Haiti Observer Blog
In just a few years, it is expected that cotton could become Haiti's white gold providing millions of pounds of organic cotton for clothing, shoes, shirts and other clothing sold in the US and other countries.
the revival of cotton production in Haiti is a project supported by Brazil and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in a trilateral cooperation,
An attempt to promote the production of Cotton in Haiti was made in the 1950s by some Brazilian firms. The project was abandoned in the late 80s due to parasitic problems, especially the cotton weevil.
The former Minister of Public Health and Population between 1999-2001 and the former president of the Haitian Red Cross in Haiti, Dr. Michaëlle Amédée Gédéon died hours after a vehicle hit her car. She was returning from the Grand'Anse Department.
Dr. Michaëlle Amédée Gédéon was rushed to a hospital in Les Cayes, but she was not able to receive proper emergency care. She was then transported to Bernard Mevs Hospital where she actually passed away.
Isn't It Ironic to see that someone who has worked all her life protecting the life of others ended up dead due to a lack of care.
This is a sign that the time has changed. American Airlines is reducing his flights to Haiti. Effective November 3, 2018, the airline will reduce its daily flights from six to four. All flights will be departing from Miami International Airport and fly direct to Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince, including one to Cap-Haitien.
Airlines will no longer fly direct to Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince out of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport or New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.
American Airlines is reducing its number of daily flights from six to four departing Miami International Airport for Port-au-Prince and Haiti's second largest city, Cap-Haitien. With effect from November 3, 2018, there will be 3 daily direct flights from Miami to Port-au-Prince and 1 daily flight to Cap-Haïtien.
The Chilean Government recognizes the importance of Haitian workers to their economy. They are encouraging more immigration of Haitian citizens with the establishment of a family reunification program that has been in place since July 2, 2018.
How does it works?
The application process begins in Chile where the Haitian citizen living and working there must write a certified letter requesting family reunification. Then, the applicant in Chile needs to contact the office of the International Organization for Migration (IOM in Haiti) to follow up.
Here is how to contact IOM in Haiti:
- Phones : 2947-7746/ 2991-0362 /2997-7566
- Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
The President of the Chamber of Deputy, Gary Bodeau, does not seems to be intimidated by recent accusations on members of the Haitian parliament. These accusations consist of having the legislative power working for their self-interest instead of the interest of the entire population.
The president of the Deputy Chamber, Gary Bodeau, said that he is not afraid of being involved in the appointment of ministers under the new government. He further argued that it would be preferable that important positions of the public administration are entrusted to competent personalities. The evaluation of competence will likely be done by people like him and his peers.
Four years ago, the SLS South Beach Hotel in Miami was hit with a lawsuit by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for alleged discrimination against their Haitian workers. Seventeen Haitian dishwashers employed there were forbidden from speaking Haitian Creole. The Haitian workers were also asked to drag heavy items up the the 13th floor of the hotel by stairs. For the Hispanic workers, not only they were free to chat Spanish, they also did not have to carry any heavy items anywhere.
One time, a Haitian worker asked his manager to fix the broken service elevator in the hotel, the boss stated:
Frantz Pierre, a Haitian-American Commissioner in North Miami Beach Florida was indicted Wednesday July 25, 2018, charged with accepting bribe from a strip club owner.
According to Miami Herald, Commissioner Frantz Pierre and his non-profit organization received more than $20,000 from the owner of Dean's Gold strip club in North Miami Beach in exchange for his vote for a special operating license allowing the club to serve alcohol after-hours. He offered his commission vote in exchange for money to a strip club owner in an attempt to renew a business license.
He was charged with one count each of bribery, unlawful compensation, organized scheme to defraud and grand theft and seven counts of money laundering.
US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that work permit for Haitians on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) has been extended. There are over 4,650 Haitians who will benefit from this decision as their applications were still pending as of July 20, 2018. This was made public by Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson.
In last year November, 2017, U.S Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ended the work permit for 4,650 Haitians on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) but extended whose applications were still pending as of July 20, 2018, report dated. The announcement came from the Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson.
Temporary protected status (also called "TPS") is given to eligible nationals of designated countries who are present in the United States. The status, accorded to nationals from some countries affected by armed conflict or natural disaster, allows persons to live and work in the United States for limited times. In November 2017, while withdrawing the TPS, the Trump administration informed 59,000 Haitians, living legally in the United States, of self-deportation. But it gave them time until July 22, 2019, to do it. To enter the TPS program, nationals of a designated country must not have any criminal record, pass a background check and pay a processing fee $495.
This is a little-known fact in history that Haiti played an important role in U.S. independence. In December 1778, with the capture of Savannah in Georgia by the British forces, the about-to-be-formed United States lost one of its important and good sources of finance. The U.S Major General Benjamin badly needed a little hand in regaining this port. The French came forward to the aid of future United States of America and sent one Frenchman, Charles Henri d'Estaing to the rescue. On October 9, 1779, a force comprised of American, French, and free Haitian soldiers under the leadership of d'Estaing laid siege on the city in an attempt to oust the British from their Southern stronghold. D'Estaing, the French General, had an army of about 800 (or 1,500, historians differ out of total 3,500 troops) mulattoes and black Haitians who shed their blood in the effort of the French and Americans to recover Savannah from the British. Those gallant soldiers were known as Chasseurs-Volontaires de Saint-Domingue.
Outgoing Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant is being called a racist by former Haiti Prime Minister Evans Paul and Deputy Jerry Tardieu regarding his as they see it, derogatory, inadequate, anti-democratic and racist statements. This took place at the Tribune of the Chamber of Deputies as he was announcing his resignation.
According to Mr. Evans Paul, the resigning Prime Minister stigmatized an entire sector of the Haitian population, namely the people from Pétion-ville or Kenskoff, whom he estimates are not entitled to be involved in politic. The Deputy of Petion-Ville, Jerry Tardieu went even further by calling these statements, discriminatory and racist.
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