Carnival or not. Either way, I am heading south . (by Montiel Seide) Carnival or no carnival is irrelevant to me. Way before they announced Gonaives’s national carnival I had already made plans to spend those free days on Haiti’s southern coast. My plan was very simple. I would arrive in Les Cayes on Saturday afternoon and make my way to Gelée Beach where I would first take a dip in both salty beach water and rinse off in the sweet river that flows alongside the ocean. With myRead More
Carlo Chancelien’s humble opinion on Diplomatic Relation with the Dominican Republic For the past few years, Haiti has been represented in the Dominican Republic by a Charge d’Affaires i.e. As search goes on for a permanent ambassador, allow me to offer my humble opinion. I believe that the next Ambassador of Haiti in the Dominican Republic should be way more than just a representative. He/She should be a good negotiator and very business-minded. Part of his/her duties should be to make a better liaison between the Minister of Tourism andRead More
Carnival 2019: Some artists and musical groups say the show must go on Several artists including representatives from traditional compas bands held a press conference this Thursday to express their opinion following the government’s decision to cancel the national carnival. They strongly defend the carnival, which according to them, is a tradition that goes back a long time. Artists such as Lòlò and Manzè from the roots band Boukman Eksperyans, Ti Pay from the musical group Rèv, Fredo from Kanpèch and several other konpa artists shared the conference table. TheseRead More
BREAKING: Due to Lawsuit, DHS Extends TPS for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan to January 2020 Nationwide — On Thursday morning DHS filed a notice that it was automatically extending TPS for El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti & Sudan due to the ongoing litigation, Ramos v Nielsen, spearheaded by TPS holders. José Palma, Spokesperson for the National TPS Alliance issued the following statement: “While we welcome this victory, it cannot distract from the urgency and need for robust legislative reform that provides permanent solutions for all TPS holders. TPS Holders continue to be at the forefront fendingRead More
Air Transat suspends sales of vacation packages to Haiti Canadian airline, Air Transat has announced that it has stopped selling vacation packages to Haiti until the end of April 2019. This decision was prompted by Global Affairs Canada’s warning to Canadian citizens not to travel to Haiti because of recent street demonstrations marred by violence in the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area. Air Transat also cites its inability to guarantee ground transportation to its hotel partner Royal Decameron. In a statement released on its website, Air Transat says: “Global Affairs Canada hasRead More
Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale Travel to Haiti Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale Travel to Haiti U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Media Note February 27, 2019 On March 1, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale will travel to Port-au-Prince, Haiti where he will meet with Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, Prime Minister Jean-Henry Ceant, and other political, economic, and civic leaders. Under Secretary Hale will encourage an inclusive national dialogue that addresses the current economic and political challengesRead More
No state sponsored carnival this year At a press conference held this Wdnesday, the organizing comittee anounced that there will be no national carnival organized by the state this year. The government will support any municipality willing to organize their own local festivities. “It is technically too late for the government to talk about organizing the national carnival in the city of Gonaïves,” said Jean-Michel Lapin, Minister of Culture. The 2019 national carnival was scheduled to take place in Gonaives from March 3rd to the 5th.
Air Canada cancels its flights to Haiti up until April 29 In a statement released Tuesday Air Canada announces that it has decided to temporarily suspend flights between Montreal and Port-au-Prince. “Due to ongoing civil unrest in Haiti, Air Canada non-stop service between Montreal and Port-au-Prince, Haiti, will be suspended up to and including Monday, April 29th. Customers currently booked on flights between Montreal and Haiti should contact Air Canada or the travel agency from which they purchased their ticket for information, including on refunds or alternate travel arrangements”, saysRead More
Former Haitian Police Chief Godson Orelus is released from jail The Court of Appeal of Gonaives ordered Tuesday the release of former Haiti’s Polie Chief Godson Orelus who has been imprisoned by Saint Marc’s examining magistrate, Dieunel Lumeran, for his alleged complicity in international firearms trafficking. Sandra Thelusma who was in charge of clearing customs for the cargo was not released and was returned to her cell at the end of the hearing.
Open Letter from Dr. Reginald Boulos to the Haitian people Time is of the essence. The nation is in danger. The social fabric is torn. The economy is in tatters. The Republic is cracked in all of its political and institutional components. Insecurity has invaded our streets and homes and we are worried. There are few moments in our history when the foundation of our country has been so shaken. This crisis is so new and so severe that we all are asking with anxiety: “Where is Haiti heading?” TheRead More