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UN Security Council visit sheds important light on situation as elections loom in Haiti

January 31, 2015
UN Security Council visit sheds important light on situation as elections loom in Haiti PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Members of the United Nations Security Council heard briefings on Thursday from the co-leads of a trip taken by the body to Haiti, where they saw first-hand the critical work being done by the UN Mission there in support of a better future for the country’s people.

Commentary: The curse of success

January 31, 2015
Commentary: The curse of success I was pondering recently about a Haiti where prosperity would be the lot of most; it then came to mind that prosperity has a cost. Ask any dweller in the rich enclave of Kenscoff-Petionville, where the nooks of the mountains surrounding Port au Prince hide some of the most impressing villas that would put...

Mass deportation of Haitians from the Dominican Republic

January 30, 2015
Mass deportation of Haitians from the Dominican Republic SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- On 27 January, 51 people, including 30 Dominican-born children, some of their mothers and 14 other adults were deported without due process to Haiti from the Dominican Republic. More deportations of Dominicans of Haitian descent and Haitian migrants are feared.

International community welcomes formation of new government in Haiti

January 26, 2015
International community welcomes formation of new government in Haiti PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The United Nations and its international partners have welcomed the formation of a new government in Haiti one week after the country's parliament became “dysfunctional” due to its failure to hold elections within its constitutional framework.

Commentary: Advice to the youth

January 24, 2015
Commentary: Advice to the youth Having both of my mother and father reaching and dying beyond their centenary, I can without being presumptuous offer some advices to the youth so their lives can be as long and as rewarding: Be reverent to God, to the family and to the nation. Some people take pleasure in advancing the...

Politically motivated armed gang in Haiti threatens to attack government targets, police

January 22, 2015
Politically motivated armed gang in Haiti threatens to attack government targets, police CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haitian police authorities said on Tuesday that a politically motivated armed group in the northern part of Haiti has vowed to attack government targets, while the Caribbean country's leader strives to solve a political impasse marked by a series of anti-government street protests.

Commentary: Haiti, five years after the goudougoudou!

January 17, 2015
Commentary: Haiti, five years after the goudougoudou! The Sunday morning mass at St Louis King of France in Port au Prince Haiti was filled to capacity. I was pondering as to why there were so many people at the church service, until I remembered that the day after Sunday is the 12th of January, the fifth anniversary of the goudougoudou – the earthquake...

'Dysfunctional' Haitian parliament deplored by UN and partners

January 16, 2015
'Dysfunctional' Haitian parliament deplored by UN and partners PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Urging all Haitian stakeholders to form a consensus government, the top United Nations official in the country joined the ambassadors of several countries this week in deploring the fact that the Haitian Parliament became “dysfunctional” after failing to hold elections.

Haitian president expected to issue executive order to hold crucial elections

January 14, 2015
Haitian president expected to issue executive order to hold crucial elections PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haiti's barrier to the holding of crucial overdue elections has now been lifted with the end of the term of the legislature, opening the possibility for the Caribbean country's leader to issue a decree to facilitate the organization of the ballot which has long been blocked by...

Haiti rebuilding national public health system with help from CDC

January 14, 2015
Haiti rebuilding national public health system with help from CDC ATLANTA, USA -- Five years after the devastating earthquake in 2010 left millions in need of urgent medical care, Haiti has made significant progress toward rebuilding the national public health system. Working with the Haitian government, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

Haitian earthquake five years on: Psychological scars remain

January 12, 2015
Haitian earthquake five years on: Psychological scars remain PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Although the catastrophic physical damage to housing, roads and public buildings wrought by the Haitian earthquake on January 12, 2010, is still visible, the psychological legacy that many young earthquake survivors are still struggling to live with is less easy to see.

Five years after earthquake, progress in Haiti still threatened by poverty, inequality

January 12, 2015
Five years after earthquake, progress in Haiti still threatened by poverty, inequality PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Five years after a massive earthquake killed 200,000 people in Haiti, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is appealing for funds to continue momentum towards building more resilient communities that will withstand future disasters. Today, some three million...

New hospital to be dedicated in Haiti

January 12, 2015
New hospital to be dedicated in Haiti PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Five years after an earthquake destroyed St Francis de Sales Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the hospital is set to re-open in a new, modern facility, thanks in large part to support of Catholic health care organizations in the United States.  The new St Francis de Sales...

End to political impasse in Haiti called for before weekend

January 10, 2015
End to political impasse in Haiti called for before weekend PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Less than a week before the Parliament in Haiti becomes dysfunctional, the United Nations and its international partners have noted with deep concern that no solution to the political crisis has yet been found. The secretary-general’s special representative in Haiti...

Commentary: Why could the Caribbean not become the Mediterranean of the Americas?

January 10, 2015
Commentary: Why could the Caribbean not become the Mediterranean of the Americas? The Mediterranean is that body of water and of people along the shores that links Asia, Africa and Europe and which played throughout history a significant role in the shaping of world movement and world commerce. It was the highway toward colonization, trade and the search for new food in particular...

Five years after devastating earthquake tens of thousands still homeless and desperate in Haiti

January 9, 2015
Five years after devastating earthquake tens of thousands still homeless and desperate in Haiti PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Five years on from a devastating earthquake in Haiti, tens of thousands of people remain homeless as government policy failures, forced evictions and short-term solutions have failed many who lost everything in the disaster, said Amnesty International on Thursday.

Haitian government denies Ebola rumour

January 5, 2015
Haitian government denies Ebola rumour PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- The Haitian department of public health and population has issued a formal denial of rumours appearing in some social networks to the effect that a first case of Ebola has been detected in Haiti, specifically in the area of Petite Riviere de l'Artibonite, in the northern region.

Haitian president calls for unity

January 3, 2015
Haitian president calls for unity PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haitian President Michel Martelly on Thursday called on all Haitian actors to unite in a spirit of sacrifice to serve the higher interests of Haiti where a new prime minister has been appointed as the Caribbean country struggles to solve a political crisis.

Commentary: The way ahead for Haiti

December 27, 2014
Commentary: The way ahead for Haiti At this cusp of the rotation of the calendar year, I usually take time to ponder and reflect on the past events so as to foresee the trajectory of the New Year.  In the rest of the world, there was the opening of the freezer door between the United States and Cuba. There were, in New York and Ferguson...

UN and partners welcome appointment of interim prime minister in Haiti

December 26, 2014
UN and partners welcome appointment of interim prime minister in Haiti NEW YORK, USA -- The United Nations and its international partners on Tuesday welcomed the designation of Florence Guillaume as Haiti’s interim prime minister. Guillaume, who was previously serving as minister of public health and population, was appointed by Haiti’s president in accordance...

Haitian president appoints new interim prime minister

December 24, 2014
Haitian president appoints new interim prime minister PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haitian President Michel Martelly has appointed Florence Duperval Guillaume as prime minister to replace Laurent Lamothe, who resigned over a week ago, in a move to help solve a political crisis threatening the Caribbean country's stability.

Woman journalist fired in Haiti for reporting sexual harassment

December 24, 2014
Woman journalist fired in Haiti for reporting sexual harassment PARIS, France (RSF) -- Press freedom organisation Reporters Without Borders has called for a thorough investigation into the allegations of repeated harassment that two women journalists and five other female employees at Haiti’s state-owned radio and TV broadcaster RTNH...

Haiti played key role in restoration of Cuba-US relations

December 23, 2014
Haiti played key role in restoration of Cuba-US relations PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The Office of the President of Haiti has indicated that President Michel Martelly made a contribution to the normalization of relations between Cuba and the US that led to the release from Cuban prison of US citizen Alan Gross. “The head of state congratulates the contribution...

IMF approves US$2.4 million disbursement to Haiti

December 22, 2014
IMF approves US$2.4 million disbursement to Haiti WASHINGTON, USA -- On December 17, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) completed the eighth and final review of Haiti’s performance under its program supported by the extended credit facility (ECF) arrangement. Completion of the review will enable an...

Haitians plan protest against Bahamas in Florida

December 20, 2014
Haitians plan protest against Bahamas in Florida NASSAU, Bahamas -- The government on Thursday night warned Bahamians traveling to Miami to be aware of planned protests of the country’s new immigration policy by Haitians and people of Haitian descent near the Bahamas Consulate and two other locations.

Bahamas is 11th most homicidal country in the world, says new report

December 20, 2014
Bahamas is 11th most homicidal country in the world, says new report NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamas’ murder rate is among the top 15 in the world, according to the United Nations (UN) and World Health Organization’s (WHO) 2014 Global Status Report on Violence Prevention. Based on the data compiled in the report, The Bahamas has the 11th highest homicide rate.

Haiti to receive $23.7 million for power line renovation

December 20, 2014
Haiti to receive $23.7 million for power line renovation WASHINGTON, USA -- The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $23.7 million grant to provide the financing needed to refurbish the power transmission line from the Péligre hydroelectric plant (PHP), Haiti’s largest renewable energy generation facility, to the communities of...

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