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Haitian community receives equipment donation from ECTEL

May 27, 2017
Haitian community receives equipment donation from ECTEL PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Managing director of the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) Embert Charles has handed over a donation of electronic communications equipment and furniture to the Arcahaie (pronounced Lakayé in Creole) community to the north of...

Commentary: Haiti and its national and international debt status

May 27, 2017
Commentary: Haiti and its national and international debt status Up to this date, around mid-May 2017, the national and international debt of the Republic of Haiti hovers around US$3 billion. This sum represents $1 billion of internal debt and $2 billion of external one. It is a very small amount if we compare Haiti’s debt with other Caribbean countries that are...

Temporary protected status for Haiti extended for six months

May 26, 2017
Temporary protected status for Haiti extended for six months WASHINGTON, USA -- Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly has extended temporary protected status (TPS) for eligible nationals of Haiti (and eligible individuals without nationality who last habitually resided in Haiti) through January 22, 2018. After consulting with the appropriate US...

EIB to provide three million euros for micro-financing in Haiti

May 25, 2017
EIB to provide three million euros for micro-financing in Haiti PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- On Monday in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the European Investment Bank (EIB), the world's largest multilateral public donor, signed a loan agreement amounting to €3 million (± 230 million Gourdes) with Action for the Cooperation with Microenterprise (ACME in French) to expand...

Commentary: What does it take to solve a statelessness crisis?

May 24, 2017
Commentary: What does it take to solve a statelessness crisis? Three years ago today, authorities in the Dominican Republic passed a law seeking to address a statelessness crisis that has effectively stripped thousands of people off their Dominican nationality and with it, denied them a range of human rights. The crisis exploded in 2013, after a ruling by...

Winair now flies to Haiti and Curacao

May 15, 2017
Winair now flies to Haiti and Curacao PHILLIPSBURG, St Maarten -- Effective June 3, 2017, Winair, the national carrier of St Maarten, will commence flights to Haiti and Curacao. These flights will be operated by Winair twice a week, on Tuesday and Saturday. Flight routing, operated by a MD-82 will be Curacao – St. Maarten...

New initiative will promote digital jobs in Haiti

May 13, 2017
New initiative will promote digital jobs in Haiti PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Entrepreneurs in Haiti will soon have broader access to technical skills training, because of an initiative to promote digital jobs in the country. The initiative is led by LACNIC, the Internet Registry for Latin America and the Caribbean. Since 2013, LACNIC has strengthened...

Haitian airline to start Guyana flights

May 13, 2017
Haitian airline to start Guyana flights PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Sunrise Airways, a local airline based in Haiti, plans to commence flights between Port-au- Prince and the Cheddi Jagan International (CJIA) Airport in Guyana this summer after some setbacks. Sunrise Airways had originally planned to launch flights to Guyana on March 29.

Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Europe and US dodging demands for slavery reparations

May 11, 2017
Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Europe and US dodging demands for slavery reparations The recent furor in Grenada over whether slave history has a role in tourism promotion is an important development that fits smack in the middle of the ongoing Caribbean discussion on reparations from Europe for slavery and native genocide. Today, over 180 years after abolition, descendants of...

Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Haiti's lifelong tragedy continues to unfold

May 9, 2017
Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Haiti's lifelong tragedy continues to unfold The US Department of Homeland Security has been advised to end, by January 2018, temporary protection enjoyed by over 50,000 Haitians originally allowed to seek refuge in the USA following a series of natural disasters that effectively crippled the small and impoverished Caribbean country.

Commentary: TPS, Haitians and President Donald Trump

May 6, 2017
Commentary: TPS, Haitians and President Donald Trump Come next July 22, 2017, the Temporary Protected Status (TPS), accorded to some 60.000 Haitians migrants who fled their ravaged country after the earthquake of January 12, 2010, that may have killed some 300.000 people, will come to a determination for cancellation or renewal by the US president.

Haiti senate calls for declaration of a state of emergency

May 5, 2017
Haiti senate calls for declaration of a state of emergency PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- On Wednesday, Haiti’s senate asked the executive branch to declare a state of emergency, following the worsening situation in the south of the country, which is struggling to recover from Hurricane Matthew in October 2016 and hard hit by torrential rains in recent days.

New emails show Clinton Foundation-State Dept Haiti links

May 3, 2017
New emails show Clinton Foundation-State Dept Haiti links WASHINGTON, USA -- Washington-based watchdog group, Judicial Watch, on Tuesday released 894 pages of new US State Department documents, including previously unreleased email exchanges between former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s staff and Clinton Foundation officials...

Commentary: Ten 1804 boss Haitian influencers on social media you should know in 2017

May 3, 2017
Commentary: Ten 1804 boss Haitian influencers on social media you should know in 2017 What do you do when you see notable influencers who are recognized time after time for their work on social media, but you rarely see anyone who looks like you? This has been my observation in the digital space for the last few years. And this is not to say that these big-league influencers don’t deserve it.

Caribbean nationals among 76 criminal aliens arrested in Florida and Puerto Rico

May 1, 2017
Caribbean nationals among 76 criminal aliens arrested in Florida and Puerto Rico BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Nationals of a number of Caribbean countries are said to be among 76 criminal aliens arrested in Florida and Puerto Rico. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said its officers arrested 76 criminal aliens recently in an enforcement action targeting...

Commentary: I am predicting Marine Le Pen will become the next French president

April 29, 2017
Commentary: I am predicting Marine Le Pen will become the next French president Some two months before the last American election, last September I accurately predicted that Donald Trump would win the ballot in the following November election; I am now, two weeks before the final French election, penning the prediction that Marine le Pen will be the winner of the final ballot.

Haitian senator pleads guilty to conspiring to launder money from drug trafficking

April 25, 2017
Haitian senator pleads guilty to conspiring to launder money from drug trafficking MIAMI, USA -- An elected but not sworn-in Haitian senator pleaded guilty on Monday in US federal court in Miami to a money laundering charge in connection with an international narcotics scheme. Former high-ranking Haitian National Police officer Guy Philippe, 49, appeared before US District...

Vaccination campaign necessary to stop the spread of cholera in Haiti, says researcher

April 25, 2017
Vaccination campaign necessary to stop the spread of cholera in Haiti, says researcher GAINESVILLE, USA -- A mathematical model of cholera transmission in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake suggests that current approaches to cholera control and elimination, which focus primarily on improving sanitation, are not likely to solve the problem. However, eradication of cholera...

PANCAP hosts youth meeting to discuss ending AIDS by 2030

April 20, 2017
PANCAP hosts youth meeting to discuss ending AIDS by 2030 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) will host a meeting of youth leaders from 19 Caribbean countries on April 21 and 22, 2017 in Port of Spain, Trinidad. The focus of the forum will be a discussion on the role of youth in the national and...

JetBlue expands service to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, with nonstop Orlando flights

April 17, 2017
JetBlue expands service to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, with nonstop Orlando flights NEW YORK, USA -- JetBlue has announced plans to operate service between Port-au-Prince’s Toussaint Louverture International Airport (PAP) and Orlando International Airport (MCO) later this year. JetBlue intends to launch this route, which currently does not have nonstop service, in December.

UN mission in Haiti to close by October

April 14, 2017
UN mission in Haiti to close by October NEW YORK, USA -- Recognizing the “major milestone” Haiti has achieved toward stabilization following recent elections, the Security Council on Thursday extended the mandate of the United Nations mission in the island nation for a final six-month period and authorized a smaller successor mission.

Commentary: Dominica: Walking the Haitian economic and political tightrope?

March 30, 2017
Commentary: Dominica: Walking the Haitian economic and political tightrope? While the Dominica government remains mired in controversies of incompetence, corruption, a stagnant economy, and blatant disregard for the Constitution and the rule of law, Dominicans are walking backwards on a Haitian economic and political tightrope. A blindfold surrounds their eyes.

Haiti called on urgently to advance human rights agenda

March 28, 2017
Haiti called on urgently to advance human rights agenda LONDON, England -- Following the adoption by the Human Rights Council of the universal periodic review outcome on Haiti, Haiti’s acceptance of recommendations to ratify the UN Convention on the Status of Stateless Persons and the Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness...

US trial of Haitian senator postponed

March 25, 2017
US trial of Haitian senator postponed MIAMI, USA -- The trial in Miami, Florida, of the elected Haitian Senator Guy Philippe, who was arrested in Haiti on January 5 and “extradited” to the United States on the same day, initially set by a federal judge for April 3, has been postponed at the request of the defence. On Thursday, Philippe's...

Attempted assassination of former Haitian president

March 22, 2017
Attempted assassination of former Haitian president PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- On Monday, at around 2:00 in the afternoon, the motorcade of former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, escorted by two police vehicles, was the subject of shooting attack, whose origin is unknown. The incident occurred while Aristide was returning from a hearing...

Commentary: These Haitian venture capitalists will make you believe in the country's future

March 22, 2017
Commentary: These Haitian venture capitalists will make you believe in the country's future Did you ever think you would read about Haiti having a venture capital firm in your lifetime? Probably not! I know. I didn’t, either, until I connected with the firm directly. Haiti does indeed have a venture capital firm, and it’s being led by Haitians to help build Haiti’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

'Don't worry, be happy' seems to have bypassed the Caribbean

March 21, 2017
'Don't worry, be happy' seems to have bypassed the Caribbean NEW YORK, USA -- The fifth annual World Happiness Report, written by a group of independent experts under the aegis of the United Nations, was published on Monday, but the concept immortalised in song of “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”, often erroneously attributed to Bob Marley, seems to have...

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