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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.

Agribusiness and handicraft firms in Haiti and Dominican Republic awarded 700,000 euros

March 30, 2015
Agribusiness and handicraft firms in Haiti and Dominican Republic awarded 700,000 euros BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) has awarded €700,000 to 31 firms and business support organizations (BSOs) in Haiti and the Dominican Republic via the Binational Grants Programme, as part of the Haiti/Dominican Republic...

Haiti tourism re-positioned at ITB Berlin

March 28, 2015
Haiti tourism re-positioned at ITB Berlin BERLIN, Germany -- Haiti’s tourism product has been re-positioned to international tourism service providers at ITB Berlin 2015. A delegation from Haiti’s ministry of tourism and creative industries led by Minister Stephanie Villedrouin participated at ITB Berlin 2015, one of the world’s largest...

Commentary: Singapore has lost a loving and effective founding father

March 28, 2015
Commentary: Singapore has lost a loving and effective founding father It is very rare that a founding father could have lived long enough to document the realizations of his struggle to bring his people not only to statehood but also to the actualization of well-being for the majority of the population of his country. In a world where national heroes are often assassinated...

Expedia reports major developments for Haiti

March 27, 2015
Expedia reports major developments for Haiti PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- The Expedia group, one of the world's largest online travel companies, has reported significant expansion in the Haiti market in 2014, including increased travel demand, hotel partner acquisitions and a surge in mobile and package bookings for the burgeoning destination.

Commentary: An unprecedented catastrophe is looming on the horizon in Haiti

March 25, 2015
Commentary: An unprecedented catastrophe is looming on the horizon in Haiti We are preparing for CARIFESTA! We are preparing for the elections! We are preparing for the Flower Carnival! We are preparing for the Copa de Oro! But how many of us Haitians see these dark, heavy and violent clouds accumulated along the east of the island and which are threatening us...

Secretary general pledges continued OAS support on conclusion of visit to Haiti

March 24, 2015
Secretary general pledges continued OAS support on conclusion of visit to Haiti PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, on Monday concluded a visit to Haiti, during which he met with the country’s President Michel Martelly, and Prime Minister Evans Paul, to discuss the challenge facing the government.

Continued US concern over Bahamas aviation sector, drug activity

March 23, 2015
Continued US concern over Bahamas aviation sector, drug activity NASSAU, Bahamas -- The US State Department says Haitian and Haitian-Bahamian drug trafficking organizations continue to play a major role in movement of cocaine and those organizations are “increasingly networked between Haiti and the significant Haitian diaspora in The Bahamas”.

Human rights allegations against Bahamas denounced as 'false, baseless and malicious'

March 21, 2015
Human rights allegations against Bahamas denounced as 'false, baseless and malicious' WASHINGTON, USA -- Denouncing allegations made against The Bahamas by the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHRA) as ”false, baseless and malicious,” minister of state for legal affairs Damian Gomez told members of the Infer-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on Friday...

Commentary: The significance of Selma in the grand march from Vertieres

March 21, 2015
Commentary: The significance of Selma in the grand march from Vertieres On Saturday, March 7, 2015, the United States united as one celebrated the 50th anniversary of the March from Selma to Montgomery passing through the Edmond Pettus Bridge, where on a bloody Sunday of March 7, 1965, some 600 marchers were met with clubs and tear gas by the state police.

Haiti making 'measurable gains' towards 2015 elections

March 20, 2015
Haiti making 'measurable gains' towards 2015 elections NEW YORK, USA -- The government of Haiti has made progress towards the holding of elections critical for the country’s stability and development, the top United Nations official in the Caribbean nation told the Security Council on Wednesday. Presenting the secretary-general’s report...

Haiti worries about election security as UN plans to withdraw from six regions

March 18, 2015
Haiti worries about election security as UN plans to withdraw from six regions PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haitian government and election authorities on Monday expressed concern about the security of the upcoming elections as UN peacekeepers plan to pull out of six of the Caribbean country's ten regions as part of a withdrawal plan voted over the past couple of years.

Haitian president calls on population to participate in upcoming election

March 17, 2015
Haitian president calls on population to participate in upcoming election PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) - The General Secretariat of the Haitian presidency announced on Sunday that President Michel Martelly called on the population to participate in the upcoming election, through an executive order dated March 13, endorsing the electoral timetable.

Clintons in spotlight over Haiti gold mining deal

March 16, 2015
Clintons in spotlight over Haiti gold mining deal PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- A new book, which goes on sale May 5, reveals that Tony Rodham, brother of former US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, sat on the board of a company that landed a sweetheart gold mining deal in Haiti after Bill and Hillary Clinton directed millions...

UN mission welcomes proposed calendar for 2015 elections in Haiti

March 16, 2015
UN mission welcomes proposed calendar for 2015 elections in Haiti NEW YORK, usa -- The United Nations mission in Haiti on Friday welcomed the formal proposal of a calendar for elections that have been delayed since 2011 and are scheduled to take place this year and looked forward to its prompt publication. The mission, known as MINUSTAH...

UN and Haitian partners appeal for aid to reduce vulnerability, build resilience

March 14, 2015
UN and Haitian partners appeal for aid to reduce vulnerability, build resilience PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The United Nations, the Haitian government and its partners have launched a $401 million appeal to reduce extreme vulnerability, while building resilience on the small Caribbean nation. The Transitional Appeal, which covers 2015 and 2016 and is known as TAP...

Commentary: May their souls and their bones rot in hell for eternity!

March 14, 2015
Commentary: May their souls and their bones rot in hell for eternity! Haiti’s age of innocence has been broken by an invisible hand, a group of maroons have been attacking religious institutions, in particular the good nuns of the Catholic Church, pillaging their domains, raping some and sending some to hospital. In total, some 29 institutions have been recently...

Anti-government movement loses momentum in Haiti

March 12, 2015
Anti-government movement loses momentum in Haiti PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- A movement initiated by radical opposition parties and other groups to demand the early resignation of Haiti's President Michel Martelly as a prerequisite for their participation in the next election, seems to have been losing momentum over the past weeks.

Commentary: Time for cool heads on both sides of the Haitian-Dominican fence

March 7, 2015
Commentary: Time for cool heads on both sides of the Haitian-Dominican fence I have personally experienced the anti-Haitian hysteria in Dominican Republic. I was there recently at the University of Santo Domingo as part of a group to present a lecture on Haiti’s founding founder, Jean Jacques Dessalines, for the Haitian-Dominican Diaspora. We were prevented from speaking by...

Haiti takes decisive step toward holding elections with new decree

March 6, 2015
Haiti takes decisive step toward holding elections with new decree PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haitian Prime Minister Evans Paul has handed over to the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) a decree governing the organization of presidential, legislative and local elections, marking a decisive step toward the holding of the balloting this year.

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