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Two more Haitian migrant vessels intercepted in Turks and Caicos

January 31, 2017
Two more Haitian migrant vessels intercepted in Turks and Caicos PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- As police and immigration officials in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) continue to search for bodies that may still be in the waters of the North West Point area of Providenciales from an illegal Haitian migrant vessel that capsized last Tuesday, two more illegal Haitian vessels...

Four vessels with 126 undocumented migrants intercepted off Puerto Rico

January 27, 2017
Four vessels with 126 undocumented migrants intercepted off Puerto Rico AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), US Coast Guard and the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD), working under the Caribbean Border Interagency Group (CBIG), have intercepted 126 undocumented migrants from the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Haiti.

Twelve Haitian migrants found dead in the Turks and Caicos Islands

January 26, 2017
Twelve Haitian migrants found dead in the Turks and Caicos Islands PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- On Tuesday, the bodies of twelve Haitian migrants were found in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), where the search for survivors and other possible victims was expected to resume on Wednesday. Police found at least five of the bodies ashore after...

Applications open for Caribbean youth entrepreneurship tech incubation programme

January 25, 2017
Applications open for Caribbean youth entrepreneurship tech incubation programme BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- A technology incubation programme that provides business support services for young entrepreneurs in Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and Haiti is open for applications. The Caribbean Tech Entrepreneurship Programme (CTEP) is an initiative of the...

Commentary: Gros Morne, Haiti, the capital of the forbidden fruit: The Francis mango

January 24, 2017
Commentary: Gros Morne, Haiti, the capital of the forbidden fruit: The Francis mango On February 2, the city of Gros Morne in Haiti celebrates the fiesta of its patron saint, Mary, Notre Dame de la Chandeleur (Our Lady of Candlemas), I visited the city for the fiesta; it is an experience worth enjoying in spite of the chaotic road that leads to the city, which is in the most charitable...

Three months after Hurricane Matthew, 1.5 million Haitians face hunger

January 20, 2017
Three months after Hurricane Matthew, 1.5 million Haitians face hunger PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- While the number of Haitians facing hunger in areas hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew has declined steadily in the three months since the deadly storm ripped through the tiny island nation, more than 1.5 million people nevertheless remain food insecure.

Seven years after devastating earthquake, 47,000 people still live in camps in Haiti

January 19, 2017
Seven years after devastating earthquake, 47,000 people still live in camps in Haiti PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Following the earthquake in January 2010, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) undertook the implementation of a monitoring system of displaced persons in camps in Haiti, named the displacement tracking matrix (DTM), in partnership with...

Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Ban Ki-moon's 'principled pragmatism' at UN failed Haiti's cholera victims badly!

January 19, 2017
Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Ban Ki-moon's 'principled pragmatism' at UN failed Haiti's cholera victims badly! Now that Ban Ki-moon is no longer UN Secretary General, the former South Korean foreign minister is widely seen in Seoul as having both eyes clearly set on becoming his homeland’s next president. When he actually throws his hat into the presidential election ring is regarded as a mere formality...

Colombia expels more than 20,000 Haitians in 2016

January 17, 2017
Colombia expels more than 20,000 Haitians in 2016 PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- On Sunday, authorities in Colombia revealed that, during 2016, they had expelled from their country nearly 34,000 illegal migrants, including: 20,366 Haitians, 8,167 Cubans, 874 Indians, 570 Congolese and 553 Nepalese, HaitiLibre reported. Foreign migrants were...

Extradited Haitian senator pleads not guilty to US federal charges

January 14, 2017
Extradited Haitian senator pleads not guilty to US federal charges MIAMI, USA -- On Friday morning, the elected Haitian senator, Guy Philippe, who was arrested on January 5 and deported to the United States, appeared in Miami federal court for the arraignment hearing on charges ranging from the importation of narcotics to money laundering.

Doubt raised in Haiti over legality of extradition of elected senator

January 13, 2017
Doubt raised in Haiti over legality of extradition of elected senator PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Doubt has been raised in Haiti over the legality of the extradition of elected senator Guy Philippe on January 5, with many referring to the agreement signed on October 17, 1997 between US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and President René Préval...

Americans attacked in violent reprisals in Haiti following extradition of elected senator

January 12, 2017
Americans attacked in violent reprisals in Haiti following extradition of elected senator PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Missionaries and foreign workers, mostly American, from an orphanage in southern Haiti, were attacked by unidentified individuals, supporters of elected Senator Guy Phillipe, who was arrested and extradited to the United States on January 5 to face US federal...

Extradited Haitian senator charged with drug trafficking and money laundering

January 9, 2017
Extradited Haitian senator charged with drug trafficking and money laundering MIAMI, USA -- The US Attorney's Office in the Southern District of Florida has released details of the charges against newly elected Haitian senator Guy Philippe, who was arrested on Thursday afternoon in Port au Prince and deported to the United States the same day, before he was sworn in...

Haitian senator extradited to the US

January 7, 2017
Haitian senator extradited to the US PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- On Thursday evening, elected Senator Guy Philippe (Grande Anse) was taken to Toussaint Louverture Airport in Haiti where, surrounded by armed agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), he was boarded handcuffed on a non-commercial...

Vessel with 84 Haitian migrants intercepted in Turks and Caicos

January 7, 2017
Vessel with 84 Haitian migrants intercepted in Turks and Caicos PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- A motorized wooden boat from Haiti was intercepted at approximately 11:30 am on Thursday 23 miles southeast of Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) with 84 illegal migrants aboard. The vessel was spotted by officers of the Royal Turks and Caicos...

Commentary: The culture of poverty: An impediment to a nation's development

January 7, 2017
Commentary: The culture of poverty: An impediment to a nation's development At the sunrise of this year 2017, it is customary to set resolutions for the New Year and take steps to achieve those goals. The one that I formulate with all my heart for my beloved Caribbean, including Haiti, is to get out of the culture of poverty to enter into the realm of the culture of wealth...

Fly Allways Suriname to cease operations on January 15

January 6, 2017
Fly Allways Suriname to cease operations on January 15 PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- According to reliable sources, the owners of the Suriname airline Fly Allways will cease operation of the airline on January 15 of this year. Fly Allways officially started operations about a year ago on January 10, 2016, with the launch of its inaugural domestic flight.

Jovenel Moise confirmed as Haiti's 58th president

January 5, 2017
Jovenel Moise confirmed as Haiti's 58th president PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Following the decision of the Office of the National Electoral Litigation (BCEN) declaring after deliberation that after the analysis of the 12 percent sample of the Procès Verbaux (PV), the official voters lists, "it has not detected any massive fraud but only...

Cholera cases in Haiti increased sharply in 2016

January 2, 2017
Cholera cases in Haiti increased sharply in 2016 PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- As a consequence of Hurricane Matthew, during October 2016, the number of suspected cases of cholera in Haiti increased sharply from 2,377 in September to 4,985 in October. Some 48 percent of these new suspect cases were reported in the departments of...

Commentary: Haiti edges towards chaos on the eve of its independence anniversary of January 1, 2017

December 31, 2016
Commentary: Haiti edges towards chaos on the eve of its independence anniversary of January 1, 2017 Haiti’s transition from one government to another has been a difficult caesarian operation since its very early age. Indeed, after its epic story of January 1, 1804, when it unleashed the Haitian and the global black population from the yoke of slavery, it sank into ignominy by savagely murdering...

Publication of results of Haiti presidential election postponed

December 30, 2016
Publication of results of Haiti presidential election postponed PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- In a note from Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council (CEP), Uder Antoine, the executive director, informed "the general population, political parties, political groups and candidates for the presidency in particular" that, due to the verification process and the different phases...

Ballot verification in Haiti suspended after electoral judges challenged

December 29, 2016
Ballot verification in Haiti suspended after electoral judges challenged PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- On Tuesday, the verification of ballots cast in the presidential election in Haiti on November 20, taking place at the Vote Tabulation Center (CTV) was suspended for a few minutes following receipt of a summons from losing parties Pitit Dessalin and LAPEH...

UN emergency fund authorises $3.5 million for restoring education services in Haiti

December 29, 2016
UN emergency fund authorises $3.5 million for restoring education services in Haiti PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The United Nations fund aimed at rapid humanitarian response for people affected by natural disasters and armed conflict has approved $3.5 million for restoring safe education services for schools and other relief activities in storm-hit southwest Haiti.

Publication of final election results in Haiti expected on Thursday as planned

December 28, 2016
Publication of final election results in Haiti expected on Thursday as planned PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- With just one day to go before the deadline for the publication of the final results of the presidential election in Haiti, the verification of the Procès Verbaux (PV), the official voters lists, appeared to be on track to comply with the calendar set by the Provisional Electoral...

US revokes Haitian presidential candidate's visa

December 24, 2016
US revokes Haitian presidential candidate's visa PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Jean-Charles Moïse, the candidate for the Pitit Dessalin party, one of the three challengers to the winner Jovenel Moïse in the first round of last month’s presidential elections in Haiti, has confirmed that his US visa has been revoked by the US Embassy...

Commentary: Yes there will be a Christmas in 2016!

December 24, 2016
Commentary: Yes there will be a Christmas in 2016! The good Pope Francis in the middle of the year, in the midst of so many global casualties and incidents during the year, lamented aloud whether we should have Christmas in 2016. Yet, God has promised he will no more listen to the vicissitude in the heart of man and woman, there will be...

Tensions mount during ballot validation in Haiti

December 23, 2016
Tensions mount during ballot validation in Haiti PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- On Wednesday, the second day of verification of ballots in the November 20 presidential election in Haiti, the situation at the Votes Tabulation Centre (CTV) became increasingly tense, with tempers rising and a lack of restraint evident between the lawyers and...

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