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Commentary: A proposed road map for the government in the Great North of Haiti

September 2, 2017
Commentary: A proposed road map for the government in the Great North of Haiti The Great North of Haiti that includes the North, the North East and the North West has been the theater of most of the battles two centuries ago leading to the liberation of the slaves of St Domingue, creating Haiti, the first black republic and facilitating the end of slavery in the world. I am proposing...

Retired US Army colonel charged with conspiring to bribe senior officials in Haiti

August 30, 2017
Retired US Army colonel charged with conspiring to bribe senior officials in Haiti BOSTON, USA -- A retired US Army colonel was charged in a complaint unsealed on Tuesday for his alleged role in a foreign bribery and money laundering scheme in connection with a planned $84 million port development project in Haiti. Joseph Baptiste, 64, was arrested on Tuesday morning...

Commentary: The St Rose fiesta in Grand River, Haiti

August 26, 2017
Commentary: The St Rose fiesta in Grand River, Haiti The climax of religious/cultural festivals that take place in Haiti from July 16 to the end of summer is slowly coming to an end with the fiesta of St Rose on August 30 in Grand River. It is true there is still the fiesta of St Philomena (the popular saint venerated by believers but disqualified by the Catholic...

Seven years later, 37,967 Haitians still live in camps

August 22, 2017
Seven years later, 37,967 Haitians still live in camps PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Since the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the number of humanitarian organizations working in the country has been reduced drastically, while 37,967 displaced people are still living in 27 camps in Haiti despite the efforts of the Haitian government and the international community...

Commentary: The Purdue University experiment in Haiti

August 21, 2017
Commentary: The Purdue University experiment in Haiti I must thank Joel Lorquet for his brilliant public relations billboard informing internet users about the latest events and about the most comprehensive news on Haiti garnered from the major news outlets. As soon that I learned about the report of Purdue University on its weeklong visit to Haiti, I cleared my...

Haiti lottery chief wants to learn from the Dominican Republic

August 16, 2017
Haiti lottery chief wants to learn from the Dominican Republic PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Last week, Marie Margareth Fortuné, the director general of the Haitian State Lottery (LEH), paid a two-day visit to the Dominican Republic to learn about operations in the gambling industry and draw on good practices from its neighbours. In addition to a visit to the...

Commentary: Haitian wage protests and the future of the international textile industry

August 16, 2017
Commentary: Haitian wage protests and the future of the international textile industry On Monday June 26, 2017, Haitian garment workers marched towards the ministry of social affairs in Port-au-Prince to protest their profoundly low wages. As the workers walked, they held signs with slogans such as “long live the independent fight for factory workers.” Union leaders began protests in May.

US Coast Guard transfers 151 Haitian migrants to Bahamas

August 12, 2017
US Coast Guard transfers 151 Haitian migrants to Bahamas MIAMI, USA -- The US Coast Guard Cutter Seneca crew transferred 151 Haitian migrants on Friday to the Royal Bahamian Defence Force. The transfer is a combination of two separate interdiction cases in which Coast Guard aircrews and cutter crews located and rescued these migrants.

Commentary: A new church is erected in Haiti on the ashes of the old one

August 7, 2017
Commentary: A new church is erected in Haiti on the ashes of the old one The Gingerbread Church of St Louis King of France in Turgeau, Port au Prince, destroyed by the earthquake of January 12, 2010 has been at last rebuilt, seven years after the catastrophe that took the lives of some 300,000 people including seven of them in the very church. St Louis King of France’s...

US Coast Guard, Royal Bahamas Defence Force rescue more Haitian migrants

July 31, 2017
US Coast Guard, Royal Bahamas Defence Force rescue more Haitian migrants MIAMI, USA -- The US Coast Guard and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) rescued six Haitian migrants on Friday off Little Inagua, Bahamas. A fisherman contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard’s 7th District Command Center at 7:15 pm and reported the migrants were on the island.

Commentary: The road map for peace and prosperity for any and all nations on earth!

July 28, 2017
Commentary: The road map for peace and prosperity for any and all nations on earth! I will use examples from different nations on earth to illustrate my point. Living now in Haiti has taught me several truths one of them is: you harvest what you have sowed! For the past 60 years – 30 years under a dictatorial regime and 30 years under different regimes of faux democracy – the majority of the...

US Coast Guard tows disabled fishing vessel 35 miles south of Haiti to Dominican Republic

July 26, 2017
US Coast Guard tows disabled fishing vessel 35 miles south of Haiti to Dominican Republic MIAMI, USA -- The US Coast Guard was towing a 150-foot fishing vessel with 16 people aboard to the Las Calderas, Dominican Republic, on Tuesday. Watchstanders with the Coast Guard 7th District Command Center received an emergency position indicating radio beacon Saturday from...

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...

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