Bénicia Souffrant, better known as "Madan Janba", is the oldest living woman on planet earth in 2018. Madan Janba is 125 years old and lives in the locality of Moyette, 8th communal section of Petit-Goâve.
"Madan Janba" retains her mental capacity. She continues to think logically thinking; she argues and has a strong personality. Mrs. Jamba is unable to see very well. She has some hearing problems and sometimes complains of physical pains.
Officially, the oldest woman in the world is 118 year old Emma Morano who was born on November 29, 1899 in Italy. Due to our record keeping system, we may never be able to prove that Bénicia Souffrant, "Madan Janba", is in fact the oldest living woman on earth in the year 2018
On Friday, March 23, 2018, Jacky Lumarque, Rector of Quisqueya University and former Prime Minister Jacques Edouard Alexis visited Mrs. Jamba, living in the 8th communal section of Petit-Goâve. As per local information, Mrs. Jamba is almost deaf and blind and at 125 years of age, she is the oldest human being living in Haiti now. Her real name is Bénicia Souffrant, but she is better known under the name "Madam Jamba". She has already turned 126 on last June 24th, 2018.
The Rector of Quisqueya University has told the correspondents present on the site that from now on his university will take care of Mrs. Jamba. She will live the rest of her life in her new and comfortable house. The University has hired two local women for her care and support. They will help to maintain her eating and other habits unchanged and provide means for a better life. Lumarque also said that when a person reaches 100 years of age, such person becomes a heritage. He has a friend who is the director of the 'Claire Heureuse' Foundation that looks after the elderly. As per his gathered information, Mrs. Jamba is facing a lack of supervision and needs regular monitoring-- 'Claire Heureuse' will look at that.
One week before this visit, another delegation from Quisqueya University led by Mrs. Judith Auguste, visited Mrs. Jamba. The old lady was quite happy to welcome the group. Deputy Mayor Delor Desgranges who was present at the delegation brought gifts for the lady. While talking to the correspondents present, Mrs. Judith expressed her University's future plan to take care of this lady till her last day. Her condition of health will be assessed by a diagnostic report under the supervision of Lumarque, the Rector of University. As per Lumarque's statement, the objective of this earlier delegation was to explore and initiate the first contacts with Mrs. Jamba.
Presently, the oldest woman living in the world is Emma Morano, a tiny, 116-year-old Italian woman whose authenticity of age has been officially confirmed. If Mrs. Jamba can prove her age officially, she would the oldest living woman on the earth.
On the night between Monday July 25 and Tuesday July 26 armed bandits caused a major road accident in the area of "Pon Kayiman", "gran simitye" in Petit-Goave. This took place after a vehicle loaded with passenger was taken into an ambush as the driver was attempting to find his way out of a barricade on the road with. It was reported that one of gang members shot the tire of the bus, causing it to to fall into the river. Immediately after the accident, two of the passengers died and over 30 who were injured were taken to a nearby hospital. It was reported later that one of the injured individuals passed away, bringing the final death toll to 3
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Here is a picture of Jean Michel Hilaire, Head of gang "Haute tension" who was arrested in Petit-Goâve.
On Monday, May 2, 2016, Jean Michel Hilaire, the head of the dreaded gang "High Voltage" was arrested along with a dozen of his gang members by Jacques Ader, the Commissioner police of Petit-Goâve. Jean Michel was accused of many crimes and misdemeanors and was on the run for last 8 months. The gang was involved in acts of vandalism, armed robbery, rape and blocking the National road # 2. The gang was based in the 11th communal section of Petit-Goâve. The arrest operation was carried smoothly. The Commissioner with another police officer disguised themselves as doctors and approached the criminal without arousing suspicion and arrested him peacefully without any violence. Jean Michel Hilaire was presented to the police station of Petit-Goâve on Monday and he willfully agreed to cooperate with the police by denouncing his other gang members. Some of his gang members were arrested in last March. The population of Petit-Goâve was pleased with his arrest.
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
The tourist destination that is Grand Goave is often forgotten when the time comes for state authorities to make planning decisions. It's one of the reasons why the coastal town, known for its beaches that tourists love to frequent, has been slow on the technological upgrades. Linked to the country by only a mobile phone service, one radio station, one TV station and virtually no postal service, the town also only has one hospital to speak of. Luckily, the staff at Hopital Georges Gauvin, comprised of dedicated doctors and nurses, some from Cuba, handle the daily traffic valiantly.
Rue Boisrond-Tonnere - Grand-Goave, Haiti
Here is a picture where Capital Coach Line bus became a victime of insecurity in Haiti. It was attacked and burned in Petit-Goâve
A vicious attack on a bus within the Capital Coach Line has left the 12-year-old company with up to $300,000 in damages. The attack took place on Monday, February 2, 2015 when an unidentified group of people attacked the Mercedes passenger bus that was in Petit-Goâve completing a run with four passengers on board. The bus was intercepted in the 5:00 pm daylight, the driver robbed, and the bus burned at the Andrédicette crossroad on National Road #2.
Police have weighed in that the attack could have been brought on by the fact that the bus driver was a Dominican Republic national who has worked in Haiti for the last year. It doesn't take a big stretch of the imagination, what with the recent killing of Haitian nationals in the Dominican Republic and the burning of the Haitian flag there, that this could have been the motive. However, the company itself is not convinced that this is so.
Since their founding in 2003 as the first bus company in the country, the Capital Coach Line, S.A. has built a significant name for itself offering a twice daily route between destinations like Port-au-Prince and Les Cayes, not to mention being the industry leader. Representatives of the company believe the attack wasn't on the driver, but on them, orchestrated by one of their many competitors. The incident not only cost the company money, but endangered the lives of the four passengers on board, as well as the driver, all of whom had to be rescued by the police from the burning vehicle.
Here is a protest in Croix-Hilaire, locality of Petit-Goâve. The population is demanding more electricity.
Petit-Goâve Protestors Demand Electricity Now and Me Jean Alix Civil Fired
Petit-Goâve protestors are fed up in Croix-Hilaire. They have gone without electricity for six months, and are telling Electricity of Haiti either reconnect the transformer, or residents will set up barricades of burning tires on National Road #2.
Another protest, more peaceful, is being organized by Block of Democratic Opposition to order the government to immediately dismiss Petit Goâve Government Commissioner Me Jean Alix Civil and appoint a new municipal cartel.
The town of Petit-Goâve has been placed under the supervision of central government of Haiti. According to Secretary Reginald, this action was necessary following the unfortunate events that agitate for several weeks the community.
Since last August, the residents of Petit Goâve were agitating against the representing deputy Jacques Stevenson Thimoléon and the town's mayor, Sandra W. Jules. They were demanding both to resign as they are dishonest, harsh and corrupted. The agitation for several weeks had developed to such a level that it disrupted every basic service of the Municipal Administration to the community. To improve the situation, Reginald Delva, the Minister of Interior and Territorial Communities (MICT), on a memo dated October 16, declared that the Ministry of the Interior has decided to place the town of Petit-Goâve under the administrative and financial supervision of the central government through a Technical Special Committee (CTS). The committee will remain responsible for making and approving all decisions related to the management of the city hall and hold accountable to bring the situation back to normalcy.
The town of Petit-Goâve, found on the coast of the Ouest Department in Haiti is the home of 12,000 people. Among that number have lived such note-worthy people as Haitian President and Emperor, Faustin Elie Soulouque (Faustin I), political leader, Hubert Deronceray, Haitian-Canadian writer, Dany Laferrière, Yves-Mary Fontin, a poet and writer, Issa el Saieh, a musician, Jean Rene Jerome, a painter, and the artist and painter, Wilson Bigaud.
The Court of First Instance (TPI) in Petit-Goave has just been remodeled and updated. The reception, office, courtroom, bathroom, and courtyard spaces have been re-built to be more spacious and attractive. The prosecutor's grounds have also totally been made over.
At the TIP re-opening ceremonies, attended by Prime Minister, Lamothe, and Justice Minister, Sanon, Government Commissioner, Civil, voiced his certainty the newly remodeled surroundings of TPI would add considerably to the operation and dispensation of justice in the West Department.