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Popular Radio Host Baz Normal of Touche Douce is dead

The popular promoter, band Manager and Radio host Baz Normal is dead. This is an information that we just learned presently. According to our sources, Baz normal was only 48 years old when he died

You may not know this gentleman if you did not live in Miami. However, many people who frequently listen to the popular, manly kompas music Radio Station are very familiar to his voice

The cause of his death has not yet been determined. In the meantime, the team at offers his condolences to the family and friends of Baz Normal

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U.S. District Judge Lifting Prohibition, Lamothe vs. Leo Joseph of Haiti-Observateur

U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro, lifted the ban - a controversial decision - she imposed on Joseph, a Haitian-American journalist. Leo Joseph, who owns Haiti Observateur, was banned from writing on Laurent Lamothe and South Florida based businessman Patrice Baker. Joseph was prohibited by Ungaro from writing on political, personal and professional life of either man after Joseph was sued by Lamothe and Baker on account of publishing malicious and false reports about the role played by Lamothe in selling a telecommunications company.

Back tracking on the ruling, Judge Ursula Ungaro lifted the ban on Joseph in a mea culpa in three parts and thereby granted the First Amendment rights to Joseph. Scott Ponce, the attorney of Leo Joseph, said that this ruling is favorable to all. Scott said, 'T'he First Amendment says you can't have an order prohibiting you from speaking on a subject. It was an important ruling to get the prior restraint set aside.'

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Jean Dominique and the Duvalier Era

It is always thought wiser to teach a man to fish than to hand him one. This is a sentiment that Jean Dominique shaped his career around upon returning to Haiti from private school in France. Working with the poor, he took his training in agronomy to teach the peasantry how to sustain themselves through skillful use of the land.

Because of his efforts, which included showing peasant farmers how to avoid being in debt to wealthy landowners, Dominique was imprisoned for six months due to the connivance of the landowners who convinced the authorities to jail him so they could hold on to their control over the peasants. Upon his release from jail, he became a fierce detractor of François 'Papa Doc' Duvalier and his militant regime.

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The power of Radio in the Haitian Society

Haitian radio is the chief means of media communication on the island. Few have income to buy a TV, and those who have sets are subject to unreliable electricity service. Going online to access news coverage is impossible for all but the rich. Not only is newspaper distribution minimal, but 80% of the population are illiterate. The only information source available to everyone is the radio and radio stations are plentiful in Haiti. Reception is widely accessible in virtually every village on the island. Radios cost little to own and run on batteries.

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Laurent Lamothe wins case against Haiti Observateur

Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe won what, to some, was an unsurprising victory in his libel suit against New York based website Haiti Observateur. In two articles published in August of 2012 the website, through its reporter Leo Joseph, extended theories about the prime minister and his business partner Patrice Baker's role in the sale of the telecommunications company Haitel that U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro has now declared to be false and malicious.

The articles posited that the company, which shut down after an inability to pay its debts, was bought by the Haitian government in a deal brokered by Lamothe in which he fixed its sale price of $25 million, and positioned himself to receive, what they described as, the 'lion's share' of the profit. Upon noting the libelous nature of the articles Lamothe and Baker filed a lawsuit in September 2012, citing the damage done to their political and business profiles after the implications of corruption and conspiracy made by Joseph and the newspaper which has reported its weekly circulation within the Haitian Diaspora to reach 75,000.

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Radio Caraibes and Patrick Moussignac, Ranmasse, Jean Monard Metellus

Brown Family created the Radio Caraibes in 1949. Currently, Patrick Moussignac runs Radio Caraibes, which hosts Ranmasse, the most popular talk show on Haitian Island. Radio Television Caraibes is currently working on call-to-listen service which will provide its listeners with an on-demand service. The popular talk-show Ranmasse, which is broadcasted live on every Saturday morning, will be made available 24 hours a day through AudioNow using the call-to-listen service.

AudioNow awarded Patrick Moussignac with Chairman's Award for Open Media Access and Social Engagement because of his innovative ideas which are geared not only towards the development of Radio Caraibes but also towards understanding the needs of the listeners.

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Brignol Lindor Journalist Assassinated

Haiti under former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, despite being under a democratic form of government for the first time, was shrouded in chaos and violence. Aristide's term in office before being successfully ousted via a coup d'état in 2004 was met by most Haitian citizens with criticism and protest because of his supposed poor leadership and corruption, as well as his inclination to violence. The former president and Catholic priest's government has also been associated with several extrajudicial killings which elevated further the anger and disappointment of thousands and thousands of Haitians. The most popular of these is the brutal murder of well-known Haitian journalist Brignol Lindor.

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Bomb Shell by Clifford Brandt implicating influential Haitian Families in Kidnapping network

According to Haitian newspaper Haiti Observateur, Haitian businessman Clifford Brandt who is currently jailed for his involvement in the kidnapping of two Moscosso children, made revelations that are disturbing to the current presidential family as well as some other influential members of the Haitian society.

The newspaper cited U.S. officials who participated in the interrogation of Clifford Brandt and also French authorities who have been investigating another gang leader Amaral Duclona.

According to Haiti Observateur Clifford Brandt he is not the leader of the gang. He claims that he is number 5 down in the Kidnapping network. Above him comes directly Olivier Martelly who is number 6. Mr. Olivier Martelly is one of the sons of the current Haitian President Michel Martelly. It was further declared that the wife of the President was a direct beneficiary of Clifford Brandt kidnapping network. This comes in direct contributions of Clifford Brandt to help fund their various projects.

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Herve Bastien, spokesperson for Noel and cecibon

He is a spokesperson to noel and cecibon. Herve Bastien a Haitian by nationality, born by Haitian parents but later immigrated to the US where he settled in Miami. He is also a radio presenter for a radio show known as Les Bonnes Addresseson Miami's AM1700 Radio Planet 17. He has been able to achieve all these through hard work and many struggles where he has been able to easily make it out of being a great dedicated worker and a focused one at that.

There have been many hustles Herve Bastien has undergone most of which he has been able to go through only through the use of his talent and passion which is to entertain people through the use of his talent. This has taken him to many unimaginable places and heights most of which he is only able to go through only due to his own dedication and interest.

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Bernier Sylvain, Director General Radio and Tele National (RNH),

The Haitian public administration has recently undergone the appointment of 6 new Directors General and 2 Deputy Directors to for positions like the Director General Radio and Tele National (RNH). Bernier Sylvain is one of the people receiving the promotion.

These appointments were published in a presidential decree in the official newspaper of Haiti "Le Moniteur" on Thursday May 17, 2012. These are as follows: Mr. Bernier Sylvain, who was already the head of the National Radio of Haiti (RNH), was appointed Director General. He replaces the director Pradel Henriquez, who was in the post since 2006. Gamal Augustin was appointed Deputy Director of Radio and Television National of Haiti (RTNH). Mr. Emmanuel Piard has been appointed Director of the National Center for Geospatial Information (CNIGS).

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