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Personal story reflects questionable Haitian immigration policy in Turks and Caicos

May 23, 2015
Personal story reflects questionable Haitian immigration policy in Turks and Caicos PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- In mid May, a young Haitian woman and her ten-year-old daughter found that, after five years of legal residency in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), due to government policy they had to return to Haiti to join her siste’rs family struggling in Haiti to survive. She did not want...

IDB to invest $27 million to improve transportation in Haiti

May 22, 2015
IDB to invest $27 million to improve transportation in Haiti WASHINGTON, USA -- The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $27 million grant to help modernize and improve the management of Haiti’s roads and ports, key sectors that are fundamental for the country’s economic development and integration. The grant is the second in a series...

IMF approves three-year US$69.7 million facility for Haiti

May 22, 2015
IMF approves three-year US$69.7 million facility for Haiti WASHINGTON, USA -- The executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved a three-year SDR 49.14 million (about US$69.7 million, 60 percent of quota) arrangement under the extended credit facility (ECF) for Haiti on Monday. The approval enables the immediate disbursement of...

Commentary: Haiti, Francois Hollande and the issue of reparations

May 18, 2015
Commentary: Haiti, Francois Hollande and the issue of reparations It might seem arrogant to reveal but the issue of reparations to Haiti did not start with Dr Jean Bertrand Aristide; it started with me. In fact, former president Jean Bertrand Aristide might have prostituted the issue in transposing a legal affair into a political one, as such, confusing the debate and postponing forever...

Senior UN official says cholera outbreak in Haiti needs urgent attention

May 16, 2015
Senior UN official says cholera outbreak in Haiti needs urgent attention NEW YORK, USA -- The cholera outbreak in Haiti remains the largest in recent world history, according to the United Nations official coordinating the Organization’s cholera response in the country, yet the health crisis has fallen off the international agenda after having ceased appearing in the media.

Commentary: The French forgiving Haitians like the Germans forgiving Jews

May 15, 2015
Commentary: The French forgiving Haitians like the Germans forgiving Jews The media are lauding French President Francois Hollande for announcing that his country will finally right one of history’s greatest wrongs by forgiving what remains of Haiti’s “independence debt.” This, notwithstanding that the media lauded his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy five years ago.

Haiti's First Lady candidacy for senate seat rejected

May 14, 2015
Haiti's First Lady candidacy for senate seat rejected PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- The candidacy for a senate seat of Haiti's First Lady, Sophia Martelly, has been rejected by electoral authorities who found her ineligible because of nationality issues and administrative clearance, a source close to the electoral council told HCNN on Wednesday.

Concerns voiced over UN Haiti mission budget cuts

May 14, 2015
Concerns voiced over UN Haiti mission budget cuts NEW YORK, USA -- As Haiti approaches presidential and municipal elections, adequate international support was needed to avoid a security vacuum and a loss of gains made towards democracy and development, the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) heard on Tuesday.

Haiti's president to discuss slavery debt with French leader during visit

May 13, 2015
Haiti's president to discuss slavery debt with French leader during visit PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haiti's President Michel Martelly and his visiting French counterpart, Francois Hollande, on Tuesday planned to discuss, among other things, the issue of the French moral debt toward the Caribbean country, which became the first black independent republic...

Deputy special representative appointed for UN mission in Haiti

May 11, 2015
Deputy special representative appointed for UN mission in Haiti NEW YORK, USA -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday announced the appointment of his deputy special representative for the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). Mourad Wahba of Egypt will also serve as UN resident coordinator, humanitarian coordinator...

Commentary: Haiti's biggest challenges on the eve of its full electoral exercise

May 9, 2015
Commentary: Haiti's biggest challenges on the eve of its full electoral exercise This year, Haiti will overhaul its executive and legislative machinery with the prospect of the services vehicle to run smoother for the benefit of its population. It must first diagnose with accuracy the wrongs that impede its progress so that it will enter into the orbit of nations that care for their people.

Commentary: The View from Europe: Can cocoa benefit from chocolate's bright future?

May 9, 2015
Commentary: The View from Europe: Can cocoa benefit from chocolate's bright future? Since 1991, international demand for chocolate has been growing, causing cocoa prices to surge. Although the global market for chocolate may have peaked at around US$114 billion annually, it is clear that the Caribbean could do more to encourage the production of the growing premium price global...

Dominican Republic hosts fifth international agricultural trade show

May 8, 2015
Dominican Republic hosts fifth international agricultural trade show SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- From May 7 to 9, 2015, Dominican Republic producers and exporters, along with national and multinational companies in the food, beverages and tobacco sectors will be gathered at the Agroalimentaria Fair in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Haitian and Dominican Republic artists unite for new Diaspora solidarity initiative

May 5, 2015
Haitian and Dominican Republic artists unite for new Diaspora solidarity initiative SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- On May 8, 2015, the artwork of 28 US visual artists and three Canadian and US writers, all with roots in Haiti and the Dominican Republic will be unveiled in Santo Domingo to kick-off a new solidarity project designed to help mend relations between the two peoples.

Letter: If you think we should support Cuba and Venezuela - the 'CubVen Empire' - watch this video

May 5, 2015
Letter: If you think we should support Cuba and Venezuela - the 'CubVen Empire' - watch this video This is so important that everyone in the Caribbean should view the video embedded above. This is the confirmation of what I have told you about Venezuela. The stories I have told you about my being there and witnessing the slaughter of Venezuelan students by Cuban special forces in civilian attire.

Haiti and Dominican Republic hold workshop in implementing investor tracking system

April 27, 2015
Haiti and Dominican Republic hold workshop in implementing investor tracking system PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), in collaboration with the Centre for Facilitation of Investments of Haiti (CFI) and the Export and Investment Centre of the Dominican Republic (CEI-RD)...

Ice cream recall extended to Caribbean

April 25, 2015
Ice cream recall extended to Caribbean BRENHAM, USA -- On Monday, Blue Bell Creameries of Brenham, Texas, voluntarily expanded its recall to include all of its products currently on the market because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. This recall includes ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet...

CARPHA and Mexico sign MOU to benefit 17 million Caribbean people

April 25, 2015
CARPHA and Mexico sign MOU to benefit 17 million Caribbean people MEXICO CITY, Mexico -- The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the ministry of health of the United Mexican States, through the Federal Commission for Protection from Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS). The aim of the MoU...

Commentary: President Barack Obama end of reign score card

April 25, 2015
Commentary: President Barack Obama end of reign score card In an op-ed at the beginning of Barack Obama’s second mandate as president of the United States, I dressed up some demands expected from the different constituencies of the people of the United States and from the rest of the world on President Obama.  As the fourth year is approaching...

Armed men attack and rob boats anchored off Haiti

April 21, 2015
Armed men attack and rob boats anchored off Haiti PETIT PORT A PIMENT, Haiti -- A Dutch couple aboard an Australian flagged boat en route from Cuba to Ile a Vache, Haiti, was anchored at Petit Port a Pimient, Haiti, when it was boarded overnight by six armed men last week, Caribbean Safety and Security Net (CSSN) reported.

Commentary: Haiti - the land where discarded material is turned into chef d'oeuvre pieces of art!

April 18, 2015
Commentary: Haiti - the land where discarded material is turned into chef d'oeuvre pieces of art! I was invited two weeks ago to attend the press conference launching the seventh forum on Transcultural Contemporary Art taking place from April 2 to April 11, 2015 in Port au Prince, Haiti. In the garden of the ministry of culture, the sponsoring agency Africa-America organization led by the ebullient...

US Coast Guard assists in search for survivors after 17 dead migrants wash ashore in Haiti

April 11, 2015
US Coast Guard assists in search for survivors after 17 dead migrants wash ashore in Haiti MIAMI, USA -- The US Coast Guard is assisting the Haitian Coast Guard in searching for possible Haitian migrants in the water after it is believed their sail freighter ran aground in Haitian territorial seas on Wednesday. The Coast Guard received notification on Thursday evening that 17 bodies...

Commentary: Haiti, the elections and the question of colour

April 11, 2015
Commentary: Haiti, the elections and the question of colour The question of colour, re-introduced by former Senator Moise Jean Charles (Pitit Dessalines against Pitit Pétion) now a probable candidate to become president of Haiti, to the political discourse and rejoined by Daly Valet, an influential opinion maker in the Haitian media, might become the hot topic in...

Open letter to the heads of state and government at the Summit of the Americas

April 11, 2015
Amnesty International welcomes the holding of the VII Summit of the Americas as a regional forum to promote dialogue between the governments of the American continent. The organization believes that prioritizing the protection and promotion of human rights of all people...

Haiti's essential oil producers receive best practice training

April 8, 2015
Haiti's essential oil producers receive best practice training PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Haiti’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIH) organized a best practices sharing mission for experts from the International Fragrance Association (IFRA) in Haiti from 10 to 13 March 2015 with the support of the Caribbean Export Development Agency.

Commentary: President Michel Joseph Martelly: An assessment four years later

April 4, 2015
Commentary: President Michel Joseph Martelly: An assessment four years later It is not a secret of la polichinelle that I have been an early supporter of Michel Martelly as president of Haiti. I am voting for Michel Martelly and I am voting again for Michel Martelly. I have followed this president with regular assessments of his presidency for the past four years. I am still convinced that...

Barbados hosts ICT training programme

March 31, 2015
Barbados hosts ICT training programme BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) in collaboration with the Organization of American States (OAS) partnered with the Information and Communication Technology (CTIC) for the implementation of a training programme for ICT advisors.

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