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Apr 22, 2011

UK’s Branson gets flak for lemur relocation plan

MIAMI, April 22 (Reuters) – British billionaire businessman
and adventurer Sir Richard Branson has plans to fly commercial
passengers into space, but his terrestrial scheme to relocate
endangered Madagascar lemurs on a Caribbean island he owns is
getting flak from some conservation experts,

The Virgin Group VA.L founder, who has combined a
meteoric business career with round the world balloon flights
and philanthropic initiatives, has announced he will resettle
lemurs collected from zoos on 120-acre (48-hectare) Moskito
Island, part of the British Virgin Islands archipelago.

Apr 5, 2011

Haiti needs command performance from “Sweet Micky”

PORT-AU-PRINCE/MIAMI (Reuters) – As the carnival music star “Sweet Micky”, Haiti’s shaven-headed Michel Martelly captivated audiences with an engaging style, provocative on-stage antics and satirical lyrics.

As president, he will have to lift up a country prostrated by a 2010 earthquake and decades of poverty and corruption, chained to foreign aid and mined by explosive politics.

Apr 5, 2011

Analysis: Haiti needs command performance from “Sweet Micky”

PORT-AU-PRINCE/MIAMI (Reuters) – As the carnival music star “Sweet Micky”, Haiti’s shaven-headed Michel Martelly captivated audiences with an engaging style, provocative on-stage antics and satirical lyrics.

As president, he will have to lift up a country prostrated by a 2010 earthquake and decades of poverty and corruption, chained to foreign aid and mined by explosive politics.

Mar 21, 2011

Observers praise Haiti vote, urge transparent count

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – The international community gave its blessing on Monday to Haiti’s presidential run-off and urged Haitians to calmly wait for the first results due next week to ensure a credible, transparent outcome.

Despite scattered incidents of violence which killed at least two people, voting on Sunday went off peacefully in general in the Caribbean state, one of the world’s poorest, where elections are often marred by unrest.

Mar 21, 2011

U.N. urges patience in Haiti’s wait for vote result

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – The United Nations urged Haitians on Monday to calmly wait for the first results due next week of Sunday’s presidential run-off, saying the earthquake-battered nation’s democratic future was at stake.

Despite some scattered incidents of violence which killed at least two people, voting on Sunday went off generally peacefully in the Caribbean state, one of the world’s poorest, where elections are often marred by unrest.

Mar 21, 2011

Haiti run-off was mostly calm, counting underway

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Haitians voted on Sunday to elect a president for their earthquake-scarred country, choosing between a singer and a former first lady in a run-off called generally peaceful by officials and observers.

After polls closed in the Caribbean state, one of the world’s poorest, election officers began counting votes, in many cases by lamplight as much of the capital Port-au-Prince, and much of the whole nation, has no electricity.

Mar 20, 2011

Voting starts slowly in Haiti presidential run-off

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Voting in Haiti’s presidential run-off started slowly in some places on Sunday, with foreign donors hoping the poll would produce the stability needed to rebuild the earthquake-crippled nation.

In the wrecked capital Port-au-Prince, several polling stations were unable to open on time because materials such as ink to mark voters’ fingers and labels to mark the urns had not arrived, witnesses said. Arguments also broke out over which officials and party representatives should be there.

Mar 20, 2011

Stability at stake in close Haiti run-off vote

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Haitians vote in a presidential run-off on Sunday that international donors hope can cement in place the stability needed to rebuild the crippled nation after last year’s huge earthquake.

The election presents Haiti’s 4.7 million voters with a choice between a political newcomer, energetic entertainer and singer Michel Martelly, 50, and former first lady Mirlande Manigat, 70, a law professor and opposition matriarch.

Mar 19, 2011

Aristide not on Haiti ballot but on voters’ minds

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – It looked just like a revved-up final election campaign rally, with crowds of fanatical supporters mobbing their candidate, chanting his praises and waving his portrait and Haitian flags.

But the object of their adulation, Haiti’s former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, is not on the ballot for Sunday’s two-horse run-off to elect a leader for one of the world’s poorest states, struggling to recover from a 2010 earthquake.

Mar 18, 2011

Aristide back in Haiti before presidential vote

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide returned to Haiti on Friday, ending seven years of exile in South Africa despite U.S. objections and just two days before a crucial presidential election.

Supporters whooped and cheered at Port-au-Prince airport as a smiling, clearly delighted Aristide, accompanied by his family and U.S. actor and black rights activist Danny Glover, emerged from the charter plane that brought him home.

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      "I am based in Miami, heading the editorial reporting team covering the southeastern United States and the Caribbean. This includes Cuba and Haiti and we are also in charge of covering the annual Atlantic hurricane season and Space missions from Cape Canaveral. Previously, I was Chief Correspondent for West and Central Africa, and chief correspondent, Venezuela, following earlier postings in Cuba, Brazil, southern Africa, Portugal and Spain."
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