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Tribute: Michel Stephane Bruno: The Haitian Steve Jobs you didn't know

June 24, 2016
Tribute: Michel Stephane Bruno: The Haitian Steve Jobs you didn't know He studied economics at the Université Quisqueya from 1993 until 1997. Some of the things that interested him were mobile technologies, telephone services, messaging and marketing, mobile applications and ICT4D. Other things that were of particular concern to this man were...

OAS secretary general urges parliamentarians in Haiti to fully assume their responsibilities

June 18, 2016
OAS secretary general urges parliamentarians in Haiti to fully assume their responsibilities WASHINGTON, USA -- The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, said he has noted with great concern that the Haitian National Assembly has failed to pronounce within the terms set forth by the February 5 Agreement on the extension or not of the...

Haiti warned against leaving 'institutional vacuum'

June 17, 2016
Haiti warned against leaving 'institutional vacuum' PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The United Nations and its partners in Haiti on Wednesday expressed concern that as the provisional president's agreed 120-day mandate has come to end, “no measures have been taken to ensure institutional continuity” in the island nation.

Commentary: A proposal to transform Haiti into a vibrant nation through self-help!

June 11, 2016
Commentary: A proposal to transform Haiti into a vibrant nation through self-help! The Republic of Haiti, in spite of its epic story of dismantling slavery for itself and for the rest of the world, has languished into a failed state status for its entire life as a nation during 200 years plus. It has known damning glory while a slave entity. It was the pearl of the islands during...

Commentary: Let the voices of the Haitian people be heard

June 10, 2016
Commentary: Let the voices of the Haitian people be heard “International interests in Haiti, in addition to checking off an ‘elections done’ box, are largely defined by controlling emigration, maintaining stability, and managing poverty. The latter is approached either through the creation of low wage factory jobs or by channelling toward Haiti vast sums...

Commentary: Haiti's symptoms of broken healthcare systems

June 8, 2016
Commentary: Haiti's symptoms of broken healthcare systems Among all the countries in the Americas, Haiti is one of the very poorest. This country has approximately ten million inhabitants, of which 75% exist on less than two dollars per day. This is presenting this people with extraordinary challenges, especially when it comes to sudden sickness.

Commentary: What if wealth creation for all was in the domain of human rights?

June 4, 2016
Commentary: What if wealth creation for all was in the domain of human rights? Two thousand years before the coming of Jesus the Christ on earth, the world was a pretty bleak setting, where the concept of human rights as we know it today was practiced only in Egypt, Mesopotamia (Iraq) and the island of Crete in Greece. The rest of the world was living under the...

Haiti can ill afford prolonged period of transitional governance, says UN secretary general

June 3, 2016
Haiti can ill afford prolonged period of transitional governance, says UN secretary general NEW YORK, USA -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, noting the release of the report on the verification of the electoral process in Haiti, has underlined that Haiti can “ill afford” a prolonged period of transitional governance.  “He is concerned that this situation has...

CDB provides funding to help Haitian entrepreneurs

June 3, 2016
CDB provides funding to help Haitian entrepreneurs BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has announced that it will contribute US$500,000 to give female and male entrepreneurs in Haiti better access to business loan and savings products. The Bank’s funding will specifically focus on underserved and...

Commentary: Haiti: No moving out and moving on

June 3, 2016
Commentary: Haiti: No moving out and moving on There is a certain illogic in the reaction of both the UN Secretary-General and the US State Department over the findings of a Haitian Verification Commission that evaluated the 25 October 2015 first round general elections. The Verification Commission (Cieve) presented a report on 30 May...

Exercise Tradewinds 2016 starts Sunday in Grenada

June 2, 2016
Exercise Tradewinds 2016 starts Sunday in Grenada ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Beginning Sunday, June 5, military and security forces from Caribbean nations will join the United States, Canada, France, and the United Kingdom for maritime and internal security and disaster response training in Grenada as part of Exercise Tradewinds 2016.

Commentary: The last electoral balloting in Haiti: A Mafioso exercise

June 2, 2016
Commentary: The last electoral balloting in Haiti: A Mafioso exercise I was a presidential candidate in the last election in Haiti. I wanted to become president of Haiti because I have written a vision of society that should have applied 30 years ago in the government that was not born because some voters on election day were massacred in the so called...

Commentary: Haiti's water crisis reveals failure of government

June 1, 2016
Commentary: Haiti's water crisis reveals failure of government If Canada is considered to be the best country in the world to live in, then without a doubt Haiti with all of its very big problems, political, economic and social, must currently be one of the worst countries to live in. There are huge problems as far as water resources and also sanitation infrastructure...

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...

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