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Matthew now a hurricane after leaving death and destruction in the Eastern Caribbean

September 30, 2016
Matthew now a hurricane after leaving death and destruction in the Eastern Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- Tropical storm Matthew strengthened to hurricane force on Thursday after leaving one dead and causing widespread flooding and landslides as it slowly made its way across the Eastern Caribbean on Wednesday evening. Officials in St Vincent and the Grenadines confirmed...

Human rights defender combating Haitian statelessness attacked in Dominican Republic

September 30, 2016
Human rights defender combating Haitian statelessness attacked in Dominican Republic SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Around 8.30pm on 25 September, Dominican human rights defender Genaro Rincon was verbally and physically assaulted in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. Various other defenders working against statelessness...

Haiti waiting for full implementation of UN pledges on cholera outbreak

September 26, 2016
Haiti waiting for full implementation of UN pledges on cholera outbreak NEW YORK, USA -- Warning of a “significant humanitarian deterioration” following fresh outbreaks of cholera in his country, Haitian President Jocelerme Privert took to the podium of the United Nations General Assembly on Friday to call for swift implementation of Secretary-General...

Panama welcomes US decision to deport Haitians

September 26, 2016
Panama welcomes US decision to deport Haitians PANAMA CITY, Panama -- On Friday, the president of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, expressed confidence that the flow of Haitian migrants in Central America will decline following the decision of the United States to reactivate the deportation of undocumented Haitians.  Varela noted that...

Tens of thousands of Haitians en route to US, says immigration official

September 24, 2016
Tens of thousands of Haitians en route to US, says immigration official WASHINGTON, USA -- On Thursday, Sarah Saldana, director of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told the Judiciary Committee of the House in Washington that nearly 40,000 Haitians could be on the way to the United States amid what she called an "emergency...

Sanitation initiative in southeastern Haiti shows promising results, says UNICEF

September 23, 2016
Sanitation initiative in southeastern Haiti shows promising results, says UNICEF PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- A sanitation initiative in southeastern Haiti has shown encouraging results, with a major reduction in the number of water-borne infections for local residents, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). “Five localities in this region have...

Letter: Reparations to Haiti

September 23, 2016
Letter: Reparations to Haiti Colonialism Reparation asks that the demands of justice and compensation presented by the victims of the cholera epidemic in Haiti are met by the UN and become part of the program of the next Haitian government. On August 18, 2016, as disclosed by the press, the report...

Commentary: I am predicting Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States

September 22, 2016
Commentary: I am predicting Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States I remember when I predicted in February 2008 in a column entitled Obama the Barack that Barack Obama would be the future president of the United States when the election took place in November. I remember also when I predicted that Michel Martelly would become president of Haiti.

Clinton emails reveal more 'shenanigans' in Haiti

September 21, 2016
Clinton emails reveal more 'shenanigans' in Haiti NEW YORK, USA -- In an article entitled “More Clinton shenanigans in Haiti”, Mary Anastasia O’Grady writing in the Wall Street Journal has reported that on January 27, 2011, Clinton Foundation chief operating officer Laura Graham sent an email to then-Secretary of State..

More than 50,000 people demand solution to crisis of 'ghost citizens' in the Dominican Republic

September 21, 2016
More than 50,000 people demand solution to crisis of 'ghost citizens' in the Dominican Republic SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- An Amnesty International delegation and representatives of Dominican civil society will meet the minister of presidency, Gustavo Montalvo, at the Presidential Palace in the Dominican Republic on 21 September to deliver more than...

Panama seeks UN help to curb influx of Haitian migrants

September 20, 2016
Panama seeks UN help to curb influx of Haitian migrants NEW YORK, USA -- At a meeting on Sunday in New York with Ban Ki-moon, the secretary general of the United Nations, the president of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, asked Ban to support the democratic transition in Haiti and its economy, in order to curb the influx of migrants from Haiti.

Deportations of Haitians commence from French Guiana

September 19, 2016
Deportations of Haitians commence from French Guiana PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Overnight Thursday of last week, about 15 Haitian undocumented migrants in French Guiana were expelled and repatriated by plane to Port-au-Prince, HaitiLibre reported. The operation occurred a few weeks after the decision of the authorities in French Guiana...

Temporary closure of Suriname consulate in Haiti

September 17, 2016
Temporary closure of Suriname consulate in Haiti PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Following an increase in the flow of migrants of Haitian origin and a complaint from France, Suriname recently imposed a mandatory visa requirement on Haitians that came into effect on Thursday, September 15. However, in Port-au-Prince more than...

Commentary: The United Nations in the case of Haiti may have done more harm than good

September 13, 2016
Commentary: The United Nations in the case of Haiti may have done more harm than good I remember exactly where I was when the news broke out that some people in Haiti were dying of a strange disease. It was around this same time of the year, October 8, 2010, six years ago. I was on a bus going from Port au Prince to Cape Haitian; one of the passengers on the bus...

Large quantity of imported weapons seized in Haiti

September 10, 2016
Large quantity of imported weapons seized in Haiti PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- At the customs facility in St Marc, Haiti, a search of a truck loaded with used items from Miami resulted in customs officials discovering and seizing a large quantity of weapons, ammunition and various military equipment. According to HaitiLibre, reportedly seized...

New UN-supported water supply system inaugurated in Haiti

September 10, 2016
New UN-supported water supply system inaugurated in Haiti PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- As part of its quick impact projects, the United Nations mission Haiti has inaugurated a new water supply system that is expected to provide for more than 13,800 people – more than half of whom are women – in parts of the country’s Central Department.

Commentary: The Royal Decameron Haiti, a tool for development for that nation!

September 10, 2016
Commentary: The Royal Decameron Haiti, a tool for development for that nation! On Friday, September 2, a team from Costa Rica played Haiti in the World Cup qualifying rounds. The Costa Rican team beat Haiti 1-0. In that regard a group of supporters from Costa Rica – some 200 people lodged at the all inclusive Royal Decameron hotel – missed the game because...

Caribbean fisherfolk look to the future

September 8, 2016
Caribbean fisherfolk look to the future PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Leaders of the Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organisations (CNFO) met at a two-day performance and planning workshop to discuss and critically assess the CNFO’s performance since its formation almost ten years ago. They were joined in this exercise...

Money transfer service starts operations in Cuba and Haiti

September 5, 2016
Money transfer service starts operations in Cuba and Haiti PARIS, France -- International remittances provider, Tempo Money Transfer, started its operations in Cuba and Haiti in alliance with 'More Money Transfers'. The Paris-headquartered company and Uruguay-based operator successfully established the joint project and commenced remittances...

Commentary: Cape Haitian has lost a maverick son in the passing of Nonce Novella Zephyr

September 3, 2016
Commentary: Cape Haitian has lost a maverick son in the passing of Nonce Novella Zephyr Nonce Novella Zephyr, the son of a family from Corsica, France, who took root in Haiti around 1920, died in the American Hospital in Paris on August 15, 2016. At the beginning there were two brothers from Corsica seeking fortune in the tropics, Ange and Nonce Novella. Nonce Novella established...

Commentary: Constructive dialogue on banking

September 3, 2016
Commentary: Constructive dialogue on banking On Monday, August 29, 2016, Caribbean News Now ran an article by Kenneth Rijock, entitled “US tells Haiti it will cut off money transfers in November if no reforms undertaken”. While one could have dismissed the article because of erroneous statements and the lack of a point...

US tells Haiti it will cut off money transfers in November if no reforms undertaken

August 29, 2016
US tells Haiti it will cut off money transfers in November if no reforms undertaken MIAMI, USA -- The Obama Administration has reportedly warned that it will end all money transfers from the US to Haiti in November, 2016, unless certain unspecified "corrective measures" are taken. Many Haitians have, for decades, been largely supported by remittances sent...

Low pressure area brings heavy rains to Bahamas, Hispaniola and Cuba

August 27, 2016
Low pressure area brings heavy rains to Bahamas, Hispaniola and Cuba MIAMI, USA -- A weak area of low pressure was located between the northeastern coast of Cuba and the central Bahamas on Friday. The associated shower and thunderstorm activity increased during the day on Friday, but remained disorganized and is located mainly to the east and...

Commentary: Donald Trump's controversial pitch to black American voters

August 27, 2016
Commentary: Donald Trump's controversial pitch to black American voters I have been observing the American election for November 8, 2016, on the sidelines, sometimes making comparison with the forthcoming presidential election in Haiti on October 9, 2016. As one of the operatives of the campaign of the candidate of RCG30, the group of candidates that...

Tropical storm conditions threaten Leeward Islands and Bahamas

August 25, 2016
Tropical storm conditions threaten Leeward Islands and Bahamas MIAMI, USA -- A strong tropical wave and associated broad area of low pressure was moving westward across the northern Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico towards The Bahamas on Wednesday, bringing tropical-storm-force winds and heavy rain. According to the National Hurricane Center...

Letter: UN must now compensate Haiti

August 25, 2016
Letter: UN must now compensate Haiti The BBC is reporting that the United Nations (UN) has admitted that, after much detailed investigations, the Nepalese troops that were under its command and were stationed in Haiti a few years ago were in fact responsible for the cholera outbreak that killed several thousand people.

Commentary: New Broward county poll has Haitian-American leading in race for sheriff

August 23, 2016
Commentary: New Broward county poll has Haitian-American leading in race for sheriff Edison Jules, a man with substantial experience when it comes to law enforcement and also a successful businessman, has announced his decision to challenge current Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel for the position as County Sheriff. He announced his bid in the media...

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