Will the break-up between UK and the European union or how it comes to be called Brexit will affect the Caribbean countries?
Before Britain joined the then European Economic Community in 1973, the trades between Britain and the 12 Caribbean countries were conducted under a Commonwealth preference scheme, because Britain was many of these countries former colonial ruler. But when Britain joined the European Economic Community in 1973, it submitted all authority of its trade agreements to such a community. Ever since all British trade, aid, and investment relations between the 12 Caribbean countries have been conducted by the EU and these relations were regularly formalized successively in the Cotonou Agreement, Lome Convention and the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). When Britain will officially exit EU, these 12 Caribbean countries will not have any formal or structured trade relationship with Britain, neither the Caribbean countries will have any trade agreement with the EU, because the majority of their exports were meant for the British market. The British market, British contribution to foreign aid, investment and many other benefits and dependency will disappear from the EU unless the Caribbean countries formulate plans to deal with the serious consequences of the Brexit. They should also watch how the EU restructures itself without Britain.
As the Florida Department of Health has confirmed the first case of Microcephaly with a Haitian national who came to give birth in Florida, many people are asking what is it exactly.
"Microcephaly "is an abnormal smallness of the head, a congenital condition associated with incomplete brain development. It is a rare nervous system disorder for which the brain does not grow at a normal pace, the skull doesn't, either. Microcephaly can be caused by a variety of genetic (Congenital Microcephaly) and environmental factors (Acquired Microcephaly). Congenital Microcephaly is passed down through families, caused by defects in genes linked to early brain development. While the latter, or Acquired Microcephaly occurs when the baby is in the womb and fell prey of certain infections Like Rubella, Zika, Toxoplasmosis, or Cytomegalovirus or severe malnutrition or exposure to harmful substances, such as alcohol, toxic chemicals, or certain drugs. Children with Microcephaly in some cases have developmental issues, mild to significant learning disabilities, speech delays, or impaired motor functions, but there are many who do not experience any difficulty at all. Microcephaly is a relatively rare disease affecting about 25,000 children in the U.S. each year.
June 29, 2016 - Swearing in of the elected bishop of Hinche , Mgr . Desinord Jean , before the President of the Republic, Jocelerme Privert , at the National Palace.
On June 29, 2016, the swearing in of the Monsignor Desinord Jean as the new Bishop of Hinche took place before the President of the Republic Jocelerme Privert at the National Palace. Désinord Jean (born in 1967) was ordained priest in 1994. He was well known to the Haitian community for his radio programs on Radio Télé soleil. On April 4, 2016, the Vatican nominated him as the new Bishop of Hinche, succeeding Mgr Simon-Pierre Saint-Hillien, who died in July 2015. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Hinche was founded on 20 April 1972; it is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Cap-Haïtien. On Saturday, July 2, 2016, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of Hinche, the ceremony of Episcopal ordination and enthronement of the new bishop took place in the presence of Catholic clergies, including Cardinal Chibly Langlois and the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Eugène Martin Nugent, many representatives of the Church in Haiti and abroad, Christian community of Hinche and many other government representatives.
June, 2016 - Newly elected Mayor of Delmas, Wilson Jeudy severely criticized previous administration who were nominated by Martelly's government to run the city. According to Jeudy, when he left there was over 40 million of gourdes, several materials, including vehicles. Now he only found 4 million with most materials in terrible condition.
Wilson Jeudy was the elected Mayor of the Municipality of Delmas. He once proposed to build a prison on the island of Gonâve where Ministers, MPs would find their final resting place. About five years ago when he was the Mayor before, his main priority was to help the population and to achieve that he even dreamed of becoming the President of Haiti. He was a presidential candidate in the 2010-11 election and received 6076 (or 0.57%) votes. He was born in Gonaives on October 10, 1963. Jeudy is a devoted Christian, a Law school graduate and minored in Psychology and Sociology (Human Relations). As a Mayor, Jeudy has a long list of achievements in development and constructional works like construction of markets, schools, roads, theatre halls, palaces and many others. Before the last election, he was issued his certificate of discharge by the Superior Court of Auditors and Administrative Disputes (CSC/CA), certifying his management of public funds as the Principal Mayor of the Municipality of Delmas as well as the deputy mayors and other accounting of public funds. Recently, in June 2016, when he was re-elected as the Mayor of Delmas, he severely criticized the previous management of Delmas under Martelly administration for mismanagement of municipal fund. He said when he left there was over 40 million of gourdes in the municipal exchequer and several assets including vehicles. Now he found only 4 million gourdes in cash equivalents and rest of the assets in terrible condition.
Haitian children trafficked for sex and labor to the Dominican Republic and The Bahamas. The majority of trafficking cases are found among the estimated 90,000 to 300,000 restaveks in Haiti, and the 3,000 additional restaveks who are trafficked to the Dominican Republic.
Haiti for being the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere is a primary source for human trafficking. It is a country where 80% of the populations live below the poverty line and 54% are in abject poverty. A large number of Haitian children are regularly trafficked for sex and labor to the neighboring Caribbean countries, mostly to the next door neighbor Dominican Republic. Child domestic workers ("restavec" in Creole) are perhaps amongst the most exploited sectors in Haiti of whom 65% are girls between the ages of 6 and 14. Most of Haiti's trafficking cases are restaveks. In a UNICEF report following the 2010 earthquake, it was found that homeless children, children separated from families and many children picked up from the hospitals were shipped outside the country for money. Some of the trafficking agencies work in the disguise of child adoption organizations. The Government of Haiti employs very minimum efforts and made limited progress in anti-trafficking activities, neither it provides any direct or specialized service to the trafficking victims.
Raymond Vincent, a 41-year-old youth pastor at a Pompano church, was arrested by U.S. Marshalls in Haiti after impregnating a 10-year-old girl and fleeing to Haiti.
Raymond Vincent is a 46-year old Pastor from South Florida. On July 1, 2016, he was arrested from his hideout in the northern coastal town of Au Borgne by the federal agents, in a joint operation with the Haitian National Police and was booked at the Broward County Jail. The Pastor has been arrested in charges with sexual battery on a 10-year old girl with lewd and lascivious conduct. The detectives were informed about Pastor Vincent's crime with the girl much earlier on February 13, 2016 by the Broward Health Medical Center. Because the girl was brought in there to receive medical attention for stomach pain and found to be pregnant. The girl had reported the police in person, sometime in December or early January, how Vincent raped her while she was asleep on a couch. As per police record, Raymond Vincent is not new to this crime. He was arrested once before in 2012 by the Fort Lauderdale police for preying on another underage girl whom he lured to his home with the promise of food, and then groped her.
Fireworks Show, Ring effect is simple. All you see are rings. However it varies in term of shape such as smiley faces, hearts or clovers.
Rings: When these shells burst, they look like numerous stars specially arranged in a way to create a ring like look... often with a blank centre, often in two colours.
On the other hand, Peony is the most commonly seen shell type firework. It is a spherical break of colored stars without any tail effect. These shells can be identified by their spherical construction and their effect is to create a perfect fire "flower" in the sky. In Japan, they are described as "Hanabi".
Fireworks Show, Chrysanthemum effect is the peony with a trailing effect to the stars. A spherical break of colored stars that leave a visible trail. All the effects take their names from flowers.
Chrysanthemum: These fireworks are similar to 'Peony'. Chrysanthemums exhibit a spherical break of colored stars and its stars leave behind a trail of sparks. They look like fiber optic balls; the chrysanthemum features a scattering of bright stars which burn out to several faded trails.
The diadem effect of Fireworks is a variation on peonies or chrysanthemums. It has a center of stars that briefly remains still, creating a freeze frame of celestial wonder. Its stars travel farther than those in peony effect.
Peony, Chrysanthemum, Willow, Horsetail, Fish, Spider, Palm, Crossette, Kamuro, Rings
The earliest documentation of fireworks dates back to 7th century during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD) in China, although it was originated or invented much earlier, some 2,000 years ago, by a Chinese cook who by accident mixed three common kitchen items, saltpeter (potassium nitrate, then a common kitchen seasoning), charcoal and sulphur in a bamboo tube. Some sources give the credit of inventing fireworks to a Chinese monk named Li Tian (about 1,000 years ago) during the Song Dynasty and every year, Chinese people celebrate the invention of the firecracker on April 18th, by offering sacrifices to Li Tian. In 1560, the European chemists managed to make gunpowder as explosive by experimenting with the ratios of these same ingredients: salt peter 75%; charcoal 15%; and sulphur 10%.
Willow effect in a fireworks Show is similar to a chrysanthemum effect; however, this star burns longer while producing a soft, dome-shaped weeping willow-like effect.
Willow: It is a lot like 'Peony' and its other variations like Chrysanthemum and the Dahlia, but its silver and gold stars produce soft, dome-shaped weeping willow-like effect like a giant silver and gold willow tree in the sky that hangs in the sky for ten seconds or more.