Here is the picture of the famous Haitian Violinist Romel Joseph who passed away at the age of 56. Romel Joseph was trapped for over 18 hours after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
Romel Joseph, the famous Haitian violinist has passed away on October 6th, following a heart attack. In a note, issued by the Jean Marc Arthur Orante, the Haitian Minister of Culture of the Youth (GJH) has confirmed the sad demise of this famous blind violinist occurred at the Hospital Bernard Mevs and has extended government's sincere condolences to his family, relatives, friends, all Haitian artists and all those afflicted by this disappearance. The violinist survived the January 2010 earthquake after spending 18 hours pinned under concrete rubbles. When he was asked later how he was feeling under the concrete rubbles with a fractured hand and two crushed legs, he had said, I simply remember my favorite things, and then I don't feel so bad. The day before his death, on October 5th, his daughter Victoria posted a message on Facebook asking well wishers to pray for her father who had suffered a stroke while in Haiti. Hours later, the social media site turned into a memorial, filled with messages of condolence.
Here is a picture of Me Stanley Gaston who has been elected for 2 years as the new president of the Bar of Lawyers of Port-au-Prince
On Friday, September 25th, 2015, the General Assembly of lawyers has formed a new Council of the Bar of Port-au-Prince. The outgoing Secretary Mr. Stanley Gaston has been unanimously elected as the new President of the Bar of Lawyers of Port-au-Prince for a two year term. He would replace the previous President Mr. Carlos Hercules, who has completed his two year term since 2011-13, but contested for a second term unsuccessfully. The list of other new elected office bearers includes: Mr. Jean Bergemane Berrette, (Secretary), Mr. Wébert Paul (Treasurer) and 11 new councilors. Mr. Carlos Hercules during his speech has described the coming election as a roof which would help the lawyers to continue and discharge their duty successfully. Me Stanley Gaston, the new President has promised to work under the guidance of the outgoing President, he has been elected to his new responsibility because the members of the Bar were satisfied with his accomplishment.
Here is a picture where Haitian President Michel Martelly was meeting with the Haitian Community in Spring Valley
On Wednesday, September 30th, 2015, while attending the 70th General Assembly of the United Nation in New York, President Martelly accompanying his wife Sophia Martelly met the Haitian community of Spring Valley. The President was welcomed at the City Hall of St. Joseph Church by the Mayor Demeza Delhomme. Mayor Delhomme, during his speech did not fail to mention that this has been the first visit ever by a Haitian President to this community. The President was visibly moved by the honor bestowed upon him by his compatriots of Spring Valley. The key of the city was delivered to him by the city Mayor. During his speech, Martelly had explained about his responsibility and commitment as the Head of the State, especially a few months before the end of his presidential term. He described himself as a part of the diaspora and continued to mention the expectation and responsibility of diaspora community, to and from the country. He expressed his hope that the new elected authority will work to improve and achieve progress.
Here are the pictures of Haitian Foreign Minister Lener Renauld and Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov as Haiti and Russia sign agreement for greater cooperation
On Wednesday, September 29, 2015, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly held in New York between September 15 and October 5, 2015, the Haitian Foreign Minister Lener Renauld met his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov to sign an agreement towards greater cooperation between the two countries. As per information available on the ministry's website, the two Foreign Ministers have discussed about the development prospects of Russian-Haitian bilateral relations and their mutual cooperation within the United Nation. The Haitian Foreign Minister has thanked the Russian Foreign Minister for their continued support, particularly at the UN and its contribution toward maintaining stable socio-political and socio-economic situations in Haiti.
Here is a picture of President Michel Martelly as he received credentials of Peter Mulrean, the new US Ambassador to Haiti. He replaced Pamela A. White who had served as the U.S. Ambassador to Haiti since July 2012.
President Martelly Received Credentials of Petermulrean, New US Ambassador
On October 6, 2015, Peter F. Mulrean has been nominated as the new Ambassador to the Republic of Haiti by U.S President Obama. His previous appointment was as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland where he managed a diverse portfolio across many agencies. Mulrean is known as the expert on the Balkans, the Middle East, U.S. humanitarian assistance, and post conflict reconstruction. He is a graduate from Harvard University and recipient of senior Foreign Service performance awards, likes of, Meritorious Honor Awards and Superior Honor Awards. He is married, father of two daughters and well conversant in French, Dutch and Serbo-Croatian.
Here is a picture of presidential candidate Jean-Charles Moïse in September, 2015 as he launches campaign in Saint Michel de l'Attalaye
Jean-Charles Moise Runs Against Martelly Machine
Ex-senator Jean-Charles Moise, a presidential candidate, inaugurated his campaign in Saint Michel de l'Attalaye. He represents the Pitit Dessalines party.
Although a popular candidate, he is pitted against the corrupt Provisional Electoral Council and the controlling influence of the Martelly government.
Born in North Department of Milot he has served three terms as its mayor. In the past he has campaigned under the banners of Lespwa and Inite, but his loyalty remains with Lavalassienne.
Here is a picture of the newly renovated Port of Petit Goave. It was inaugurated on Wednesday, October 21, 2015, by president Michel Martelly. What new with this port is a new customs offices and a bonded warehouses that is now complies with the ISPS Code.
The new Port of Petit Goave is comprised of an area of 51 m2. It is part of a plan to make Haiti more accessible to the international trade. It will offer transportation of people and merchandises to the city as well as the entire region. The port is expected to facilitate the transport of agricultural and handicraft production and also improve tourism in the region
The reconstruction of the Port of Petit-Goâve was done locally creating several needed jobs. Economic Construction Maritime SA (Eccomar SA) was in charge of the project which lasted about ten months at a cost of $ 2.33 million
Ernst "ZeNono' Jean-Baptiste (59), a soccer legend who has coached and represented Haitian national football, a former player of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers believes that the way the world soccer governing body 'FIFA' is conducting its business is not fair; most of the things are done behind the close door; it is needed to be cleansed. On September 29, at the Central Broward Stadium in the presence of several Haitian dignitaries, including former Prime Minister Gerard Latortue while launching his campaign "For the Purity of the Game'' to oust the FIFA President Sepp Blatter and replace himself in his seat, he has announced his agenda to the press. If he wins the February 26 election, he would ensure a fairer distribution of funds, more diversity in the leadership, bring transparency in the game, there will be more involvement of former players, and less bureaucracy in the management.
The state exams in Haiti have the reputation of being one of the most difficult exams in the school system in the country. Historically, it has had a success rate of between 20 and 30 percent of passing the test for the first time. This year, we have the results of those who not only passed the baccalaureate exams, but with flying color.
Nine students have taken top honors in baccalaureate exams this year: three in West Department; three in South Department; one each in Northwest and Northeast Departments; and highest exam taker from Ouanaminthe.
But the government of Haiti's (GOH) plan for free education for all is failing miserably. In 2012 the National Education Fund (NEF) was raided for other GOH priorities. In addition GOH has illegally taxed the telecommunicatons and banking sectors to invest in the NEF.
From the turn of the century until around 2014, Human trafficking organizers from India found an opportunity in Haiti. A major Human trafficking ring was evolving between Delhi, India and Haiti where people would arrange fake documents, with the help of the passengers to reach Haiti. After living there for about a month, they would leave Haiti to either Cuba or the Bahamas until they reach Miami and Florida.
United States Embassy worked closely with the Indian government to fight human trafficking and stop that particular route in human trafficking and illegal immigration. Until 2014, the route between Delhi, India and Haiti was the most-preferred route for human traffickers as it was less time-consuming. US officials
Foreign affairs experts are now suspecting new routes for Indians to reach the US. There is a San Salvador-Havana-Mexico route. An official of an airline who did not want to be identified said that a more direct route was via London, Amsterdam to Miami.