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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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Transat, first Canadian company to offer vacation packages to Haiti

Haiti has slowly been getting back to its feet after the 2010 earthquake and one way of doing that is by bringing Transar to the country.

We have been trying out innovative ways in order to bring revenue to the country through its different industries. One of the recent industries the government has been focusing on and trying to promote in the international community is that of tourism, utilizing the natural beauty and splendor of the island country.

Haiti has great potential in becoming the leading tourist destination in the tropical Caribbean, thanks to the recent partnership between the Haitian tourism sector and an international tour company for this winter season. Transat A.T., Inc., a Canadian-based tour operator, has recently offered vacation packages to Haiti starting on the 23rd of January, 2013. Montreal will be the tour's origin where 30 seats per flight provided by Air Transat and Air Canada shall be designated for the tour package.

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Joachim Alcine, Haitian Canadian professional boxer

Joachim Alcine was a prominent Canadian boxer who was born in Haiti in 1976. He used to fight mostly in Montreal and Quebec.

Joachim Alcine migrated to Canada when he was nine-years old and showed his interest in boxing when he was 12. However, he got the first taste of boxing at the age of 16. His boxer friend Blaise Mayemba took him under the supervision of legend Mike Moffa. Alcine obtained a record of 42-6 and participated in few international fights during his amateur career.

Alcine's pro career was begun in the middle of 1999. He won the first fight of his pro career against Louis Bouchard quite convincingly and in an impressive way with all the exposure. However, he had to wait a lot for fights during early stage of his career. He won the WBA Fedelatin Light Middleweight Title in 2005 defeating Hilton Dos Santos. Joachim Alcine also won the WBC International Light Middleweight Title in the same year defeating Elio Ortiz. In addition, Alcine defeated Fernando Hernandez to win the NABA Light Middleweight Title in 2006.

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Melissa Laveaux, Canadian Singer with Haitian Roots

Melissa Laveaux is a brilliant music artist of Haitian origin born on January 9, 1985 in Montreal, Quebec. Her songs are based on different themes and genres. She has inspired a lot of new talent in the Canadian music industry. She is a song writer, a vocalist and a guitar player. Her lyrics are quiet touching and are inspired by her life experiences. She has great talent and is very determined.

Melissa Laveaux has spent most of her childhood times in learning guitar on her own. When she was of the age 6, she lost her check which was meant to pay for her piano teacher. With discipline and constant practice, she worked her to expertise on her guitar and vocal skills.

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CPAM 1610, popular Haitian Radio Station in Montreal set on fire

The authorities continue to investigate a fire incident in the popular radio station CPAM 1610 in Montreal. The station was damaged by two fires on July 2 and the police said the incident was suspicious. Luckily, no one was in the building when the incident occurred. According to reports, the station's front window was broken and the fire started near it. A second fire ignited at the second floor of the station located at the corner of Musset Ave. and Cremazie Blvd. Montreal Fire Department spokesperson Claude Deschuymer said the fire was likely caused by Molotov cocktails because broken glass was seen in both places where the fire started.

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Haitian-Vietnamese Ketttie Jean on the Threshold of Major Recognition

Kettie Jean, a Haitian-Vietnamese female actor, is part of a young generation of actors and filmmakers, who are experimenting with digital filmmaking, the technology that gave more creative freedom to filmmakers in the late 90s.

She is the lead actor in a new series airing on YouTube, "The Silent City", shot in isolated areas in New York City. A story of survival after a city has been wiped out by a catastrophic event, leaving only the remaining survivors, it is a film in the tradition of 1980s "Mad Max", a post-apocalyptic film. Kettie plays the role of mystery woman, Otsu, whom the story centers around. She is being trailed by an anonymous character, played by Eric Stafford, who discovers her footprints towards the end of episode one.

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