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Food Hall, The Citadel, is opening in Miami Little Haiti

Just like Wynwood, Little Haiti will have a cool destination to dine, shop and hang. The 60,000 square foot space located in Little Haiti at: 8300 Northeast 2nd Avenue, will house restaurants, office space and pop up stores. There will be 15 stalls in total, from Antonio Bachour sweets to Taquizo's tacos, Circle coffee, Stanzione wood fired pizza, Bianco Gelato and Smashing Avo's, specializing in all things avocado related (yum).

The Inaguaration Block Party will be held on January 27, 2019. Drinks and bites will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 27

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Madariaga virus (MADV) has been detected in Haiti

The Madariaga virus (MADV), also known as South American eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEEV), has recently been detected in Haiti.

The virus was primarily found in animals in South and Central America. The first human outbreak occurred in 2010 in Panama. Now, scientists reported that between 2015 and 2016, they have identified eight children in Haiti with the Madariaga virus (MADV), or South American eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEEV).

Madariaga is a mosquito-borne disease transmitted to humans from animals like horses, mice, rats and bats. Symptoms from the patients affected by Madariaga virus resemble those seen in dengue fever infection.

The scientists were able to estimate that the virus was introduced to Haiti from Panama sometime between October 2012 and January 2015.

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Delta now flying from New York to Port-au-Prince every saturday

Delta Air Lines has officially begun a new service from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport to Haiti's Toussaint Louverture International Airport.

According to the company spokesperson, Delta will fly round-trip weekly on Saturdays. The airline will use its Airbus A320 aircraft with 16 first-class seats, according to the company.

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Court Interpreter and the Oral Examination

A Court Interpreter is someone who works with the court system to provide language interpretation for those who do not speak fluent English. It is a demanding profession that requires much more than being bilingual. A court interpreter plays a vital role in court proceedings as he translates spoken words from one language to another in legal settings, such as courtrooms and law offices. Undoubtedly, the most important skill for an interpreter is the ability to speak two languages fluently, but conversational fluency is only the starting point, because court translators and interpreters must also understand the court system and its vocabulary and terminology.

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Haiti's Houses Aren't Sturdy Enough to Withstand Large Quakes

Haiti lies right on the boundary of the Caribbean and North American plates. Earthquakes typically occur along the jigsaw-puzzle pieces of Earth's crust, called plates, which move relative to one another, most of the time at an imperceptibly slow pace. These plates move around 2 cm per year. These movements cause seismic movement along active fault lines which have been identified in two main areas of the country. In the case of the Haiti quake, the Caribbean and North American plates slide past one another in an east-west direction. This is known as a strike-slip boundary. The first of these is in the sea, along the North coast. This fault line runs from East to West and extends into the Cibao valley in the Dominican Republic.

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Job Description of a Court Interpreter

The job of a Court Interpreters is to translate information from one language into another for the court systems. They work with lawyers, witnesses and defendants to relay information for depositions, hearings and other court cases. It is an Interpreter's job to orally translate everything that is said. They should be fluent in multiple languages as per requirement of the court and have the ability to understand the tone of conversation in languages known because they communicate back and forth among the people who do not share a common language.

The goal of an interpreter is to have people hear the interpretation as if it were the original. He must render a complete and accurate interpretation or translation, without altering, omitting, or adding anything to what is stated or written, and without explanation.

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How to Become a Court Interpreter

A Court Interpreter is someone who works with the court system to provide language interpretation for those who do not speak fluently the language used in the court. Court interpreters are called upon for special judicial cases that require translating oral speech into another language. Suppose, if any witnesses have been called to the stand who don't speak English or the language primarily used in the court, such witnesses should have a reliable way of expressing themselves acceptable in the eye of law.

Although a college degree or certification is often required to become a court interpreter, there are exceptions as the most important skill is the ability to speak two languages fluently. However, conversational fluency is only the starting point, because court translators and interpreters must also understand the court system and its vocabulary and terminology.

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Marie-Madeleine Lachenais, Joute, Powerful Haitian Woman

Joute Lachenais known as Joute (Arcahaie, Haiti 1778 - Kingston, Jamaica 22 July 1843) is considered as one of the most influential Haitian women in history and mistress of two presidents in the 1800s. She was the mistress and political advisor of two solid Haitian leaders (Alexandre Sabès Pétion and Jean-Pierre Boyer) over a period of long 36 years and that too at a time well before 1950's when the women of the country didn't have a voting right. She exerted a significant influence over the affairs of state during their presidencies (1807 to 1843).

She was born of a white French colonel de Lachenais and a black woman Marie-Therese Fabre. When she was 20 years old, married Marc Joseph Lefèvre Laraque, the military commander of her hometown and had a daughter named Marie Josephine Laraque. After the death of Marc Laraque, Lachenais at the age of twenty five, started a relationship with Anne-Alexandre Sabès, known as Petion. Petion is known as the founding father of Haiti who was the first Haitian officer to revolt against France. In 1807, Alexandre Petion became president, and she acted as his active adviser.

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Lions Tight End Hakeem Valles Taken Hostage at Gunpoint in Haiti

Hakeem Valles (born November 23, 1992), the American football tight end for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL) will never forget his missionary trip to Haiti. He was held hostage at gunpoint and almost murdered in Haiti in 2015. Hakeem's grandfather, Paul Jean Marie Jizrel Benoni Marcel Valles, is a Haitian who immigrated to the U.S in 1960's. Hakeem grew up on stories from Grandpa about how life was back in the homeland. He always wanted to go. Once, he did earlier before the 2015 trip, on a cruise with Royal Caribbean. But then he felt disappointed. Where he landed was a property of the cruise line that discourages local visitors. There were 12-foot walls to keep them out. His trip to his wonderland was unsuccessful, because the place he visited was fake Haiti, never close to the root of his dream.

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Senior U.N. Official Cheering an Investigation over Misuse of PetroCaribe Funds

The Haitian government is not happy with the comment made by Susan D. Page, a special representative and head of the United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH). As per Haitian foreign minister, Antonio Rodrigue, in last February, Ms. Page exceeded her authority by welcoming an investigation into the alleged misuse of Venezuela-sponsored PetroCaribe funds by the previous Haitian administrations. Ms. Page reportedly made an applaud on the corruption inquiry into the alleged siphoning $2 billion oil loans from Venezuela as PetroCaribe money. These embezzlements happened between 2008 and 2016 under the administrations of former presidents Rene Preval and Michel Martelly. According to minister Rodrigue, Ms. Page's attitude is harmful to the political and institutional stability acquired during the past few years.

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