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Shelley Vidia Worrell founded "CaribBEING" a local cultural institution back in 1999. It is a non-profit and cultural space that celebrates Caribbean heritage in the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of Flatbush, Brooklyn. She is a first-generation Caribbean American and Flatbush resident whose parents are both immigrants from Trinidad. CaribBEING started its journey when Shelly bought a shipping container and turned it into a pop-up art space. She calls this not a store or shop; it is a "miniaturized mobile museum".
Worrell used to work at Google as a Strategic Partner Development Manager, but decided to spend more time with family and thus she created CaribBEING. She is in charge of making visitors feel that they have been transported to the Caribbean. Every inch of her container has the feel of a breezy, beachside aura.
Former Haitian President Henry Namphy has his wishes granted. During his exile in the Dominican Republic, Lt. Gen. Henri Namphy made it clear that he never wanted to set foot in Haiti. To the dismay of many, the former Haitian President will not be buried in Haiti but rather in the Dominican Republic.
His body will be put to ground in the Dominican Republic, his land of exile. he body will be exhibited at La Paz Chapel, of Funerarium Blandino which is located at Abraham Lincoln Avenue in Santo Domingo on Saturday, June 30 at 2pm. He will be buried Sunday July 1st at 4 pm at Cristo Redentor in the Dominican Republic.
Lt. Gen. Henri Namphy died Tuesday afternoon in the Dominican Republic from lung cancer, according to his niece Elisabeth Delatour Préval. Namphy lived in exile in the Dominican Republic following the 1988 coup. He never returned to Haiti. He died at the age of 85.
Lt. Gen. Henri Namphy was head of interim National Council of Government that took charge of Haiti on Feb. 7 1986, after Dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier fled into exile in France. He briefly served as president before his ouster in a military coup. Lt. Gen. Prosper Avril, would replace Namphy in another coup led by members of the Haitian Armed Forces.
Here is a result of the new immigration policy being implemented by the Trump administration. What this video is showing is an audio recording that appears to capture the voices of small children. The Spanish-speaking children are crying out for their parents at a U.S. immigration facility. This audio that was first published by ProPublica is truly disturbing. The image of the child showing that she wants her parent and crying as they are taken away.
The photographer stated that the child was traveling with her mother for a month after leaving Honduras for security concerns.
The recent order by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to follow policy changes and separate thousands of children from their parents at the nation's southern border has made news. Recently, an audio recording capturing the voices of children crying for their parents after being separated at the border.
During his career that lasted more than 30 years; first as a federal prosecutor and state attorney general, and second as a Senator, Jeff Sessions has been a major anti-immigrant force. Mr. Sessions came to believe that immigrants, whether legal or illegal, posed a direct threat to the US by depressing wages, committing crimes and taking advantages of welfare benefits.
Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) today announced the passage of their resolution designating June 19, 2018, as "Juneteenth Independence Day," in recognition of June 19, 1865, the day slavery legally came to an end in the United States.
"Every year on Juneteenth we celebrate Emancipation, recognize the work left to do, and continue our commitment to a more equal future for all. Juneteenth is a holiday for all of us to observe the end of slavery, and to joyfully celebrate freedom with a shared sense of responsibility, inspiration, and encouragement," said Senator Gillibrand. "I am proud to have worked in the Senate with over 45 of my colleagues to pass my resolution commemorating 'Juneteenth Independence Day'."
The Dominican Republic could not ask for anything better than its actual trade relationship with Haiti. They are in command of the Haitian economy. Officials in DR just reported that trade with neighboring Haiti has surpassed last year's figure of US$800 million.
This was revealed by Foreign Minister Miguel Vargas in a recent address at a panel on "Dominican foreign policy towards Haiti". In return, his ministry is looking at empowering his consumers in Haiti by improving their economic and social development. He wants to create jobs to improve the well-being of citizens in both countries.
Two members of Eglise Assemblee Evangelique de Christ were robbed at gunpoint in Haiti. The thieves got away with an estimated of $11,000 of church funds from two victims. One church member was robbed of about $6,000 and another $5,000. According to the pastor of Eglise Assemblee Evangelique de Christ, Dumont Pierre, they were in Haiti, to provide food to several families.
Pastor Dumont Pierre stated that the two members were ambushed and robbed at gunpoint in Haiti of $11,000 of church funds. The stolen fund was raised by the church for the purpose of rebuilding another church in Haiti that was destroyed from the 2010 earthquake that killed an estimated 100,000 top 160,000 people, and feed children.
The Haiti Tech Summit is the largest gathering of entrepreneurs, innovators, and influencers in the Caribbean. This festival will highlights the importance of startup ecosystems to either create or disrupt industries across all disciplines, from agriculture to tourism, tech and more.
For 2018 global summit, the central theme will be around catalyzing startup ecosystems in emerging markets.
- Thu, Jun 21, 2018, 9:00 AM
- Sat, Jun 23, 2018, 6:00 PM
- Decameron Beach Resort
- Cotes des Arcadins
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Taste of the Caribbean provides a forum for gathering practical information, developing skills, sampling, purchasing, strengthening, established supplier relationships and meeting new vendors, all on hand to help, Taste of the Caribbean will bring innovative and exciting educational sessions for food and beverage professionals that promise to enhance individual skills.
Since 1993, the best chefs and culinary teams unite to learn, demonstrate their skills and provide the general public a scintillating exhibitor of the most savory and detachable treats of the islands. Taste of the Caribbean is the region's premier culinary competition and cultural showcase.
- Caribbean National Culinary Team Competition
- Caribbean Culinary Individual Competition
- Caribbean Chef of the Year
- Caribbean Junior Chef of the Year
- Caribbean Bartender of the Year
- Caribbean Pastry Chef of the Year
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