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Michel Martelly Calls on Candidates to Stop Their Campaign
Michel Martelly, a challenger for the Haitian presidency has asked his opponents and other candidates to suspend their campaign for couple days, in order to focus on the Cholera epidemic. “My friends it is serious, the situation that develops with the case of cholera, gives us much problem. That’s why I, Michel Martelly, candidate for the Presidency under the banner ‘Repon Peyizan’, appeal urgently to all presidential , future senators or deputies candidates to stop the campaign for two or three days.” In a press release, Martelly said that they can work together to go to distribute water, medicines to make a campaign of motivation and education in all areas where the disease struck, but no one knows for sure if the candidates will follow Martelly’s plea.

Island of World Fashion Week to Welcome Haitian Designers
The next Island of World Fashion Week which will take place in the Bahamas on November 13 will welcome six Haitian designers including David Andre, Michel Chataigne, Savannah Savary, Phelicia Dell, Giovanna Menard, and Maelle David who have mastered their art of fashion. They are ready to take their collection on the third edition of the award-winning Islands of the World Fashion Week that will continue the legacy of introducing stunning creations from both established and unknown designers in the spectacular setting of the Bahamas. The runway shows, receptions, and street parties will have you hopping all over the island, mingling with designers featuring their creations from islands such as Barbados, Cuba, Fiji, French Guyana, Grenada, Haiti, Indonesia, Jamaica, Madagascar, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Bahamas, and Trinidad & Tobago. The three-day event will take place from Nov.11 to13 at the British Colonial Hilton, Nassau, in the Bahamas.

Gregory Isaac Dies at 59
Gregory Isaacs, the Jamaican reggae singer whose smooth style earned him the nickname “Cool Ruler,” has died at the age of 59. The BBC reports that Isaacs died Monday at his London home. He had been diagnosed with lung cancer. His wife Linda said Isaacs was “well-loved by everyone, his fans and his family,” and would be greatly missed.

ISPAN to Create a Regional Directorate for South-East.
ISPAN appointed Architect Patrick Durand, as Director of the project institutional strengthening of ISPAN in the Southeast. Durand is the current technical director of the Institute. This project, funded by the Spanish Agency for International Development (AECI) for a total of 200,000 Euros will last a year. It aims at achieving a specific scientific inventory of tangible heritage in the department of South East. The project will sensitize the population to heritage preservation and will support the municipality of Jacmel in the management and preservation of an historic center. It includes the restoration of the Old Jacmel Jail which will be transformed into an interpretive center for Architecture and Heritage.
‘Twa Zanmi’ to Have its Grand Premier in Boston
‘Twa Zanmi’, an educational film on immigration and mental health problems will have its grand premier in Boston by the end of the year, and will be distributed freely in New York, Chicago, Miami, and Haiti early next yea. The film is released under the project “TWA Zanmi”, an initiative by New Routes to Community Health funded by the Robert Wood Foundation. This project is collaboration between the University of Boston, the agency and community HAPHI. The movie is trying to depict some of the hard realities of Haitian immigrants. Haitian community members in Boston created the flick first as a soap opera to address mental health issues. Twa Zanmi film will nurture a new Haitian immigrant community production team to produce and market a “Telenovela” program. The objective is to familiarize the Haitian community with the real experiences of immigrants living with depression and anxiety as an understandable result of stress.
Haiti Jewish Refugee Legacy Project Recognizes the Work of Mordechai Arbell
The Haiti Jewish Refugee Legacy Project has recognized retired Israeli Ambassador Mordechai Arbell with the 2nd Tikkun Olam Award. Mordechai Arbell was born in Bulgaria and moved to Israel with his family during the Second World War. He was a non-resident Ambassador to Haiti from 1972 to 1975 and visited Haiti on several occasions for community projects. He has devoted much of his life to documenting the story of Jews in the southern part of the New World. After studies at Hebrew University, he joined the Foreign Ministry of the State of Israel, and served in posts as Consul in Bogota, Colombia, and Ambassador to Panama and Haiti. Arbell is currently a Research Fellow at the Ben-Zvi Institute for the Study of Jewish Communities in the East at Hebrew University, and is an advisor to the World Jewish Congress.

With the Tikkun Olam Award, the Haiti Jewish Refugee Legacy Project, commend Mordechai Arbell’s ongoing work in identifying the links between Haitian and Jewish historical trajectories. Arbell is the author of numerous books including Spanish and Portuguese Jews in the Caribbean and the Guianas: A Bibliography (1999), The Portuguese Jews of Jamaica (2000), and The Jewish Nation of the Caribbean (2002).

The Birth of a Brand: Fire Iron Art Collection
With some marketing genius from Croix des Bouquets, a neighborhood of Port-au- Prince Fire, Iron, Art Collection has been launched: Brandaid. Brandaid Project is a scalable, market based on social enterprise designed to make a significant impact on global poverty. It combines product design, branding and marketing to grow artisan businesses across the developing world. Brandaid Project shares profits with artisans and invests in programs that improve living and working conditions, business and digital skills in artisan communities. The Brandaid Project journey begins in Croix des Bouquets and travels across culture gaps and market such as Hollywood. Searching for master craftsmen and their masterpieces Brandaid Project curates a collection of the best pieces of art for a coming show in Santa Monica home of Academy Award winning director Paul Haggis. The Brandaid Project was created by Vanity Fair and Dior.

Haitian Times

Haitian Times

The Haitian Times was founded in 1999 as a weekly English language newspaper based in Brooklyn, NY.The newspaper is widely regarded as the most authoritative voice for Haitian Diaspora.
Haitian Times
May. 05, 2012

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