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Haitian Creole Language Translation

The word "Creole" simply means a mixture of different languages--it could be French based Creole or English-based, or Portuguese or Arabic based, etc. Haitian Creole emerged from contact between French settlers and African slaves during the Atlantic slave trade in the French colony of Saint-Domingue (now Haiti). It originated in the 18th century mostly with influence from Portuguese, Spanish, English, Taíno, and West African languages. In the present day, it is the main spoken language for 9 million people living in Haiti and further 400,000 emigrated Haitians living in the Bahamas, Canada, Cayman Islands, Cuba, French Guiana, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe, and United States.

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Progress for LGBT Rights in Haiti, Gay, Lesbian, Transgender

The terms lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) describe distinct groups within the gay culture. In the face of love, this group believes, everyone is equal and should be treated equally. Discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity is against international human rights law and standards. Their demands can be divided into six main categories -- preventing violence against the LGBT community, full recognition of gay families, including equality in surrogacy, providing appropriate social welfare to LGBT people, equality in health care, and educating the general population for tolerance and acceptance of the LGBT community. Some countries (about 25 nations, all of which are developed democracies or developing democracies), recognize same-sex marriage. By contrast, 10 countries or jurisdictions, all of which are Islamic and ruled by Islamic law (Sharia), impose the death penalty for homosexuality.

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Little Haiti Activists Hit Magic City Innovation District

The Magic City Innovation District is revitalizing the Little Haiti and Little River neighborhoods to create a world-class destination. It is a billion-dollar real estate project in Little Haiti-- a sprawl of residential, commercial, office, research and entertainment spaces spread out over 17 acres. The project will raise rents and property values, displace many of the Haitian diasporas-- squeeze Little Haiti's poor and working class and provide high tech jobs that require skills which locals simply don't have.

Little Haiti was once known as Lemon City. For the past three decades, it has transformed into a cultural hub for all things Haitian and also something more than a mere destination for the Haitian diasporas. It became the cultural center of the Haitians in Florida and a center of influence of Haitian Francophone culture.

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Jason Derulo Philanthropist with Haiti

Jason Derulo (born Miami on September 21, 1989) has been a successful songwriter since the tender age of 16. Jason's real Name Is Jason Joel Desrouleaux. Since the start of his solo recording career in 2009, Derulo has sold over 30 million singles and has achieved eleven Platinum singles, including "Wiggle", "Talk Dirty", "In My Head", and "Whatcha Say". He recorded most of his albums at own recording studio at home. Derulo's music is generally pop, but also incorporates R&B and hip-hop influences. He has named Michael Jackson as his main inspiration to sing.

Jason suffered a severe neck injury in early 2012. He now wants to repay to native country Haiti from where his parents came from. He recently (September 6, 2018) held his first-ever "Heart of Haiti Gala" at a private lake estate property in Beverly Hills in Los Angeles, California to raise money for Haiti. It was the inaugural event to launch Derulo's new "Just For You Foundation", a foundation focused on raising funds to promote education, providing shelter to orphans and families, feeding the homeless and promoting health in the United States and globally, according to their official web site.

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Cost Accounting System to Improve Healthcare in Rural Haiti

A good method of Cost accounting helps to identify possible inefficiencies and areas of necessary improvement.
A few years ago, a Boston based non-profit healthcare organization 'Partners In Health', worked in the health care system in Haiti and submitted a report on "Building Surgical Systems in Haiti". The report highlights that the 2010 earthquake resulted in thousands of donors, philanthropists, and international organizations coming to Haiti to offer services. For months they worked to save lives and ease suffering. What they did not do, however, was to contribute to strengthening Haiti's public health system while the main challenge to improve this sector was nothing but to getting doctors and care giver's commitment and involvement into the essence of the system.

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IBM and Plastic Bank using Blockchain for Haiti Recycling

Plastic Bank, a Vancouver-based non-profit organization, is committed to improving the lives of impoverished people around the world and simultaneously brings an end of plastic pollution on the earth. To prevent the flow of plastic to the ocean, Plastic Bank rewards people who hand over recyclable plastic waste with cryptocurrency or Blockchain secured digital tokens. To do this, Plastic Bank provides a consistent, above-market rate for plastic waste, thus incentivizing its collection. Individuals who gather plastic can trade it for money, items or services. This is the way they teach people to learn the value of plastic. IBM and Cognition foundry have joined Plastic Bank on this issue to design an innovative solution, creating a secure and smooth reclamation process. The joint platform allows waste collectors to choose their payment token, either with a US dollar token or a native token. These tokens can be traded with the basic supplies directly from Plastic Bank.

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The City of Fort-Liberte, Haiti to be Tsunami Ready

As per news dated September 28, 2018, the commune of Fort-Liberté (North-East) has become ready to receive the "Tsunami ready" label, for its compliance with international requirements for tsunami preparedness and response. However, as per Dr. Jerry Chandler, the Director of Civil Protection, "this recognition does not mean that the commune is now completely safe from tsunamis. It only confirms the relevance of the initiatives, which have been taken in recent years, to make the Fort-Dauphinoise community ready to react in the event of a tsunami warning." In the Caribbean, St. Kitts and Nevis were recognized as Tsunami Ready by UNESCO in 2016 and in the Pacific, Cedeño, Honduras and Ostional, Costa Rica in 2017. Currently, Tsunami Ready pilots are also underway in Haiti, Grenada, and Costa Rica, and in several other Latin American countries. In the Pacific, Guatemala, Mexico, and Nicaragua in Meso-America, Ecuador in the South East Pacific, and Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu in the South West Pacific have indicated interest.

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Haitiano-Japanese Naomi Osaka wins the US Open against Serena William

Naomi Osaka has already made a history for many reasons. 20-year-old Naomi Osaka became the first to win a Grand Slam singles title from Japan, sealing 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams in straight sets in a dramatic US Open final on September 9, 2018, and it is her first Grand Slam title! Naomi Osaka became the first Japanese woman in 22 years to reach the semi-finals of a Grand Slam when she defeated Lesia Tsurenko 6-1, 6-1 in the last-eight of the US Open. She was barely 12 months old when Serena Williams won her first major title. Osaka has a positive head-to-head record against Williams. She won their only previous meeting six months ago at the Miami Open when the 23-times Grand Slam champion Serena just returned to court following the birth of her first girl child 'Olympia'. Osaka's father, Leonard Francois, is Haitian-born, and her mother, Tamaki Osaka, is Japanese. Naomi can understand Japanese, but isn't able to carry on a full-fledged conversation. Osaka is considered "hāfu," or a person who is of mixed-race in Japan. When Osaka's Japanese grandfather discovered that her mother had become romantically attached to a Black man, he became furious and as a result, her mother became estranged from her family for almost over ten years. Osaka's elder sister Mari is a professional tennis player. Together, the two sisters represent the three cultures they were raised with-- American, Japanese, and Haitian. Mari and Naomi Osaka, the sister duo are often compared with William sisters. Like Venus and Serena Williams before them, Naomi Osaka and Mari Osaka have been playing tennis since childhood. Mari made her debut in 2014, the year after Naomi went pro. Now, the Osaka sisters follow in the footsteps of Venus and Serena Williams.

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Half Haitian Naomi Osaka interview after defeating Serena Williams

The adorable Naomi Osaka discusses her victory over Serena Williams in Grand Slam final.

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Haitian-American Daphne Campbell, Senator of District 38, lost her Seat

Daphne Campbell Calls for Boycott in the Bahamas

The only Haitian-American Senator in Florida, Daphné Campbell who has been Senator of District 38 (North-East of Miami-Dade) for 8 years, lost her seat during the elections held in Florida on August 28.

She lost to former Attorney Jason Pizzo, who won 54.2% of the votes.

Haitian-American Daphné Campbell, Senator of District 38, Lost Her Seat

On Tuesday, August 28, 2018, Haitian-American Daphné Campbell, a Democratic member of the Florida Senate District 38 of the North-East of Miami-Dade, lost her 8 year old seat to former Attorney Jason Pizzo. Pizzo is a wealthy former prosecutor, received 54.2% of the votes. Pizzo walked away easily with nearly a 9% victory margin. Northeast Miami-Dade district includes the largest Haitian population in the country which extends west from the Beach to the west of I-95, and includes cities like Aventura, Miami Beach, North Miami, and portions of the City of Miami. Pizzo spent more than a million dollars of his own money on his election campaign emphasizing public safety, climate change and a living wage for workers.

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