Executive

Haiti: $4.2 Million [US] needed for National Carnival in Cap-Haitien

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The Haitian government has budgeted $4.2 million [US] for the 2013 National Carnival in Cap-Haitien.

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Installation Speech: Bernice Fidelia, Minister of Haitians Living Abroad


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Dr. Bernice Fidelia was installed as the Minister of Haitians Living Abroad on Wednesday and made her first declarations in her new capacity. But for the exception of one departure from truth, Minister Fidelia delivered a gracious speech to the administration and the Haitian diaspora.

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First Tourists from Canada Arrive via Transat

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Despite the travel alert issued by the Canadian government for Haiti on Tuesday, the Haitian Minister of Tourism Stephanie Villedrouin successfully launched the first visit of Canadian tourists via Air Transat on Wednesday.

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New Diaspora Minister Bernice Fidelia plans to organize Haitians abroad

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The new Minister of Haitians Living Abroad, Bernice Fidelia, acknowledged that she had a lot of work ahead of her working with 4.5 million Haitians living in the Diaspora.

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Lamothe asks new Cabinet to put the Haitian People first

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - At the inauguration ceremony of his new cabinet on Wednesday, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe asked the new members of his cabinet to make sacrifices in service of the Haitian people.

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Haiti: Martelly/Lamothe Appoint 7 New Ministers

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - On Tuesday evening a list of 7 new ministers that will replace current ministers was released by the office of Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe.

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Haiti: Discussions Ongoing for another Government Reshuffle

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Closed door talks are being held on the need to, again, reshuffle the Haitian government's ministers. Accordingly, it is said at least 6 ministers are expected to lose their jobs with one ministry expected to be closed down.

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Haiti: Gov't Welcomes Inauguration of Obama

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, on Sunday, on behalf of the Haitian government, welcomed the swearing in of U.S. President Barack Obama to a second term in office and inauguration.

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Prime Minister Lamothe promises 24-hour electricity throughout Haiti in 6 months

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - On Wednesday, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe promised to have electricity distributed 24 hours per day throughout Haiti. To achieve this promise, Lamothe said he would strengthen the energy sector which for ages has been a major concern for the population.

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Martelly and Lamothe Meet with Chamber President Deputy Alexis in Parliament

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Arriving in separate motorcades, President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe were in Parliament to visit Deputy Jean Tholbert Alexis who was made President of the Chamber of Deputies by the PSP majority bloc in the house. Senate President Simon Dieuseul Desras met with the executives who were joined by Minister Pierre Richard Casimir and not Minister Ralph Theano.

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Haiti: Prime Ministry reports meeting with Diaspora Press from the U.S.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe met with a dozen Haitian journalists from the Haitian Diaspora in the United States on Tuesday to present the work of his 6-month tenure at the Head of the Haitian Government.

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Haiti: Administration Reacts to PRI Protest during National Assembly

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Minister Ralph Theano decried an incident in which Deputy Sorel Jacinthe (Moron/Inite) allegedly attempted to pass his wife as an entity to receive a construction project in his commune. Theano said the deputy’s wife neither had the background or anything to do with the business of construction and that she hadn’t even achieved a diploma from a secondary institution.

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Haiti: Gov't Has Not Yet Announced Earthquake Anniversary Commemoration Events

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The Haitian government has not announced plans for an official ceremony to commemorate the 3rd anniversary of the January 12, 2010 earthquake. According to Minister Ralph Theano, the administration was still reviewing protocols from the previous years in order to mark the day of reflection.

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Tourism Minister Villedrouin announces Transat Haiti travel packages

MONTREAL, Canada (defend.ht) - Minister of Tourism Stephanie Villedrouin met with the Haitian community in Montreal where she announced Haiti travel packages by the private Canadian airline company Transat.

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Haiti Finance Minister says $120 Million Emergency Funding Not Spent

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Although during a senate hearing in December, nothing could be said of $120 million [US] of emergency funding for Hurricane Sandy that was disbursed, on Monday, the Minister of Economy and Finance, Marie Carmelle Jean-Marie said "not a penny" of this money has been spent in the aftermath of the hurricane that passed over Jamaica and Cuba in late October 2012.

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Haiti Minister of Economy says "Canada is very bad"

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - On Friday, the Minister of the Economy and Finance, Marie Carmelle Jean-Marie, minimized the impact of Canadian aid in Haiti, saying "I do not have one gourde from the Canadian government in my budget," but the minister did take care to say that "Canada is very bad" for taking the decisions it has in recent days, to freeze new aid to Haiti and caution travelers to the country.

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Haiti: Government Lifts Ban on Salami from D.R.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - On Friday, the Minister of Trade and Industry (DTI), Wilson Laleau, lifted the ban on the importation, distribution, and marketing of salami meats from the Dominican Republic.

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Several ministers have not been paid, checks returned for NSF

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Several Ministers of the Haitian government have not received their salaries for November and December. A combination of sources reported that along with teachers, police and other government employees who have not received payment for several months, now the financial crisis is affecting ministers of the executive government and diplomatic missions who had their paychecks returned for non-sufficient funds.

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Haitian Gov't Responds to U.S., Canada Travel Warnings

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - On Wednesday, the Office of the Prime Minister released a statement "vehemently" protesting the heightened travel alerts issued by the United States and Canadian governments.

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300,000 Tons of Rice from Vietnam to Haitian Market

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe's trip to Vietnam has engaged Haiti to receive up to 300,000 tons of imported rice starting with a staggering 20,000 tons in the first quarter of 2013.

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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