Category: Haiti

4.3 magnitude earthquake recorded in Haiti

An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.3 was recorded in Port au Prince and surrounding areas on Saturday. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said that the tremor, which occurred at 4:14 p.m. (local time), was widely felt in the departments of the Central Plateau and Port Au Prince. The epicenter of the earthquake was […]

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HAITI – Minister fired amid corruption scandal

PORT-AU-PRINCE – A Haitian Government Minister was yesterday sacked in a move President Jovenel Moise said was intended to keep his Government clear of corruption allegations. Minister of Social Affairs and Labour Roosevelt Bellevue was relieved of his duties amid widespread reports of his alleged involvement in the over-charging of kits to school children. The […]

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Canada opens Montreal stadium to Haitian refugees fleeing U.S.

Reports here say as a surge of asylum-seeking Haitians fleeing the United States amid increasing deportation fears is overwhelming Canadian immigration agencies and has forced the opening of the massive Olympic Stadium in Montreal to temporarily house some of the refugees. PRAIDA, a government-funded immigrant-support program in Quebec, said it received 1,200 new requests from […]

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Heavy rains in Haiti trigger landslides

PORT-AU-PRINCE – Haiti has been hit by more tragedy. Although the impact was nowhere near the scale of the destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew last year, torrential rains on Wednesday left a trail of death and damage in the country. One person is reported dead and scores have been injured, including five in critical condition. […]

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Downpours ruin spring harvest in beleaguered southwest Haiti

Flooding in southwest Haiti has wiped out as much as 80 per cent of the spring harvest in a beleaguered region that is nearly completely dependent on farming, officials said Friday. About five days of rain saturated swaths of the Caribbean region and triggered flooding across southwest Haiti, drowning crops and causing at least four […]

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HAITI – UN child sex ring

PORT-AU-PRINCE – In the ruins of a tropical hideaway where jetsetters once sipped rum under the Caribbean sun, the abandoned children tried to make a life for themselves. They begged and scavenged for food, but they never could scrape together enough to beat back the hunger, until the UN peacekeepers moved in a few blocks […]

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HAITI: 34 killed as bus slams into crowd

Thirty-four people were killed and 17 injured on Sunday when a bus slammed into a crowd in the city of Gonaives. The police report that the bus first hit two pedestrians, killing one. The bus then ploughed into a band of street musicians, leaving dozens dead. The injured were rushed to hospital by the emergency […]

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Haiti says final farewell to former president Rene Preval

Thousands of Haitians gathered on Saturday to say an emotional final farewell to former President Rene Preval, 74, the country’s first democratically elected leader to peacefully transfer power to his successors. In two hours of religious and civil ceremonies, bishops and family members remembered the soft-spoken former agronomist as a man of simplicity who held […]

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Haiti’s new leader

PORT-AU-PRINCE – Haiti officially has a new elected president. Jovenel Moise was installed this morning as the French speaking nation’s 58th president in a brief ceremony that was attended by former President Michel Martelly, as well as Caribbean and international dignitaries. The 48-year-old entrepreneur and political novice took the oath of office at the Haitian […]

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No home in Haiti

Nearly seven years ago, Adrienne St Fume and her family fled their home as the earth shook and their city crumbled around them. They ended up in what was then a vacant lot overlooking a cluster of shops along a busy street in the Haitian capital – and they’ve been there ever since, as they […]

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HAITI – Election protests continue

PORT-AU-PRINCE – Loud appeals by Haitian electoral officials for calm and patience as vote counting continues have been falling on deaf ears, with political parties and citizens clamouring for the results of Sunday’s first round of presidential elections. For several days, demonstrators have led violent protests on the streets of the capital, Port-au-Prince, clashing with […]

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Haitians to vote on Sunday

Haitians vote in a long-delayed presidential election on Sunday that residents hope will stabilize the impoverished nation and help it get back on its feet after a devastating hurricane last month. The struggling Haitians, despite skepticism, look for the election to bring an end to a year of political uncertainty and deliver a president who […]

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Boy killed in Haiti amid protest

A teenage boy was fatally shot in Haiti on Tuesday amid protests over delays in aid distribution after a Category 4 hurricane pummeled the Caribbean country last month. It is the second such death reported in the past week. Protesters were seen running through the streets of the southern coastal city of Les Cayes pushing […]

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Missing after Matthew

On Saturday October 22, Barbados TODAY and CapitalMedia HD 99.3 will stand in solidarity with Haiti as they team up to stage a Radiothon to raise funds for the country ravaged by Hurricane Matthew. This week, we will feature the stories of Haitians as they coped with the disaster. PORT-A-PIMENT, Haiti – Nobody has seen or heard from Edma Desravine, […]

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Wyclef Jean faces criminal probe over Haiti charity

PORT-AU-PRINCE – Wyclef Jean, the hip-hop artist and former candidate for the presidency of Haiti, says he is “committed to ensuring that things are made right” amid news of a criminal investigation into the finances of his personal charity. The musician’s lawyer, Avi Schick, confirmed that Jean’s Haitian aid organization, Yele, went out of business […]

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CARICOM steps up to help Haiti

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has delivered a shipment of approximately US$53 000 worth of emergency relief supplies to hurricane-ravaged Haiti. The items were transported by the United States government, through the collaborative efforts of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) Coordinating Unit and the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) in Jamaica. […]

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Waiting for help

On Saturday October 22, Barbados TODAY and CapitalMedia HD 99.3 will stand in solidarity with Haiti as they team up to stage a Radiothon to raise funds for the country ravaged by Hurricane Matthew. This week, we will feature the stories of Haitians as they coped with the disaster.   by Nicole Best, CMC JEREMIE, Haiti – It’s two o’ clock in […]

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