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A call to boycott all fake Soup Joumou out there

New Year Independence Day - Soup Joumou or Pumpkin Soup

This must be stopped and it must be done sooner rather than later. We must keep the integrity of the Haitian Pumpkin Soup, better known as Soup Joumou or Haitian Independence soup. Let me be direct, Haitian Soup Joumou must be made with beef and not chicken. The rich beef and bone marrow, was missing. Call a soup made with Chicken anything you want, but please don't call it Soup Joumou.

I have noticed a recent trend to move to a Soup Joumou made of Chicken and not beef as it is supposed to be. You might say that "Roland Mache Frite Anpil Kay Moun" or " Roland go out a lot to eat in people's houses". I don't care. However, last January, I was invited to eat my Soup Joumou in 5 homes, mainly Haitian friends and family members. I have got to tell you I was disappointed. Three of those houses served me the Soup Joumou made with chicken and not beef. I was so disappointed to the point I almost left without eating the Soup. Reasoning finally wan and I decided to take it home so that I could eat them during the week.

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Charcoal: Haiti's Dark Enemy

Haiti Charcoal Contributes To The Degradation Of The Environment

In Haiti, Drought is usually believed as a natural disaster beyond human control. But as researchers carefully look into the earth's changing bio climate, and the symbiotic relationships between livings organisms and climatic forces - They come to realize the crucial role of Deforestation.

For decades, we've been ecologically destructed our own habitat in the pursuit of financial stability without reminding the consequences of our mass destructively demolition. No mistake about it, deforestation brings lots of unexpected effects on our own Soil and results in many consequences.

Deforestation also leads to soil erosion, floods, climate change, health issues, ecological degradation, biodiversity, and wildlife extinction, and lastly community devastation to name a few. Even though, all of these actual facts are scientifically proven to be true, Haitians seem to be careless, selfish, and even ignorant about the problematics/consequences. Instead, they cut down massively the forestall trees to make Charcoal as the primary source of fuel consumption for cooking. Consequently, Haiti remains still one of the most deforested nations in the western hemisphere.

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Haiti Alert: Cadmium within the Tarpaulins (PWELA)

In this worrisome life, filled with daily natural disasters, and it can be utterly devastating for the environment, and peoples' lives. Hence, Le Grand Sud (Depts of Sud, Grand'Anse, Nippes) has recently experienced one of the most common natural disasters such as hurricane "Mathew", and has received all sorts of foreign aid to cope with this terrible incident. This has a negative profound effect on the population. The need of the foreign aid donation such as clothes, food, water, and lastly tarpaulins were importantly vital to the needy people. Yet, one unintended consequence, is the exposure to Cadmium (CD) within the tarpaulins that may endanger peoples' lives forever.

... Life is chemistry, but sometimes chemicals kill. Naturally, Cadmium (CD) is an occurring element found in the earth yet long term exposure could be a critical danger.

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September 30, 1991 - A Military Coup Deposes Jean Bertrand Aristide

Jean Bertrand Aristide and Raoul Cedras

Jean-Bertrand Aristide, a Roman Catholic priest of the Salesian order who later turned into a Haitian politician, became Haiti's first elected president by winning the Haitian first free democratic election between 1990 and 1991, with 67% of the votes and became the President of the nation on February 7, 1991. However, he was deposed on September 30, 1991. Aristide was ousted in a coup led by Haitian Army General Raoul Cédras, Army Chief of Staff Phillipe Biamby and Chief of the National Police, Michel François. His life was saved by the intervention of the US, French and Venezuelan diplomats and he was sent into exile. He lived in there until October 15, 1994, when the Haitian military, faced with a U.S. invasion under Clinton, agreed to let Aristide return to power and he resumed his presidency.

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Tourism Still One of the Main Sources Of Revenue for Haiti

Tourism In Haiti - Traditional Haitian Dance Performances

Like many other countries in the Latin America and Caribbean region, 'tourism' is one of the main economic drivers in Haiti. Haiti's former minister of tourism Stéphanie Villedrouin worked tirelessly to improve this sector during her tenure. She was regarded as one of the most visible figures of Haiti's different Ministries who never remained contented with the accomplishment of tourism objectives, but worked to create infrastructure that will ease tourism in Haiti in decades to come. Because, she believed that visitors to Haiti can provide much-needed funds to boost infrastructure and create jobs to help trigger redevelopment.

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September 24, 1791, Concordat De Damiens Granting Political Rights to the Affranchis, signed

Carnival Costume - Afranchie of Saint-Domingue

It was on this date, September 24, 1791, that the Concordat De Damiens was signed, Granting Political Rights to the Affranchis.

The word "Affranchi" means a liberated slave who is free from legal, social, or political restrictions, but it was used to refer pejoratively to mulattoes. In 1789, Saint-Domingue had an estimated population of 556,000, including roughly 500,000 African slaves and 24,000 affranchis. The affranchis were mostly free mulattoes (people of mixed African and European descent) or black. The affranchis were sometimes slave owners themselves and roughly half of the affranchis were freed people of mixed race. They wanted to be rich like Europeans, but were afraid of the slave majority. Haitian society was deeply fragmented by skin color, class, and gender. In the late 18th century, knowing the weight of Haiti in the French economy, the royalists attempted to exploit the slave revolution to weaken the French Girondins. On August 22, 1791, the first alliance between blacks and mulattos (including Petion and Beauvais) defying the racist ideology of whites was formed and that ended in the victory of the freedmen and the signing of the Concordat de Damiens on September 24, 1791, granting political or voting rights to the affranchis.

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Is it true that Libra are peaceful, fair, and hate being alone?

Libra Horoscope

If you were born any time between September 23 and October 22, you are a Libra person, because during your birth, the Sun was in Libra astrological sign. Your birth sign is represented by a 'scale', because you love to seek balance, harmony and co-operation in relationships with others. The strong points about you are-- diplomatic, peaceful, balanced, hospitable, social and idealistic. However, your main weaknesses are, you are indecisive, avoid confrontations, usually carry a grudge, superficial and unreliable. You like partnerships and groups. You hate being alone. You are happiest when other people are around and when other people are doing their work. You could be lazy, dislike hard work, but love to live in a posh surrounding and nice decor.

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The City Of Petion-Ville, Founded By Boyer on September 22, 1831

Petion-Ville, Haiti

John-Pierre Boyer was the founding father of the city of Petion-Ville. He was the president of Haiti between 1818 and 1843. He was one of the notable leaders of the Haitian revolution. On 22 September 2011, he founded the city of Petion Ville in the eastern suburbs of Port au Prince. He named the city after his predecessor, President Alexandre Sabes Petion.

Alexandre Petion was one of the founding fathers of Haiti and first president of the Republic of Haiti. The city at that time was in no way comparable to its current status. Guarded mansions of Petionville looks like a Haitian version of Beverly Hills. Here you can find everything that expect to find in any international city.

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The September Equinox is here, learn what it is

Equinox, the Sun rises directly in the east and sets directly in the west

The name equinox means "equal night" in Latin. There are two equinoxes every year - around 20 March and 23 September. Theoretically, it is the day of the year when all points on the earth's surface experience the same lengths of daylight and darkness - 12 hours of each. The September equinox occurs the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator - the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth's Equator - from north to south. Since the seasons are opposite on either side of the Equator, equinox in September is also known as the Autumnal (fall) equinox in the northern hemisphere. In the Southern Hemisphere, it's known as the spring (vernal) equinox.

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How to Prepare Yourself for A US Visa Interview

mission against falsification of visas, passports travel documents

Before you prepare for applying non-immigrant visa, you must keep in mind that under the U.S Law, all applicants for non-immigrant visas are viewed as intending immigrants until they can convince the consular officer that they are not. Therefore, you have to prepare yourself to show them that you have reasons stronger to return your home country than remaining in the United States. Your chances of success will greatly increase if you prepare yourself with necessary documents and convincing answers of the anticipated questions of the visa officer. Always remember that incomplete or improper documentation is the leading cause of visa failure. So prepare yourself with perfect documents, especially your property documents, bank statement, income tax returns, family photographs and make sure nothing is missing. If your application was ever rejected, and you intend to apply for a second time, must consider the fact that consular officers do keep earlier records and he will compare your new documents against the earlier documents.

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