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Commentary: Happy chikunguya and welcome to Haiti's fiesta season!

July 19, 2014
Commentary: Happy chikunguya and welcome to Haiti's fiesta season! I remembered the exact date I had my encounter with chikunguya fever; it was on May 1st, I have just returned from the May Day agricultural fair organized every year in Haiti by the Ministry of Labor and the Ministry of Agriculture. The first symptom was a diarrhea, I took it in stride because I figured out...

Commentary: United Nations sued for Haitian cholera outbreak

July 19, 2014
On June 20, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was served papers for a lawsuit against him and the United Nations for their role in the cholera outbreak in Haiti. Cholera, a bacterial infection of the small intestine, still plagues Haiti today, and has now spread to...

Haiti witnesses declining cholera rates, significant gains in development

July 18, 2014
Haiti witnesses declining cholera rates, significant gains in development PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Haiti, often cited as one of the least developed countries in the Western Hemisphere, has reached – or nearly reached – several of the Millennium Development Goals ahead of the 2015 deadline, according to a report launched by the United Nations Development Programme.

UN chief praises Haitian police recruits, judicial institutions in strengthening rule of law

July 17, 2014
UN chief praises Haitian police recruits, judicial institutions in strengthening rule of law PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Calling them “the backbone” of Haiti, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday praised national police recruits and the efforts under way to strengthen the rule of law in the country, as he continued his visit to the Caribbean nation.

UN chief launches sanitation program in Haiti

July 16, 2014
UN chief launches sanitation program in Haiti PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- The United Nations secretary general reiterated on Monday the UN’s strong commitment to help Haiti eradicate cholera through a $2.2 billion sanitation campaign, following a cholera epidemic that left more than 8,000 people dead and hundreds of thousands more hospitalized.

UN secretary general to visit Haiti and Dominican Republic

July 15, 2014
UN secretary general to visit Haiti and Dominican Republic PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was due to travel to Haiti and the Dominican Republic starting on Monday to meet with senior government officials as well as to get a first-hand look at programmes designed to improve health and reduce poverty.

Commentary: Leslie Manigat: Should one die to come into existence in Haiti?

July 14, 2014
Commentary: Leslie Manigat: Should one die to come into existence in Haiti? Since the death of the former president, great intellectual and illustrious professor, Leslie Manigat, politicians of all stripes, scientists, intellectuals, professionals, academics, historians, journalists, merge into a chorus of praise to greet the great man they have known in the person of the deceased.

Caribbean cellular providers under fire for blocking free call apps

July 12, 2014
Caribbean cellular providers under fire for blocking free call apps KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Caribbean cellular providers Digicel and LIME are facing a backlash from consumers and investigations from regulatory agencies over blocking customers from using popular third party Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) applications. Last month, Digicel, which promotes itself as...

UN marks 'Victory over Slavery: Haiti and Beyond'

July 12, 2014
UN marks 'Victory over Slavery: Haiti and Beyond' NEW YORK, USA -- Visitors to the United Nations on Thursday and those to the Bronx Museum of Fine Arts on Friday had a chance to see an exhibit and a film focusing on the struggle by slaves for independence in Haiti – the first successful slave revolt in the world that "continues to inspire."

Commentary: The finite side of life

July 12, 2014
Commentary: The finite side of life My father has just celebrated on 28th June his 102nd birthday. I have the privilege of being his caregiver in Haiti, as all my five brothers and sisters had to continue their nomadic lives in the United States. I am watching a proud man (he was Chief Civil Court Judge in Port au Prince Haiti) losing his abilities to...

World Bank praises Haiti's recovery progress and calls for opportunities for all

July 11, 2014
World Bank praises Haiti's recovery progress and calls for opportunities for all PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- At the end of a three-day trip, World Bank managing director and chief operating officer, Sri Mulyani Indrawati, commended the government of Haiti for the progress in the country’s recovery and called for broadening economic and social opportunities for all Haitians.

UN urges durable solutions for Haiti's displaced persons

July 7, 2014
UN urges durable solutions for Haiti's displaced persons PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Four years after the massive earthquake that devastated Haiti, it is time to move from a largely humanitarian approach to a development based drive, a United Nations human rights expert said on Friday, while calling for durable solutions for the internally displaced and...

Anti-corruption watchdog hails Haiti's unprecedented efforts to fight corruption

July 4, 2014
Anti-corruption watchdog hails Haiti's unprecedented efforts to fight corruption PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- The head of the Heritage Foundation for Haiti, a local branch of Transparency International, acknowledged on Wednesday that the Haitian government has shown unprecedented political will to fight corruption in the Caribbean country with a long tradition of corrupt practices.

Kidnapping in Haiti decreases by 88 percent compared to last year

July 4, 2014
Kidnapping in Haiti decreases by 88 percent compared to last year PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haiti's police chief, Godson Orélus, announced on Wednesday that only five cases of kidnapping have been recorded in Haiti from January to June 2014, compared to 44 cases at the same period last year in the Caribbean country. Orelus said several hundred people...

Haitian prime minister outlines government actions to achieve MDGs

June 30, 2014
Haitian prime minister outlines government actions to achieve MDGs PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, accompanied by the minister in charge of human rights and the fight against extreme poverty, on Wednesday attended the launching ceremony of the report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Haitian embassy launches training program for next generation of leaders

June 30, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- Seven students from top universities in Haiti arrived in the US capital this week to work at the Haitian embassy as part of a new summer fellowship and work-training program. Their arrival followed the departure to Haiti last week of six Haitian-American graduate students.

Fight against corruption is key in fight against poverty, says Haiti PM

June 28, 2014
Fight against corruption is key in fight against poverty, says Haiti PM PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe said on Thursday that curbing corruption is key to fighting extreme poverty in Haiti where most people live on less than $2 per day, while a small group of people in the Caribbean country continue to enrich themselves.

OAS and Haiti sign agreement to host Inter-American meeting of ministers of culture

June 28, 2014
OAS and Haiti sign agreement to host Inter-American meeting of ministers of culture WASHINGTON, USA -- The Organization of American States (OAS) and the government of Haiti on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding to hold the sixth Inter-American meeting of ministers of culture in the Caribbean country on August 12 and 13, during a ceremony that took place...

Commentary: The two lost generations

June 28, 2014
Commentary: The two lost generations The past 50 years have been horrific for the entire planet earth, except for a few countries that have established the right template for nation building to help their citizens reach their full potential, enriching them and enriching their nation, the state of state of the world is cloudy.

OAS and Haiti discuss elections and plan to register Haitian migrants in Dominican Republic

June 27, 2014
OAS and Haiti discuss elections and plan to register Haitian migrants in Dominican Republic WASHINGTON, USA -- The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, on Wednesday met with the president of Haiti, Michel Martelly, who reiterated his firm commitment to hold elections on October 26 of this year, in accordance with the political agreements...

Key suspect in murder of Haitian journalist extradited from Argentina

June 25, 2014
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- A key suspect in the murder of famous Haitian journalist Jean Dominique has been extradited to Haiti from Argentina where he had been arrested and detained in a criminal investigation that has been ongoing for more than 14 years.

Fifteen Caribbean countries report cases of chikungunya virus

June 25, 2014
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- In December 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported the first local transmission of chikungunya virus in the Western Hemisphere identified in Saint Martin. Fifteen Caribbean countries have since reported cases of chikungunya.

UNESCO experts to examine possible Columbus shipwreck off Haiti

June 24, 2014
UNESCO experts to examine possible Columbus shipwreck off Haiti PARIS, France -- The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced on Monday that it will provide technical assistance requested by the government of Haiti and send a mission to the site of the wreck, which may be that of the Santa Maria, the flagship of...

UN experts urge Dominican Republic to restore citizenship to those not registered at birth

June 21, 2014
UN experts urge Dominican Republic to restore citizenship to those not registered at birth SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- A group of United Nations human rights experts on the African Diaspora on Friday called on the government of the Dominican Republic to adopt the necessary legal measures to restore Dominican citizenship for all those born in the country, but not registered at birth.

US Coast Guard repatriates 56 migrants to Cuba and Haiti

June 21, 2014
MIAMI, USA -- The US Coast Guard repatriated 25 Haitian migrants to Cap Haitien, Haiti, and 31 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, on Tuesday. These repatriations are a result of five separate attempts to illegally migrate to the United States.

Haiti to open new customs office to help philanthropic organizations

June 20, 2014
Haiti to open new customs office to help philanthropic organizations PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe announced on Wednesday that a special bureau will be established at Haiti's Customs office to facilitate clearance of shipments sent by legitimate philanthropic organizations which are helping the Caribbean country.

Caribbean Export supports call centre industries of Haiti and Dominican Republic

June 20, 2014
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) led a delegation of representatives from the Dominican Republic (DR) and Haiti to participate at the 15th Annual Call Center Week 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada, from June 9-13, 2014.

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