The hydroelectric barrier dam at the Marion River in the Northeastern Department. Jovenel Moïse’s Twitter Images

Haiti’s first hydroelectric barrier dam in over 70 years is 97 percent complete, President Jovenel Moïse tweeted on Sunday. The Marion River barrier being built is located in the Northeastern Department.

“This dam will facilitate the production of energy and the storage of water for consumption and irrigation. I owe it to the Northeastern Department,” Moïse said. “The Marion Dam clearly shows what goodwill, good vision and a strong team can do when there’s stability.”

Moïse vows to start $14 million cable car project next month

President Jovenel Moïse next to First Lady Martine Moïse in Cap-Haitien on Mar. 6, 2021. Jovenel Moïse’s Twitter Images

President Jovenel Moïse said he plans to kick off a $14 million cable car project in Citadelle Laferrière by April.

In a speech he delivered in Cap-Haitien Saturday, Moïse said it’s a “possibility” for banks and the diaspora to finance the project, which he first brought up during his 2015 presidential campaign. 

If installed, the cable cars will go from Milot, a commune in the northern Department to Citadelle Laferrière three miles away. They will transport 500 people per hour, Moïse said.

Gang leader throws birthday bash headlined by rapper Fantom

Rapper Daniel Darinus better known as Fantom.

Izo, the leader of Five Seconds, a Port-au-Prince gang, kicked off a two-day birthday bash for himself and a fellow gang member.

Rapper Daniel ‘Fantom’ Darinus is expected to close the party on Monday night. 

“I’m not here to judge anyone, even if what they say about them [Five Seconds] is true, I’d still perform,” said Darinus on Caraïbes Radio. “If they pay me, I’ll even perform in hell.”

However, Fantom added that they offered to pay him but he refused the money. Source

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Onz Chery is a Haiti correspondent for The Haitian Times. Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and Elite Sports New York before joining The Haitian Times in 2019.

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