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Nov 25, 2010

Haiti heads for elections, police keep marches apart

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Armed Haitian police kept apart boisterous supporters of rival presidential candidates in Port-au-Prince on Thursday as the earthquake-hit Caribbean country heads for turbulent elections this weekend in the grip of a cholera epidemic.

Sporadic violence, including street clashes between protesters and U.N. peacekeepers in Port-au-Prince and the northern city of Cap-Haitien, has added the stench of burning tires and tear gas to the stink of squalor and disease from overflowing cholera hospitals and earthquake survivor camps.

Nov 25, 2010

Cholera, protests escort Haiti to troubled elections

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Protests and campaign rallies clogged parts of Haiti’s capital on Thursday as the earthquake-battered Caribbean country headed for turbulent elections set for Sunday amid a rampant cholera epidemic.

Sporadic violence, including recent street clashes between protesters and U.N. peacekeepers in Port-au-Prince and the northern city of Cap-Haitien, have added the stench of burning tires and tear gas to the stink of squalor and disease from overflowing cholera hospitals and earthquake survivor camps.

Nov 25, 2010

Cholera-hit Haiti needs nurses and doctors – U.N.

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Haiti needs a surge of foreign nurses and doctors to stem deaths from a raging cholera epidemic that an international aid operation is struggling to control, the United Nations’ top humanitarian official said.

About 1,000 trained nurses and at least 100 more doctors were urgently needed to control the epidemic, which has struck the impoverished Caribbean nation months after a destructive earthquake.

Nov 24, 2010

Cholera-hit Haiti needs nurses, doctors: U.N

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Haiti needs a surge of foreign nurses and doctors to stem deaths from a raging cholera epidemic that an international aid operation is struggling to control, the United Nations’ top humanitarian official said.

Around 1,000 trained nurses and at least 100 more doctors were urgently needed to control the epidemic, which has struck the impoverished Caribbean nation months after a destructive earthquake.

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.

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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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