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Haiti: Dominican poultry and eggs prohibition continues, pending review

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - "No. The bans on meat products from the Dominican Republic are not yet lifted. But the meats that are not chickens can cross the Haitian-Dominican border," said the Minister of Economy and Finance and Commerce and Industry on Tuesday at hearing in the Lower House of Parliament.

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Haiti: Premier, UN officials meet on overdue elections

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The Prime Minister continued his meetings towards organizing the next elections in Haiti, past due since November 2011. On Monday he held an audience at the Ministry of Planning and External Cooperation that included the Special Representative o fthe United Nations Secretary General and the director of the UN Development Program.

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Haiti: Tourism Minister wraps up two-day visit to Canada

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The Minister of Tourism returned to Haiti over the weekend after two days in Canada where she met with several personalities and held discussion on tourism and infrastructure building.

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Haiti: Gov't holds high level meeting with disaster risk officials

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - On Monday the Prime Minister held a meeting of ministers and disaster risk management officials centered at establishing preventive and reactive approaches in the case of disaster during the 2013 hurricane season.

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Haiti - D.R.: 4.5 hours of negotiations, no agreement

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (defend.ht) - After more than four hours of discussions, the government commissions of Haiti and the Dominican Republic could not reach an agreement towards ending the ban on the sale and import of Dominican poultry products in Haiti.

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Haiti: Multi-institutional task force to help organize overdue elections

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - On Saturday, the Prime Minister met with members of the electoral council to hear of the challenges of holding elections and to put at their disposal a multi-institutional task force, to assist in organizing elections, overdue since November 2011, "as soon as possible."

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Haiti PM: Hunger problem has become "complicated and difficult"

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The Haitian Prime Minister said previous governments abandoned farmers and agriculture and today Haiti is in a difficult situation of hunger and malnutrition. To respond to the problems the government established an array of short, medium and long term programs to restore Haitian agriculture and food sovereignty.

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Five confirmed cases of H1N1 in Haiti

ANSE-A-PITRE, Haiti (defend.ht) - In the South-East border town of Anse-à-Pitre, laboratory tests have confirmed that five individuals contracted the H1N1 influenza that first appeared in the Dominican Republic where 15 have died in the past two weeks. As well, the ban on Dominican poultry products was partially lifted.

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Haiti in no rush to lift ban on Dominican poultry

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The urgency of the Dominican Presidential delegation which flew into Port-au-Prince Wednesday by helicopter to have a ban on the import and sale of Dominican poultry products in Haiti lifted has not affected their counterparts in Haiti.

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Haiti: Prime Minister tours the South-East

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The Prime Minister toured the South-East on Wednesday visiting Jacmel and other areas to survey projects and institution serving the region.

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Haiti maintains ban on Dominican poultry after bilateral meetings

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The Ministry of Commerce and Industry did not decide to lift a ban on the import and sale of Dominican poultry products following a meeting by a Dominican Presidential Commission that met with government officials on Wednesday.

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Haiti: Diaspora Minister Bernice Fidelia resigns

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The Office of the Prime Minister announced receiving the resignation of the Minister of Haitian Living Abroad on Monday.

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Haiti: Prime Minister Lamothe's presentation of activities before National Assembly

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - On Monday, the Haitian Prime Minister, during the opening of the legislative session, presented his report on the past 6 months of his administration and the outlook for the next 6 months.

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Haiti: Tourism Ministry, Transat launch travel packages for USA

MIAMI, USA (defend.ht) - The Minister of Tourism announced Friday in Miami the travel packages for the United States of America would begin being offered on July 17 through December with the signing of an agreement with Transat Holidays USA.

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Haiti: Prime Minister will present 6-month report to National Assembly

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The Prime Minister, as part of the opening of the second regular session of the third legislative year of the 49th legislature, will submit Monday, June 10, the report of activities of his Government to the National Assembly.

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Haiti: Changes in the Administration "imminent"

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - "Changes are imminent," these are the words of sources that know of an expected reappointment of ministers in the Haitian administration, the fourth in 13 months, fifth, if resignations and interim appointments are considered.

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Haiti - Swine Flu: Ban on import and sale of meat products from D.R.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - On Thursday, the Ministry of Trade and Industry announced it would prohibit the import of meat products from the Dominican Republic due to the resurgence of the avian flu in that country. In the Dominican Republic, there have been nine deaths, including two pregnant women, of 593 cases, of people having the virus in the past 24 hours.

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Haiti: PM in Senate, few answers, more questions on Hurricane Sandy funds

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - A Senate hearing with the Prime Minister, where the prime directive was to obtain answers for the uses of 5 billion HTG during a two-month state of emergency status after Tropical Storm Isaac and Hurricane Sandy in 2012, resulted in the obtaining of no answers but more questions.

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Haiti: Finance Minister Laleau says too early to call it a budget deficit

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The Minister of Economy and Finance believes there should not be talk of a budget deficit in Haiti because as the nation is only midway through the financial calendar, adjustments can be made to respond to the current $209 million [US] deficit before it reaches the projected $419 million [US] deficit by year's end. Also at this press conference Monday, two plans were announced to help tax payers in the arrears fulfill their obligations to the state.

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Haiti and World Bank, host First Mining Forum

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) – Haiti is bringing in mining experts from around the world for a two-day conference organized by the World Bank, which announced last month it is also helping the country to draft its mining laws.

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Book reviews

Haiti Noir

Book Review

The anthology edited by Edwidge Danticat puts a uniquely Haitian spin on the crime genre

"Danticat has succeeded in assembling a group portrait of Haitian culture and resilience that is cause for celebration." - Publishers Weekly