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Sean Penn Continues to Raise Money for Haiti at Cannes

(Reuters) – The Cannes film festival took time out from the movies to raise money for Haiti on Friday night, with Sean Penn at the helm pleading the humanitarian cause at a celebrity gala.

“Okay, room. Haiti is watching us tonight like you cannot believe,” Penn told the black-tie crowd who had paid up to $100,000 for a table at the “Carnival in Cannes”, just steps from the famous red carpet.

Three people paid $100,000 each in an auction to accompany Penn on a three-day trip to Haiti where the actor, a two-time Academy Award winner, has been active since the country’s devastating 2010 earthquake.

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Haiti’s Solution: Bilateral Relationships Based on Mutual Respects

Apparently the international community has decided that Haitians are a diseased people. Otherwise what else could explain the recurring rounds of vaccination of the last five years and the insulting sight of MINUSTAH soldiers wearing gloves to avoid skin to skin contact with the population? The latest round of vaccinations, supposedly against cholera, an acute intestinal infection caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae, is perplexing to say the least. Although it has killed thousands of Haitians since its introduction in Haiti by a contingent of Nepalese soldiers, the disease is highly preventable and treatable according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and other health experts.

Eliminate bacteria-human contamination rather than inoculate prospective victims would be the right course of action. Prior to the UN occupation (2004-?), the disease was practically non-existent in Haiti, even though 2/3 of the population did not have access to clean water. Assuredly the population had developed some immunity against the bacterium Vibrio cholerae that causes cholera, until the arrival of the Nepalese. Therefore, as carriers of the deadly strain of cholera that caused the outbreak (2010-present), the Nepalese soldiers are the ones in need of inoculation not the prospective victims who are henceforth exposed to adverse reactions from the vaccine.

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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~


Haiti’s Search For Power Begins

Sometimes it seems as though the people here have only the sun and moon: the blinding sun that bakes their mud homes and moonlight that with flickering gas lamps fights against the dark of night.

Electricity arrived just three months ago in this mountain village, and it’s gone as often as it’s on. With no power, there is no industry, just tiny farms and grinding hunger. Now that will be changing, with the help of that sun.

A Haitian aid agency has just installed 63 solar panels that will power the pumps of a fish hatchery it hopes will give jobs to 100 people after it formally opens next month.

Boucan Carre is among dozens of projects across Haiti where the government and development agencies are using some of the $4.5 billion in earthquake aid to solve one of the bottlenecks that kept Haiti in poverty long before the shattering earthquake of January 2010: a critical lack of electricity of any sort, whether from hydro plants, solar cells or oil-fired generators.


Laurent Lamothe To Become Haiti’s Prime Minister

Haitian President Michel Martelly has tapped Laurent Lamothe, the country’s foreign minister, to become its next prime minister.

The letter designating the 39-year-old businessman-turned-politician arrived in the Senate Thursday afternoon, Senate President Simon Desras said.

Lamothe, 39, is one of the Martelly’s closest advisers. The two have been longtime friends and were business partners in a telecommunications venture before Martelly’s candidacy for president.

Desras and Levaillant Louis-Jeune, president of the lower chamber of parliament, were notified of the choice in a meeting with Martelly Thursday morning. The president later made it official in a letter.

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Happy Holidays!

With 2011 almost behind us and the promise of 2012 beckoning, it is with
peaceful and grateful hearts that we wish you every happiness this Holiday
Season.

We look forward to continuing our relationship in the coming year.

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Haiti Emergency Preparedness in the Storm

Haitian officials are ‘thrilled’ on Saturday after the passing of a tempest; an event that usually costs dozens of lives but was well prepared for and fatalities minimized.

The Associated Press reported only 1 death inHaiti and 3 in theDominican Republic after the passing of Tropical Storm Emily.

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