PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti – Thirty-four people were killed and 17 injured on Sunday when a bus slammed into a crowd in the city of Gonaives to the north of here.

The police report that the bus first hit two pedestrians, killing one.

The bus then ploughed into a band of street musicians, leaving dozens dead.

The injured were rushed to hospital by the emergency services.

According to a spokesman with the Minister of Interior, Albert Mouloin, following the incident in which the driver attempted to flee the scene, witnesses became hostile and tried to set the vehicle on fire.

HAVANA, Cuba  – The new geopolitical scenario, the challenges imposed by today’s often discriminatory migration policies, climate change and the search for sustainable economic development, demand a united response by Caribbean nations, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said.

At the inauguration of the 22nd Ordinary Meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) in Havana, Rodriguez defended unity and consensus as the only viable way to deal with the vast changes taking place in the worldwide panorama,” and which have “significant repercussions” in the region.

In his capacity as host and president of the Council of Ministers, the Cuban official called attention to the “discriminatory and repressive migration policies that could lead to more deportations and discrimination against Latin American and Caribbean migrants.”

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Barbadian Julie Reifer-Jones is among three people short-listed for the post of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of LIAT.

The Antigua-based Observer Radio quoted “a usually reliable source at the airline” who said Reifer-Jones is the front-runner for the position.

The source did not divulge the names of the other candidates but has said they are from outside of the region.

The source also said that for the first time, a performance clause will be written into the contract of the new CEO.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Thousands of Haitians gathered on Saturday to say an emotional final farewell to former President Rene Preval, 74, the country’s first democratically elected leader to peacefully transfer power to his successors.

In two hours of religious and civil ceremonies, bishops and family members remembered the soft-spoken former agronomist as a man of simplicity who held the country’s farmers in high regard.

“Many people have said that my father did not like to speak too much. In effect, that is true,” said Patricia Preval, his daughter.

Rene Preval, who died on March 3, had an understated style, a marked contrast to the fiery oration of his one-time friend, former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, or the showmanship of his final successor, Michel Martelly.

Preval will be best remembered internationally for leading Haiti in the immediate aftermath of a 7.0-magnitude earthquake that killed at least 200,000 people.

MIAMI  – Two investigations are reportedly under way in Miami, Florida, into the death of 32-year old Antiguan Nikisha Lewis.

They are being conducted by the Miami Dade Police and Spectrum Aesthetics where, according to NBC Miami, the Immigration Officer had undergone plastic surgery on Monday, hours before she passed away later that night.

The US media house also said the wife and mother of two died two hours after paramedics rushed her from the facility to the Jackson Memorial Hospital.

The Miami Dade Medical Examiner’s Office said the cause of death could not be determined immediately, after the autopsy and it could take weeks to find out the exact reason Lewis died.

NBC Miami also reported that a family member confirmed that Lewis had undergone a liposuction procedure.

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