Zénith Radio celebrates 15 years of existence
Well known for its permanence in the coverage of opposition demonstrations, Radio Zénith celebrated, on Monday, November 18, its 15 years of existence. On this occasion, the station led by the chief mayor of Croix-des-Bouquets, Rony Colin, renewed his commitment to support the struggle of the Haitian people for the overthrow of power “ Tèt Kale “. On this day, several personalities including the former temporary president, Jocelerme Privert, sent their v œ ux to the media. It was a very special day for the employees of Radio Télé Zenith. On Monday, November 18, journalists from the RTZ were caught between the party and the demonstration organized by the political opposition, to force the head of state to leave power. The officials of the media institution still marked this date, despite this particular socio-political context in the country. The management of Zenith, founded on November 18, 2004, was able to express its thanks to its listeners and supporters. “Thanks to you, we were able to cross obstacles, overcome ups and downs and difficulties. Thank you for your loyalty, “says the media's Twitter account. Rony Colin, its CEO, has also placed his words. “ Nou pran nesan nan menm dat ak batay Vètyè. His god, our friend Ayiti nan nan nou. Nou se yon ti radyo k ap fe efo for n sevi kominote a, moun ki pa gen vwa yo, its yo rele pye ate yo. N ap kontinye ret nan liy nou wrote the first citizen of Croix-des-Bouquets.
Impending Intemperance on Haiti
On Wednesday, November 20, 2019, civil protection officials from Cap Haitien, in northern Haiti, reported the rise of water in several locations in the city center , following the showers on the city. This situation made the inhabitants concerned and they tried, by all means, to protect themselves, said the officials of the civil protection. The problems of cleaning, channeling and cleaning the canals are the main causes of repeated floods in the country's second largest city. Apart from the city of Cape Town, several other cities in the country have experienced showers. Until Saturday, November 23, 2019, thunderstorms fell on eight of the ten geographical departments in Haiti, as expected a bulletin of the Hydrometeorological Unit (UHM). These rains affected the Northeast, North, Northwest, Central Plateau, Artibonite, Southeast, Grande Anse (part of the Southwest) and the West, where the metropolitan area of the capital, Port-au-Prince. The waves reached up to 9 feet high, on the north coast, 7 feet high in the Gulf of Gonâve (opposite Port-au-Prince Bay) and 6 feet high on the South coast.
Haiti: food insecurity alert
Some humanitarian organizations in Haiti have expressed concern about the scale of the food crisis, confirmed by the publication of the results of the Integrated Framework of Safety Classification Food (IPC)  by the National Coordination of Food Security (CNSA) and the Ministry of Agriculture. Currently, 35% of the Haitian population needs emergency food assistance, or 3.67 million people. If no action is taken immediately, 4.10 million people will be affected by March to June 2020, or 40% of the Haitian population. Rising commodity prices, the depreciation of the gourd relative to the dollar, and the drought phenomenon, associated with socio-political unrest and deteriorating security conditions, have greatly reduced access to food for farmers. poorest households. The latter are forced to adopt negative survival strategies, causing the erosion of their livelihoods. Some areas are experiencing unprecedented levels of food insecurity, while humanitarian organizations and other actors are facing increasing access difficulties due to the degraded security context. In the metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince, the population rate in emergency situations and food crises varies between 15 and 50%.
Jovenel Moses still makes promises
Despite the situation of paralysis of activities, the closing of some hotels and the withdrawal of some airlines from Haiti, the Office of the Secretary of State for Communication informed the evening of Wednesday, November 20, that the state intends to support the revival of the tourism industry in the country. Eddy Jackson Alexis revealed that this provision was made by President Jovenel Moses who had, an important meeting with the leading members of ATH (Tourist Association of Haiti). The State has undertaken to take urgent measures to enable the tourism industry to restore its health, for the benefit of all operators who depend on this important sector of the Haitian economy.
Free Male Sterilization Program
The Executive Direction of the Association for the Promotion of the Haitian Family (PROFAMIL) launched, on Thursday, November 21, 2019, a campaign around male sterilization. For one month, men who want to use the vasectomy method can undergo free intervention. As part of the celebration of the World Day of Vasectomy, commemorated every November 13, the Executive Direction of the Association for the Promotion of the Haitian Family (PROFAMIL), launched a campaign in Port-au-Prince awareness around this method of family planning. The executive director of PROFAMIL, D Gianni Carlo de Castro, gave the guarantee to men who would be afraid of vasectomy, because of the probable side effects. Until this minute, science has yet to reveal any health problems caused by vasectomy. Vasectomy is a method of male sterilization that involves cutting and blocking the vas deferens that carry sperm from the testicles.
The IHSI on strike
The Haitian Institute of Statistics and Informatics has started, for more than a month, a strike, to protest against the appointment of Wilson Fever to the head this deconcentrated entity of the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF). By presidential decree, published on October 16th, the President of the Republic made three new appointments within the public administration. Wilfrid Trénard has been appointed Director General at the head of the Ministry of Planning and External Cooperation (MPCE), Léon Jean-Marie Guillaume has taken the reins of CONATEL and Wilson Fièvre has been appointed CEO of the Haitian Haitian Institute of Statistics (IHSI). The employees of this highly technical organization, operating under the supervision of the Ministry of the Economy and Finance (MEF), protested against the appointment of Wilson Fever, pinned in the Dermalog file, according to the words of the technician and head of the Bureau des Award to IHSI, Mr. Alan Coriolan. IHSI employees do not want Mr. Fever, because of allegations of corruption on his shoulders, which may tarnish the image of this important body. The strike will not be lifted until the executive backs on its decision, said Coriolan. The strike that continues in the IHSI is unacceptable, thinks the economist Enomy Germain. “What's happening at IHSI is outrageous,” he tweeted. “Statistics are important for national economic planning, for decision-making in enterprises and for other economic agents, such as households,” the author interviewed interviewed the question.
Vertières celebrates, until Egypt
November 18, 2019 brings back the 216 e anniversary of the Battle of Vertières. Haitians everywhere are taking advantage of the commemoration of this date to renew their patriotic feeling. This opportunity does not escape a cohort of Haitian students freshly landed in Egypt. At the end of September 2019, a group of Haitian students marched on the land of Pharaoh. On November 18, they print their presence by a solemn conference under the title: “Vertières, beyond the borders”. It is a date that recalls how captives embarked on a constant struggle for the conquest of their civil and political rights, namely freedom to live free or die. “We wanted to show the importance of the Battle of Vertières for the black people in the world,” says Gisèle Utile, a Haitian student in Management of Protected Areas and Biodiversity at Senghor University, Alexandria-Egypt. She continues: “This battle pushed the black people towards a collective awareness. It made them understand that they can get rid of the slavery yoke and gain their independence “. The problem is that many Africans still do not know the context or even the existence of such a battle. “When we interviewed African students about the Battle of Vertières, some do not care when others are unfamiliar with the story of this epic battle,” says the former student of the Episcopal University of Haiti (UNEPH) , with a feeling of satisfaction.
The RFJS denounces the abuse of children
The Border Network Jeannot Succès (RFJS) denounces all forms of abuse suffered by children on the Haitian-Dominican border, on the occasion of Wednesday, November 20, 2019, International Day of the Rights of the Child. “The situation of the country's children, especially those moving along the Haitian-Dominican border, remains vulnerable and precarious,” says the RFJS, in a statement. The RFJS criticizes disrespect vis-à-vis the rights to life and dignity of children and their physical and mental integrity and the principle of non-discrimination, in the various border points between the Republic of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The Haitian government must take steps to improve the situation of children and facilitate their integration into society, wishes the Border Network Jeannot Succès. While advocating for child protection services in the long term, under the international conventions promoting the rights of the child, the SFJS calls, on the one hand, to give special assistance to children, and, on the other hand, to provide them with protection appropriate to their age and degree of maturity.
12 people died and 34 others injured
12 dead and 34 wounded were recorded, from Monday 11 to Sunday, November 17, 2019, in more than twenty road accidents, on the national territory, in Haiti, indicates a balance sheet of the Haitian organization Technical and operational services to palliate the accidents (Stop accidents). A record of 3 dead and 23 wounded was recorded from Monday, October 28 to Sunday, November 3, 2019, in road accidents, compared to 7 dead and 71 wounded, counted, on Monday. 22 to Sunday, October 27, 2019. To mark its third anniversary, November 20, 2019, the association “STOP Accidents” launches an awareness campaign around road safety.
Special Renewal of Insurance Policy
The Director General of the Car Insurance Agency Against Third Party (OAVCT), Fritzner Bernadel, announced a special insurance policy renewal program. Named “Special 20/20”, this special program will run from November 20 to December 20, 2019. It was developed for the benefit of owners of vehicles and motorcycles, in difficulty. OAVCT boss Fritzner Bernadel said that through the “special 20/20”, motorcycle owners who owe at least two years of arrears, will only pay for one year. For cars, all-terrain vehicles and trucks whose owners must have at least 3 years of arrears, they will only pay for two years, says Bernadel. It encourages owners of motor vehicles to take advantage of this special to regularize their situation, recalling the legal provisions relating to the movement of vehicles on the territory.
A Haitian singer, nominated for Grammy Awards
The 62 e edition of the famous Grammy Awards makes a wink of it to Haiti, including, in the list of the nominees of the category World Music for the year 2020, the album in Creole “ Fanm of Ayiti “, of the Haitian singer Nathalie Joachim. “I am speechless,” exclaimed the talented artist, recounting this good news. “My album, Fanm d'Ayiti is a work of love, made possible by my incredible creative team, my family and the Haitian people,” she said. Also a composer and flautist, Nathalie Joachim put into circulation “ Fanm d'Ayiti “, her very first album, August 30, 2019. The album explores the Haitian culture and celebrates the legacy of the female icons of the song of the soil. The songs of “Fanm d'Ayiti” have all been written or arranged by Joachim. They are performed on vocals, flute, and electronics, alongside the string ensemble Spektral Quartet . For The Wall Street Journal Nathalie Joachim is known to have created “a unique blend of classical music, hip-hop, electronic programming and voices soul …”. “Richly woven, delicately surprising, ingeniously arranged, beautiful and comforting. Traditional Haitian tales, inventively mixed with orchestral and electronic sounds, complementing Nathalie's magnificent song, constantly playing a rhythmic and melodic counterpoint, “marveled the musician Ryan Conlan, commenting on the album on BandCamp.
Canada: Fabienne Colas among the 100 most influential women
Nicknamed the Queen of Festivals, Fabienne Colas, named in the Top 100 Most Influential Women in Canada in 2019, created and manages at least 7 events in Port-au-Prince, Montreal, Halifax, Toronto and New York. Haitian actress and actress, Fabienne Colas, was named one of Canada's Most Influential Women's Top 100 2019, Women's Executive Network (WXN). The Top 100 ™ “Canada's 100 Most Powerful Women” was created to recognize the incredible achievements of women, build a supportive community, and increase the visibility of strong leaders to inspire generations future. Actress, filmmaker, speaker, business owner and award-winning consultant, Fabienne Colas, President and CEO of the Fabienne Colas Foundation, is the “Queen of Festivals”. She has created and managed seven successful festivals in Montreal, Toronto, Halifax, New York and Port-au-Prince.
Women: Increased Acts of Violence
Lawyers Without Borders Canada (CBSA) is deeply concerned about the recurrence and escalation of acts of violence against women in Haiti. The gang rapes suffered by at least a dozen women detained in Gonaives on the night of 7 to 8 November 2019 must not go unpunished. This assault constitutes a grave violation of their rights to integrity, security, and violence-free environments, protected by a number of international conventions, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the American Convention on human rights and the Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Violence against Women. When states deprive individuals of their liberty, they are responsible for ensuring their integrity and for protecting them from acts of violence (General Comment No. 36 of the UN Human Rights Committee). The State has an obligation to guarantee the rights of women prisoners, to prevent any form of violence against women and to take the necessary measures to investigate, prosecute and punish the perpetrators of these crimes. “This violation has a dual character, because of the status of the victims. The Haitian state must answer for its obligations towards these women, “says CBSA Chief of Mission in Haiti, M e Appolinaire Fotso.
Mobilizations: Funerals of 5 people killed
The funeral of 5 people, including political activists, who fell during anti-government mobilizations in recent weeks, are sung on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at the church (Roman Catholic) of the Sacred C œ ur of Turgeau (Port-au-Prince). They are Jasmine Pierre (15), Wilson Poustin (36), Jean Belleville Désir (34), Lolo Isnoir (23) and Bernard Vaudreuil (25). “We are not intimidated. We will continue to push our claims. Every time a political activist falls, it gives us more energy and determination to continue the fight, “said MP Déus Déroneth (from the constituency of Marigot, Southeast, the political party Pou nou tout / BRIDGE), present at the funeral. It is time to move to another phase in the movement, to force Jovenel Moses to resign, instead of trying to make him listen to reason, said the parliamentarian, Deroneth. For his part, the spokesman of the so-called democratic and popular sector, M e Michel André, announces a meeting, as of Tuesday, November 19, 2019, to define new strategies, within the framework of the anti-government mobilization that will continue, he says, until the final victory.
10,000 employees suspended in R & D
According to Manolo Ramírez, president of the National Federation of Hotel Workers, 10,000 Dominicans were suspended, without “salary entitlement”, after the death of a dozens of American tourists on vacation, in seaside resorts in the Dominican Republic, including Punta Cana, Boca Chica and La Romana. Tourism in the Dominican Republic has been the victim of a campaign of discredit by the international press, according to the ministry and other owners of international hotel chains. Many American media, among others, reported that about a dozen American tourists had given up their ghost in seaside resorts, while they were spending holidays there. Last June, Francisco Javier Garcia rejected the expression: “wave of death”, reported by the press, at the time when the number of tourists declared dead had increased to 10. The deaths of these foreign visitors resulted in a decrease in reservations and, as a result, a reduction in room occupancy. This has even led to the closure of some complexes including the Majestic Elegance itself a subject of a lawsuit, after an American tourist was a victim of aggression on the premises of the hotel. In the wake of these cases, the thesis of poisoning was supported by some Dominican experts including Lawrence Kobilinsky. This thesis was denied by some hotel owners, including the president of Hard Rock Hotel where citizen Robert Bell Wallace was found dead on April 14th. In a report released by Manolo Ramírez, president of the National Federation of Hotel Workers, more than 10,000 employees were suspended in the first months of 2019, without pay, because of the low rate of occupancy of accommodation and cancellation of hotel reservations. These suspensions, Mr. Ramírez explained in the diary Diario Libre were aimed at those who were not entitled to social benefits and had the least years of service.
New criticism criticizes OAS collaboration with Jovenel Moise
The Citizenship Structure Nou p ap dòmi condemns the initiative taken by the Organization of American States (OAS), to work with President Jovenel Moses who would also be involved in the squandering of PetroCaribe funds from Venezuelan aid to Haiti. This decision of the OAS clearly shows how much it is not interested in really fighting corruption and impunity in Haiti, lambasting Nou p ap dòmi in a note made public. In June 2019, a high-level delegation from the Organization of American States (OAS) carried out a fact-finding mission to the country to find ways to facilitate, at best, a dialogue between Haitian political actors. Any initiative, undertaken by international organizations and foreign embassies, regardless of the voice of the people, is condemned to fail, warns the group of citizens, while demanding the resignation of Jovenel Moses.
Bahamas continues the repatriation of migrants
A few months after announcing its interruption, given the deplorable living conditions prevailing in Haiti, the Government of the Bahamas continues the process of repatriation of Haitian migrants in an irregular situation. Indeed, the Office of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Haiti and the Haitian National Office of Migration (ONM) report 340 Haitian migrants, repatriated from the Bahamas, on November 5 last. Arriving at the airports of Port-au-Prince and Cap-Haïtien, Haitians brought back to their country provided IOM with explanations concerning this involuntary return. IOM admits to having interviewed 153 of them. “The returnees reported being mainly from areas north of Haiti (North West, North and Northeast departments),” the organization said. In addition, Haitian returnees report that “they were mainly arrested in the street, at work or at home, during raids usually carried out in the middle of the night by immigration officials.”
Altidor Jean Hervé