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23/01/2021 11:41:45

Haiti - COVID-19 : Haiti Special Report #309

WORLD SITUATION:

On Saturday 23 January 2021, the variety of individuals contaminated worldwide with the Covid-19 coronavirus for the reason that begin of the pandemic (Official supply), amounted to 98,248,708 circumstances (+656,571), the day earlier than (+653.408). Variety of contaminated nations 192.

Bulletin of the day earlier than: https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-32837-haiti-covid-19-haiti-special-report-308.html

Because the begin of the pandemic 54,174,334 individuals have been cured of Covid-19 around the globe (+351,353), the day earlier than (+391,873)

Because the begin of the pandemic 2,108,378 individuals have died from Covid-19 around the globe (+15,377 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+17,099)

The variety of lively circumstances (much less deaths and recoveries) on the earth is at present 41,965,996 (+289,841 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+144,436)

Common remedy price on the earth: 55.14% (-)

Common loss of life price on the earth: 2.15% (+)

World: Variety of every day confirmed circumstances:

Vaccination: 60.13 million doses of vaccine injected (+3.55 million doses injected in 24 hours (up to date January 22, 2021, newest knowledge accessible).

TOP 5 nations with essentially the most lively circumstances: (much less deaths and recoveries)

1st – USA: 9,184,989 circumstances, (+64,439 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+56,693)

2nd – France: 2,766,612 (+21,689 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+21,206)

third – Spain: 2,293,743 circumstances (+42,455 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+43,983)

4th * – United Kingdom 1,887,304 circumstances (+24,945), the day earlier than (+21,414)

fifth – Brazil: 791,767 circumstances (-18,362 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+63,045)

TOP 5 nations with essentially the most deaths:

1st – USA: 414,107 deaths (+3,758 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+4,202)

2nd – Brazil: 215,243 deaths (+1,096 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+1,316)

third – India: 153,184 deaths (+152 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+163)

4th – Mexico: 147,614 deaths (+1,440 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+1,803)

fifth * – United Kingdom: 95,981 deaths (+1,401 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+1,290)

TOP 5 nations with the best variety of healings:

1st – USA: 15,222,719 healings (+121,728 in 24 hours), remedy price 61.33% (+)

2nd – India: 10,300,838 healings (+17,130 in 24h), remedy price 96.82% (+)

third – Brazil: 7,746,910 healings (+73,818 in 48h), remedy price 88.50% (+)

4th – Russia: 3,076,236 healings (+27,399 in 24h), remedy price 84.09% (+)

fifth – Turkey: 2,296,050 healings (+6,018), remedy price 94.94% (+)

DIASPORA:

USA:

Case for the reason that first case (March 9, 2020): 24,821,815 circumstances (+189,925 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+193,170)

Healings: 15,222,719 healings (+121,728 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+132,275)

Nationwide Therapeutic Price: 61.33% (+)

Demise: 414,107 deaths (+3.758 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+4.202)

Energetic circumstances (much less deaths and cures): 9,184,989 circumstances, (+64,439 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+56,693)

Canada:

Circumstances for the reason that begin of the epidemic (January 25, 2020): 742,268 circumstances (+5,827 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+6,111)

Healings: 659.185 individuals (+6.939 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+7.279)

Nationwide Therapeutic Price: 88.81 (+)

Deaths: 18,633 deaths (+123 in 24h), the day earlier than (+94)

Nationwide loss of life price: 2.51% (=)

Energetic circumstances: (excluding loss of life and cures) 64,450 circumstances (-1,235 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (-1,262)

Vaccination: 776.606 million doses of vaccine injected since December 14, 2020, the date of the primary injection in Canada (+37.742 in 24 hours as of January 22, 2021 newest knowledge accessible).

Canada: Variety of every day confirmed circumstances

France:

Circumstances confirmed for the reason that first case (January 24, 2020): 3,054,694 circumstances (+23,292 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+22,848)

Healings: 215,791 individuals (+1,284 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+1,296)

Nationwide Therapeutic Price: 7.06% (-)

Deaths: 72,291 deaths (+319 in hospitals and +0 in EMS / EHPAD), the day earlier than (+346 in complete)

Energetic circumstances: (excluding loss of life and restoration) 2,766,612 (+21,689 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+21,206)

Latin America and the Caribbean lively circumstances (much less deaths and recoveries):

Brazil: Brazil: 791,767 circumstances (-18,362 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+2,791)

Mexico: 292,736 circumstances (+5,605 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+7,338)

Argentina: 170,429 circumstances (-538 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (-725)

Colombia: 125,280 circumstances (+4,246 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+7)

Dominican Republic: 52,158 circumstances (+988 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+1,207)

Peru: 50,124 circumstances (9,463 in 48 hours), the day earlier than (not accessible)

Panama: 49,310 circumstances (-1,283 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (-1,820)

Chile: 27,245 circumstances (+1,844 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+1,346)

Ecuador: 23,264 circumstances (+933 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+1,785)

French Guiana: 13,289 circumstances (+117 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+115)

Guadeloupe: 7,994 circumstances (-1 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (-2)

Martinique: 5,879 circumstances (not accessible), earlier (-2 in 48 hours)

Cuba: 4,561 case (-31 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+141)

Jamaica: 2,493 circumstances (+80 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (-120)

Haiti: 1,874 circumstances (+61 in 24h), earlier (+49)

Bahamas: 1,206 (+13 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (-18)

HAITI:

Epidemiological scenario:

Based on the Ministry of Public Well being, 64 new circumstances of Covid-19 had been confirmed in Haiti on January 20, 2021 (newest partial knowledge accessible) for a complete of 11,099 circumstances confirmed all through the nationwide territory for the reason that first case (March 19, 2020 https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-30319-haiti-health-origin-of-the-first-2-cases-of-covid-19-in-haiti.html ). Earlier replace (+72 January 18-19, 2021)

Healings: 8,982 individuals (+3 in 24 hours), earlier (+20)

Therapeutic price: 80.93% (-)

Deaths: 243 deaths, (unchanged since January 19)

Demise price: 2.19% (-)

Energetic circumstances: (much less deaths and cures) 1,874 circumstances (+61 in 24h), earlier (+49)

Imported circumstances: 152 circumstances for the reason that reopening of airports and +43 for the reason that final report dated July 9 (109) https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-31348-haiti-flash-152-cases-imported-since-the-reopening-of-airports.html (Since then, this data is not made accessible)

Suspicious circumstances investigated since March 19: 47,129 circumstances (+331 in 24 hours), earlier (+517)

Circumstances examined for the reason that begin of the pandemic: 47,097 (replace not accessible), earlier (+323 in 24 hours as of January 20). Be aware that the very low variety of individuals examined doesn’t statistically make it potential to make a consultant estimate of the circumstances of Covid-19 in Haiti.

Individuals hospitalized: 65 in 24 hours as of Jan. 19 (unchanged)

Individuals in intensive care: (not accessible)

Individual in isolation: 1,874 (+61 in 24 hours as of Jan. 19)

Individuals at present handled at house: 1,118 (+51 in 24 hours as of Jan. 19)

Circumstances confirmed by division:

West: 7.737 (+57)

North: 697 (+1)

Artibonite: 609 (unchanged)

Heart: 563 (+5)

Northeast: 327 (unchanged)

South-East: 276 (+1)

South: 264 (unchanged)

Northwest: 232 (unchanged)

Grand’Anse: 184 (unchanged)

Nippes: 153 (unchanged)

UNITED STATES:

Epidemiological scenario:

United States:

Case for the reason that first case (March 9, 2020): 24,821,815 circumstances (+189,925 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+193,170)

Healings: 15,222,719 healings (+121,728 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+132,275)

Nationwide Therapeutic Price: 61.33% (+)

Demise: 414,107 deaths (+3.758 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+4.202)

Nationwide loss of life price: 1.67% (=)

Energetic circumstances (much less deaths and cures): 9,184,989 circumstances, (+64,439 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+56,693)

Assessments: 288,447,118 individuals had been examined (+1,936,509 in 24 hours) the day earlier than (+1,881,360)

Vaccination: 19.11 million doses of vaccine injected since December 14, 2020, date of the primary injection in the US (+ 1.56 million in 24 hours (up to date January 22, 2021, newest knowledge accessible).

USA: Variety of every day confirmed circumstances

New York State:

Circumstances for the reason that begin of the epidemic (March 1, 2020): 1,309,403 circumstances (+15,684 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+13.908)

Healings: 119,953 individuals (+1,064 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+1,007)

Therapeutic price: 9.16% (-)

Deaths: 41,974 deaths (+187 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+200)

Demise price: 3.21% (-)

Energetic circumstances (much less deaths and cures): 1,147,476 circumstances (+14,433 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+12,701)

Assessments: 30,030,951 individuals examined (+268,001 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+224,569)

State of Massachusetts:

Circumstances for the reason that begin of the epidemic (February 1, 2020): 491,452 circumstances (+5,272 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+5,140)

Healings: 354,388 individuals healed (+30,365 replace of January 22, 2021 – weekly replace)

Therapeutic price: 72.11% (-)

Deaths: 13,987 deaths (+81 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+77)

Demise price: 2.85% (-)

Energetic circumstances (much less deaths and recoveries): 123,077 circumstances (-25,174 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+5,360)

Assessments: 12,754,206 individuals examined (+105,768 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+111,726)

Florida:

Circumstances for the reason that begin of the epidemic (March 1, 2020): 1,627,603 circumstances (+13,719 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+12,873)

Demise: 25,011 deaths (+272 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+161)

Mortality price: 1.54% (+)

Assessments: 18,126,056 (+83,831 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+131,557)

Miami Dade (FL):

Circumstances for the reason that begin of the epidemic (March 12, 2020): 354,704 circumstances (+2,299 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+2,153)

Deaths: 4,678 deaths (+34 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+14)

Mortality price: 1.32% (=)

QUEBEC:

Epidemiological scenario:

Circumstances confirmed for the reason that first case (February 27, 2020):

250,491 circumstances (+1,631 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+1,624)

Therapeutic:

223,367 individuals (+2,040 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+1,735)

Demise: 9,361 deaths (+88 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+65)

Energetic circumstances: (excluding loss of life and restoration) 17,763 circumstances (-497 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (-176)

Hospitals: 1,426 individuals hospitalized (-27 in 24) the day earlier than (+14)

Intensive care: 212 individuals (-4 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+4)

In Montreal, epicenter of the pandemic in Quebec the place the biggest Haitian neighborhood is positioned (almost 150,000 members): 89,607 circumstances have been confirmed for the reason that begin of the epidemic (+681 in 24 hours), earlier (+679)

TOP 5 of essentially the most contaminated Montreal boroughs:

1 – Côte-des-Neiges – Notre-Dame-de-Grâce: 7,839 circumstances (+55 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+65)

2 – Villeray-Saint-Michel- Parc Extension: 7,372 circumstances (+60 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+53)

3 – Ahuntsic-Cartierville: 7.024 (+43 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+72)

4 – Montreal North: 6,664 circumstances (+66 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+51)

5 – Rivière-des-Prairies – Pointe-aux-Trembles: 6,223 (+50 in 24h), the day earlier than (+35)

TOP 5 of essentially the most contaminated areas of Quebec:

1 – Montreal: 89,607 circumstances (+681 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+679)

2 – Montérégie: 35,778 circumstances (+276 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+254)

3 – Laval: 21,087 circumstances (+128 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+145)

4 – Capitale-Nationale (Quebec): 20,830 circumstances (+90 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+78)

5 – Lanaudière: 17,959 circumstances (+97 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+102)

Quebec Province Therapeutic Price: 89.17% (+)

Demise price: 3.74% (+)

Vaccination: 200,627 doses of vaccine injected since December 14, 2020 date of the primary injection (+14,417 newest knowledge accessible January 22 – MSSS)

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC:

Epidemiological scenario:

Circumstances confirmed since March 1:

201.145 (+1.473 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+1.549). First case (March 1, 2020) https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-30165-haiti-flash-first-case-of-covid-19-in-the-dominican-republic.html

Healings: 146,491 healings since March 1 (+471 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+339)

Nationwide Therapeutic Price: 72.83% (-)

Demise: 2,496 deaths (+14), the day earlier than (+3)

Demise price: 1.24 (=)

Energetic circumstances: (excluding loss of life and restoration) 52,158 circumstances (+988 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+1,207)

Hospital occupancy price:

Covid- 19 beds: 1,305 occupied out of two,731 beds, i.e. 48% occupancy (+)

Intensive care beds: 332 occupied out of 543 beds, i.e. 61% occupancy (+)

Beds with assisted air flow: 190 occupied out of 396 beds, i.e. 46% occupancy (+)

High 5 of essentially the most contaminated provinces (lively case, much less healings and deaths):

1 – Nationwide district: 13,628 circumstances (+78 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+348)

2 – Santo Domingo: 7,349 circumstances (+137 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+167)

3 – Santiago: 5,620 circumstances (+228 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+116)

4 – Puerto Plata: 2,119 circumstances (+113 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+75) advance by one place

5 – La Vega: 2,115 circumstances (+37 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+15)

Assessments (for the reason that 1st case): 989,038 checks (+7,532 in 24h), the day earlier than (+7,920)

FRANCE:

Epidemiological scenario:

Circumstances confirmed for the reason that first case (January 24, 2020): 3,054,694 circumstances (+23,292 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+22,848)

Hospitalized individuals: 25,872 (+173 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+49)

Intensive care: 2,902 individuals (+36 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+24)

Healings: 215,791 individuals (+1,284 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+1,296)

Nationwide Therapeutic Price: 7.06% (-)

Deaths: 72,291 deaths (+319 in hospitals and +0 in EMS / EHPAD), the day earlier than (+346 in complete)

Nationwide loss of life price: 2.37% (=)

Energetic circumstances: (excluding loss of life and restoration) 2,766,612 (+21,689 in 24 hours), the day earlier than (+21,206)

Vaccination: 963,139 doses of vaccine injected since December 27, 2020, date of the primary injection in France (+139,572 replace on January 22) newest knowledge accessible.

Scientific Information :

NEWS: COVID-19, new definitions in Haiti

Suspected COVI-19 case :

Anybody with a fever better than or equal to 38 levels Celsius, or a current historical past of fever (inside the previous 14 days), with or with out cough with or with out respiration difficulties, aches, unexplained headache.

Or

Anybody with sudden adjustments in style (dysguesia or ageusia) or scent (hyposmia or anosmia) with out related rhinitis.

Or

Anybody artwork a clinician (physician or nurse) which suspects the Covid-19.

In kids: all of the above-mentioned indicators and/or deterioration usually situation, diarrhea or remoted fever, particularly in kids below 3 months previous.

Confirmed case of COVID-19 :

Any suspected Covid-19 case for which a take a look at detects the presence of SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acids no matter indicators and signs. All Confirmed Covid-19 Circumstances ought to be positioned in institutional or residential segregation.

Recovered or declared restored case of Covid-19 :

A Covid-19 case is said “recovered” or “reinstated” within the following conditions:

Symptomatic (sick) individuals examined optimistic: at the very least 10 days for the reason that disappearance of the indicators of the illness with or with out a new unfavorable take a look at (repeat of the take a look at if potential).

Or

Asymptomatic individuals (not sick) examined optimistic: 10 days with out the looks of any signal of illness with or with out a new unfavorable take a look at (repeat of the take a look at if potential).

Demise as a consequence of Covid-19 :

Demise occurring in a confirmed case (by take a look at or by epidemiological hyperlink) or by publish mortem affirmation within the absence of every other apparent reason for loss of life unrelated to the Covid-19 coronavirus.

SYMPTOMS :

Widespread signs of Covid-19 coronavirus: cough, fever and excessive fatigue. Some individuals may have extra extreme signs, resembling problem respiration or pneumonia. On common, signs of Covid-19 often develop 5 to 7 days after an infection. In some rare circumstances, they might seem solely on the twelfth day.

TIPS :

Primary tricks to defend your self and keep away from spreading as a lot as potential, if Covid-19 is launched in Haiti:

  • All the time cough or sneeze into your sleeves or elbow, by no means on the opposite particular person’s face or in your palms;
  • Use tissues to wipe your palms or face after which throw them within the trash after which wash your palms;
  • Wash your palms often with cleaning soap or alcoholic water. It’s also possible to use a “sanitizer”;
  • Keep away from contact with somebody with influenza-like sickness and invite them to hunt therapy;
  • Keep away from contact with weak individuals if you’re sick;
  • Keep away from greetings like handshakes and kisses;
  • Keep away from touching your nostril, eyes and mouth when you have not washed your palms;
  • Keep away from individuals gathering.


Yesterday report : https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-32837-haiti-covid-19-haiti-special-report-308.html

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https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-31426-haiti-flash-evaluation-of-traditional-haitian-remedies-against-covid-19.html

https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-31113-haiti-flash-reopening-of-the-international-airport-official-date.html

https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-31055-haiti-flash-new-protocol-for-the-return-of-stranded-haitians-in-france.html

https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-30901-haiti-flash-state-disbursements-report-to-fight-against-the-covid-19.html

https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-30454-haiti-flash-covid-19-first-death-in-haiti.html

https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-30165-haiti-flash-first-case-of-covid-19-in-the-dominican-republic.html

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Justin Trudeau condemns ‘appalling’ assassination of Haitian president – National

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined world leaders on Wednesday in condemning the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise.

Trudeau took to Twitter and called the deadly attack on the president “appalling,” adding that “Canada stands ready to support the people of Haiti and offer any assistance they need.”

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During a press conference in Calgary later in the afternoon, the prime minister further described the act as “absolutely unacceptable and not something anyone wants to see anywhere in the world.”

“Canada has been and will continue to be a close friend to the Haitian people,” Trudeau told reporters in Calgary.

“They’ve had a number of difficult years, including politically. Canada has continued to be there for them and we will continue into the coming difficult months to stand with the people of Haiti and move toward greater stability and greater opportunity for everyone.”

Moise was killed in an attack on his private residence early Wednesday, according to Haiti’s interim prime minister. First lady Martine Moise was shot in the overnight attack and hospitalized. It wasn’t immediately clear who was behind the assassination in a country that had grown increasingly unstable and disgruntled in recent years.


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Kevin Edmonds, an assistant professor of Caribbean Studies at the University of Toronto, said Canada and the United States have been involved in cultivating over the long term the current political situation in which the assassination took place.

In February 2004, a military coup overthrew a democratically elected government led by president Jean-Bertrand Aristide. He accused the United States, France and Canada of orchestrating his ousting.

About 500 Canadian troops went to the Caribbean country after the coup “to restore order until a new UN stabilization mission could be well established,” according to Veterans Affairs Canada website. It says UN peacekeeping missions in Haiti reached about 7,500 military members and civilian police, from dozens of countries. It also says that at times, over 750 members of the Canadian Armed Forces and 100 civilian police officers have served there.

Since 2004, Edmonds said, a series of fraudulent elections have brought deeply unpopular presidents to power while a UN mission supported them.

Haiti is the largest recipient of development assistance from Canada in the Americas.

Since the January 2010 earthquake, Ottawa has provided $1.5 billion to Haiti, including $345 million in humanitarian assistance and $1.15 billion in development assistance.

Edmonds said Canada played a role in pushing for a national election to be held in 2010, when many Haitian parliamentarians and politicians had lost their lives in the natural disaster. The general election originally scheduled to take in February was put off until November that year and the presidential election was held the following spring.

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“Canada and the United States were very insistent that elections happen right away, and a lot of voices within in Haiti, civil society, politicians, the citizens were saying ‘let’s wait a bit,’” Edmonds said, adding there were concerns about electoral fraud and parties banned from running.

In a 2019 report, Human Rights Watch said the Moise government’s elimination of subsidies led to widespread protests that had escalated since July 2018, with opposition groups demanding Moise’s resignation amid allegations that he had mismanaged government funds designated for social programs.

Edmonds said Moise was “very repressive,” but that he was also friendly to foreign investment as he was getting rid of regulations for mining, oil and gas companies and repressing labour unions.

“Having a weak but accommodating centre-right government in Haiti is good for Canadian interests U.S. interests,” Edmonds argued.

“I would have thought that Moise would have been tipped off that something’s gonna happen but this (assassination) is kind of unprecedented.”

The assassination drew shock and condemnation from leaders in Latin America, Europe and the U.S., along with calls for calm and unity in the troubled Caribbean nation.

Colombian President Ivan Duque condemned what he called a “cowardly act” and expressed solidarity with Haiti. He called for an urgent mission by the Organization of American States “to protect democratic order.”

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Other initial reactions reflected concern about Haiti’s security.

The European Union’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, tweeted that “this crime carries a risk of instability and (a) spiral of violence.”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted that he was “shocked and saddened at the death of President Moise.”

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“Our condolences are with his family and the people of Haiti,” he added. “This is an abhorrent act and I call for calm at this time.”

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez condemned the assassination.

“I’d like to make an appeal for political unity to get out of this terrible trauma that the country is going through,” Sanchez said during a visit to Latvia.

The White House described the attack as “horrific” and “tragic.”

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the U.S. stands ready to assist Haiti in its time of need.

“It’s a horrific crime and we’re so sorry for the loss that (the people of Haiti) are all suffering and going through as many of them are waking up this morning and hearing this news,” Psaki said during a previously scheduled interview with CNN. “And we stand ready and stand by them to provide any assistance that’s needed.”


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Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen offered her condolences in a statement on Twitter.

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“We wish the First Lady a prompt recovery, & stand together with our ally Haiti in this difficult time,” Tsai wrote. Haiti is one of the few countries in the world that maintain formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan, which China claims as its own.

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Haiti’s murdered president laid to rest with tensions high

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  • President Jovenel Moise was murdered on 7 July at his home in Port-au-Prince.
  • The attack was carried out by a group that included 26 Colombian former soldiers.
  • Moise’s funeral was attended by foreign dignitaries including US President Joe Biden’s top advisor.

Pallbearers in military attire carried late Haitian President Jovenel Moise’s body in a closed wooden coffin as his funeral got underway on Friday, two weeks after he was shot dead at home in an assassination still shrouded in mystery.

The bearers placed the polished casket on a dais garlanded with flowers in an auditorium. Four stood guard as a Roman Catholic priest blessed the coffin and a Haitian flag was unfurled.

Foreign dignitaries including US President Joe Biden’s top advisor for the Western Hemisphere flew to Cap-Haitien to pay their respects to Moise, joining mourners who have taken part in a series of commemorations in Haiti this week.

Moise was gunned down in his home in Port-au-Prince before dawn on 7 July, setting off a new political crisis in the Caribbean country that has struggled with poverty, lawlessness and instability.

Protests by angry supporters of Moise convulsed the slain leader’s hometown, the northern city of Cap-Haitien, for a second successive day on Thursday as workers prepared for the funeral.

The protesters set tires on fire to block roads, while workers paved a brick road to Moise’s mausoleum on a dusty plot of several acres enclosed by high walls.

Set on land held by Moise’s family and where he lived as a boy, the partly built tomb stood in the shade of fruit trees, just a few steps from a mausoleum for Moise’s father, who died last year. Police controlled access to the compound through a single gate.

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The assassination was a reminder of the ongoing influence foreign actors have in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere despite it becoming Latin America and the Caribbean’s first independent state at the start of the 19th century.

The attack was carried out by a group that included 26 Colombian former soldiers, at least six of whom had previously received US military training. Haitian-Americans were also among the accused.

The attack’s plotters disguised the mercenaries as US Drug Enforcement Administration agents, a ruse that helped them enter Moise’s home with no resistance from his security detail, authorities have said. At least one of the arrested men, a Haitian-American, had previously worked as an informant for the DEA.

The turmoil has pushed Haiti up Biden’s foreign policy priorities and on Thursday the State Department named a special envoy for the country. Biden has rebuffed a request by Haiti’s interim leaders to send troops to protect infrastructure.

Screens inside the auditorium broadcast images of Moise and his meetings with world leaders including Pope Francis, French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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Helen La Lime, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Haiti, was among the guests.

A former banana exporter, Moise failed to quell gang violence that surged under his watch and he faced waves of street protests over corruption allegations and his management of the economy.

However, the demonstrators in Cap-Haitien were venting anger over the many questions that remain unanswered about the assassination, including who planned it and why.

Banners celebrating Moise festooned buildings along the narrow streets of Cap-Haitien’s old town, with proclamations in Creole including, “They killed the body, but the dream will never die,” and “Jovenel Moise – defender of the poor.”

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At least 1 U.S. citizen arrested in connection to killing of Haitian president, official says

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Haitian officials say 15 people have been arrested and four were killed following the early morning assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, and at least one of those arrested — possibly two — are U.S. citizens.

Mathias Pierre, Haiti’s minister of elections, told multiple news outlets on Thursday, including The New York Times and The Associated Press, that Haitian American James Solages was among six people arrested in the brazen killing of Moïse by gunmen at his home in the pre-dawn hours on Wednesday.

Pierre would not provide additional details about Solages’ background, nor provide the name of the second Haitian American. The U.S. State Department said it was aware of reports that Haitian Americans were in custody, but could not confirm or comment.

The FBI said Friday it would be helping Haitian authorities investigate Moïse’s murder. “The Haitian government requested assistance today from U.S. law enforcement with the investigation into President Moïse’s assassination,” said a spokesperson for the bureau. “The FBI is currently engaging with the U.S. Embassy in Haiti and our law enforcement partners to determine how we can best support this effort.”

Thursday night, Haiti’s national police said authorities were looking for nine people in connection with the assassination.

Police also said that four people were killed in an exchange of gunfire with police, and that automatic weapons were seized. Police had earlier said that seven suspects had been killed.

Police late Thursday said that of the 15 arrested, 13 were Colombians.

Léon Charles, Haiti’s director of National Police, had said earlier that three police officers had been held hostage, but police freed them.

Haiti’s government has blamed mercenaries for the attack.

Moïse was killed early Wednesday in what the country’s acting prime minister, Claude Joseph, described as a “hateful, inhumane and barbaric act.”

Joseph said a group of “highly trained and heavily armed” people attacked Moïse’s residence around 1 a.m., shooting the president and his wife.

First lady Martine Moïse was flown to Florida and receiving medical attention in Miami, Haiti’s ambassador to the United States said.

Moïse, who was 53 and took office in February 2017, was attacked in his home in a suburb of the nation’s capital, Port-au-Prince.

Haiti is the poorest country in the Americas.

Police officers walk near the private residence of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse after he was shot dead in Port-au-Prince on Wednesday.Estailove St-Val / Reuters

Joseph called for calm in the country. He told The Associated Press that elections scheduled for later this year should be held and pledged to work with Moïse’s allies and opponents alike.

U.S. President Joe Biden said he was shocked and saddened to hear of the assassination of Moïse and the attack on his wife and called it a heinous act.

“The United States offers condolences to the people of Haiti, and we stand ready to assist as we continue to work for a safe and secure Haiti,” Biden said in a statement.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres condemned the assassination in the strongest possible terms and said the U.N. will continue to stand with the government and people of Haiti.

“The Secretary-General calls on all Haitians to preserve the constitutional order, remain united in the face of this abhorrent act and reject all violence,” a spokesperson for Guterres said in a statement.

Moïse had been resisting calls to step down from opponents who accused him of corruption and who insisted his term expired in February because the country’s constitution starts the clock once a president is elected, rather than when he takes office.

He had been demanding to serve out the remainder of the year and threatening to amend the constitution to give himself more power.

Gabe Gutierrez, The Associated Press and Julia Ainsley contributed.

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Telstra bids on Digicel amid South Pacific tech expansion

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Developments in the South Pacific region include Telstra’s $2 billion bid for Digicel in an effort to block China from acquiring the mobile network assets, writes Paul Budde.

LAST WEEK, we published the first part of the overview of broadband developments in the South Pacific, where we covered the three largest countries – Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Fiji.

Australia has a special relationship with our South Pacific neighbours and we have a responsibility to collaborate with them and assist them, especially also in the fields of information technology and telecommunications. Therefore, I would like to share this information with you that BuddeComm has prepared for this region.

It is also important to report on the latest development since last week. The Australian Government together with Telstra have made a $2 billion offer for the Digicel telco assets in the South Pacific. The Irish company is one of the largest mobile operators in island nations in both the Caribbean and the South Pacific. It is facing financial difficulties because of the drop in revenues from tourists that would normally visit these islands.

China has shown interest in buying the assets in the South Pacific and the Australian Government is keen to block that. For that purpose, it has offered $1.5 billion to assist Telstra in buying these assets. At this point, it is still uncertain if Digicel accepts the offer.

Now back to an overview of broadband developments in New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Timor-Leste, Vanuatu and Samoa.

Broadband development crucial for the South Pacific region

Demand for broadband and data-based services is growing in the South Pacific, improving both economic and social conditions in the region.

New Caledonia

The telecom sector is dominated by OPT-NC, which holds a monopoly and provides fixed and mobile voice services, mobile internet, fixed broadband access and wholesale services for other ISPs.

The country is well serviced by extensive 3G and LTE networks and is considered to have one of the highest smartphone adoption rates in the Pacific region.

While DSL is still the dominant fixed broadband technology, OPT-NC is also deploying a nationwide FttP network. Fibre subscriber numbers had increased to over 20,000 by end 2020 with 32,800 homes passed.

French Polynesia

With improved international connectivity, fixed broadband penetration has become among the highest in the region. A considerable number of consumers access FttP-based services. With the first data centre in French Polynesia on the cards, the quality and price of broadband services will improve as content will be able to be cached locally, reducing costs for consumers.

About 43% of the country’s mobile connections are on 3G networks, while LTE accounts for 12%. By 2025, LTE is expected to account for more than half of all connections. It is estimated that 77% of mobile subscribers will have smartphones by 2025.

Timor-Leste

Timor-Leste has been moving forward with the regeneration of its economy and rebuilding key infrastructure, including telecommunications networks, that were destroyed during the years of civil unrest.

Fixed-line and fixed broadband penetration in Timor-Leste remain extremely low, mainly due to the limited fixed-line infrastructure and the proliferation of mobile connectivity. The number of subscribers through to 2026 is expected to develop steadily, though from a low base.

The country has three telecom service providers who jointly achieved 98% network coverage nationally. All three major mobile operators – Timor Telecom, Telkomcel and Telemor – launched LTE services during 2019.

Earlier this month, the Timor-Leste Government announced it will issue a public tender for the purchase and installation of a fibre optic submarine cable connection from capital Dili to Darwin and Port Hedland. Costs are estimated between U.S.$40-$60 million (AU$54.6-$82 million). The project could be completed in September 2022. The cable is likely to be built with the money pledged by the Australian Government back in 2019.

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Vanuatu

For many years, GSM was the primary mobile technology for Vanuatu’s 300,000 people. Recent infrastructure projects have improved access technologies, with a transition to 3G and, to a limited degree, to LTE. Vanuatu has also benefitted from the ICN1 submarine cable and the launch of the Kacific1 satellite, both of which have considerably improved access to telecom services in recent years. Vanuatu’s telecom sector is liberalised, with the two prominent mobile operators Amalgamated Telecom Holdings (operating as TVL) and Digicel Vanuatu offering effective competition.

While fixed broadband penetration remains low, the incumbent operator is slowly exchanging copper fixed lines for fibre. Several ongoing submarine cable developments will also assist in increasing data rates and reduce internet pricing in the coming years.

Samoa

Samoa was one of the first Pacific Island countries to establish a regulatory infrastructure and to liberalise its telecom market. In 2006, it became the first in the region to see the market entrance of Digicel, which has since launched services in other Pacific nations. The advent of competition in the mobile market saw prices fall by around 50% and network coverage increase to more than 90% of the population.

LTE is developing on the back of its initial launch in 2016 by Digicel Samoa, followed by BlueSky Samoa (now Vodafone Samoa) in early 2017. Digicel Samoa completed its LTE network in September 2020.

Like other countries in the Pacific Islands, Samoa’s telecoms sector has been inhibited by a lack of international connectivity. While Samoa has had access to the Samoa-American Samoa (SAS) cable laid in 2009, this cable has insufficient capacity to meet the country’s future bandwidth needs.

This issue was addressed with two new submarine cables which became available in 2018 and 2019. These, combined with the Samoa National Broadband Highway (SNBH), have improved internet data rates and reliability and have reduced the high costs which were previously associated with internet access in Samoa.

Paul Budde is an Independent Australia columnist and managing director of Paul Budde Consulting, an independent telecommunications research and consultancy organisation. You can follow Paul on Twitter @PaulBudde.

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How I Travel: Questlove Is Finally Learning How to Vacation

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Ahmir Thompson, best known as Questlove, has not really stopped producing content once during his fifty years. While most know him as the drummer of the Roots, which has been the house band of The Tonight Show since 2014, he’s also a radio host, composer, Broadway producer, author of four books, actor, and now, a filmmaker: he makes his directorial debut this month with Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised). The documentary, in theaters and on Hulu now, shares the story of the Harlem Cultural Festival, a nearly forgotten concert series the same summer as Woodstock that featured performers like Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, and Nina Simone.

In case it wasn’t clear, Questlove isn’t really a kick-back-with-a-tiki-drink kind of guy when it comes to travel. “I’m super notorious,” he says. “My reputation is known for being anti-vacation. The pandemic slowed that down, and made me realize the importance of resting.” He shared his other inspiration for more leisure time, as well as his favorite cities and why private planes are overrated, with Condé Nast Traveler.

His catalyst for trying to become a vacation person:

In the past five years, I’ve struck up a friendship with a gentleman named Shep Gordon. He had a documentary made about his life, directed by Mike Myers, called Supermensch. And when I saw Supermensch, I went on social media and just stalked him, like, “If anyone knows who Shep Gordon is, contact me.” Weird enough, Apollonia was like, “That’s my BFF.” So Shep, he invented the rockstar manager rule book, like everyone from Alice Cooper to Anne Murray to Teddy Pendergrass, Rick James. He’s had them all. Like me, he was a workaholic, and then one day he just walked from it all. He’s just like, “I’m letting everything go. I’m going to make relaxation my priority.” He basically opened up a utopian getaway for fellow workaholics. All you have to do is call him up and say, “Shep, I need a break.” Once a year, for the last five years, I go to Maui just to do nothing. It’s his house, and it’s really simple, a beautiful, sprawling estate. But he has the world’s best grass. There’s nothing like walking on his grass with your bare feet. That’s one of my top five feelings in the world, is just to sit and let hours go by. And that’s the thing, I go there specifically to do nothing. Sleep, sit, and do nothing. Wake up and go back to sleep. Just to unwind.

His love affair with JetBlue:

People think I’m joking, but I’m dead serious—JetBlue Mint, to me, is even better than private planes. Private planes aren’t fun at all. The only good thing about private planes is the bragging that you get to do in that 20 second walk up to the plane. Once you’re in it, there’s no space. I’m in 11-man groups, so you’re crunched in there. If you’re the kind of person that gets off on that one Instagram story that makes it look like your life is that fabulous, more power to you. But for starters, [JetBlue has] the right balance of the movies I like to watch. Right now, their whole summer is dedicated to Hitchcock. I usually catch up on the black and white films or musicals or thrillers that were done between the ’50s and ’60s that I always say I’m going to watch and never do. I’ll say that yes, I often do sometimes just go to sleep, but most of the time, if I’m on a plane, chances are I’m doing a DJ gig, so I’ll practice what my plan is going to be.

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