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Court in Cayman Islands Rules No Marriage for Same-Sex Couples But They Must Get Equivalent Rights



GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, Wednesday November 13, 2019 – The Court of Appeal in the Cayman Islands has sided with the government of the British Overseas Territory, overturning a lower court’s ruling that granted marriage equality. At the same time, the government has been ordered to move to quickly establish a marriage equivalent for same-sex couples.

But the
government says it will not be able to address the issue until next year.

The ruling handed
down last week overturned Chief Justice Anthony Smellie’s decision handed down
back in March this year, in a judgment brought by Chantelle Day and Vickie
Bodden Bush who were seeking the right to marry. Smellie had ordered the government
to amend its marriage law to define marriage as the union of two people, not between
a man and a woman.

government challenged Smellie’s ruling in the Court of Appeal.

And in its
decision, the Court said: “Chantelle Day and Vickie Bodden Bush are entitled,
expeditiously, to legal protection in the Cayman Islands, which is functionally
equivalent to marriage.”

“It would be
wholly unacceptable for this declaration to be ignored. Whether or not there is
an appeal to the Privy Council in respect of same-sex marriage, there can be no
justification for further delay or prevarication,” the court continued, adding
that if the Cayman Islands government did not act, the United Kingdom should

Reacting to
the decision, Premier Alden McLaughlin said he was pleased that the Court of
Appeal had agreed with government that the original ruling of the chief justice
“created significant ambiguity” surrounding the Constitution and Bill of
Rights, as well as the interpretation of and ability of the court to amend

And while he
acknowledged the need to address the matter expeditiously, he said the
government could not do so “hastily”, and indicated that the Legislative
Assembly was unlikely to deal with the issue of same-sex marriage until early

“Given that
we have before us a two-year budget to get through, as well as a referendum, I
do not see this honourable House turning our attention to this issue before
early next year,” McLaughlin said.

However, he added:
“I believe the responsible thing for this House to do is to face up to this
issue and take its own decision….It is clear to me that if this legislature
does not provide the legal framework that provides the protections for same-sex
couples in a form that is acceptable to all Caymanians, then undoubtedly we will
end up with the UK levying upon us protections that suit them rather than us.”

McLaughlin said that while Cayman Islands had in the past accused the UK of interfering in matters that should be decided by Caymanians, “by the same token, we cannot abdicate responsibility for taking the hard decisions when they are staring us in the face”.

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Deux bandits abattus

Mercredi après-midi à Chalon (Miragoâne) deux individus armés identifiés comme Chrislor Michel et son frère David ont été tués lors d’un échange de tir avec des agents de la Police Nationale d’Haïti (PNH) alors qu’ils tentaient d’échapper aux forces de l’ordre. Ils étaient recherchés pour avoir attaqué un char musical dans la nuit du 25 au 26 février.

PetroCaribe : Un groupe de citoyens écarté :

Suite à l’ordonnance du Juge Ramoncite Accimé enlevant la qualité de partie Civile à un groupe de citoyen dans le dossier PetroCaribe, ce groupe a déposé un recours devant la Cour d’Appel estimant qu’il s’agit d’une manœuvre du pouvoir politique qui cherche à écarter les plaignants devenus encombrants…

COVID-19 : Numéro d’urgence :

Le MSPP informe qu’une personne peut appeler le 43433333 SEULEMENT dans les cas suivants :

1- S’il revient d’un pays touché par le coronavirus (COVID-19) ;

2- S’il se sent malade ou est en contact avec une personne malade

Éducation citoyenne :

En présence de plusieurs dizaines d’élèves réunis à l’école municipale Saint-Martin, au Bel-Air, Ralph Youri Chevry, le Maire de Port-au-Prince et Roxane Ledan Directrice Culturelle à la Mairie, ont présenté récemment un nouvel ouvrage destiné à l’éducation citoyenne à la communauté éducative intitulé « Yon ti koze sitwayen », qui servira de base d’enseignement à l’éducation civique et morale à partir de l’année prochaine.

VIH : soutien du traitement de 107,000 haïtiens :

Depuis la création du Programme President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR-Haïti) en 2004, le programme a diagnostiqué positif près de 130,000 personnes vivant avec le VIH. Depuis septembre 2019, PEPFAR Haïti soutient le traitement 107,000 haïtiens vivant avec le VIH.

COVID-19 : Réactivation des Équipes d’Intervention Rapide :

Le Ministère de la Santé Publique continue d’appliquer systématiquement les dispositions de surveillance épidémiologiques dans les aéroports contre une éventuelle introduction du Coronavirus COVID-19 dans le pays. À travers les Directions Départementales Sanitaires, le Ministère a réactivé les Équipes Mobiles d’Intervention Rapide (EMIRA) pour faire de la mobilisation communautaire autour du nouveau Coronavirus.

Épidémie COVID-19 : Bilan mondial 28 février 2020 :

Vendredi 28 février 2020, le nombre de personnes contaminées dans le monde par le Coronavirus COVID-19 (cas confirmés en laboratoire) s’élève aujourd’hui à 83,719 en hausse de 1,549 cas (+32.9%) par rapport à la veille (1,165), ; 2,858 décès (+1.9%) soit 54 cas de plus que la veille (2,804). Taux de mortalité moyen 3.4%. 36,637 personnes guéries soit 3,739 personnes (+33.2%) de plus par rapport à la veille (2,782).

On recense à ce jour hors de Chine, 4,895 cas de personnes contaminées confirmés (+24.9%) soit 1,222 cas de plus que la veille, dans un total de 56 pays (+8 pays par rapport à la veille)

66 décès à l’étranger depuis le début de l’épidémie (décembre 2019) soit 10 de plus par rapport à la veille : 26 en Iran, 13 en Corée du Sud, 1 à Taïwan, 1 au Philippine, 2 à Hong Kong, 4 au Japon, 2 en France et 17 en Italie.

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Haitian Times News Roundup – Feb. 28 – The Haitian Times





CARICOM planning fact-finding mission in Haiti

Roosevelt Skerrit, Dominica Prime Minister,stated that CARICOM must step in and  intervene to assist Haiti in this complex situation reported The Washington Repoter.  “We recognize that Haiti is part of the Community and we have a responsibility and a duty and obligation to assist a Member State in unraveling its challenges and to work with [it] towards lasting solutions,” Skerrit stated. Continue reading

Public Prosecutor’s Office issues warrants

According to Radio Metropole, the Port-au-Prince prosecutor’s office has issued warrants against several businessmen, including Jean Marie Vorbe for conspiracy against the security of the state.

Guerdy Blaise, SOGENER defense attorney, specified that these warrant have nothing to do with the case against the electricity production company. Continue reading

Haiti’s Police Chief Promises to Restore order

Recently, police officers have taken part in violent protests to demand the right to form a union, and according to Radio Metropole, police authorities are now working towards restoring order within the Police National d’Haiti.  Rameau Normil, Chief of Police, earlier this week called for calm ensuring that the police officers’ problems were his own. “The officers demands are legitimate and I told the authorities about these problems,” said Normil. Continue reading

Arts & Culture

Edwidge Danticat to be inducted in the American Academy of Arts and Letters

On Wednesday, the American Academy of Arts and Letters announced on Wednesday, Feb. 26, it 13 new inductees, which includes famed Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat.  Danticate was recognized for her works including her memoir “Brother, I’m Dying” said she wished her parents were alive to see her — an immigrant and child of immigrants — voted into the academy according to  The formal induction to be held on May 20, 2020. Continue reading

Haitians In America

François Is Eager To Pounce With Reno

Haitian international Christiano ‘Cheetah’ François’s career started on the highest note possible, he was his country’s Young Player of the Year at just 16 in 2009. Although his talent never stopped sparkling from his feet, things didn’t follow through as expected. 

The midfielder bounced between eight teams across three different countries in the past six years—two of these teams ceased operations, Ottawa Fury F.C. and Rochester Rhinos. Continue reading


Osimhen: Barcelona and Real Madrid target could leave Lille next year

The Super Eagles forward has been attracting interest from top European clubs following his impressive debut campaign in France

Lille president Gerard Lopez has revealed that Victor Osimhen will be at the club for the 2020-21 season amid reported interest from La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona. Continue reading

Sergio Ramos Says His ‘Head and Heart Already on El Clasico

Sergio Ramos is already moving on from being sent off during Real Madrid’s 2-1 defeat at home to Manchester City in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League last 16 on Wednesday.

Ramos was dismissed four minutes from time after tripping City striker Gabriel Jesus on the edge of the box. It marked the fourth time the centre-back has been shown a red card while participating in Europe’s premier club competition. Continue reading

The Europa League last 16 draw: Inter, Wolves and Manchester United are the threats

Only 17 teams remain on the road to Gdansk and two of those, Sevilla and Getafe, will be flying the Spanish flag in the Europa League’s next round

One of those 17, though, won’t be in the competition for much longer as RB Salzburg and Eintracht Frankfurt will play their delayed second leg of the last 32 at 18:00 CET on Friday. Continue reading

Inter beats Ludogorets 2-1 in eerily empty stadium

The voices of the players and both coaches could clearly be heard at an empty San Siro as Inter Milan beat Ludogorets 2-1 on Thursday to advance into the last 16 of the Europa League.

Cristiano Biraghi and Romelu Lukaku scored for Inter after Cauly had given Ludogorets a surprise lead. Inter progressed 4-1 on aggregate. Continue reading

Olympiacos Stun Arsenal in Extra Time, Advance to Europa League Round of 16

A last-gasp goal by Olympiacos shocked Arsenal 2-1 on Thursday in the second leg of the UEFA Europa League last-32 stage, earning the Greek side a 2-2 aggregate victory on away goals after extra time at the Emirates Stadium.

The home crowd were stunned when Pape Abou Cisse gave the Greek side a 53rd-minute lead from Mathieu Valbuena’s corner.

Arsenal were short of ideas, and neither team could find the goal that would see them advance, triggering extra time. Continue reading

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Haitian Leaders Urged to End Political Impasse




PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Wednesday February 26, 2020 – Leaders in Haiti must step up and end the
political impasse between President Jovenel Moïse and a surging opposition
movement that has paralyzed the island nation since July 2018, the top United
Nations (UN) official there says.

UN Special Representative Helen La
Lime made the call as she updated ambassadors on latest developments in the
prolonged divide which has left Haiti without a functioning government,
deflated the economy, and fuelled insecurity.

“Haiti is about to enter in its
second year with a caretaker government, its economy is forecast to sink deeper
into recession, and 4.6 million of its citizens are now estimated to require
humanitarian assistance,” she said, speaking via videoconference from Haiti’s

“To avoid a greater deterioration,
Haitian leaders need to rise to the occasion and commit to a way out of this
impasse that will best serve the interests of their people.”

La Lime was introducing the first
report on the UN Integrated Office in Haiti, which she heads.

Known by the French acronym BINUH, it
was stablished last October, following the end of 15 years of UN peacekeeping
operations. Its mandate includes strengthening political stability and good

During the past months, La Lime and
international partners the Organization of American States and the Holy See
have been supporting negotiations to forge consensus on a political

However, talks failed to yield
progress on the formation of a new government and the designation of a
“consensual” Prime Minister by the President.

“The lack of agreement on this
matter, as well as on the remaining length of President Moïse’s term, threatens
to needlessly prolong a situation that has already lasted too long,” she told
the UN Security Council.

In the interim, said Executive
Director of the non-profit Fondasyon Je Klere, Marie Yolène Gilles, who also
spoke from the capital city, Haitians are being subjected to widespread human
rights violations as armed gangs now control around a third of the country,
generating “a rising tide of cruelty”.

“We have witnessed odious killings,
decapitations, rapes, robberies, embezzlement and the diversion of supplies,
abductions and kidnappings,” she reported, later adding “we have death
squadrons, and that’s a form of state terrorism.”

La Lime told ambassadors the ongoing
impasse and economic troubles risk further affecting the integrity of the
national police and other key institutions.

The senior UN official said that while
the road to improved governance will be difficult, the deployment of the new UN
office should see deeper and more targeted collaboration with the country.

Success will be measured by progress
in six areas.  Besides facilitating
political consensus, strengthening the police and justice sectors, and
addressing unemployment and other grievances, benchmarks also focus on
addressing gang violence and promoting human rights.

“Only through a combination of strong
national will and steadfast international support can Haiti surmount the
multifaceted crisis with which it is contending,” said La Lime.

“I remain confident that the United Nations, in its new configuration, is uniquely placed to help State institutions address the factors that catalyze cyclical periods of instability in the country and ensure that Haiti is once again on the path to stability and sustainable development.”

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