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US House Foreign Affairs Committee introduces legislation to address root causes of migration from Central America – Caribbean News Now

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Representatives Eliot Engel (L) and Michael McCaul

By Caribbean News Now contributor

WASHINGTON, USA – Representatives Eliot Engel, Democratic chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and Michael McCaul, its ranking Republican, recently introduced the United States–Northern Triangle Enhanced Engagement Act, which supports the people of Central America and strengthens US national security by addressing the root causes of migration from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

Representatives Albio Sires, the Democratic chairman and Francis Rooney, ranking Republican member of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security and Trade, are original co-sponsors of the legislation along with Representatives Norma Torres, the Democratic co-chair and Ann Wagner, the Republican co-chair of the Congressional Central America Caucus and Democratic Representative Henry Cuellar.

Engel said, “It’s a dangerous, terrifying thing to move your entire family to an unknown place. And many people only make that decision when they feel like they have no other option. The best way for the United States to address the challenges facing El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras is by investing in a safer and more prosperous Central America and helping to create more opportunities for those who live there. This legislation demonstrates Congress’s continued commitment to the people of Central America.”

“Central America continues to face serious economic and security challenges that are threatening regional stability and driving waves of illegal migrants to the United States. In order to address this crisis effectively, we must look at the conditions on the ground. This bill outlines a clear and consistent strategy to provide US assistance in four key areas: economic development; anti-corruption; democracy and governance; and security. It also establishes metrics to ensure that our aid effectively addresses illegal migration and demonstrates that these countries are doing their part to stem the flow. As a Texan, I understand the frustration over the challenges we continue to face at our border and am committed to addressing the root causes of illegal migration and helping to facilitate a more prosperous Central America,” said Ranking Member McCaul.

Specifically, the United States–Northern Triangle Enhanced Engagement Act authorizes $577 million in foreign assistance to Central America for Fiscal Year 2020 and includes conditions on any assistance that goes to the central governments of the Northern Triangle countries. It reaffirms congressional intent by not allowing authorized funds to be reprogrammed, transferred or rescinded.

The bill also lays out a series of actions to be taken by the Secretary of State, the Administrator of USAID and other US government officials to promote inclusive economic growth and development, combat corruption, strengthen democratic institutions and improve security conditions in the Northern Triangle.

It also requires State and USAID to develop and report to Congress on annual benchmarks to track the progress of the strategy in addressing the drivers of irregular migration.

The Secretary of State and USAID Administrator are required to prioritize inclusive economic growth and development, anticorruption but strengthening democratic institutions and security conditions in the Northern Triangle. Annual progress reports and multi-year strategies are required in each area. A senior rule of law advisor must be designated for the Northern Triangle in the State Department’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs and is also required as is a feasibility analysis on the formation of an Investment Fund for the Northern Triangle nations and southern Mexico by the US International Development Finance Corporation.

Targeted visa bans and asset freezes must be implemented on individuals who are steadfast in engaging in acts of corruption impacting the Northern Triangle countries. This includes public officials, private citizens and individuals residing outside of the Northern Triangle who are engaged in corruption in these countries.

Improves engagement with the government of Mexico on the Northern Triangle. Development efforts in southern Mexico must be supported by the Secretary of State and various executive branch agencies and reinforce security collaboration regarding Mexico’s shared border with Belize and Guatemala.

Congress must receive advance reporting on security support to Northern Triangle countries, irrespective of the dollar amount for the following three years.

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Haïti – Actualité : Zapping…

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20/02/2020 11:21:11

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Incendie de l’orphelinat : Les responsables convoqués au Parquet

Le Substitut du Commissaire du gouvernement, Frantz Louis Juste a annoncé en conférence de presse, que le Parquet est saisi du dossier de l’incendie de l’orphelinat de l’église de la compréhension de la Bible depuis le jour du drame et que les responsables de cet orphelinat sont convoqués au parquet vendredi matin 21 février. Rappelons que le bilan de l’incendie est lourd : 20 morts (18 enfants et 2 adultes) https://www.haitilibre.com/article-30063-haiti-securite-le-bilan-de-l-incendie-de-l-orphelinat-revu-a-la-hausse.html et 28 enfants survivants. Arielle Jeanty, Directrice Générale de l’Institut du Bien-Etre Social et de la Recherche a révélé avoir appris sur CNN, que cet orphelinat disposait d’un budget de 6.6 millions de dollars !

Cap-Haïtien : Sweet Micky divise

L’organisation « Christophiens en Marche » proteste contre la participation de Sweet Micky au défilé carnavalesque du Cap-Haïtien, rappelant que le carnaval capois a toujours été à l’image de la population et que « laisser Sweet Micky participer au défilé ne ferait que souiller l’héritage que Septen, Tropic, Lakol, Kazak, Feeling et tant d’autres formations ont tenu à léguer aux générations suivantes. » Notez que mercredi dans la matinée, le char de Sweet Micky est arrivé au Cap-Haïtien, suscitant curiosité et admiration de la population. Le comité est resté silencieux sur la participation de la formation musicale Sweet Micky au défilé du Carnaval.

Lancement du Fonds BRH pour la recherche :

Mercredi, au centre de convention et de documentation de la Banque de la République d’Haïti (BRH), Jean Baden Dubois le Gouverneur de BRH a lancé le Fonds BRH pour la recherche et le développement (FRD-BRH) destiné à promouvoir et appuyer la recherche scientifique dans diverses disciplines notamment l’économie et la finance. Ce fond sera financé par le secteur privé sans exclure la possibilité d’apport financier de bailleurs internationaux ou d’institutions nationales.

Renforcer l’indépendance du pouvoir judiciaire :

Le représentant du Programme des Nations Unies pour le Développement (PNUD-Haïti) s’est entretenu cette semaine avec le Président et le Secrétariat technique du Conseil Supérieur du Pouvoir Judiciaire (CSPJ) sur les principaux enjeux du secteur judiciaire en Haïti ainsi que sur la collaboration actuelle et future en faveur du renforcement de l’indépendance du pouvoir judiciaire.

Cap-Haïtien : calendrier des activités

Ce jeudi 20 les activités carnavalesques débuteront par le Carnaval des tout-petits. Vendredi 21 aura lieu le Carnaval des étudiants puis suivront les trois jours gras du Carnaval du Cap-Haïtien

COVID-19 Bilan mondial 20 février :

Jeudi 20 février 2020, le nombre de personnes contaminées dans le monde par le Coronavirus COVID-19 (cas confirmés en laboratoire et clinique) s’élève à 75,727 une hausse de 526 (+0.7%%) par rapport à la veille https://www.haitilibre.com/article-30068-haiti-actualite-zapping.html Le nombre de nouveaux cas de contamination au coronavirus en Chine est au plus bas depuis près d’un mois ; 2129 décès (+5.8%) soit 117 de plus que la veille (2,012) ; 16,526 personnes guéries soit 1,503 personnes (-23,4%) de moins par rapport à la veille mais 7.7 fois plus de guérison que de décès contre 7.4 fois la veille.

On recense à ce jour hors de Chine, 1,015 personnes contaminées confirmées dans le monde (+13%) soit 117 cas de plus.

Nombre de décès à l’étranger inchangé (5) : 1 au Philippine, 2 à Hong Kong, 1 au Japon , et 1 en France. (l’Iran a annoncé deux morts en cours de vérification).

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Koulibaly To Miss Barcelona? – The Haitian Times

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Kalidou Koulibaly is
still not training regularly with Napoli, so it’s feared he will miss both
games with Brescia and Barcelona.

The Senegal
international has been struggling since a serious thigh strain on December 15,
only returning for one appearance against Lecce on February 9.

He looked very rusty
and was left out of the squad for the trip to Cagliari, as coach Gennaro
Gattuso confirmed the defender still felt pain in his thigh.

According to Sky Sport Italia, Koulibaly did not train today either and is not expected to be in with the group tomorrow.

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Werley Zeus: Haiti And African Countries Should Become One

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The 26 years old, Werley Zeus is a musician, author, entrepreneur, and politician from Haiti. He owns a mass media company operating under the name of Ceraphin Corporation that owns different types of businesses including publishing companies and radio stations.

The 26 years old CEO believes that Haiti and African countries should unite together again and become partners because Haiti and African countries belong to black brothers and sisters.

“I think Haiti and African countries should unite together and become partners.”, said Werley Zeus.

Let’s not forget that Ceraphin Corporation’s Werley Zeus launched ‘Woy Africa! Network’ and ‘Afro! PopUp’ in Africa to serve the continent.

According to Werley, the brands named ‘Woy Africa! Network’ is a publishing magazine operating by Ceraphin Network and ‘Afro! PopUp’ is an internet radio station managed by Ceraphin Radio Network. The brands are operating in Africa and Werley thinks it makes for Haitians and Africans to work together because unity is power.

According to reports and studies, Haiti has been abused by the U.S. for years and years, so the time has come for Haiti to cut off every relationship with the U.S. to join Venezuela, Africa, Russia, and others in order to grow and prosper before 2045 arrives.


Werley Zeus hopes to become a leader in the upcoming Haitian Government that the Haitian population will install soon, so the plans will succeed. Hopefully, a new Haitian Government will take power in 2020 so the right leaders can lead Haiti in the right direction.

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