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Nov 15, 2010

EPA tackles Florida water pollution, cost a concern

MIAMI (Reuters) – The Environmental Protection Agency tightened water pollution controls in recession-hit Florida on Monday, but the state’s citrus growers expressed concern the rules would cost business too much.

The final EPA standards set specific numerical limits on nutrient pollution levels allowed in lakes, rivers, streams and springs in a state which relies heavily on tourists who enjoy its waterways and the world-famous Everglades National Park.

Nov 11, 2010

House can toughen Obama foreign policy: Ros-Lehtinen

MIAMI (Reuters) – A Republican-controlled House of Representatives can help stiffen President Barack Obama’s policies toward hostile states like Iran, the congresswoman in line to chair the House Foreign Affairs Committee said on Wednesday.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who as senior Republican on the committee is poised to take over its leadership, told Reuters she believed the House body would have an “important voice” in foreign policy, without wanting to over-inflate its role or influence.

Nov 3, 2010

Analysis: Republican election gains could freeze U.S.-Cuba thaw

MIAMI (Reuters) – Republican election gains may chill even modest moves by the United States to improve ties with Communist Cuba — unless President Barack Obama personally perseveres with his stated goal to recast ties with Havana.

After taking office last year with high hopes of delivering fresh U.S. policies, Obama promised a “new beginning” in half a century of U.S.-Cuban Cold War enmity and slightly eased the longstanding U.S. embargo against the cash-strapped Caribbean island still led by the aging Castro brothers.

Oct 28, 2010

Google sees “huge” Latam online market opportunity

MIAMI (Reuters) – Google Inc (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is looking to partner with computer manufacturers and telecoms companies in Latin America to connect with what it sees as a “huge” growth opportunity for getting local businesses online, the company’s top executive for the region said on Thursday.

With Internet penetration in Latin America and the Caribbean still comparatively low at around 30-35 percent, the region is the fastest-growing regional market for the world’s No. 1 search engine company, Alexandre Hohagen, Google’s managing director for Latin America, told Reuters.

Oct 7, 2010

Haiti looks to private capital to power recovery

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Oct 7 (Reuters) – On the edge of Haiti’s
earthquake-ravaged capital, a freshly-painted square blue and
gray building dabs a bright sign of renewal on an otherwise
depressing palette of destruction.

The brand-new plant containing electricity generators is
the “power house” of E-Power, a $56.7 million Haitian-South
Korean private investment that has forged ahead despite the
chaos inflicted by the Jan. 12 earthquake which wrecked the
coastal city and killed up to 300,000 people.

Oct 4, 2010

Haiti looks to credit boost for post-quake rebound

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Haiti and its aid partners are working to get credit flowing back into the earthquake-shattered economy to stimulate businesses, jobs and house building and make possible a projected growth rebound of up to 10 percent next year, senior Haitian officials said.

With the help of the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and the U.S. Treasury, Haitian authorities are preparing a partial credit guarantee fund and leasing mechanisms to allow small entrepreneurs and businesses to get back on their feet after the devastating Jan. 12 quake.

Oct 2, 2010

Haiti taps Prince Charles charity for city makeover

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Haiti has asked an architectural planning charity founded by Britain’s Prince Charles to help guide the rebuilding and makeover of the earthquake-devastated historic center of Port-au-Prince.

The Center Ville area of the capital, the commercial and administrative heart of the Caribbean nation, was one of the worst hit by the catastrophic January 12 quake, which turned many of its shops and landmark buildings to rubble.

Oct 1, 2010

Post-quake Haiti needs ‘more, better’ funding – PM

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Haiti needs “more, better, different” assistance from the world, including significant private investment, if it is to have any hope of developing beyond the humanitarian crisis caused by the Jan. 12 earthquake, the country’s prime minister said on Thursday.

Jean-Max Bellerive told Reuters that aid pledged so far by foreign governments and institutions would not be enough to meet the enormous challenges facing the crippled Caribbean state after the catastrophic natural disaster that killed up to 300,000 people and made some 1.3 million more homeless.

Sep 30, 2010

Haiti must use election to lever out of aid trap – U.N.

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Haitians should seize U.N.-backed elections in November as an opportunity to build a better nation from the ruins of this year’s earthquake by taking charge of future development and shedding years of aid dependency, the top U.N. official in Haiti said.

Edmond Mulet said the Nov. 28 presidential and legislative polls to be held 10 months after the massive Jan. 12 earthquake would be a chance for Haiti to shake off its identity as a weak, unstable, poverty-ridden “Republic of NGOs” dominated by foreign aid organizations.

Sep 29, 2010

Haiti quake homeless at risk, shelter crisis drags

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Haitian mother Louise Estela Nacius and her five children have lost their home twice in less than a year.

The first time was in January when a devastating earthquake toppled their house along with those of at least 1.5 million others in the overcrowded capital Port-au-Prince.

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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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