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Haiti is a country that relies heavily on help from other countries. We need to maintain a good relationship with the international world. Haiti and the Dominican Republic are two countries that shares the island. Conflicts usually arise almost daily between Haitians and Dominicans. many people believe that the conflict between the two nations has its root from the occupation of the Dominican Republic by Haiti

Zambia Government Reforms have not raised Country out of Poverty

Zambia is an inland nation located in South Africa. It is bounded by Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, and Angola. Its capital, Lusaka, lies in the south-center area of the country.
The United Nations Program for Development (UNDP) released a 2014 report, revealing Zambia to be the poorest nation globally. The other nine on the top ten list in ranking order are the Gaza Strip (81%); Zimbabwe (80%); Chad (80%); Maldova (80%); Haiti (80%); Liberia (80%); Guatemala (75%); Suriname (70%); and Angola (70%). Statistics on poverty in Zambia reflect 86%, or seven out of ten citizens subsist on fewer than a couple of dollars a day. Although Zambia is a top producer of copper world-wide it remains a poverty-stricken country. Other industry sectors include cement and agriculture.

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New Premises for the EU delegation in Haiti

Haitian President, Michel Martelly, in the company of the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, representatives of Haitian institutions, and other officials, took part in the grand opening of the new premises of the EU delegation in Haiti. These premises suffered heavy damage in the earthquake of January 2010.

The Head of State lauded this initiative and said that it held great promise for the future. He also said this gesture should encourage the European Union to establish a stronger partnership with Haiti and support its reconstruction and development plans.

President Martelly acknowledged the areas that the European Union in Haiti gave priority, such as food and education, as being very important for the nation's development.
Points raised by the President of the European Council

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At least 12 Haitian women arrested in Dajabon for Prostitution

With the news out of Dajabón stating the eventual deportation of at least 12 women of Haitian heritage arrested in the Dominican Republic for prostitution, the question of prostitution in Haiti comes to mind. The women claim they crossed the border to support themselves and their families back in Haiti, and with their own market all but dominated by prostitutes from the Dominican Republic, this isn't a farfetched justification.

Since the 1940's Dominican prostitution rings, comprised of the fairer-skinned and longer-haired women from Dominica have cornered the market, especially in Petionville, often to the exclusion of Haitian prostitutes who face such poverty. Many turn to the profession because of the stark reality of a lack of money; many Haitians live on an allowance of less than one dollar a day. It is then no wonder that some have crossed the border into the Dominican Republic, seeking to earn some of the wealth there and filling the small gap made by the Dominican prostitutes who live and work in Haiti.

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Taiwan Gives Haiti $100,000 to Eliminate Chikungunya

Taiwan, Haiti's ally for more than 50 years, is stepping up to help Haiti fight a new epidemic, the Chikungunya virus, whose first case was reported in May 2013. So far estimates range from 39,000'40,000 of the Haitian populace, afflicted with the debilitating disease. The statistics were released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Department, Deputy Director General, Florencia Hsie. The Ministry covers South American Caribbean Affairs.

The Taiwanese government has given Haiti $100,000 USD to use for methods to halt the virus in its tracks. Two types of mosquitoes are carriers of Chikungunya, the Asian Tiger and Aides Aegypti. The technique will be to disinfect the places where they breed, so their eggs cannot hatch. It goes to the root of the problem and is a preventive measure.

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Canadian / U.S. Governments Warn Nationals of High-Risk Travel to Haiti

Citizens of both Canada and the U.S. have been alerted traveling abroad to Haiti poses serious risks to personal safety. Reports say there has been a climbing crime rate in some regions of the island. However, there has not been issued a nationwide travel advisory for Haiti.

The government of Canada (GOC) has warned their citizens to ". . . exercise a high degree of caution due to high crime rates . . . and ongoing political tensions." Some neighborhoods to avoid are: Martissant, Carrefour, Bel Air, and Cite Soleil, most dangerous of all.

The GOC has a policy should a crisis occur that necessitates escaping to a safe locale. It is a proactive measure, because local police departments don't have enough manpower to answer calls for help quickly enough. The GOC says security is precarious and not at all predictable. They urge visitors not to venture forth after skies darken. Crime is especially active in urban centers such as Port-au-Prince, an area dominated by gangs.

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Dominicans considering Border wall to avoid peaceful invasion of Haitians

According to the Dominican Deputy for the National District, Mr Vinicio Castillo, who is very influential, the Dominican Republic is currently considering constructing a wall along her boundary with Haiti. He was being interviewed by Julian Valdes, who is the Director of the Political Observatory Dominican. He said that in his party, the most important issue is the sovereignty of the Dominican Republic, and he added that between these two nations there exists a physical boundary which should be respected. He explained that the situation needs urgent action to ensure strict immigration measures have been put in place.

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Federal Deputy of Bourassa, Emmanuel Dubourg, Visits Haitian Embassy

Emmanuel Dubourg, the Federal Deputy of Bourassa constituency in Quebec is a Haitian origin who is a politician, a teacher and a Chartered Accountant. He has paid a recent visit at the Haitian Embassy in Ottawa in Canada where he was received by the Haitian Ambassador Frantz Liautaud & the staff of the mission.

The Federal Deputy of Bourassa, Emmanuel Dubourg was a member of the National Assembly for the provincial electoral district between 2007 and 2013. He was the third black member of the National Assembly (MNA) of Quebec as deputy of Viau till he got elected as the Liberal Member of Parliament for the Montreal riding of Bourassa on 25 November 2013. He was a teacher of many renowned educational institutions like Université du Québec à Montréal, CEGEP Montmorency and Université du Québec en Outaouais. He has been honored with many awards and citations for his excellent contributions and innovative thoughts over the years, like, "Governor General's Medal" (for his vice-regal representation of the monarch), "Revenue Canada" in 1992 (for excellent administration of Tax Laws) and "Black History Month Award" in 2006 (for his work in the Black Community, awarded in remembrance of important African Diasporas).

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U.S. lawmakers pass law promoting transparency in Haiti's reconstruction

The 7.0M earthquake that hit the capital of Haiti in January 2010 killed thousands of people and left millions of other people homeless. It resulted in massive destruction of infrastructure in the country which led the United States Government to pledge to help Haiti rebuild itself. Five years later, the project has been faced with some drawbacks some of which include a lack of transparency in how the funds are being used.

Recently, the US Congress passed a law that would shed light and show how these funds were being used in reconstructing Haiti. This move was pushed by Bill Nelson, a US senator, who was concerned about the lack of transparency in projects sponsored by the US government and the slow disbursement of aid in Haiti. Known as "The Assessing Progress in Haiti Act of 2014" requires a report to be submitted to the Congress by the US Secretary of State. The report should be a status report on the recovery as well as the development projects that are funded by the US government on or before 31st of December 2014 and subsequently annually until 21st December 2017.

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Enigma Performing Arts and Convention Center of Haiti (EPAC Haiti) and Monster

EPAC Haiti (Enigma Performing Arts and Convention Center of Haiti) and Monster is the world leader in high-performance personal audio. The EPAC Haiti has come together to raise funds to construct a 3000 seat concert hall. The hall, EPAC Hall, will be used as an art convention center. It is designed by Kevin Roche, a Metropolitan Museum architect, who won the Pritkzer Award. This EPAC concert hall will be a school for art performing, art and dance studios, a museum, as well as an artisan market, among other art-related things.

Monster gave a donation of 100 headphones that are to be painted by the experts as black canvases that will make art pieces appear unique and attractive. Auctioning for ten headphones was planned to take place on June 25, 2014 at Openhouse Gallery from 6p.m to 9p.m. There were already ten headphones painted and the starting bid was approximately $10,000. The remaining 90 headphones were to be auctioned starting June 23rd to July 2nd, 2014 through Ebay.com and the starting bid is $500.

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Over 100 Haitians deported every day from Dominican Republic

In just 30 days, over 3,100 Haitians were deported from the Dominican Republic, a record taken from the Dajabon province only. This number shows that an estimated 100 to 150 people, most of whom are pregnant women, are deported from the territory every day after trying to gain illegal access into the country.

Women enter the Dominican Republic hoping to give birth there and have their children registered as a citizen of the more prosperous country, but this shows the high level of misinformation surrounding the National Plan for Regularization of Foreigners (PNRE).

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