended credit facility (ECF) arrangement. Completion of the review will enable an...

Haitians plan protest against Bahamas in Florida

December 20, 2014
Haitians plan protest against Bahamas in Florida NASSAU, Bahamas -- The government on Thursday night warned Bahamians traveling to Miami to be aware of planned protests of the country’s new immigration policy by Haitians and people of Haitian descent near the Bahamas Consulate and two other locations.

Bahamas is 11th most homicidal country in the world, says new report

December 20, 2014
Bahamas is 11th most homicidal country in the world, says new report NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamas’ murder rate is among the top 15 in the world, according to the United Nations (UN) and World Health Organization’s (WHO) 2014 Global Status Report on Violence Prevention. Based on the data compiled in the report, The Bahamas has the 11th highest homicide rate.

Haiti to receive $23.7 million for power line renovation

December 20, 2014
Haiti to receive $23.7 million for power line renovation WASHINGTON, USA -- The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $23.7 million grant to provide the financing needed to refurbish the power transmission line from the Péligre hydroelectric plant (PHP), Haiti’s largest renewable energy generation facility, to the communities of...

Commentary: Bravo, Pope Francis, a new era in inter-American relationships has begun!

December 20, 2014
Commentary: Bravo, Pope Francis, a new era in inter-American relationships has begun! The anomaly, which is now five decades old (53 years), is on its way to being resolved. The normalization of relationship between Havana and Washington for the good of the United States and the rest of Americas has been sealed by President Barack Obama on Wednesday December 17, 2014.

Haitian PM resigns

December 15, 2014
Haitian PM resigns PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haitian prime minister, Laurent Lamothe, announced early on Sunday that he was resigning, along with several other ministers, following the recommendation of a presidential commission report. In a speech, Lamothe said he was leaving  “with a sense of accomplishment”.

Clinton warns against forcing Haiti PM to resign

December 13, 2014
Clinton warns against forcing Haiti PM to resign PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Former US president Bill Clinton acknowledged on Thursday that Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe has done a good job and that his removal from office could hinder progress made in Haiti over the past four years, as some seek to bring down what Clinton...

Caribbean banks urge regional governments to sign FATCA agreements with US

December 13, 2014
Caribbean banks urge regional governments to sign FATCA agreements with US CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Caribbean Association of Banks (CAB) has strongly urged governments in the region, which have not yet completed the process towards a signed intergovernmental agreement (IGA) under the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) with the US to do so speedily.

Haiti to receive $36 million grant for sustainable tourism on southern coast

December 13, 2014
Haiti to receive $36 million grant for sustainable tourism on southern coast WASHINGTON, USA -- The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $36 million grant to foster tourism around Haitian historic, cultural and natural resources along the country’s southern coastline that will create tourism-related jobs for the region’s low-income residents.

Commentary: The failure of the human rights doctrine

December 13, 2014
Commentary: The failure of the human rights doctrine As the world observed Human Rights Day this week, law professor Eric Posner, in a lengthy article published in the Guardian, placed the focus on the doctrine of human rights as we know it. Mr Posner, in the 80s and the 90s, was the guru of the concept of human rights as it was advocated by the United Nations.

Commentary: Elections on hold in Haiti: Stability versus democracy

December 11, 2014
Commentary: Elections on hold in Haiti: Stability versus democracy Democracy in Haiti is again at risk, as a fierce political battle has erupted, preventing the scheduling of new elections. The United Nations (UN), the Organization of American States (OAS), along with the US and French governments have all called for the adoption of a new electoral law, which would allow...

Violent demonstrations plunge Haiti into deeper political gridlock

December 9, 2014
Violent demonstrations plunge Haiti into deeper political gridlock PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Radical opposition parties have been organizing a series of street demonstrations to call for the early departure of the Caribbean nation's elected leader and the resignation of his prime minister, in a move widely perceived as a ploy to destabilize the government.

Commentary: Dinner in White in Haiti

December 6, 2014
Commentary: Dinner in White in Haiti Haiti is one of the least forums on earth I would expect an extravagant success of the Dinner in White phenomenon. With the majority of its population living in extreme poverty, I would imagine that this movement that spans across the globe would not find a home in Haiti. Yet the Haiti nation...

Obituary: Judge Arnold P. Charles, a serene and fruitful life

December 5, 2014
Obituary: Judge Arnold P. Charles, a serene and fruitful life The psalmist in Psalm 90 told us that the weakest amongst us will remain on earth until the age of 70 years and the strongest until the age of 80 years. Judge Arnold Charles exceeded this limit to reach his centenary and beyond. He left in peace, as he lived, at the glorious age of 102.

IDB to invest $24 million to improve education in Haiti

December 4, 2014
IDB to invest $24 million to improve education in Haiti WASHINGTON, USA -- The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a new donation to expand access to education, improve the quality of education and strengthen the capacity of the ministry of education in Haiti. This is the fourth of five contributions in support of the 2010-2015...

$5 million investment to bring microinsurance to the Caribbean

December 4, 2014
$5 million investment to bring microinsurance to the Caribbean LONDON, England -- Bima, a global microinsurance provider, has announced a US$5 million investment from regional wireless provider Digicel. This investment and the resulting partnership will help Bima to deliver access to affordable insurance on a scale never seen before in those regions.

Letter: Haitians really don't care about their poor countrymen living illegally in another country

December 3, 2014
Letter: Haitians really don't care about their poor countrymen living illegally in another country I’m still following the illegal immigration debate in our beloved Bahamas with great interest. The hypocrisy of Haitians toward illegal Haitian migrants and their children in our country is unbelievable. I have heard Haitians from the east, west, north and south talk about us Bahamians, and our lack of...

Haitian PM stresses role of CARICOM and upcoming Cuba summit

November 29, 2014
Haitian PM stresses role of CARICOM and upcoming Cuba summit HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) – Haiti’s Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe has stressed the need for regional countries to keep struggling shoulder to shoulder for the wellbeing of their peoples, as Havana readies to host the fifth summit between Cuba and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on December 8.

Haitian president to release report on results of political talks

November 28, 2014
Haitian president to release report on results of political talks PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haitian President Michel Martelly has announced that a report on the political talks, held between his presidency and vital sectors of society, has been drafted, as the formal discussions on the holding of crucial elections and other issues came to an end on Monday.

Commentary: Venezuela in financial difficulty, will PetroCaribe survive?

November 28, 2014
Commentary: Venezuela in financial difficulty, will PetroCaribe survive? The government of Venezuela is undoubtedly disappointed with the outcome of the 166th meeting of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) held in Vienna, Austria, on 27 November 2014.  Despite intense lobbying by Venezuela, the OPEC decided not to cut oil production.

UN mission chief calls for calm amid rising tensions in Haiti

November 27, 2014
UN mission chief calls for calm amid rising tensions in Haiti PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Amid rising tensions in Port-au-Prince and other key Haitian cities in the wake of last month’s delayed elections, the top United Nations official in the country has called on all sides to respect the right to free expression while also avoiding any recourse to violence.

Four CARICOM countries cut back reliance on PetroCaribe

November 26, 2014
Four CARICOM countries cut back reliance on PetroCaribe MIAMI, USA -- At least four Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member countries are taking steps to reduce their reliance on Venezuela’s PetroCaribe oil subsidy as crude prices plunge, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).  The four countries are Guyana, Haiti, Belize and Jamaica.

IMF wants to know what PetroCaribe money was used for in St Vincent

November 25, 2014
IMF wants to know what PetroCaribe money was used for in St Vincent WASHINGTON, USA -- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says it is monitoring the potential impact of Venezuela's current economic stress on PetroCaribe, the country’s oil alliance with several Caribbean islands, and it also wants to know what PetroCaribe money was used for in St Vincent.

Rise and shine: Haiti's bright energy future

November 25, 2014
Rise and shine: Haiti's bright energy future WASHINGTON, USA -- Haiti's electricity sector stands at a crossroads. Haiti depends on imported petroleum for 85% of its electricity generation, diverting seven percent of its annual gross domestic product to importing fuel. Still, only 25% of the Haitian population has regular access to electricity.

IMF concludes visit to Haiti

November 20, 2014
IMF concludes visit to Haiti PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- A mission from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) led by Gabriel Di Bella visited Port-au-Prince, Haiti during November 3–7, 2014, to complete discussions for the eighth and final review under the 2010 Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement.

Commentary: Human rights in Haiti

November 19, 2014
Commentary: Human rights in Haiti In the past five decades, Haitian people have suffered systematic human rights violations that were rarely condemned, thus preventing any state from having real democratic institutions and impeding any democratic political regime to exist. From 1957 to 1986, the Duvalier family exerted a harsh dictatorship.

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