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Former Education Minister in Jamaica Arrested Amid Police Corruption Probe

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Former Education Minister Ruel Reid

KINGSTON,
Jamaica, Wednesday October 9, 2019
– Former
Education Minister Ruel Reid is in police custody as law enforcement
authorities continue investigations into allegations of corruption, fraud and misappropriation
of funds at the ministry and the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU).

Police confirmed that several people
were arrested and taken into custody for further questioning when simultaneous searches
were conducted at four locations in St Andrew, St Catherine and St Ann early
this morning. Several items, including documents and electronic devices, were also
seized.

While no names were released, multiple
media reports said warrants were executed at Reid’s home, as well as the
residence of CMU president, Professor Fritz Pinnock, and the former minister and
two family members, along with the university president were subsequently
detained.

The Financial Investigation Division, Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency and the Constabulary Financial Unit of the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Division conducted the operations, which began at 5 a.m., to target the main suspects implicated in a multi-million dollar corruption and fraudulent schemes perpetrated at the Ministry of Education, CMU and other government entities falling under Reid’s portfolio.

Chief Technical Director of the Financial Investigation Division, Robin Sykes said on radio today that charges are expected to be laid later in the day.

He said investigators believed they had established a strong case.

“An operation of this nature relies on where the evidence is taking you, the strength of the evidence as well as serious issues of logistics, serious issues of resources mobilization,” he said on Nationwide News Network this morning.

“This is not something that we pulled out of the hat one day or two days ago.  This is something that we have been planning and we have been monitoring the activities of targets and this is the day we have decided to proceed.”

Reid resigned in March this year amid
allegations of corruption in his ministry, and also gave up his position as
Senator.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness had said
at the time that Reid’s resignation would ensure that any investigation into
matters of concern would not be in any way impeded by his presence or oversight
of the ministry.

There had been allegations regarding
misuse of public funds and corruption at the Ministry of Education, similar to
what had been uncovered in the scandal at state-owned oil refinery Petrojam.

The alleged issues specifically involved the CMU and how funds sent to the ministry by the HEART Trust for the Career Advancement Programme as well as the Technical, Vocational, Educational and Training (T-VET) Rationalization Project were being utilized.

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Northwest Iowa-Based Haiti Ministry To Partner With RiseFest – KIWARadio.com

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Sheldon, Iowa — Assuming there is a RiseFest this year — if you go, you’ll have the chance to hear about a ministry in Haiti and partner with that ministry.

RiseFest, which is normally Father’s Day Weekend in Sheldon has been moved to Labor Day Weekend due to the pandemic. This year, RiseFest is partnering with a ministry called Touch Of Hope.

Kayla Raymond, from Rock Rapids, is one of the founders of Touch Of Hope. She tells us Touch of Hope got started in 2009 when she went on a mission trip to Haiti with her family. She says while there, her “heart was broken” for the poor of Haiti. She tells us that doors kept opening for them, and they soon met Webert Raymond, who is now her husband. She says Raymond and some others were running a small school for poor kids in Haiti who couldn’t afford to go to school.

https://kiwaradio.com/files/Ramond20200601a.mp3

Raymond tells us that she started a boutique to help Haitian mothers and families.

https://kiwaradio.com/files/Ramond20200601b.mp3

She says they also make greeting cards and are employing 26 Haitian women in that endeavor. Women also make baby gifts, jewelry, home décor, and more. She says all of the profits from the business go to their nonprofit ministry, Touch Of Hope. Raymond tells us that in addition to the one in Haiti, there is also a Rosie’s Boutique in Rock Rapids, where all the same items can be purchased, plus there is also a coffee shop in the Rock Rapids store, called Rosie’s Sit A Minute. She says everything but the ice cream is made in Haiti.

Raymond tells us how they got connected with RiseFest.

https://kiwaradio.com/files/Ramond20200601c.mp3

Plus, she says, if you visit RiseFest, you’ll also have the opportunity to visit Rosie’s, as they’re building their own mini-Rosie’s right on the festival grounds. She says they’re excited about the opportunity.

For more information, to sponsor a child, or support the ministry, you can visit their websites: touchofhopehaiti.com and www.rosiesboutiquehaiti.com.

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Haïti – FLASH : Le pays franchit la barre des 2,000 cas

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Haïti – FLASH : Le pays franchit la barre des 2,000 cas
01/06/2020 05:10:24

Haïti - FLASH : Le pays franchit la barre des 2,000 cas

Le Ministère de la Santé Publique informe que 259 nouveaux cas ont été confirmés en Haïti (la veille : 281), pour un total de 2,124 cas sur l’ensemble du territoire national (40.2% de femmes et 59.8% d’hommes) depuis le premier cas (19 mars 2020 https://www.haitilibre.com/article-30319-haiti-sante-origine-des-2-premiers-cas-de-covid-19-en-haiti.html ).

3 nouveaux décès ont été enregistrés : 1 dans l’Ouest, 1 dans l’Artibonite et 1 dans le Nord, portant le total à 44.

Le nombre de cas actifs (moins décès et guérisons) est maintenant de 2,056 (+14.2%) +256 cas en 24h (la veille : +263)

Nombre de cas suspects : 5,244 cas (+14.57%) +667 (la veille : +471)

Personnes hospitalisées : 364 personnes +16 en 24h (la veille : +24)

Quarantaine à domicile : 1,395 personnes -256 en 24h (la veille : +129)

Tous les détails dans notre bulletin quotidien de 11h00 a.m.

Lire aussi :
https://www.haitilibre.com/article-30912-haiti-covid-19-bulletin-quotidien-31-mai-2020.html
https://www.haitilibre.com/article-30907-haiti-flash-le-nombre-de-nouveaux-cas-double-en-24-heures.html
https://www.haitilibre.com/article-30319-haiti-sante-origine-des-2-premiers-cas-de-covid-19-en-haiti.html

S/ HL/ HaïtiLibre

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