Haiti draws thousands of visitors at Passport D.C. around the world embassy tour

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Saturday, May 7, 2016, Ambassador Paul Altidor, Embassy officials and volunteers welcomed thousands of visitors to “Haiti, Soul of the Caribbean – Kanaval” during the annual cultural event “Passport D. C. Around the World Embassy Tour,” the Haitian Embassy in Washington D.C. announced.

The Embassy displayed several touristic and cultural key check-in points to increase public awareness about Haiti as a holiday destination. Throughout the day more than 5,000 visitors experienced traditional costumes, artifacts, art, fashion, music, Haitian rhum punch, and diverse aspects of Haitian culture.

Delivery of supplies not enough to end Haiti hospital strike

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI (AP) – The health ministry delivered a truckload of medical supplies to Haiti’s biggest public hospital Thursday, but resident doctors said it wouldn’t come close to ending a strike that has spread through the economically straitened health system.

A few dozen boxes of gauze, gloves and other basic materials were unloaded by government workers at the chronically under-resourced General Hospital in downtown Port-au-Prince. Officials vowed to bring at least five more truckloads of supplies in coming days.

But Dr. Jhon Evenst Douyon, a spokesman for striking resident doctors at the Hospital of the State University of Haiti, described the delivery as an empty gesture amid stalled negotiations with the government.

“These supplies that came today would get used up after three days here if things were running normally,” said Douyon, a second-year anesthesiology resident at the teaching hospital.

The hospital’s executive director, Maurice Fils Mainville, said he was not at liberty to discuss details of negotiations. But he acknowledged the new materials and equipment would not be enough to end the staff strike.

“We have always worked with what we have and it’s never been enough,” Mainville told reporters.

Resident doctors have refused to take new patients since late March, saying the government doesn’t provide adequate resources or pay them fairly.

Country Pride City Love launch clothing line

NEW YORK, NY (Fabiola Jean) – Country Pride City Love Apparel held their company launch event on Apr. 27.

”The idea was to connect the country of one’s origin and the city he/she best identities with as they are both an essential part of who we are as people. It was created with the idea to show pride to my parents native country of Haiti and to show love to the city of Brooklyn where I was born and raised the two things that encompass a large part of who I am. Although this is what represents me, Country Pride City Love Apparel was created so people can represent their cultures and cities,” founder and CEO, Esther Michelle, said in a recent interview.

The night’s event was held at Brooklyn’s Tonel Restaurant Lounge and hosted by rising actor, director, and stand up comedian “Majah Hype,” who’s infamously known for his Caribbean impersonations. Highlights included, a trivia game conducted by Majah Hype, on who knows their country the best, an improv dance contest, endless pictures, food, and music by DJ Esalar, with models sporting the latest fashion apparel.

“It promotes unity among the different cultures and seeks to show love to the places that are integral part of who we are. The places that shapes and influences us and also that are deeply ingrained in us.”

You can shop and find out more updates on this clothing line at cpclapparel.com

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