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Archive for March, 2012

Cap-Haitien Implements Seismic Risk Reduction Plan

AP-HAITIEN, Haiti (defend.ht/MITCDN) – Aligned with national decentralization agenda, President Martelly’s administration is proactively building capacity of municipalities and departments to better prepare communities for emergency response.

March 23, 2012 — Haiti’s Minister of the Interior, Thierry Mayard-Paul and United Nation’s Development Program (UNDP) administrator, Helen Clark hosted a landmark validation ceremony in Cap-Haitien today, putting into action a precedent-setting “Seismic Risk Reduction Plan for Northern Haiti.”

The plan, a flagship project for UNDP and its national partners, is a joint venture between UNDP and Haiti’s National System for Disaster Risk Reduction, under the Ministry of the Interior.

According to the UNDP’s Clark, this is one of the first times that a developing country has taken advance measures to reduce the vulnerability of its people and economy to future earthquakes. “This project is a historical landmark and this is to the credit of the Haitian government, which decided to engage a proactive strategy of risk reduction in order to avoid a similar tragedy to that which struck Port-au-Prince and its region on January 12th, 2010,” she said.

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Haitian Coffee Comes to Florida, Taste Good and Do Good

CORAL GABLES, Fla., March 12, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ — There is a new coffee coming to Florida that not only tastes great, but it does a great deal of good. Par Haiti/Pour Haiti™ (From Haiti/For Haiti), launched by Haiti Originale LLC, tastes great because this hand-roasted coffee is made with top-quality, all-natural 100 percent Haitian Arabica beans. It does good because the dollars generated by sales of the coffee help to increase income for Haitian farmers and workers while supporting reinvestment into the Haitian economy. Par Haiti/Pour Haiti coffee will launch in the U.S. in select Whole Foods Markets in Florida in March.

Haiti Originale was established following the devastating January 12, 2010 earthquake to provide a platform for sustainable development and create jobs in Haiti. Products marketed in partnership with internationally recognized consumer brands are identified with the Par Haiti/Pour Haiti logo, allowing consumers and market partners alike to recognize that the mere purchase of such products provides Haitian farmers and workers the dignity of employment. The Par Haiti/Pour Haiti program extends across many categories including apparel, artisan crafts, coffee, cocoa, rum and fresh produce.

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Haiti’s Prime Minister Struggles To Get Ratification

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) – Proving that he meets eligibility requirements to be the Prime Minister appears challenging for Laurent Lamothe who submitted 58 documents at the request of 14 by the Haitian Senate to support his ratification.

According to Senator Steven Benoit (Ouest/Alternative), this is the first time a candidate for the prime ministry has submitted such a quantity of supporting documents, 58, when only 14 are needed. Senator Benoit says even with the 58 submissions, items critical to obtaining ratification are still outstanding.

The Constitution of Haiti requires that a Prime Minister be a Haitian citizen and had never renounced their nationality, or have accepted nationality in another country. The Head of Government also would have to had resided in Haiti for at least five (5) consecutive years.

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Haiti Telecommunication Company Involved In Money-laundering Scheme In Miami

When Patrick Joseph, the former head of Haiti’s state-owned telephone company, steps into a federal courtroom in downtown Miami on April 17, the future of Haiti’s former president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, may take a decisive turn toward an American prison cell.

Security will be tight, especially since Joseph’s elderly father, the former head of Haiti’s central bank, was shot dead in Haiti last week. Two gunmen on motorcycles shot Venel Joseph as he was driving home, shortly after it became known his son was cooperating with an investigation of Aristide in Miami.

At his upcoming court date, Joseph, 50, will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jose E. Martinez in a sweeping federal investigation of systematic corruption at the highest levels of the Haitian government during the Aristide administration. Both Joseph and his late father were named to their government posts by Aristide.

Aristide, a former Roman Catholic priest who remains popular among Haiti’s poor, was first elected president of Haiti in 1991 and after a tumultuous on-and-off tenure, was finally ousted from power in a 2004 coup. He returned to Haiti last March after a seven-year exile in South Africa.

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Haiti And Cuba Team Up To Bring Cuban Mechanics To Make Repairs

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Haiti’s foreign affairs minister says his country has signed an agreement with Cuba to receive help in maintaining the government’s vehicles.

Foreign Minister Laurent Lamothe says the deal will bring 34 Cuban mechanics to make repairs to school buses, garbage trucks and heavy equipment.

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A la rencontre des Poètes de rue en Haïti

En Haïti, la culture est partout c’est bien connu, en toutes formes et toutes qualités, des Citadelles à la Grand-rue, des peintres aux écrivains, qu’ils soient de la littérature-monde ou des lakous, dans les ruines, les camps de sinistrés comme dans les mots des poètes de la rue. Christian Tortel est allé à leur rencontre. il a pu mesurer cette vitalité créatrice que le séisme n’a pas entamée.

Ainsi sont-ils apparus ces écrits omniprésents et profus lors du festival Etonnants voyageurs, qui était accueilli à Port-au-Prince et dans dix villes de province, du 1er au 4 février 2012, alors que la précédente édition avait été annulée après le séisme du 12 janvier 2010.

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Haïti/FAD’H- Remobilisation : Des milliers de jeunes en treillis

Les militaires démobilisés entendent rester dans leur base en attendant que le président Michel Martelly publie le décret remobilisant les FAD’H. Une décision prise ce mercredi par les officiers responsables des entrainements des militaires au camp de Lamantin 52, faisant de la note du Ministère de l’intérieur leur demandant de rentrer chez eux et de déposer les armes. Par ailleurs ces militaires rejettent toutes les accusations selon lesquelles ils seraient impliqués dans la remontée de l’insécurité dans le pays.

Les militaires démobilisés ayant occupé le quartier général des ex-FAD’H à Lamantin 52 (Commune de Carrefour, entrée sud de la capitale), minimisent les injonctions du Ministère de L’Intérieur de cesser leurs activités illégales de libérer les anciennes casernes et tous sites appartenant à l’Etat haïtien.

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Sean Penn’s Work In Haiti Gets Him Honored

Actor Sean Penn is being honored by a group of Nobel laureates for his relief work in Haiti following the country’s devastating January 2010 earthquake.

Penn is to receive the 2012 Peace Summit Award at the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. The event will be held in Chicago next month and is expected to draw such luminaries as Poland’s Lech Walesa and the Dalai Lama.

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Le baiser d’une mère

Le baiser d’une mère

J’aime après un beau jour une nuit vaporeuse
Et le ciel parsemé de mille étoiles d’or
Et la lune d’argent qui vient mystérieuse
… Répandre sa paleur sur le monde qui dort

J’aime aussi du matin la senteur embaumée
La rosée émaillant l’arbuste de ses splendeurs
J’aime du doux zephir l’haleine parfumée
Et l’oiseau éveillant dans les bosquets en fleurs

Lorsque tombe la nuit avec mélancolie
Que frissonne dans l’air un souffle harmonieux
J’aime du rossignol la fraîche mélodie
Voix pure qu’on prendrait pour une voix des cieux

J’aime un bel enfant noir et sa mine éveillée
Et son regard parfois si malin et si fou
Et ses cheveux flottants tout bouclés sur son cou
Et ses propos naïfs, charmes de la veillée

Mais j’aime mieux encore les baisers d’une mère
Son sourire divin, son amour consolant
J’aime mieux les accents de la douce prière
Qu’elle fait begayer à son plus jeune enfant

Oswald Durand~