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Clandestine immigration channel between Haiti and French Guiana dismantled

July 18, 2017
Clandestine immigration channel between Haiti and French Guiana dismantled PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Some 20 people have been arrested after a ten-month investigation into a clandestine immigration between Haiti and French Guiana via the Dominican Republic, Curacao, Panama and Suriname. Following a judicial investigation, four persons were indicted including three...

St Vincent and the Grenadines welcomes establishment of Parliamentary Front in Haiti to fight hunger

July 15, 2017
St Vincent and the Grenadines welcomes establishment of Parliamentary Front in Haiti to fight hunger KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) minister of agriculture, Saboto Caesar, has welcomed the July 4, 2017, establishment of a Parliamentary Front in Haiti, where leaders of all political affiliations have agreed to consolidate their efforts to support a single national fight...

Commentary: Haiti's fiesta season is in full swing starting next week

July 15, 2017
Commentary: Haiti's fiesta season is in full swing starting next week Starting this coming Sunday (July 16th) the fiesta season is in full swing in Haiti. I will be there in Saut d’Eau to celebrate Mary Mother of God under the label of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Father Desras,who previously chaired the parish of Lascahobas is now leading Saut d’Eau to a new high.

US Coast Guard repatriates 102 Haitian migrants

July 14, 2017
US Coast Guard repatriates 102 Haitian migrants MIAMI, USA -- The US Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk crew repatriated 102 Haitian migrants on Wednesday to Cap-Haitien, Haiti. The Cutter Mohawk crew interdicted the migrants on Tuesday approximately 22 miles south of Great Inagua, Bahamas. This is the largest US Coast Guard migrant...

Commentary: The saga and bravura of Haitian migrants

July 8, 2017
Commentary: The saga and bravura of Haitian migrants I was recently at the Toussaint Louverure airport in Port au Prince, Haiti, departing for New York City; the real action was not with JetBlue or American Airlines passengers leaving for the Big Apple but with the LAN airline transporting Haitian migrants to Chile. It looked like a well organized conspiracy orchestrated...

Historic launch for agriculture and education projects in Haiti

July 7, 2017
Historic launch for agriculture and education projects in Haiti PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has held its first ever project launch workshop in Haiti, signalling a historic start to the implementation of two CDB-funded interventions. The projects, which focus on community-based agriculture and rural development, and technical and...

Nearly 5,000 Haitians expelled from Dominican Republic in June

July 6, 2017
Nearly 5,000 Haitians expelled from Dominican Republic in June PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- On Tuesday, the Directorate General of Migration (DGM) of the Dominican Republic revealed that last June 4,943 migrants had been deported to their country of origin. Most of the returnees were of Haitian origin even though the DGM indicated that these deportations...

Commentary: Antihaitianismo: Systemic xenophobia and racism in the Dominican Republic

July 4, 2017
Commentary: Antihaitianismo: Systemic xenophobia and racism in the Dominican Republic Despite their shared heritage, Haiti and the Dominican Republic have existed in a quasi cold war for centuries largely due to the rampant systemic racism that plagues the Dominican government and is cultivated by many Dominican citizens. Antihaitianismo is the present manifestation of racial prejudice...

Caribbean ancestry groups lag behind US educational level

June 29, 2017
Caribbean ancestry groups lag behind US educational level WASHINGTON, USA -- While about 61 percent of people with Nigerian ancestry age 25 and older had a bachelor's degree or higher -- more than twice the US rate of 28.5 percent -- Caribbean ancestry groups in the United States lagged behind, according to a new US Census Bureau report.

In Haiti, UN Security Council spotlights opportunities for reform towards stability and development

June 27, 2017
In Haiti, UN Security Council spotlights opportunities for reform towards stability and development PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Wrapping up a three-day visit to Haiti, a Security Council delegation on Saturday stressed that it has accomplished the objectives of the mission, including a first-hand look into how best the United Nations could contribute to the country's lasting stability and development.

Commentary: Thank God for the good nuns of Haiti!

June 26, 2017
Commentary: Thank God for the good nuns of Haiti! Since the advent of Francois Duvalier into power in 1957, the destruction of the institutions in Haiti has been so pervasive that thank God we still have the good nuns who, withdrawn from partisan politics, have concentrated on turning the young girls and the young boys into civilized citizens during...

Haitian senator-elect sentenced to nine years in US prison for money laundering

June 23, 2017
Haitian senator-elect sentenced to nine years in US prison for money laundering MIAMI, USA -- On Wednesday, US District Judge Cecilia Altonaga of the Southern District of Florida, imposed a sentence of nine years in prison on Haitian senator-elect Guy Philippe, with an order for a money judgment in the amount of $1.5 million to follow, for money laundering offences.

IMF reaches agreement with Haiti on staff-monitored program

June 19, 2017
IMF reaches agreement with Haiti on staff-monitored program PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- An International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff team led by Chris Walker, IMF mission chief for Haiti, visited Port-au-Prince from June 5-9, to carry out discussions with the Haitian authorities on a staff-monitored program (SMP). Walker issued the following statement at the end...

Haiti to strengthen commercial ties with Cuba

June 17, 2017
Haiti to strengthen commercial ties with Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Haiti's minister of trade and industry, Pierre Marie Du Meny, said on Thursday that his country will strengthen its commercial ties with Cuba, according to a report from Prensa Latina News Agency. During a meeting with the Cuban ambassador to Haiti, Luis Castillo...

Political will, financial support needed to bolster new approach to cholera in Haiti, says UN deputy chief

June 16, 2017
Political will, financial support needed to bolster new approach to cholera in Haiti, says UN deputy chief NEW YORK, USA -- The United Nations deputy chief on Wednesday called on member states to fund the Organization's new strategy to counter cholera in Haiti, stressing that the initiative is facing a critical shortage of resources. “Without additional resources, the intensified cholera response...

Commentary: If it is Corpus Christi (Fete Dieu), it is also the Book Fair Fiesta festival day in Haiti!

June 15, 2017
Commentary: If it is Corpus Christi (Fete Dieu), it is also the Book Fair Fiesta festival day in Haiti! For the past 23 years, Le Nouvelliste, the oldest Haitian newspaper, combined with Unibank has launched usually in June, on Corpus Christi (Fête Dieu) Thursday a book fair that has become one of the major cultural event not only of Haiti but of the entire Caribbean region. This year some 145 authors...

Guyana expels some Haitians

June 14, 2017
Guyana expels some Haitians GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Several Haitians who arrived in Guyana several weeks ago have been asked to leave the country because investigators suspect they plan to move on to another destination, the immigration authorities said on Monday. Winston Felix, the minister of immigration and citizenship...

Phase II of Exercise Tradewinds 2017 set to begin in Trinidad

June 10, 2017
Phase II of Exercise Tradewinds 2017 set to begin in Trinidad PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Phase II of the international military exercise entitled Exercise Tradewinds 2017 will be conducted in Trinidad from June 13 – 17, 2017. Phase I is being held in Barbados from June 6 – 12, 2017. Tradewinds is a multi-national maritime security and disaster response...

Commentary: Ayibobo! The departure of the UN mission in Haiti MINUSTAH is imminent!

June 10, 2017
Commentary: Ayibobo! The departure of the UN mission in Haiti MINUSTAH is imminent! "After 13 years, the UN mission in Haiti MINUSTAH is leaving next October" ~ statement by a representative of the United Nations. I should be glad to hear this good and marvelous news! I should say that the end of a period of shame and humiliation of my country is at the end of the tunnel!

Eleven Caribbean projects selected for European funding

June 8, 2017
Eleven Caribbean projects selected for European funding GOSIER, Guadeloupe -- The second selection committee for the Interreg Caribbean Program 2014-2020 has made public the list of the 11 regional projects eligible for European funding. Many countries in the Caribbean will benefit from these projects, as follows: 1. TEECA: Set up a trade facilitation team and...

Antigua-Barbuda film pioneers receive regional award for work on HIV/AIDS campaign

June 2, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda film pioneers receive regional award for work on HIV/AIDS campaign BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Antigua and Barbuda filmmaking team of Howard and Mitzi Allen have received the LIVE UP: Loyalty and Support Award for their work to help reduce stigma and discrimination for people living with HIV/AIDS across the Caribbean. The couple, who lead HAMAFilms...

Haitians flocking to Guyana to get to French Guiana and beyond via Suriname

May 31, 2017
Haitians flocking to Guyana to get to French Guiana and beyond via Suriname GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Since the government of Suriname abruptly closed its consulate in Port-au- Prince for fear of “security” after it halted the visa free entrance of Haitians to Suriname, Guyana is now the destination of choice for Haitians looking to get to French Guiana, the USA and beyond.

CDB approves millions in loans and grants for ten borrowing member countries

May 31, 2017
CDB approves millions in loans and grants for ten borrowing member countries PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- On Monday, May 22, the board of directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), met in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. It approved the following projects in The Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, St Kitts and Nevis...

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...

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