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UN agencies support Haitian government in vaccination campaign against cholera

May 26, 2016
UN agencies support Haitian government in vaccination campaign against cholera PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Two United Nations agencies said on Wednesday they are supporting the government of Haiti in a vaccination campaign against cholera that aims to reach 400,000 people in 2016.  In a press release, the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) said...

CDB approves US$3.5 million grant to pay Haiti's catastrophe risk insurance

May 25, 2016
CDB approves US$3.5 million grant to pay Haiti's catastrophe risk insurance BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Development Bank’s (CDB) board of directors has approved a grant of US$3.5 million to pay Haiti’s catastrophe risk insurance premium for the coming year. This marks the fourth year that CDB has provided a grant for the full payment of...

Commentary: Political gridlock in Haiti leaves a bleak future for the youth

May 25, 2016
Commentary: Political gridlock in Haiti leaves a bleak future for the youth People tend to give the earthquake of 2010 the blame for everything happening in Haiti but the problems facing the youth of this country go back a lot further than that. Therefore one of the issues that should now receive significant consideration is what exactly the challenges are that...

Commentary: The energy dilemma of the Caribbean in general and of Haiti in particular

May 21, 2016
Commentary: The energy dilemma of the Caribbean in general and of Haiti in particular The citizens of Suriname organized recently a demonstration against the hike in the price of electricity in the country; such hike was a condition sine qua non for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to continue budgeting support to the Bouterse government.  A Caribbean energy summit...

UN 'deeply disappointed' over missed election deadlines in Haiti

May 16, 2016
UN 'deeply disappointed' over missed election deadlines in Haiti NEW YORK, USA -- The United Nations Security Council has expressed its deep disappointment that Haitian officials have failed to meet the election and inauguration deadlines agreed upon in the February political accord, calling on all concerned to ensure the prompt return to constitutional order.

Commentary: What does Haiti want?

May 13, 2016
Commentary: What does Haiti want? I wrote an opinion piece two weeks ago inquiring what does the Dominican Republic want? This week my esteemed colleague, columnist David Jessop in his weekly column the View from Europe shows the writing on the wall. His article continues the conversation by revealing that...

Commentary: Can this one chocolate startup put Haiti back on the map?

May 12, 2016
Commentary: Can this one chocolate startup put Haiti back on the map? The idea of starting a successful business in Haiti is laughable to many, but Corinne Joachim Sanon Symietz, the chief executive officer of Askanya, is not laughing as she redefines the business landscape. Like most successful brands, the company is building a reputation of high quality and...

Commentary: The n-word a curse in the United States, yet a badge of honour in Haiti!

May 6, 2016
Commentary: The n-word a curse in the United States, yet a badge of honour in Haiti! At the annual roasting of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner hosted by the president of the United States, Larry Wilmore, the guest host, pounding his fist to his chest used the n-word to congratulate President Obama on a job well done: “You did it, my nigga.”  He might have offended...

Commentary: Haiti's leaders wallowing in moral morass

May 5, 2016
Commentary: Haiti's leaders wallowing in moral morass Every day international observers are calling for elections in Haiti. The US is regularly threatening Haiti that, if it does not hold elections, then there will be no more aid. The same applies to many other international organizations. But what these organizations do not know is that...

Letter: World Press Freedom Day

May 3, 2016
Letter: World Press Freedom Day One of the things we love about sport is the freedom to enjoy and play what we want, when we want, with whom we want. Such freedoms are never questioned until they come under threat. Until a government or governing body or impinges on our right to play. The same can be said...

Commentary: What does the Dominican Republic want?

April 30, 2016
Commentary: What does the Dominican Republic want? I recently asked that question in a forum hosted by the Bi-national Observatory for Migration, Media, Education and Commerce in Port au Prince. The answer was brushed aside by those in attendance at this important colloquium on how to dynamite commerce and industry between the...

UN 'deeply concerned' at missed election deadline in Haiti

April 27, 2016
UN 'deeply concerned' at missed election deadline in Haiti NEW YORK, USA -- Deeply concerned that the agreed upon date for holding elections in Haiti was not met over the weekend and that no alternate electoral calendar was announced, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday reiterated his strong support for the completion...

Swimwear collection launched featuring original Haitian art

April 27, 2016
Swimwear collection launched featuring original Haitian art PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Yanvalou Designs has announced its 2016 collection of reversible swimwear, cover-ups, and accessories showcasing original Haitian art licensed from Haitian master, Frantz Zephirin, and emerging artists, Pizaro and Ras Kimy.  Zephirin is one of Haiti's most...

Commentary: St Marc, the bellwether of the fiesta season in Haiti

April 23, 2016
Commentary: St Marc, the bellwether of the fiesta season in Haiti Spring that ushers Easter signifies the beginning of a new dawn for the plants, the animals, and for human beings. The fiesta of St Gabriel, the Enunciator of the Good news on earth, in Lascahobas on March 25 and the one of St Marc, the Evangelist, on April 25, represent the beginning...

First round winner of Haiti presidential election calls for interim leaders to be held accountable

April 22, 2016
First round winner of Haiti presidential election calls for interim leaders to be held accountable WASHINGTON, USA -- During a two-day visit to Washington, DC, Jovenel Moise, the winner of the October 25, 2015, first round of presidential elections in Haiti, called on US policymakers and opinion makers to hold accountable acting President Jocelerme Privert and the Provisional Electoral...

Commentary: Why Haiti needs to focus on building a startup ecosystem

April 21, 2016
Commentary: Why Haiti needs to focus on building a startup ecosystem Haiti’s economy is sinking fast and foreign aid will not be the answer. Here’s why. Can you name one non-profit that has transformed an economy without the for-profit business umbrella? The answer is probably no, or at least not one that easily comes to mind. Now, can you name a...

UN food relief agency to assist one million Haitians hit by three-year drought

April 19, 2016
UN food relief agency to assist one million Haitians hit by three-year drought PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced on Monday that it will launch an emergency operation in Haiti to assist one million people devastated by three years of prolonged drought exacerbated by the El Niño weather phenomenon.

Commentary: Will Hillary Clinton beat Bernie Sanders in New York on the road to Washington?

April 16, 2016
Commentary: Will Hillary Clinton beat Bernie Sanders in New York on the road to Washington? On Tuesday, April 19, New York State will hold its primary to decide the number of delegates who will vote for one of the Democrat candidates on the road to the White House against the Republican one. The two main protagonists held a defining debate on April 14, 2016.

US releases 2015 human rights report

April 15, 2016
US releases 2015 human rights report WASHINGTON, USA -- On Wednesday, the US State Department released its 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, which include a number of countries in the Caribbean region. Speaking to reporters Secretary of State John Kerry emphasised that the human rights standards...

Commentary: No quick fix in Haiti

April 15, 2016
Commentary: No quick fix in Haiti Peace and development will be endangered in Haiti if the United States and other nations insist that the interim government holds the second round of a truncated election for a president of the Republic without a verification process of the first round that took place on October 25 last year.

Commentary: It's time for the Haitian government to retake control of the state university system

April 13, 2016
Commentary: It's time for the Haitian government to retake control of the state university system I have never thought I would be advocating for such a measure given the fact that Haiti occupies one of the lowest ranks in the index of corruption in terms of good governance in the world. Indeed, I believe the State University of Haiti under the jurisdiction of a minister of higher education...

Report finds October 2015 presidential elections in Haiti fair and generally fraud free

April 9, 2016
Report finds October 2015 presidential elections in Haiti fair and generally fraud free PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- According to NOAH/Haiti Democracy's eighth mission, the October 25, 2015 presidential elections were found to be generally fair and fraud free. The report released on Friday morning found that the process was generally free of major irregularities.

Rising hunger in Central America and Haiti as El Nino follows prolonged drought

April 8, 2016
Rising hunger in Central America and Haiti as El Nino follows prolonged drought GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala -- The United Nations food relief agency committed on Thursday to assisting 1.6 million people hit by droughts exacerbated by El Niño in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Haiti and building resilience against future climatic shocks. Speaking at the...

Commentary: Political lessons to guide Haiti's destiny to make 1804 count

April 7, 2016
Commentary: Political lessons to guide Haiti's destiny to make 1804 count The far-reaching political science book, The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli, remains a critical piece of literature to discuss modern-day political leadership. I recently re-read it to draw some parallels with Haiti’s current political protests. Of course, Haiti’s crisis goes deeper than Machiavelli’s...

Commentary: Haiti, a long dreadful search for good leaders

April 5, 2016
Commentary: Haiti, a long dreadful search for good leaders First, we need to define “good” as in a “good leader”. It is reasonable to construct a definition based on the assessment that such a leader left the nation better than he or she found it. This requires an individual whose commitment to Haiti and Haitian people surpasses their commitment to...

Commentary: At last Haiti has a new government

April 2, 2016
Commentary: At last Haiti has a new government On Valentine’s Day 2016, Haiti had, seven days later than the mandatory day of February 7, negotiated a president, Jocelerme Privert, formerly president of the senate. On Holy Thursday, it has gotten finally a new prime minister, Enex Jean Charles, who formed a new government.

Commentary: Easter at St Louis King of France in Haiti

March 26, 2016
Commentary: Easter at St Louis King of France in Haiti Easter came early this year. It falls in March instead of, as usual, in April. The 40 days of Lent seem a short one. Albeit in Haiti it has been a long and unrelenting Lent, which is now 60 years old. Thirty years of dictatorship have been followed by 30 years of faux democracy with, in between...

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