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From TheJournal.ie Haitian quake victims 'forced out of camps' by landowners Haiti

Haitian quake victims 'forced out of camps' by landowners

The owners of land used as emergency refuge camps are evicting refugees, looking to get their land back.

From TheJournal.ie 'Baby Doc' Duvalier arrested by Haitian authorities Haiti

'Baby Doc' Duvalier arrested by Haitian authorities

Former dictator accused of embezzlement and human rights abuses to be shown the file being brought against him by Haitian prosecutors.

From TheJournal.ie Notorious Haitian dictator returns to "help" country's people Haiti This post contains videos

Notorious Haitian dictator returns to "help" country's people

Jean-Claude Duvalier was ousted in revolt in 1986 after he and his father presided over brutal regime reinforced by deadly private militia, the Tonton Macoutes.

From TheJournal.ie Take 5: Wednesday Take 5

Take 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

From TheJournal.ie Slideshow: Haiti one year on Haiti Anniversary This post contains images

Slideshow: Haiti one year on

Today is the first anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti that left tens of thousands dead. But, with increasing reports of violence and disease, how much progress has really been made?

From TheJournal.ie Hundreds of women and girls raped in Haiti camps Haiti

Hundreds of women and girls raped in Haiti camps

Amnesty International report highlights growing sexual violence in earthquake-ravaged country as charity Concern says the overall aid effort there is not proceeding as quickly as is needed.

From TheJournal.ie Cholera-ravaged Haiti 'so full of joy', says Palin Sarah Palin

Cholera-ravaged Haiti 'so full of joy', says Palin

The likely Republican candidate for president travels to Port-au-Prince as part of an evangelical humanitarian delegation.

From TheJournal.ie Low turnout expected in Haiti's polls amid voter intimidation and apathy Haiti This post contains videos

Low turnout expected in Haiti's polls amid voter intimidation and apathy

Polls open late in Haiti in presidential and parliamentary elections.

From TheJournal.ie 9 at 9: Sunday 9 At 9

9 at 9: Sunday

Nine things you really need to know by 9am: More snow; South Korea’s war games; EU ministers meet on Irish bailout; and a big edible tree.

From TheJournal.ie Haitian protests blame UN peacekeepers for cholera Haiti

Haitian protests blame UN peacekeepers for cholera

Demonstrations against Nepalese peacekeepers turn violent, as UN soldiers open fire and complain of political bias.

From TheJournal.ie Haiti cholera epidemic death toll hits 900 Haiti

Haiti cholera epidemic death toll hits 900

The epidemic is only going to get worse, say outbreak experts.

From TheJournal.ie Ireland pledges more aid and supplies to Haiti Haiti This post contains images

Ireland pledges more aid and supplies to Haiti

Ireland pledges a further €500,000 and much-needed humanitarian supplies to the devastated Caribbean country.

From TheJournal.ie Haiti on alert as cholera hits the capital Haiti This post contains images

Haiti on alert as cholera hits the capital

The death toll reaches 544 as authorities fear that the infection in Port-au-Prince could spread to refugee camps.

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Sunday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Sunday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: Government backbenchers up in arms over proposed pension cuts; most people prefer higher tax to water and property charges; and Burma heads to the polls for first national election in 20 years.

From TheJournal.ie In photos: Hurricane Tomas strikes Haiti Haiti This post contains images

In photos: Hurricane Tomas strikes Haiti

At least seven people have been killed by storm as rain continues to pour.

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Saturday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Saturday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: dangerous driving conditions ahead as storm hits our shores; two injured in Dublin shooting; this week’s Qantas disaster has knocked £1bn from value of engine-maker Rolls-Royce.

From TheJournal.ie Haiti on alert as cholera continues to spread Haiti This post contains videos

Haiti on alert as cholera continues to spread

442 people have now been declared dead and 6,742 hospitalised as the pandemic reaches new areas.

From TheJournal.ie Cholera deaths slow in Haiti - but agencies remain on high alert Haiti

Cholera deaths slow in Haiti - but agencies remain on high alert

Even as the death rate falls, the UN warns that the spread of cholera in the devastated country has not come to an end.

From TheJournal.ie 350 dead as cholera outbreak reaches Haitian capital Haiti

350 dead as cholera outbreak reaches Haitian capital

Almost 350 people have now been declared dead after the virus was carried into the capital city – and possibly onto camps.

From TheJournal.ie Cholera outbreak strikes over 1,500 people in Haiti Haiti This post contains videos

Cholera outbreak strikes over 1,500 people in Haiti

Disease concerns cause Irish charity to delay sending workers due to participate in re-building projects.

HAITI’S ELECTORAL COUNCIL has denied Wyclef Jean’s application to run for presidency this November.

Jean was not included on the electoral register as he did not meet the legal requirements.

It is thought that Jean is ineligible because all Haitian presidential candidates are required to be resident in the county for at least five years prior to running as a candidate.

The commission has not explicitly stated the reasons behind the rejection.

Jean responded by saying:

Though I disagree with the ruling, I respectfully accept the committee’s final decision, and I urge my supporters to do the same.

Other criticisms levelled at Jean include accusations of mismanagement of his charity, Yele Haiti. He also faces questions about back taxes in the USA.

The devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in January killed an estimated 300,000 people, destroying much of the already poverty-stricken country’s infrastructure.

MUSICIAN WYCLEF JEAN’S plan to become the next president of Haiti appears to have come to an end.

The singer hasn’t made it onto a list of approved candidates for the November elections, according to Reuters.

A final list of candidates who meet legal requirements for the presidential race will be released today.

Under Haitian law, presidential candidates must live in the country for five years before running.

The news of Jean’s absence from the list came after he met with the current president for over two hours yesterday.

However, the singer said the meeting went well and thought he might be allowed to canvass for the post, and says he meets the requirements for candidates.

Jean was born in Haiti but moved to the US when he was nine. His interest in the presidency has drawn criticism from fellow celebrity Sean Penn and former bandmate Pras Michel.

He is also reported to have received death threats since he announced his intention to run.

Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, was considered one of the most dangerous places in the world to live prior to the devastating earthquake in January, and the new president will face serious challenges in getting the city rebuilt.

MUSICIAN AND ASPIRING Haitian president Wyclef Jean has been forced into hiding after reportedly receiving death threats relating to his presidential campaign.

The former Fugees member is in a secret location in Haiti, defying demands that he leave the country, but declined to reveal – in a series of emails to the AP news agency – who was behind the threats.

The rapper also said he did not know yet whether Haitian electoral authorities had authenticated his efforts to appear on the ballot for November’s presidential election, with a list of certified candidates being due for publication yesterday but delayed until later in the week.

“We await the CEP [presidential electoral commission] decision but the laws of the Haitian constitution must be respected,” he said, adding that his lawyers had visited the commission’s headquarters to argue his case.

The fact that Jean left Haiti, where he was born, to move to New York at age nine could scupper his ambition to lead the country as it attempts to rebuild after the damage caused by the horrific earthquake in January.

The country’s constitution requires candidates to have “habitual residence” in the country and to have lived in the country for five years prior to the election.

Jean has argued that his appointment as a ‘roving ambassador’ for the country by current president René Préval three years ago exempts him from the residency requirements.

The aspiring candidate will hope, however, that the words of his Fugees hit ‘Ready Or Not’ do not ring true as he remains in hiding.

BILL CLINTON has said that donor countries are still holding out on pledges made to rebuild Haiti.

Clinton, who is chairman of the reconstruction fund, said last week that less than 10% of the $5.3bn pledged has been lodged with the fund, and Ireland is one such country that has yet to make good on its promise.

Ireland has pledged over €13m to fund the reconstruction, but only €4m in emergency aid has been received.

RTE.ie has revealed that the remaining funding was expected to go to the Haiti Reconstruction Fund but a spokesperson for Irish Aid said that no funding has yet been transferred.

A spokesperson for Irish Aid has said it may take till 2012 to lodge all the money.

FORMER FUGEES rapper Wyclef Jean has filed papers with Haitian authorities formally opening his bid for the presidency of the Caribbean nation.

The 37-year-old rapper, who was born in the country but fled to the United States at age 9, says he retains a Haitian passport and has officially registered as the candidate of the Viv Ansamn (‘Live Together’) party.

The country goes to the polls in a general election on November 28, having originally scheduled elections for February which were then postponed after the devastating earthquake in January which killed up to 230,000 people.

In his first interview after filing his official nomination forms, the rapper told CNN that he had been ‘drafted’ by the Haitian population to offer “a piece of the dream that I got in America”.

“There’s a crowd behind me right now with so much excitement, because they feel hope is on its way,” he said.

He later tweeted: “Tonight starts a new chapter in my life.”

Jean has already faced criticism from actor Sean Penn – who moved to Haiti to help the relief efforts after the earthquake – who questioned his motives in opting to run, despite having no political experience.

What the Haitian people need now is a leader who is genuinely willing to sacrifice – I haven’t seen or heard anything of him in these last six months that I’ve been in Haiti.

I think he’s an important voice. I hope he doesn’t sacrifice that voice by taking the eye off the very devastating realities on the ground.

Outgoing president René Préval has faced criticism for appearing as ineffective; though he was seen as bringing stability to a country that has seen more than its share of dictatorships, the economy had tumbled even before the January earthquake.

Aside from his output with the Fugees, Jean is probably best known for his hit ‘Perfect Gentleman’.

IRISH CHARITY HAVEN has beaten its own targets for reconstruction in earthquake-struck Haiti, according to its annual report. The group has built 300 new houses in rural Haiti, and has made improvements to 500 others.

It also provided 600 provisional shelters in Port-au-Prince in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake. Construction on 200 new homes on the edge of the capital is underway.

Haven said that Irish donors have continued to be generous despite the financial downturn, and it has raised €5.2 million in the last six months. The American Red Cross and UNICEF.

Founded in 2008, the agency has focused on organising volunteers to take part in housing schemes in Haiti since January 2009. Volunteers must raise at least €4,500 before participating in the organisation’s “Build it” week.

THE IMF HAS cancelled Haiti’s debt, and says it will lend it another $60 million for restructuring. The earthquake-devastated nation had borrowed almost $268 million from the IMF.

The organisation said that the new loan is a three-year arrangement which had been requested by Haiti and should help stability in the country.

It stressed that donors who have pledged support for Haiti will follow through on their promises and make the necessary donations. The funds are needed to accelerate reconstruction and improve living standards on the island, the IMF said today.

It also released details for the loan, saying: “Financing under the ECF (Extended Credit Facility) carries a zero interest rate until end-2011 and thereafter zero to 0.5 percent, with a maturity of 10 years and a grace period of 5½ years.”

It’s been more than six months since the magnitude-7 earthquake struck, killing up to 330,000 people and leaving over a million people homeless. Many of those people are still living in makeshift tents, as the clean-up and reconstruction efforts have made little progress.