CARIBBEAT: Haiti is left Senate-less as pols' terms expire – New York Daily News

The political situation grew grimmer in Haiti recently, when the nation’s Senate — the last democratically elected institution in the country — ceased to function because the terms of serving senators expired.
Meanwhile, there’s been a lot of excitement in Haiti’s capital of Port-Au-Prince surrounding a Biden administration plan to accept 30,000 people a month into the United States from Haiti, Nicaragua, Cuba and Venezuela, according to the Associated Press.
The proposal allows migrants to live legally in the U.S., and the selected candidates would be “entitled to work for two years if they have eligible sponsors and pass background checks.”
With increased political worries in the nation, Haitians crowd the Port-Au-Prince immigration office on Jan. 10 to apply for entry in America under the new Biden plan. (Odelyn Joseph/AP)
The absence of a Haiti Senate is the latest blow to the nation, which has been suffering from poverty, hunger, and gang violence, in addition to the recent political woes.
“While only 10 senators had been symbolically representing the nation’s 11 million people in recent years because Haiti had failed to hold legislative elections since October 2019, their terms expired overnight, leaving Haiti without a single lawmaker in its House or Senate amid a spiraling political crisis,” reported the Associated Press on the Jan. 10 expiration of Haitian senators’ time in office.
Prime Minister Ariel Henry, who assumed leadership after the 2021 assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, has not held general elections over the past 18 months, despite several promises to do so, said the AP, noting that his latest pledge — to restore the Supreme Court and establish a “a provisional electoral council” to set an election date — came on Jan.1.
The GroceryList Jamaica online shopping firm is making it easier to raise money for Bellevue Hospital, 150-year-old psychiatric facility in Kingston Jamaica, by teaming up with the institution, and allowing its shoppers to donate.
Through the partnership, GroceryList will accept donations — from shoppers in and outside — for Bellevue through their GroceryListCares.org website. And gift cards, that the hospital can use for future purchases, are available on the GroceryListJamaica.com website, which also offers the option of buying groceries to be delivered the hospital.
The 150-year-old Bellevue psychiatric hospital in Kingston, Jamaica will be getting donations from shoppers through a partnership with the GroceryList Jamaica online shopping website. (HANDOUT)
GroceryList Jamaica CEO Rory Richards said transparency is also built to the partnership, with GroceryList Jamaica able to produce “real time financial reports” of the donations received.
Shared interests are at the core of “private sector cooperation” between Guyana and India, especially in the South Asian nation’s Madhya Pradesh state.
“We (Guyana, India and Madhya Pradesh) can have a clear match of strategy, a clear match of policy that gives the private sector the level of predictability and comfort that they require to make long-term investments, and that is why policymakers are important to these forums,” said Guyana President Irfaan Ali at the 2023 Global Investors Summit held recently in central India’s Madhya Pradesh.
With agreements between Guyana and India underway, Guyana President Irfaan Ali met with Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, India’s Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare minister, to discuss agriculture and agro-processing ventures.
Through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Madhya Pradesh and Guyana, the two locales formally established their private sector support and cooperation.
High on President Ali’s list for cooperation “building the services sector” in Guyana and the Caribbean region by utilizing the area’s “influential” tourism market, and its ancillary industries, such as “human resources, financial, hospitality, education and health.”
Guyana also wants to work with India the fields of agriculture and agro-processing. President Ali recently discussed possible of cooperation with Shri Narendra Singh Tomar of India’s Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare minister.
The increase in crime and violence in the Caribbean will be the subject of the virtual “Our Lives, Our Society, Managing Crime and Violence in the Caribbean” conference on Jan. 29 at 6 p.m., sponsored by the Friends of the Earth Grenada.
In addition to the virtual event, there will be a live viewing of the conference, and a community reception in Brooklyn at the Coal Pot, 1466 St. Johns Place (between Utica and Rochester Aves.).
The roles poverty and inequality play in criminal behavior, the media perceptions will also be addressed in the Zoom confab, which features a panel discussion, and a question-and-answer.
Human rights activist Lloyd D’Aguilar, Forensic Science Officer Hillary Mullings-Williams, and social justice advocate Marsha Hinds-Myrie are some of the experts participating in the virtual “Our Lives, Our Society, Managing Crime and Violence in the Caribbean” conference on Jan. 29. (HANDOUT)
Among the conference’s experts are human rights activist and journalist Lloyd D’Aguilar of Jamaica, Chief Forensic Science Officer Hillary Mullings-Williams of the Institute of Forensic Science and Legal Medicine Jamaica, and Barbados equity strategist-social justice advocate Marsha Hinds-Myrie.
To view the conference use, Zoom Meeting ID: 851 7610 4178, and the passcode: 261279.
For more information, send email to foteg2021@gmail.com or call (473) 416-1247.
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