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Haitian PM stresses role of CARICOM and upcoming Cuba summit

November 29, 2014
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.

Letter: Why small farming sustains poverty in the Caribbean

November 19, 2014
Letter: Why small farming sustains poverty in the Caribbean The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has declared 2014 “International Year of Family Farming,” a phrase that is rather superfluous since the organization itself asserts that family farms “… make up 98% of farming holdings” (fao.org/family-farming).

Turks and Caicos delegation visits Haiti to finalise MOU

November 18, 2014
Turks and Caicos delegation visits Haiti to finalise MOU PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Governor Peter Beckingham, permanent secretary ministry of border control and labour Clara Gardiner, and deputy commander (marine division) Inspector Warrican visited Port au Prince, Haiti, on 13 and 14 November.

First Latin American Muslim religious leaders summit opens in Turkey

November 15, 2014
First Latin American Muslim religious leaders summit opens in Turkey ISTANBUL, Turkey -- Under the theme “Building Our Traditions and Our Future,” the Office of the President of Religious Affairs of Turkey (Diyanet) is hosting the First Latin American Muslim religious leaders summit in Istanbul, which began on Wednesday and ends on Saturday.

Haiti cannot wait 40 years to eliminate cholera, warns UN envoy

November 15, 2014
Haiti cannot wait 40 years to eliminate cholera, warns UN envoy PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The top United Nations coordinator for cholera response in Haiti says support for initiatives to combat the disease has been “disappointing,” noting that, while it may be possible to eliminate cholera in about a decade, at the current rate of funding, it would take more than 40 years.

Haiti to benefit from CARICOM Development Fund country assistance programme

November 15, 2014
Haiti to benefit from CARICOM Development Fund country assistance programme BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Haiti is on track to benefit from a Country Assistance Programme (CAP) of the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) when that Barbados-based organisation’s second funding cycle starts in July 2015. The CDF provides technical and financial resources to...

Commentary: SOS: Cap Haitien a city of some one million inhabitants inundated by water!

November 15, 2014
Commentary: SOS: Cap Haitien a city of some one million inhabitants inundated by water! I could be rightly be dubbed a voodoo columnist: water you see, water you no see! A month ago in a column I launched an SOS for Cap Haitien, a city with no water, and here I am launching this time another SOS for the same city under inundation. Indeed, I was in Cap Haitien for the voodoo/lwa ceremony...

Puerto Rico authorities apprehend 70 Haitian migrants

November 14, 2014
Puerto Rico authorities apprehend 70 Haitian migrants AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) border patrol agents on Sunday afternoon apprehended 70 undocumented Haitian migrants that had landed on Saturday evening in Mona Island.  Border Patrol Ramey Sector Communications received a call from the Puerto Rico...

The Prince of Hope visits Port Au Prince, Haiti

November 11, 2014
The Prince of Hope visits Port Au Prince, Haiti PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Fraser Kershaw visited the Haiti capital last week to provide clean water to a compound that has been continually struggling with access to clean water. Kershaw is the host of a new film called “Behind the Water” and he spoke with community leaders in the capital.

More than 230,000 children in Haiti to benefit from improved schooling

November 10, 2014
More than 230,000 children in Haiti to benefit from improved schooling PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Haitian minister of economy and finance Marie Carmelle Jean-Marie and World Bank special envoy Mary Barton-Dock on Friday signed a grant of US$24 million from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) to help 230,000 children in Haiti attend school and...

Commentary: The Catholic Church and the Republic of Haiti

November 8, 2014
Commentary: The Catholic Church and the Republic of Haiti The history of humanity, at least in the frame of the Christian Catholic kaleidoscope, started with the story of Adam making his own mind to follow his companion Eve, who was induced by the snake to disobey God by eating the forbidden fruit. The consequences of this action were immediate.

Commentary: Haiti, the land that sprouts artistic talent like wild flowers!

November 1, 2014
Commentary: Haiti, the land that sprouts artistic talent like wild flowers! For its small dimension of 10,700 square miles -- the size of the state of Maryland in the United States -- Haiti has a disproportionate numbers of artists that could make it the preferred bank of artistic production in the world. If you miss the extravaganza of Artisanal en Fetes...

German entrepreneurs urged to invest in Haiti

October 31, 2014
German entrepreneurs urged to invest in Haiti BERLIN, Germany (HCNN) -- Haiti's President Michel Martelly met German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday to discuss and reinforce bilateral cooperation, as he called on German businessmen to invest in the Caribbean country where, he said, previous German investments have been fruitful.

Haitian beer and rum may now be exported to Dominican Republic

October 31, 2014
Haitian beer and rum may now be exported to Dominican Republic PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haitian prime minister, Laurent Lamothe, announced on Wednesday that Haiti will now be able to export its famous beer and rum to the neighbouring Dominican Republic's market as part of an effort by government leaders and business CEOs on both sides of the border...

Dominican Republic reaction to court ruling shows shocking disregard for law, says Amnesty Intl

October 25, 2014
Dominican Republic reaction to court ruling shows shocking disregard for law, says Amnesty Intl LONDON, England -- The dismissive reaction of the Dominican Republic to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights’ ruling on human rights abuses suffered by Dominicans of Haitian descent and Haitian migrants demonstrates a shocking disregard for international law and the country’s legal...

CDB provides grant to Haiti to pay for catastrophe insurance

October 25, 2014
CDB provides grant to Haiti to pay for catastrophe insurance BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) will once again ensure that Haiti has insurance coverage to limit the impact of catastrophic hurricanes and or earthquakes. CDB is providing a grant of US$2.57 million to cover Haiti’s premium to the Caribbean...

Commentary: A renewal of patriotic sentiment in Haiti

October 25, 2014
Commentary: A renewal of patriotic sentiment in Haiti I was in Cape Haitian recently and I was surprised to find the magnificent and huge cathedral of the city filled like an egg by school students for the commemoration of the death of King Henry Christophe, who ruled the northern part of Haiti from 1806 to 1820. It was not a national holiday but...

EU and FAO step up action against desertification in the Caribbean

October 23, 2014
EU and FAO step up action against desertification in the Caribbean ROME, Italy -- The European Union (EU) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in collaboration with the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP), have launched a €41 million, 4.5-year programme to bolster sustainable land management and restore drylands.

Commentary: Extremism in the Dominican Republic

October 23, 2014
Commentary: Extremism in the Dominican Republic The big Caribbean tour bus left the bucolic village of Petionville in Haiti towards Santo Domingo, some one hour late; the custom border’s papers must be filled and put in proper order before departure. It took another hour to meander into the crowded streets of Port au Prince until we get into the...

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