North Miami Beach Commissioner Frantz Pierre facing bribery charges after allegedly accepting more than $20,000 from the owner of Dean's Gold Strip Club in exchange for voting for a special operating license for the club that would allow them to serve alcohol after-hours.
Commissioner Frantz Pierre (53), the North Miami Beach Commissioner has been accused of bribery charges. The police have arrested him for receiving over $20,000 bribe from Dean Tyler in exchange for voting in favor of a special operating license for the North Miami Beach Dean's Gold Strip Club, allowing the club to serve alcohol after-hours between December 2013 and 2014. It is a great shock to the public to learn that someone they elected is so greedy and dishonest. He used their trust in a way to put money into his own pocket. As per prosecutor's report, Tyler funneled $12,500 directly to Pierre and then $9,865 through a charity called Community Hope for Families and Children in Need, a nonprofit organization run by a woman named Jacqueline Alexi that feed 92 children at Oak Grove Elementary School. Alexis wrote checks to Pierre totaling $5,250.The charges against him include unlawful compensation, organized scheme to defraud and grand theft plus seven counts of money laundering. Pierre was previously removed from office for not attending meetings for six months but later was reinstated.
Investigator report says, Pierre texted Dean Tyler an urgent message: He had been in a car wreck and needed a $7,000 loan, quickly. When told the check was in the mail, Frantz texted back, saying, "Thank you so much. That will not be forgotten." He also received three other checks totaling $5,500.
Corruption is evident in the entire North Miami Beach administration. It would not be fair to blame Pierre alone. The city's past two mayors -- Myron Rosner and George Vallejo faced criminal charges. Vallejo has admitted that the Dezer family, one of the most powerful clan of land developers in the town used to pay regularly Vallejo's wife for years and that Vallejo created multiple shell companies to hide the money.
Wii he be a candidate in the next Haiti Presidential election? Can you imagine having one more Duvalier running the country of Haiti? François Nicolas Duvalier during a visit in Washington DC took the opportunity to meet several key personalities. Many people, including some of his friends, think he will run for President of Haiti in the next Presidential election that is to be taken place in 2022
In December 2013, when the news first came out that Francois Nicolas Duvalier, the son of former Haitian president Jean-Claude Duvalier and grandson of Francois Duvalier, is a possible candidate in the next Haitian election, people were skeptics of its authenticity. Recently during a visit in Washington DC in June 2018, Nicolas Duvalier met several friends and key personalities and expressed his desire to run for the president's office in the 2022 presidential election.
During in his recent trip to the United States, he talked to Voice of America and mentioned his individual vision based on republican values, his love for the country and desire to lead Haiti in a journey on development. He further added that to achieve this, he needs to hold an important responsible office with the power of a president. He believes, it is the best way to lead his countrymen towards prosperity--they have already suffered a lot.
His message has put the Lavalas in a state of panic and they announced that Nicola's candidacy for the 59th president would be nothing but an insult to the whole electoral democracy. However, history is there to judge whether it is correct to judge Nicolas by his ancestors' performance. Time will tell who was more dangerous for the country, the Duvalier dictatorship or Lavalas tyrannies.
After the fall of Duvaliers, during the 20 years of the Lavalas regime (1991 to 2011), their policy of "growth with equity" destroyed everything that Duvalier had left behind and Lavalas pushed the country 50 years back. The Duvaliers were never the only to have a past.
Nicolas was born in Haiti in 1986. When he was three years old, his family took exile in France. He came to Haiti in 2011, two months after the return of his late father. Since his return, he keeps himself busy with social work and agricultural projects. During the reign of Haitian President Michel Martelly, there was once a rumor that Nicholas was an advisor and consultant to President Martelly. He is presently a member of a new political party named "Patrayil". Nicolas has really an enormous task to prove that he has much better intention than his father.
Henri Namphy (November 2, 1932 - June 26, 2018)
Henri Namphy was a Haitian general and political figure who served as President of Haiti's interim ruling body, the National Council of Government, from February 7, 1986 to February 7, 1988.
He Once again served as President of Haiti from June 20, to September 17, 1988. He is buried in the Dominican Republic, where he was exiled after being overthrown in September 1988 by Prosper Avril.
Chief of General Staff of the Haitian Armed Forces, Brigadier General Sadrac Saintil, represented the General Staff and the Ministry of Defense as well as Antonio Rodrigue, the Minister of Foreign Affairs was also present at the funeral to represent the Haitian government.
Henri Namphy (November 2, 1932), was a former Haitian coup leader and Lieutenant General who served the country in the Armed Forces of Haiti (FADH), died in a hospital in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, following a battle with lung cancer. He served as the President of Haiti's interim ruling body, the National Council of Government, from February 7, 1986 to February 7, 1988. In February 1988, he was replaced by Leslie Manigat, elected President, who put him under arrest for insubordination. However, General Namphy's popularity and influence helped him to regain power in June 1988 where he remained until the September 1988 coup.
Namphy served as President of Haiti from June 20, 1988, but was deposed three months later on September 17, 1988 in a coup d'état when a group of non-commissioned officers in the Haitian Presidential Guard removed Namphy and brought General Prosper Avril to power. Earlier, in June 1988, Namphy overthrew Leslie Manigat in a coup d'état. Manigat was elected as President of Haiti in a tightly controlled military held election in January 1988. Following his deposition in the September coup, Namphy fled to the Dominican Republic and never returned to Haiti.
In 1986, when with the fall of his government, Jean-Claude Duvalier (appointed by his dying father as "President-for-Life") fled into exile in France with his family, Henri Namphy formed an interim government consisting six civilians and military members and promised elections and democratic reforms. However, his regime has been nicknamed as "Duvalierism without Duvalier". Namphy enjoyed the reputation of being honest and apolitical. As per his wish, he has been buried at the Cristo Redentor cemetery, Santo Domingo.
Here is a picture of Dr. Jack Guy Lafontant. He is a medical Doctor who was selected by President Jovenel Moise in March, 2017 to become the new Haiti's Prime minister.
The choice of Jack Guy Lafontant to become the new Prime Minister was not expected. He has no government or political experience
The charges by the United States Attorney's Office against Guy Philippe who was arrested on January 5, 2017:
One count of conspiracy to import narcotics;
One count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments and engage in monetary transactions in property derived from unlawful activity
One substantive count of engaging in monetary transactions derived from unlawful activity
In order to bring attention to cultural and legal issues surrounding youth around the world, the United Nations has created International Youth Day
International Youth Day (IYD) is an youth awareness day. It is the brainchild of the United Nations, and was first celebrated on 12th August 2000, after the UN General Assembly passed a resolution. The day is also observed in 18 countries on many different dates throughout the year. The UN defines the worlds' youth as the age group between 15 and 24 years old, making up one-sixth of the human population. It is celebrated all around the world with an objective to raise awareness about issues to recognize the efforts of the world's youth in enhancing global society. It also aims to promote ways to engage them in responsible and active ways so that they can make positive contributions to their communities.
Here is a picture of the president of the CEP, Leopold Berlanger as he is getting ready to hold next Haiti election
On June 6, 2016, the Chairman of the election committee (CEP) Leopold Berlanger has invalidated last year's presidential elections and has announced in a press conference that the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) will hold a fresh election in next October 9, 2016, and January 8, 2017. The Provisional Electoral Council will work under the advice of the Verification Commission, which in last May recommended annulling the published results of the last presidential election and making preparation for a new election. The CEP has to make arrangements for legislative elections for some centers also which remained pending in some parts of the country. Leopold Berlanger said, his commission is presently working to resolve issues with "Mandataires" or poll watchers who were responsible for massive frauds. In the last election, over 1 million blank accreditation cards were issued as "Mandataires" and that allowed them to cast multiple ballots at polling stations in such a way so that it was impossible to determine the number of voters who went to the polls.