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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...

Islamic Bank-funded school reconstruction in Haiti completed

October 21, 2014
Islamic Bank-funded school reconstruction in Haiti completed PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- After the devastating earthquake of 2010, the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) came to the aid of Haiti to help in the reconstruction of five schools in the form of a grant of US$5 million. Last Tuesday, the head of the IsDB, Dr Ahmad Mohamed Ali al-Madani, visited Haiti.

UN troop rotation to Haiti from Africa suspended to keep Ebola away

October 20, 2014
UN troop rotation to Haiti from Africa suspended to keep Ebola away PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haitian officials said on Thursday that the United Nations stabilization mission to Haiti has suspended all troops rotation from Africa, in a move to prevent an outbreak of the Ebola epidemic in the Caribbean country where authorities announced increased border control.

Open Letter from Haiti human rights activists to US Congress

October 20, 2014
We would like to thank you for your work on behalf of the American people to promote justice and democracy. However, we are writing you to express our outrage over your letter dated September 15, 2014 to Senator Simon Dieuseul Desras, President of the Haitian Senate.

US border agents apprehend 32 Haitians landing in Monito Island, off Puerto Rico

October 18, 2014
US border agents apprehend 32 Haitians landing in Monito Island, off Puerto Rico AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Border Patrol Agents apprehended on Wednesday morning 32 undocumented Haitian migrants that landed Monday afternoon in Monito Island. Border Patrol Ramey Sector Communications Room received notification on...

US to implement Haitian family reunification parole program

October 18, 2014
US to implement Haitian family reunification parole program WASHINGTON, USA -- Starting in early 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin implementation of a Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) Program to expedite family reunification for certain eligible Haitian family members of US citizens and lawful permanent residents.

Haiti's president welcomes predecessor for political talks

October 16, 2014
Haiti's president welcomes predecessor for political talks PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haiti's President Michel Martelly welcomed at his office on Tuesday former Haitian president René Préval, as part of a new round of political discussions to facilitate the holding of crucial legislative and local elections in the Caribbean country as soon as possible.

Haitian president visits UWI, outlines sweeping educational reforms

October 16, 2014
Haitian president visits UWI, outlines sweeping educational reforms ST AUGUSTINE, Trinidad -- “Education is a public right and our governments have the obligation to increase their quality for the well-being of our people.” These were the words of Michel Martelly, president of Haiti, on October 8, at the University of the West Indies (UWI) St Augustine Campus.

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