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Minister Duly Brutus to Bahamas We are unable to meet new regularization

Minister Duly Brutus to Bahamas We are unable to meet new regularization

Foreign Affairs Minister of Haiti, Duly Brutus, is leaning toward common sense and cooperation to defuse the current crisis in the Bahamas in regard to the treatment of children born in the Bahamas to Haitian parents. He has taken a different route than that of Ms. Daphne Campbell who is a Democratic member of the Florida House of Representatives who has called for a boycott of tourism in the Bahamas following the implementation of the new Immigration policies

Haiti pressured to process more quickly Passports for Immigrant Descendents in the Bahamas

Foreign Affairs Minister Duly Brutus has expressed concerns about children born of Haitian parents in the Bahamas. Photos have appeared of immigration officers seizing children left unattended by caretakers.

New immigration policies are putting an increased burden on the Haitian government to process the required Haitian passports for descendents of immigrants to remain in the Bahamas.

Human rights groups say new immigration policies unfairly target Haitian undocumented migrants.

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Emmanuel Menard and the Office of National Old Age Insurance (ONA)

Emmanuel Menard and the Office of National Old Age Insurance (ONA)

Here is a picture of Mr. Emmanuel Ménard, the new person in charge of the Office of National Old Age Insurance (ONA)

On the occasion of celebrating its 49th anniversary, the Office of National Old Age Insurance (ONA) launched a brand new auditorium with an accommodating capacity of 500 seatings. On this opportunity, the new Director-General of ONA, Emmanuel Ménard presented the progress made in the present fiscal year (2013--2014) by the company during his five month tenure. So far, the company has become successful to raise 161 million gourdes in terms of contribution and it is a part of the fulfillment of his promise to make the institution profitable. The company has established "INFONA", an information service by internet (ona@ona.ht). Emmanuel Ménard, was the past President of the Transitional College of the Permanent Electoral Council (CTCEP) before being appointed as the Director-General of ONA on May 29, 2014. He replaced Bernard Desgraff in a situation when Desgraff was accused of squandering ONA employee funds, and the company was needing a high banking experienced manager not a politician with very little knowledge in management.

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Laurent Lamothe awarded Innovative Leader of The year 2014

Laurent Lamothe awarded  Innovative Leader of The year 2014

On Friday, November 7, 2014, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe was awarded Innovative Leader of The year 2014 in a ceremony.

Lamothe 2014 Innovative Leader

Prime Minister Lamothe, after receiving the 2014 Innovative Leader of the Year Award, spoke about where Haiti stands in its recovery efforts. For the past four years he said the government has launched several innovative projects to combat poverty and drive sustainable economic growth.

He credited his administrative staff for their diligence in moving projects forward. He also praised Brazilian President Lula for making a commitment to Haiti's poor when Lamothe last visited Brazil. In a symbolic gesture he dedicated his award to the Haitian people.

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Minister Rudy Heriveaux refers to the Opposition as Cockroaches

Minister Rudy Heriveaux refers to the Opposition as Cockroaches

If there is one word that the Communication Minister, Mr. Rudy Hériveaux, wishes to take back if he could would be his word "Cafards" eloquently put in his now famous article "Le Syndrome du Cafard".

This editorial was published on "Le Nouveliste" newspaper in November, 2014. Cafards translated into English means cockroaches. In his article, the most controversial and damaging sentence was: "....Emportés dans une espèce de frénésie destructrice, ces cafards s'agitent dans un folklore dégoutant dans les rues pour tenter d'assauter le pouvoir....." As it was clearly noted by Marie Lucie Bonhomme during her interview with Minister Heriveaux this was a direct reference to the opposition in stating that "These Cockroaches.........

Here is a copy of the entire article by Communication Minister Rudy Hériveaux:

" Engagé dans une dynamique remarquable de transformation du paysage socio-économique, le Gouvernement Martelly-Lamothe a doté le pays de nombreuses infrastructures routières, scolaires, hospitalières sportives, portuaires et aéroportuaires. Cette performance n'a pas laissé indifférente nos compatriotes. L'admiration et le respect qu'ils expriment devant ces multiples réalisations à travers les émissions de libre tribune et sur les réseaux sociaux en témoignent grandement.

D'un autre côté, le pragmatisme et le dynamisme de l'équipe au pouvoir représentent un véritable cauchemar pour la vieille garde de cette opposition sclérosée, prisonnière de ce réflexe malsain qui consiste à nager dans les eaux troubles de la déstabilisation.

En effet, une espèce d'hystérie collective s'est emparé des forces anti-démocratiques devant les performances du Gouvernement Lamothe.

On assiste aujourd'hui à un cirque lamentable où la folie du pouvoir conjuguée à la phobie des élections, génèrent les comportements les plus irrationnels et les plus dégoutants.

La question cruciale des amendements à la loi électorale que refuse de voter systématiquement une frange rebelle du Sénat de la République, est étrangement banalisée par une faune politique qui, paradoxalement et bruyamment, réclamait l'organisation des élections.

Depuis, leur discours s'est radicalisé. Ils ont décidé d'étaler au grand jour leurs sordides machinations. Vecteurs chroniques d'une instabilité endémique, ils renouent avec leur exercice favori :S'abrutir dans l'engrenage infernal du "Rache Manyok".

Emportés dans une espèce de frénésie destructrice, ces cafards s'agitent dans un folklore dégoutant dans les rues pour tenter d'assauter le pouvoir. Un triste spectacle quasi quotidien, symptomatique de la bêtise d'une certaine classe politique rétrograde, figée dans l'archaisme et les vieilles pratiques démagogiques qui ont fait tant de torts à notre pays.

Cet acharnement pathétique à vouloir par tous les moyens court-circuiter les règles du jeu démocratique, illustre parfaitement leur mépris pour le peuple qui dans toute démocratie est toujours source organique et fonctionnelle du pouvoir politique.

Catalyseurs d'un débat intense dans les médias haïtiens sur l' 'utilité' et la 'nécessité' d'un chaos politique, ces adeptes de la politique du pire rejettent tout appel au dialogue et refusent tout compromis.

Incapables de formuler les éléments d'une réflexion sérieuse pour la conduite du destin national comme l'a confirmé l'un de leurs représentants sur les ondes de Vision 2000 à l'émission 'invité du jour' de Valéry Numa, ils restent attachés à une tactique médiocre de chantage, de surenchère en piétinant de manière indécente les principes cardinaux de l'Etat de Droit et les valeurs républicaines.

Dans cette atmosphère polluée, le Président de la République a voulu éviter avec humilité et intelligence les effets pervers d'une crise politique dommageable. De multiples concessions ont été faites jusqu'ici par le chef de l'Etat. les discussions du 24 décembre 2012 qui avaient conduit à la mise sur pied du CTCEP avec la médiation de Religion pour la paix, l'Accord d'El Rancho, Best Western, les multiples changements opérés au niveau du CEP, l'intronisation à la tête de cette institution d'un représentant du pouvoir Législatif, bref une louable ouverture d'esprit et une volonté inébranlable de préserver la Paix, la stabilité et l'harmonie au sein de la grande famille haïtienne.

Une énième invitation a été envoyée aux partis politiques de l'opposition radicale. Mais derrière cette carapace rebelle qui les rend imperméables à toute idée de conciliation, ces opposants farouches et aveugles préfèrent se retrancher derrière les murs de la démagogie et de la médiocrité.

Ainsi ils ont choisi de se lancer dans cette aventure au bout de laquelle les attend une cruelle désillusion...

Haïti ne reviendra pas en arrière. Tous les acteurs politiques doivent définitivement divorcer d'avec ces pratiques délétères pour embrasser la modernité politique. Notre histoire est traversée par des luttes fratricides, stupides, inutiles et malsaines. Nous avons le devoir de tirer les enseignements nécessaires de ce passé tourmenté pour en ouvrir une nouvelle page.

Ce nouveau chapitre s'est ouvert avec le Président Martelly et le Premier Ministre Lamothe au timon des affaires. En dépit des multiples obstacles dressés par le groupe des 6 et l'aile dure de l'opposition, le Président Martelly poursuivra les consultations politiques dans la perspective des prochaines joutes électorales en Haïti.

Dans ce climat de tensions et de malaises palpables, le Chef de l'État fait preuve d'un leadership éclairé et remarquable. Viscéralement attaché à la paix, la stabilité et aux principes de la bonne gouvernance, il mettra tout en "uvre pour la tenue des élections, passage obligé pour le renforcement des institutions républicaines et la poursuite du redressement socio-économique d'Haïti."

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Haitian lawmakers urinating in the street

Haitian lawmakers urinating in the street

Here is a picture that you would not see in many other countries. Three Haitian lawmakers urinating in the street. This appears to be a normal practice in the Haitian society

Urinating in the Street in Haiti

The unsuspecting traveler to Haiti may be in for quite a shock when he or she notices for the first few times Haitian men, women and children relieving themselves on the side of the roads. While most will not know what to take away from this, public urination is quite common in Haiti where there are no public restroom facilities. While travelers are prompted to use the toilets in restaurants and hotels, Haitians will use nature with some women even dressing for the eventuality.

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Presentation by Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe

Presentation by Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe

Here is a picture of Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe during a presentation.

According to the Prime Minister, Haiti‬ has tremendous challenges ahead. He discussed the problem of holding election in Haiti as scheduled, that the Martelly-Lamothe government is making lots efforts to meet with the various sectors of the population. Prime Minister Lamothe stated that these elections will be conducted as soon as possible.

Other area that the Primer Minister touched on was energy security and the rule of law and security in general.

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L'entree triomphale de Michel Martelly au Cap-Haitien

L'entree triomphale de Michel Martelly au Cap-Haitien

Sa se vreman sa yo rele: L'entree triomphale de Michel Martelly au Cap-Haitien apre li fini inogire Aeropor Cap-Aysyen-an avek premye vol American Airlines, jou ki te 2 Septam, 2014.

The Haitian President managed to get people in Cap-Haitien in the street to celebrate the first American Airlines flight to the city. From the huge number of people who came out to follow him in the streets of the second City in Haiti, this shows his popularity is very high with the people of Cap-Haitien

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The city of Cap-Haitian in Love with Michel Martelly

The city of Cap-Haitian in Love with Michel Martelly

Here is a huge crowd of people in Cap-Haitian following the Haitian President in the streets of streets of the city. They some what shoe their appreciation for bringing American Airlines to the City.

Starting September, 2, 2014 American Airlines will begin a long journey with the population of Cap-Haitian. They will provide a daily non-stop flight between Miami International Airport and Cap-Haitian Airport, also known as Hugo Chavez International Airport

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Palais des Ministeres, Port-au-Prince, HAITI

Palais des Ministeres, Port-au-Prince, HAITI

Even four years after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, the dragging pace of reconstruction is nowhere apparent other than the capital. Too many people died, the National Palace, Palace of the Ministries, many other monuments and important government buildings were severely damaged by the earthquake.

The President has admitted that part of the problem was that some of the promised international aids were never disbursed and a large portion of the money around 42% had been spent on the post-earthquake emergency alone and not for following reconstruction works.

The government has started clearing the old Palace Of Ministry since March 16, 2013; the responsibility has been vested on a Dominican firm ADOM. The five departments of the Palace of Ministries will be reestablished at a cost of $ 65000,000. The first buildings that will be built are the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF), the Directorate General of Taxes (DGI) and the General Administration of Customs (AGD). Now there will be only three buildings in the block, viz. MEF, DGI and AGD with parking space and office for some 2,000 employees.

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Judge Lamarre Belizaire

Judge Lamarre Belizaire

Here is a picture of the famous Haitian Judge Lamarre Belizaire. He is currently involved in several high profile cased. The latest case he is involved with has to do with corruption and money laundering charges against several members of the Fanmi Lavalas Party, including former President Jean Bertrand Aristide.

Judge Lamarre Belizaire recently had some issues with Radio Kiskeya in Port-au-Prince. He recently sent a summons to the management of the radio Station for broadcasting information that he was suspended by the Bar of Port-au-Prince.

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