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History - September 18, 1792 - Second Civil Commission arrived in Cap-Francais

On this date, September 18, 1792, the Second Civil Commission, comprising Léger-Félicité Sonthonax, Polvérel, and Ailhaud, arrived in Cap-Français to execute the law of 4 April which was to restore order in the colony

Saint-Dominique was the richest French colony, because it was the center from where half of the world's sugar was produced and this was achieved with heavy exploitation of African slaves imported from Africa. Its history is inextricably linked to Haiti's colonial past and struggle for independence. In 1791, Cap-Haïtien was captured by Toussaint L'Ouverture, the leader of the slave rebellion and became the center of slave uprisings.

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Cuban General Jose Marti square in Cap-Haitian

On January 23, 2014, Michel Martelly placed a wreath at the base of a monument to General Jose Marti, who gained freedom for Cuba in the 1900s. Haiti, along with the Dominican Republic (DR), provided military aid to Marti to help liberate Cuba during the Cuban War of Independence.

The monument, standing in the newly-built Jose Marti Square, upholds a bust of Marti, created by a Haitian architect in cooperation with the National School of Arts. In attendance at the opening were the envoy of Cuban President, Raul Castro, Rafael Bernard Alemani; Minister of Culture, Josette Darguste; and other government officials.

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Lesly Martelly, Cousin of President Michel Martelly shot two times

The Insecurity in Haiti does not discriminate. A cousin of President Michel, Lesly Martelly, has become the latest victim of insecurity in Haiti as he was shot by a gunmen during an attempted robbery in Delmas 2, Port-au-Prince.

The shooting incident took place Tuesday, December 18, 2012

According to Radio Kiskeya, the bandits opened fire on Lesly Martelly to rob his car. Martelly was taken to the hospital immediately where he had to undergo surgery. The victim is not in dangeras reported by government officials.

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Haiti-Japan Ties Forged With Martelly's Visit

Haiti President Michel Martelly recently paid an official visit to Japan, where he signed deals aimed at boosting the two countries' ties. With First Lady Sofia Martelly, Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Casimir and some Cabinet members, Martelly was welcomed by Japanese Charge d'Affaires in Port-au-Prince Kenji Kuratomi. Martelly also met several Japanese officials and parliamentarians, who lauded him for his efforts in bringing the two countries' ties to the next level.

During the visit, the two sides inked a deal meant to improve the agricultural sector in Haiti. Under the agreement, Japan will give Haiti $6.5 million to fund a food aid project aimed at increasing the production of agricultural produce in the country. The grant, which was signed after a meeting between Martelly and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, is expected to improve and ensure food security in Haiti.

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Cap-Haitien, Limonade and Quartier-Morin flooded

On the night between Thursday, November 8 and Friday November 9, 2012 heavy rains poured for in the North Department causing lost of several lives as well as damages to homes and agriculture.

The cities and towns most affected include: Cap-Haïtien, Limonade and Quartier-Morin. It was also reported that some towns in Nippes Departments were affected. It include Baradères, de Fonds des Nègres, Miragoâne, Petit-­Trou, Plaisance and L'Azile.


It has been reported that about 12 people became victim of the flood so far. This is e preliminary assessment. Most of the victims lived in the beds of ravines and were surprised by the flash floods. Several people were reported missing.

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Linouse Desravines Dreams of Gold

One of the most promising and rising young judokas today is Haitian Linouse Desravines. The 21-year-old is the only judoka to have qualified for the upcoming London 2012 Olympics this July. This is very remarkable for her young age and her judo training of just four years. Desravines currently ranks number 28 in the world in her weight class, weighing around 52 kilograms. In addition, she has also been named Haiti's Athlete of the Year last 2011.

Linouse Desravines was introduced to judo in 2008 by her brother who was a national judo champion. After only a few years of training, she has been able to win several nation and international judo tournaments such as the bronze title in the Pan American Games in 2011 which was held in Guadalajara.

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Video Report - Michel Martelly in Cap-Haitian walked from Airport to Place Dame

Here is a video report of Haitian president Michel Martelly during a visit to the city of Cap-Haitian on July 24, 2011. The president actually walked from Cap-Haitian airport all the way to the Place Notre Dame of Cap-Haitian. This video takes you to the entire journey. the president, sometimes dances, sometimes run as the population was singing and dancing. All the people were apparently very happy to see their president being just like them.

As he arrived at the Place Notre Dame of Cap-Haitian, President Michel Martelly visited several location, including "Archeveche du Cap".

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People in Cap-Haitian threw stones and bottles at Michel Martelly

The "Haitian Joudalist" just learned that Michel Martelly received a rude welcome in Cap-Haitian during a visit over the weekend.

According to Taiwan News, people in a crowd of thousands threw rocks and bottles at the Haitian President Michel Martelly while he was in a visit in the city of Cap-Haitian. The president was not hurt, however, several arrests were made as a result of the incident.

Is this a sign of frustration with the population?

Since President Michel Martelly became president, he has not been able to put a government in place. His first two Prime Ministers designee so far have not been successful.

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