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Haitian Times Morning News Roundup

Haitian Times News Roundup – Jan. 24

Haiti

Moïse is Taking Urgent Measures against gangs

During an official ceremony to provide credit to young entrepreneurs, President Jovenel Moïse, announced that urgent measures are being taken to restore peace in the neighborhoods of Martissant and Carrefour controlled by armed gangs. “It can’t continue, gangsters can’t challenge the state,” said President Moïse.  According to Metropole, President Moïse gave the assurance that the police and judicial authorities have already put in place new provisions to guarantee the security of the population. “I heard the cries of the inhabitants of Martissant and Carrefour,” stated the Head of State. Continue reading

Rockfeller Vincent takes the helm of the Anti-Corruption Unit

Claudy Gassant was replaced by Rockefeller Vincent as General Director of the Anti-Corruption Unit.  A presidential decree dated January 22 confirms this appointment. The former government commissioner spent 49 days at this post, reported Juno7. Continue reading

Haiti ranks 168 of 180 on Corrupt Countries List

Haiti places 168 among 180 countries on Transparency International’s corruption index, according to Juno7. Haiti is on the red list of countries with the highest corruption index. Denmark and New Zealand share the top spot as the least corrupt country on the list, while Somalia is ranked last. Continue reading

Haitians suffer from hypertension 4x more than African Americans

“Heart disease is the number one cause of death in Haiti today,” stated Dr. Jean William Pape according to Le Nouvelliste. “We are in a complex situation. We have women suffering from hypertension and they are also obese as well as anemic,” said the director of the GHESKIO centers.  Dr. Pape also said “There are four times more cases of hypertension in Haiti both in men than in women compared to black Americans, “he revealed, stressing that the black race is, in general, prone to developing these types of disease.” Continue reading

New York

How one Haitian immigrant helps Brooklynites thrive in their home borough

Walking down Flatbush Avenue four years ago, Johanne Brierre noticed a billboard advertising a coworking space called BKLYN Commons, just open for business in the vast, clock tower-adorned building at the 495 address. At that point, Brierre had already been a resident of Prospect-Lefferts Gardens for a quarter century, having arrived from Haiti with her family at age 12. She frequently shopped at the Phat Albert Warehouse, a clothing store housed in the building prior to its closing, and had recently started a second career organizing community networking events.  Continue reading

Immigration

Trump’s controversial travel ban is set to add four more African countries—including Nigeria

More African countries could soon be caught in the cross-hairs of US president Donald Trump’s immigration clampdown.

Three years after issuing a controversial travel ban initially slapped on seven Muslim-majority countries, the Trump administration is planning to expand the ban to reportedly include four more African countries: Nigeria, Sudan, Tanzania and Eritrea. The others are: Belarus, Myanmar and Kyrgyzstan. Continue reading

Trump Moves to Block Visas for Pregnant Women on ‘Birth Tourism’

The State Department on Thursday gave visa officers more power to block pregnant women from visiting the United States and directed them to stop so-called birth tourism, or trips designed to obtain citizenship for their children.

The administration is using the new rule, which takes effect Friday, to push consular officers abroad to reject women they believe are entering the United States specifically to gain citizenship for their children by giving birth. The visas covered by the new rule are issued to those seeking to visit for pleasure, medical treatment or to see friends and family. Continue reading

Entertainment

Bertrand Bonello’s Film to be Featured at Lincoln Center

On Friday, Jan. 24, Bertrand Bonello’s film Zombi Child will open at the Film at Lincoln Center.  “The movie takes an unconventional plunge into horror-fantasy that feverishly dissolves boundaries of time and space as it questions colonialist mythmaking,” stated the site.  Following the premier of the New York Times Critic’s Pick, Zombi Child, at the 57th New York Film Festival, the Film at Lincoln Center podcast’s will feature the French film director, screenwriter, and producer this week. Continue reading

Health & Science

Haitians suffer from hypertension 4x more than African Americans

“Heart disease is the number one cause of death in Haiti today,” stated Dr. Jean William Pape according to Le Nouvelliste. “We are in a complex situation. We have women suffering from hypertension and they are also obese as well as anemic,” said the director of the GHESKIO centers.  Dr. Pape also said “There are four times more cases of hypertension in Haiti both in men than in women compared to black Americans, “he revealed, stressing that the black race is, in general, prone to developing these types of disease.” Continue reading

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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.
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Jan. 24, 2020

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