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Haiti welcome Google, Facebook, Silicon Valley for tech summit

On Tuesday and Wednesday and Ednesday of this week, the place to be was at the Royal Decameron Indigo Beach Resort & Spa in Haiti where social entrepreneurs, influencers and startup innovators kicked off a two-day technology summit.

The Haiti Tech Summit brought into the country over 100 speakers representing Google, Facebook, Uber and Airbnb. The summit will cover topics such as how to launch a startup, the importance of smart cities and branding, hoping to transform Haiti into a hub of innovation.

The sold-out event at the Royal Decameron Indigo Beach Resort & Spa had more than 450 attendees.

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PNH arrested four Haitians involved in a U.S. visas fraud

The Haitian National Police (PNH) with collaboration with the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, arrested four Haitian citizens

Here is how the Haitians committed the fraud:

The scammers posing as U.S. Embassy employees contacted the people applying for the US Visa in Haiti and their family in the United States.

The scammers made the applicants or their family members believe that the applicants owed thousands of dollars in fees for DNA tests, medical exams and other processing fees, and instruct the victims to transfer the money to them immediately by Western Union or other methods of online transfer

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Grant To Small-Scale Sorghum Farmers Supply Local Markets In Haiti

There are many good news for the Haitian sorghum producers. Two companies, the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), a member of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Papyrus, a project management firm with experience in agribusiness have come forward to their assistance. MIF has recently approved $2.4 million grant to help the small-scale sorghum farmers under a 4-year project named "Smallholder Alliance for Sorghum in Haiti (SMASH)" which would be implemented under supervision of 'Papyrus'. The objective of the project is to enhance the skills for about the 18,000 sorghum farmers in five Haitian departments (North and North East, West, South, Artibonite, and Plateau Central) and support their marketability. SMASH also addresses issues like poor soil quality and efficient harvest yields.

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Us taking a double standard on Haiti, Tourism Vs Deportation

United States Government recently Issued Warning to Persons Wishing To Visit Haiti, at the same time is taking the position that the country is stable. On the one hand, U.S Department of State warning (dated May 22, 2017), all American citizens must carefully consider the risks of traveling to Haiti due to the country's current security environment and lack of adequate medical facilities. On the one hand, after granting an extension of six months, the U.S Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is now ready to repatriate more than 58,000 Haitian immigrants by January 22, 2018, because the DHS senior officials consider the present law and order situation in Haiti is "relatively stable".

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John Kelly told Jovenel Moise Start thinking about repatriation

US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly wanted to deliver the message to Haitian President Jovenel Moïse personally. In his recent trip to Haiti, he told the Haitian on Wednesday to start thinking about how to bring to Haiti close to 60,000 Haitians who are currently holding TPS. He told Jovenel Moïse and some senior officials of the Haitian government to get travel or identification document for these people ready.

Kerry took the opportunity to educate the Haitians that TPS is not permanent. Haitians on TPS, Kelly said, "need to start thinking about returning."

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Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly heading to Haiti after issuing TPS

Just one week after extending TPS to Haitians for just 6 more months, US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has decided to visit Haiti to evaluate the situation in the country for himself.

According to source close to the White House, John Kelly will be in Haiti on Wednesday, May 31 for just four hours. He will remain on the ground of the Haitian Palace to meet with Haitian President Jovenel Moïse and senior officials of the government

Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., wrote to Kelly on May 22 to invite him to go to Haiti in order to assess the condition of the country and its ability to absorb the Haitian deportees back to Haiti

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Turneb Delpe, Coordinator of MOPOD died

Tunep Delpe,MOPOD calls for the resignation of President Michel Martelly

Former Haitian Senator, Coordinator of the "Mouvement Patriotique Populaire Dessalinien" (MOPOD), Turneb Delpé is dead. The Haitian politician passed away on Saturday, May 27 in a hosapital in New York after a long period of illness.

Turneb Delpé gained his popularity during the period when he was promoting of the "National Reconciliation". However he was always present as a militant for democracy in Haiti. He was at one point a member of the Communist Party of Haiti (PCH).

Turneb Delpé who spent his entire life fighting for a "National Reconciliation", unfortunately did not see his dream fulfilled.

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FLASH - TPS pou Ayisyen pwolonje pou 6 Mwa.

TPS For Haitians Extended

Gouvènman Ameriken pran desizyon jodi a pou pwolonje TPS pou Ayisyen pou pou 6 Mwa.Se sa ke Depatman Homeland di jodia. kòm yon rezilta, 58,000 Ayisyen ki te resevwa pwoteksyon kont depòtasyon ap kapab rete legalman isit pou 6 Mwa anko

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Breaking News - TPS for Haitians extended for 6 more Months.

Haitians in the United States who have been able to remain legal as a result of the Temporary Protected Status for Haitians (TPS) will be able to remain legal in the country for another six (6) months. This is what Wilson learned from the Government and immediately reported to Miami Herald. It is official. Wilson informed Miami Herald that the decision was just made public, this Monday (5/22/17) by The Department of Homeland Security.

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Baraderes: Mystical Venice of Haiti

Venice, internationally renowned for two things, is literally comparable to Baraderes for the same interesting aspects which are the River like canal, and the Carnivalesque activities.

Baraderes, located in the Nippes department of Haiti, is partly isolated and elongated with beautiful river coastlines that make a boat ride an unforgettable experience. This town is easily accessible by boats instead of car transportation due to its stiffed rocky unpaved roads. Personally, I have attempted twice to reach there by car, but I feared for my car and the roadside safety was a major concern.

Similarly to Pestel, which is another town of the Nippes department of Haiti, is somewhat identical to a certain extent. They are both coastal towns. They have a great deal of lush vegetation and coffee crops that make them a lucrative market for coffee growers and sellers. The three kilometers upstream narrow river for its main street gives rise to this beautiful old town of Baraderes.

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Composition of the Ministerial Cabinet of PM appointed Jean Guy Lafontant

There was no Quorum in the Senate last night for the presentation of the General Policy of Prime Minister appointed Jean Guy Lafontant. In the meantime, a decree signed by both Prime Minister Jean Guy Lafontant and President Jovenel Moïse appoints the Ministerial Cabinet. They are 18 and here they are:

• Aviol Fleurant is appointed Minister of Planning and External Cooperation ;

• Jude Alix Patrick Salomon is appointed Minister of Economy and Finance ;

• Carmel André Béliard is appointed Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development

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