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IOC Says Many Countries Interested in Youth Games IOC President Jacques Rogge praised The International Olympic Committee says up to 17 countries have expressed the Singapore games as it reached the halfinterest in hosting future Youth Olympics, way point of the 12-day event. Education including the United States and others programs, including talks with elite athletes, have been popular with the youngfrom Africa and Latin America. The inaugural youth winter games will sters. Fans have taken to the new sports be held in Innsbruck, Austria, in 2012 and like 3-on-3 basketball. "So far everything is going smoothly the summer games in Nanjing, China in 2014. Lillehammer, Norway, which hosted and we've been very pleased with the the 1994 Winter Olympics, is the only city organization, the competition and the nonthat has expressed an interest in hosting the sport activities," Rogge said in a statement. 2016 winter games, and has until Novem- "While it is impossible to provide a full ber to submit a formal bid, the IOC said. assessment of the games until after they're over, so far we are The IOC's Olymsatisfied." pic Games Executive The Youth Olympics’ very American athletes Director Gilbert Felli said Saturday that YouTube channel, part had their best day of the games Saturday, an African and Latin American country as of a broad social media winning two golds, a silver and a bronze. well as "some cities campaign, has had China leads the in the United States" games with 20 golds have expressed interest 2.8 million hits. That's and 33 medals overin hosting the event in Russia is second 2018 and beyond, but higher than the traffic all. with 15 golds and 32 would not name them. "We have had dis- for the 2010 Vancouver overall, while South Korea has seven cussions with the Games. golds. USOC (U.S. Olympic Tang Yi of China Committee) and some cities in the U.S. who have the idea for the has been the star of the games so far. The winter orsummer games," Felli said. "One 17-year-old has won six of her country's 11 swimming golds. day, they would like to come with a bid." The IOC said the popularity of the IOC spokesman Mark Adams said the IOC is emphasizing the use of existing games is reaching well beyond Singapore. facilities to make the youth event more The Youth Olympics' YouTube channel, part of a broad social media campaign, has attractive to cities with smaller budgets. "It gives them a chance to participate, had 2.8 million hits. That's higher than the to take part in the whole Olympic ideal," traffic for the 2010 Vancouver Games. The Adams said. "That is why there is interest Youth Olympics has 3,500 followers on from cities which would probably never Twitter and a popular Facebook page. Organizers from Innsbruck, who plan to have thought of getting involved and could never see themselves as serious contenders host the 2012 winter Youth Olympic with 1,050 athletes from 70 countries, said the for staging an Olympic event."

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Comission Announces $1.6 M of Haitian Recovery Projects PORT-AU-PRINCE - A special recovery commission announced more than $1.6 billion in projects to rebuild earthquake-ravaged Haiti last week, including a $200 million plan to create 50,000 new jobs in agriculture.

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Singapore games have given them confidence. "It's taken some pressure off us because now we know it can work," said Peter Bayer, chief executive of Innsbruck 2012. Felli said the IOC had concerns that many venues this week were far from full — despite all tickets having been sold. "You have some sessions where people are coming in the morning and watching for a while and then leaving and they don't come for the afternoon and evening session. That is something of a disappointment," Felli said. "But it was much fuller last night than the beginning of the week, so they are working on that to bring more people in." In other events, Odane Skeen of Jamaica ran 10.42 seconds to win the boys' 100 gold Saturday, beating Masaki Nashimoto of Japan and David Bolarinwa of Britain.

Josephine Omaka of Nigeria won the girls' 100 gold ahead of Myasia Jacobs of the United States and Fany Chalas of the Dominican Republic. Ekaterina Bleskina of Russia beat out Michelle Jenneke of Australia to win the gold in the 100-meter hurdles while Luguelin Santos of the Dominican Republic took gold in the 400 meters, ahead of Ruan Greyling of South Africa. In archery, Ibrahim Sabry of Egypt took gold in junior individual category, easily defeating Rick Van Den Oever of the Netherlands. Medals are also scheduled to be handed out in artistic gymnastics, athletics, diving, judo, modern pentathlon and tennis. The inaugural Youth Olympics in Singapore involves 3,600 athletes ages 14 to 18 from 204 national Olympic committees competing in 26 sports.

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BROOKLYN – The six New York City police officers are stalwarts in the Haitian community, working during Labor Day parade and various Haitian events. They have even reached out to community leaders to ensure that young Haitian men don’t end up disproportionately in the criminal justice system.

page 3 US Missionary Defends Actions in Haiti Ordeal The leader of an American group detained while trying to take 33 children out of Haiti after the January earthquake defended her actions upon her release, saying she was ”wrongly accused and held without just cause.”

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Wyclef Claims Foul and is Appealing His Rejection Wyclef Jean’s lawyers will appeal today to the electoral commission ruling that excluded the musician from the list of eligible candidates in next Nov. 28 election, his lawyers announced in a press conference this morning in Port-au-Prince.

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DOE Encourages Parental Involvement – So What’s The Problem? By Nadge Fleurimond Special to The Haitian Times For years the woe for both educators and Department of Education officials has been how to get parents more involved in the schools and in their children’s education. With low graduation rates and low test scores plaguing the school system, Department of Education officials and other educators are pressed to look for ways to change the statistics. Why is parent involvement important to begin with? “It makes a difference” says Florencia Chang-Ageda, a Brooklyn Borough President appointee to the Community Education Council – a DOE initiative to get parents into the schools. “Teachers pay attention to your child when they know the parent is there. It’s more individualized attention for your child and it also allows for issues to be resolved right away,” states Chang-Ageda. Ms. Chang- Ageda used the example of a Haitian woman who had a child in the school system. “This woman for years was struggling with various issues with her daughter, yet she could not get any results. She was not that active in the school mainly because

of a language barrier. Her daughter had emotional problems that she could not comprehend due to a lack of communication between her and school officials. And for many Haitian parents who want to partake in their kids’ school life, often times issues of

The DOE provides parent coordinators within each school to bridge that gap between parents, students and teachers. language insecurity prevent them from doing so,” states Ms. Chang. “It’s very difficult for many of the parents to express themselves and contribute when they don’t exactly feel confident to express their concern, or even confident they will understand the issues,” she explained, adding, what ends up happening is that parents stay away.

Othide Merand has reared five children in the New York City public school system. “I have been the one responsible for taking my grand children to school for all my 3 kids. They work long hours, so I am the only one with the time to take them to school, babysit and run around.” She looked almost tired just from the conversation, as she lamented about the ups and downs she has to deal with her grandchildren. Throughout her speech you heard care but more so exasperation. When asked how involved she is in her grandchildren’s lives, without hesitation she states “very.” She drops and picks them up from school. She cooks for them after school, and while she does not do their homework, she does ensure they do their school work. So when asked how active she is inside her grandchildren’s schools, she answered: “not that much.” I asked her if it was a language issue and she stated no. A University of Maryland study by Chaung and Koblinsky (2009) attributed the lack parental participation to language barriers and demanding work schedules. see DOE on page 13


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Port-au-Prince La Minustah et la mission OEA-Caricom se réjouissent du déroulement du processus électoral Les membres de la mission d'observation électorale conjointe OEA-Caricom appelle les candidats à contribuer à la stabilité du processus électoral en faisant preuve de civisme et d'engagement démocratique. Le coordonnateur de la mission Colin Granderson s'est gardé de faire des commentaires sur les recours exercés par certains candidats après la publication de la liste définitive des candidats. La mission encourage les acteurs impliqués à maintenir leurs efforts en vue de la réalisation d'élections crédibles et transparentes. Les membres de la mission annoncent la poursuite des rencontres avec les dirige-

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ants des partis politiques, les candidats, les organisations de la société civile, les responsables de l'organisme électoral et les membres du gouvernement. De leur coté les responsables de la Mission des Nations Unies pour la stabilisation en Haïti (MINUSTAH) ont appelé la population haïtienne à respecter la loi électorale après la publication de la liste des candidats habilités à participer à la présidentielle du 28 novembre. Réitérant son engagement à contribuer à la tenue d'élections libres, transparentes et justes, les responsables de la mission onusienne ont exhorté les candidats et les partis politiques ” à promouvoir chez leurs membres les valeurs qui permettront à ces élections de se dérouler dans la plus grande sérénité et le respect des électeurs”. De plus les dirigeants de la Minustah invitent les candidats à s'engager activement dans la refondation du pays qui se

relève difficilement du séisme dévastateur du 12 janvier. La MINUSTAH « accueille positivement le nombre élevé des candidatures aux élections présidentielles et législatives qui représentent un très large éventail de l'opinion nationale ». La mission de l'ONU qui a noté ” l'intérêt accru des électeurs à participer au prochain scrutin” encourage le CEP à poursuivre et à compléter son travail conformément aux prescrits de la Constitution et de la Loi électorale ». Une procédure judiciaire est lancée contre Enel Désir Le commissaire du gouvernement près le tribunal civil de Port-au-Prince, Aristidas Auguste, a ordonné une procédure judiciaire à l'encontre de M. Enel Désir, ex membre du Conseil Electoral Provisoire (CEP). Vendredi dernier quelques heures après l'audition de M. Désir au Parquet, le commissaire du gouvernement avait révélé que le dossier de M. Désir sera acheminé à un juge d'instruction. L'audition de M. Désir en présence d'un proche et d'un juge de paix a duré plus de trois heures. Au cours de son interrogatoire M. Désir a admis avoir détourné les cheques de deux employés de l'institution électorale. A sa décharge l'ex conseiller explique qu'il s'agit d'une pratique au sein de cette institution. Des cheques sont confiés à des conseillers électoraux qui sont

souvent habilités à les transmettre à certains employés. Le commissaire du gouvernement a réalisé l'audition suite à un rapport de l'unité de Lutte contre la Corruption (ULCC) relatif à des cas de corruption au sein de l'organisme électoral. Toutefois le chef du Parquet n'entend pas exiger l'incarcération de l'ex représentant de l'église catholique en raison de la dégradation de sa santé. M. Désir qui souffre d'insuffisance rénale et de difficultés respiratoires était muni d'une bouteille d'oxygène au cours de son audition. Se considérant comme un conseiller démissionnaire, M. Désir signale que sa démission n'a toujours pas été acceptée par le chef de l'Etat. De plus il précise que sa démission doit être également acceptée par la hiérarchie de l'église catholique haïtienne. A ce stade de la transition, M. Désir entend jouir des prérogatives liées à sa fonction de conseiller. Une fois de plus, Enel Désir a dénoncé un complot de ses ex collègues qui veulent avoir les mains libres pour des actes de corruption. L'opposition entend poursuivre la lutte contre le CEP Les leaders de l'opposition maintiennent leur stratégie à l'égard du gouvernement après la publication de la liste des candidats habilités à prendre part aux élections. La représentante a.i de Fanmi Lavalas, Maryse Narcisse, soutient que la publication de la liste des candidats prouve que l'organisme électoral se prépare à organiser une sélection. Les conseillers électoraux ont écarté des personnalités n'ayant pas 5 années de résidence mais ont accepté des see A TRAVERS HAITI on page 7

De l’importance de la question des langues en Haïti Du côté de chez Hugues

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J’ai une vague intuition que les Haïtiens en général (toutes classes sociales confondues) se fichent de la question des langues et particulièrement de la question de la langue créole en Haïti. Les débats incessants et chargés d’émotion qui surgissent régulièrement à propos de l’opposition traditionnelle français vs créole peuvent faire illusion mais je les considère comme l’arbre qui cache la forêt. Pour les locuteurs haïtiens en général, la langue créole demeure le cadet de leurs soucis. Ils se contentent de s’en servir pour régler leurs innombrables taches quotidiennes mais ne se privent pas de la vilipender quand l’occasion se présente. Certaines personnes pourraient me rétorquer qu’il en est ainsi chez la majorité des locuteurs du monde, qui prennent leur langue maternelle pour un fait acquis et parlent comme ils marchent ou comme ils respirent, par exemple. C’est vrai, sauf que la majorité des locuteurs du monde ne vilipendent pas à tout bout de champ la langue qu’ils utilisent quotidiennement. Pour d’autres locuteurs, vaguement conscients de l’importance de

leur langue native, on entend parfois des réflexions du genre « Ala yon bèl lang se kreyòl ! Mwen fè sa m vle ak li » (Quelle belle langue, le créole ! J’en fais ce que je veux) sans se rendre compte qu’une telle position est loin d’être absolue, que tout le monde peut dire autant de sa langue maternelle. S’il y avait un doute sur l’importance de la question linguistique en Haïti, les préparatifs devant mener aux élections présidentielles de novembre 2010 ont apporté un démenti formel à une telle opinion. Dans cet ordre d’idées, tout a commencé avec l’entrée en scène de M. Wyclef Jean, le célèbre chanteur hip hop, qui voulait se présenter aux élections présidentielles de novembre. (J’écris ces lignes vingt-quatre heures après que le Conseil Électoral Provisoire (CEP) a décidé que M. Jean ainsi qu’une quinzaine d’autres aspirants candidats ne pourront pas se présenter aux élections de novembre). L’entrée en scène de Wyclef Jean a révélé les contradictions, les subtilités et l’importance extraordinaire de la question des langues en Haïti. Jamais peut-être la langue n’a été perçue comme un enjeu social aussi vigoureux en Haïti et les forums de discussion consacrés à Haïti l’ont montré clairement à travers les diverses interventions des intervenants. Sur l’un de ces forums, un internaute s’est moqué de la compétence linguistique de M. Jean et a déclaré qu’il « ne parle aucune langue ». Un autre a qualifié sa

capacité linguistique en anglais de « Street English ». Certains ont tourné en dérision l’accent anglophone qui superpose son expression créole. (Rappelons que Jean a laissé Haïti pour les États-unis à l’âge de neuf ans). Quant au français, son immersion totale dans la culture et la langue américaines dès son arrivée aux Étatsunis ne lui a laissé aucune opportunité pour apprendre le français ou continuer l’apprentissage du français. Le linguiste que je suis condamne bien sûr ces jugements de valeur sur la compétence linguistique de M. Jean mais ils sont révélateurs de l’importance de la question des langues dans le corps social haïtien. Or, dans le contexte politique (haïtien ou n’importe quel autre), l’éloquence reste un atout particulièrement apprécié. En Haïti, au cours de ces cinquante dernières années, les deux hommes politiques qui ont le plus marqué les foules populaires demeurent Daniel Fignolé et Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Ici, je ne me réfère nullement au contenu de leurs discours mais d’abord et surtout à leur verve, leur bagout, le don de la parole qu’ils possédaient et grâce auquel ils arrivaient à manipuler les foules. On a parlé de « woulo konpresè » (rouleau compresseur) dans le cas de Daniel Fignolé et de ses aptitudes à électriser les foules de ses partisans ; quant à Jean-Bertrand Aristide, la dénomination même de son parti politique, Lavalas, indique ce qu’il attendait de ses supporteurs. Dans ces conditions, ne

pas posséder la langue légitime équivaut à signer son arrêt de mort politique. Dans la mesure où le créole a pénétré au cours de ces vingt-cinq dernières années la majeure partie des lieux publics ou officiels auparavant strictement réservés au français, on peut penser qu’il constituera un enjeu formidable durant cette campagne électorale présidentielle à venir. En particulier, je suivrai attentivement dans quelle mesure l’éloquence ou l’absence d’éloquence de tel ou tel candidat le propulsera au-devant de la scène politique ou diminuera ses chances de se faire écouter. Les interactions qui se déroulent entre locuteurs ont ceci de particulier qu’elles révèlent la structure sociale qui leur sert de cadre. L’observation des échanges de parole en Haïti, qu’ils soient conduits en français ou en créole, dévoilera tout un ensemble de facteurs sous-tendant la conversation tels que l’âge, le sexe, la profession, l’origine sociale, le degré de scolarisation des interlocuteurs. Cependant, Pierre Bourdieu (Ce que parler veut dire, 1982 : 42) nous met en garde contre la tendance à privilégier « les constantes linguistiquement pertinentes au détriment des variations sociologiquement significatives pour construire cet artefact qu’est la langue « commune ». Ce faisant, dit Bourdieu, « on fait comme si la capacité de parler, qui est à peu près universellement see HUGUES on page 5


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Commission Announces $1.6 M of Haitian Recovery Projects By Joseph Guyler Delva Special to The Haitian Times

PORT-AU-PRINCE - A special recovery commission announced more than $1.6 billion in projects to rebuild earthquakeravaged Haiti last week, including a $200 million plan to create 50,000 new jobs in agriculture. The projects, which also included programs to help rebuild Haiti's shattered health and education sectors, were announced at a meeting of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC) in the capital Port-au-Prince, officials said. The commission, co-chaired by former U.S. President Bill Clinton, the U.N. special envoy for Haiti, and by Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive, is tasked with determining which reconstruction projects are to receive backing from multibillion-dollar funding pledged by foreign donors. Following the devastating Jan. 12 quake that killed up to 300,000 people in the impoverished Caribbean state, foreign governments, multilateral bodies and nongovernmental groups from around the world in March pledged $9.9 billion for Haiti's reconstruction, $5.3 billion for the next two years alone. For the 29 project proposals unveiled on Tuesday totaling more than $1.6 billion, nearly $1 billion in funding had already been committed, commission officials said. Fully-funded projects included a $200 million agricultural development program that will increase overall farm income in targeted areas and create more than 50,000 sustainable jobs. This was part of an strategy that hopes to decongest the wrecked Haitian capital, which is still crowded with around 1.5 million quake survivors living in tent and

tarpaulin camps, by developing other economic poles outside the city. Other key plans approved included a rubble removal program by U.N. agencies in the capital, a back-to-school program in the quake-hit educational sector and a project to build a teaching hospital to train Haitian doctors and health staff. ”The government of Haiti will not rest until we have settled the people displaced by the earthquake and rebuilt the infrastructure necessary to create jobs, provide adequate education and begin building a new future for all Haitians,” Prime Minister Bellerive said. ”The projects presented to the IHRC during this Board meeting are a very important step forward in meeting these goals,” he added. With the peak of the hurricane season approaching, the international aid community has faced criticism that it has not moved quickly enough to get the hundreds of thousands of quake homeless into more secure, permanent shelters. But U.N and other aid operation leaders have defended their work since the quake, saying they succeeded in delivering food, health and other care to the huge number of victims in the face of massive logistical challenges posed by operating in the wrecked capital city of the poorest state in the Americas. Specific goals set by the Haitian government last week to be reached by November were in the priority areas of housing, education, debris removal, disaster preparedness, health and agriculture. They included the clearing of one million cubic meters of rubble in Port-au-Prince, and the construction of cyclone shelters for 400,000 to 500,000 people. Aid workers fear that if a major hurricane strikes Haiti, this could cause another humanitarian catastrophe.

NYPD Officers in Haiti to Work with Haitian Counterparts Haitian Times Staff

BROOKLYN – The six New York City police officers are stalwarts in the Haitian community, working during Labor Day parade and various Haitian events. They have even reached out to community leaders to ensure that young Haitian men don’t end up disproportionately in the criminal justice system. But now, these six officers – Sergeant Herve Guiteau, police officers Jean Pierre Noel, Rochener Gilot, Patrice Vigne, Detectives Daniel Lefevre, and Claude Jean Pierrehave headed to Port-au-Prince for three months to work

with the Haitian National Police improve on patrol and other law enforcement tactics. “It’s an honor,” “a dream come true,” they all said when interviewed by the Haitian Times in front of the 63rd precinct a few days before they left for Haiti. The three-month assignment is part of an agreement with the U.S. Department of State. The officers were selected from hundreds of volunteers. Each three months, a new group of six Creole speaking officers and a sergeant will head to Haiti to replace the old group with a week overlap. The program is scheduled to last for a year, but there is a strong possibility that it could be extended for

Police Officer Rochener Gilot is a former member of the Haitian National Police who became a New York City Police Officer in 2005 after immigrating to the U.S. to attend school. Officer Vigne was a New York City Police Cadet who now serves as one of the Department’s expert Creole intepreters and on the School Safety Task Force.

up to five years. “That’s the sentiment that I got when I went to a training in Virginia,” said Sgt. Guiteau. “To really make an impact, it has to be longer than one year.” The officers will help mentor and train their Haitian counterparts on several operations, including community policing and the best practices for investigating and solving crime. The group will also work with local police in the camp dwellers in and around Port-au-Prince, which were set up after the devastating earthquake in January.

Officers Vigne, Jean Pierre-Noel and Gilot look with Sergeant Guiteau (center) at the shirt the NYPD officers will wear as part of their uniform during assignment in Haiti.


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Crime Program Used as 'Smokescreen' for Deportations By William Fisher

NEW YORK - A government program designed to prosecute serious criminals is instead deporting people who received traffic tickets and committed other minor offences, according to immigration rights advocacy groups. The organisations charge that 79 percent of people deported through the so-called Secure Communities program are not criminals or were picked up for lower level offences, like traffic violations and juvenile mischief. Of the approximately 47,000 people deported through the programme from its inception in October 2008 through June 2010, only about 20 percent had been charged with or convicted of serious ”Level 1” crimes, like assault and drug dealing. The groups also assert that the programme ”serves as a smokescreen for racial profiling, allowing police officers to stop people based solely on their appearance and arrest non-citizens, knowing that they will be deported, even if they were wrongfully arrested and are never convicted.” The charges stem from a Freedom of Information lawsuit brought by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, the Center for Constitutional Rights,

and the Immigration Justice Clinic of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. The organisations claim that documents obtained through the lawsuit ”reveal a pattern of dishonesty” regarding the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency's ”Secure Communities” (S-Comm) program. S-Comm is a partnership between immigration authorities and local police. It encourages local police to help enforce federal immigration laws by arresting suspected wrongdoers and turning them over to ICE. ICE officials have declared their intention to expand S-Comm into every jurisdiction in the country by 2013; it currently operates in 544 jurisdictions in 27 states. The programme automatically runs fingerprints through immigration databases for all people arrested and targets them for detention and deportation even if their criminal charges are minor, eventually dismissed, or the result of an unlawful arrest. The groups charge that ICE ”has been dishonest with the public and with local law enforcement regarding S-Comm's true mission and impact. While ICE markets S-Comm as an efficient, narrowly tailored tool that targets 'high threat' immigrants, it actually functions as a dragnet for fun-

Supreme Meeting NDLON Executive Director Pablo Alvarado addresses a rally at the Washington Monument.

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President Barack Obama visits with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan in the Blue Room of the White House, prior to Kagan's confirmation reception in the East Room.

neling people into the misman- the results have proven disas- criminate immigration raids. aged ICE detention and removal trous. Thanks to S-Comm, we In a move that legal experts system.” face the potential proliferation of describe as unusual, the Justice They also claim that the pro- racial profiling, distrust of local Department this week threatened gramme ”serves as a smoke- police, fear, and xenophobia to to sue Maricopa County sheriff screen for racial profiling, allow- every zip code in America.” Joe Arpaio for being uncooperaing police officers to stop people The advocacy groups report tive in their investigation into based solely on their appearance that preliminary data confirms whether he misused his power to and arrest non- citizens, know- that some jurisdictions, such as harass and arrest Hispanics. ing that they will be deported, Maricopa County in Arizona, The dispute threatens to exaceven if they were wrongerbate the standoff between the fully arrested and are never “Thanks to S-Comm, we Obama administration and Ariconvicted.” zona's governor, Republican Sunita Patel, an attorney face the potential prolifera- Jan Brewer, over the state's new with the Center for Constiimmigration law. The immitutional Rights, told IPS, tion of racial profiling, dis- gration law has become issue ”The misnamed Secure one in the November trust of local police, fear, number Communities programme is midterm elections. the Department of HomeThe Justice Department has and xenophobia to every taken land Security's current legal action to challenge scheme to rope local cops Arizona's new ”show me your zip code in America.” into immigration enforcepapers please” law, B-1040, ment. Though branded as which would allow local law a race-blind way to arrest certain have abnormally high rates of enforcement officers to arrest people, the numbers show it's non-criminal S-Comm deporta- people if they have reason to actually trap.” tions. believe they are in the country And Francis Boyle, a law proThe national average of Secure illegally. fessor at the University of Illi- Communities deportees with no A federal judge has ruled that nois, told IPS, ”This is simply criminal records was about 26 many sections of the law cannot an exercise in racial profiling percent, but that figure also var- go into effect until an appeals against Latinos.” ied wildly around the country. court rules on its legality. The Records obtained in the lawsuit It was 54 percent in Maricopa government has claimed that ”reveal a dangerous trend”, said County, Arizona, whose sheriff federal law is the nation's only Pablo Alvarado, NDLON's exec- is the target of hundreds of civil immigration law and that states utive director. ”This programme rights lawsuits and investigations cannot pass immigration laws of creates an explosion of Arizona- - including one by the Justice their own. like enforcement at a time when Department - for staging indis-


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US Missionary Defends Actions in Haiti Ordeal The leader of an American group ated Press the proceedings were canceled detained while trying to take 33 children after both sides came to an agreement. out of Haiti after the January earthquake Silsby declined to speak with reporters defended her actions upon her release, after returning to Idaho and has not talked saying she was ”wrongly accused and held publicly about her experience in Haiti. without just cause.” The seven-page affidavit provides a brief Laura Silsby was freed in May after glance into her side of the ordeal. being convicted of arranging illegal travel ”Now that I am free to speak, I expect to and sentenced to time served. But another be able to conclusively demonstrate that I set of legal woes awaited her at home in was wrongly accused and held without just Idaho. As she had been sitting in a Hai- cause,” she said. tian jail, her ex-husband sought sole cusSilsby said she felt strongly compelled tody of their 5-yearto go to Haiti with old daughter and a team of Christian “Now that I am free to volunteers, mostly 15-year-old son. Silsby responded from her church, in an affidavit, filed speak, I expect to be able to help rescue chilin Idaho's 4th District orphaned by to conclusively demon- dren Court a week after the earthquake. The her return, expressstrate that I was wrongly group was assured ing her desire to be they would be able to with her children accused and held without take the children to and downplaying the an orphanage in the just cause,” she said. charges she faced in Dominican Republic Haiti. without issue, Silsby ”The only charge said. on which I was even ”We learned ours deemed to be 'convicted' was a charge of was only one of many groups bringing `irregular travel,' which was added after children out of Haiti without documents the other members of my group were or incident,” Silsby said. ”However, as released,” Silsby said in her affidavit, we arrived at the border, our group of obtained Friday by The Associated Press. 10 Americans was suddenly stopped and Excerpts were first reported Friday by the arrested.” Idaho Statesman. Silsby initially told the court she thought The custody issues were part of a divorce the children were orphans whose homes case scheduled to go to trial Friday, but a were destroyed in the earthquake. An AP 4th District Court clerk told The Associ- investigation later revealed all of the chil-

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répandue, était identifiable à la manière socialement conditionnée de réaliser cette capacité naturelle, qui présente autant de variétés qu’il y a de conditions sociales d’acquisition. Dans le cas d’Haïti, il existe pourtant un paradoxe qui se traduit par la quasi uniformité chez les locuteurs haïtiens du français parlé qui ne possède qu’un seul registre en Haïti. On explique ceci par les conditions sociales d’acquisition du français qui se ramènent à part quelques rares exceptions à l’apprentissage scolaire. En revanche, les locuteurs haïtiens s’exprimant en créole (toute la population haïtienne) réalisent « autant de variétés qu’il y a de conditions sociales d’acquisition ». Une confirmation de plus de la légitimité du créole haïtien au sein du corps social haïtien.

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Laura Silsby sings with family, friends and members of her church upon arriving at the Boise Airport.

dren had at least one living parent, who had turned their children over to the group in hopes of securing better lives for them. Silsby was first charged with kidnapping and criminal association, but those charges were dropped for her and the nine other Americans, who were released in February and March. Silsby was convicted of arranging illegal travel under a

1980 statute restricting movement out of Haiti signed by then-dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier. A phone number for Silsby was not available. A pastor at Central Valley Baptist Church in Meridian did not immediately return a phone call from The AP. In her affidavit, Silsby expressed a desire to move past the episode.

ATTENTION ALL HAITIAN RECIPIENTS OF TPS Traditionnellement, la question des langues en Haïti se ramène à l’opposition français-créole et les comportements langagiers des locuteurs découlant des contacts réguliers et des interférences réciproques entre le créole et sa langue lexificatrice de base, le français. Cependant, par suite du déplacement du pôle d’intérêt des Haïtiens en général vers les États-unis et sa culture, une troisième langue, l’anglais, est venue se placer sur l’échiquier linguistique. Quelle est ou quelle sera sa place à l’intérieur de la question des langues en Haïti ? Il faut se garder des réponses faciles comme certains de mes compatriotes ont tendance à le faire et privilégier des recherches longues et sérieuses avant d’apporter des tentatives de réponses à ces questions. Contactez Hugues St.Fort à Hugo274@aol.com

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Haiti Does Not Need 19 Presidential Candidates In a small country like Haiti, with regressing economy, should million of U.S. dollars be spent in a sterile electoral campaign? Some of the approved candidates have in past elections ended up with less than two percent of the vote. There ought to be a limit on how many times the government will waste money on these people who have insignificant support. How are they going to motivate the million voters representing the 50% + 1 necessary to be elected? The situation is the same for the new comers who have no previous electoral campaign experience and for those who are not known outside of their friends and members of their families. Another major problem is the call from some quarters to boycott the elections unless President Rene Preval appoint another CEP (Conseil Electoral Provisoire). This is not only the position of those who abstained from registering and those who were not approved, but also among some who have been approved as candidates. Haiti, after more than 200 years, looks very much like some unreasonable, selfrighteous old person who insists on being right even whey he or she is obviously wrong. While we believe there are many flaws on the electoral process, boycotting or creating a new CEP is not the answer. It should be revamped. It seems that the January earthquake had created not only a physical and human catastrophe, but had stimulated the endemic ambition of too many Haitians to become president, or to impose a candidate by all means. Haitian politicians should learn how to concert and pull their strength together for the common good of the country. Regardless how nationalistic they can be, they must realize that the international community which will contribute $20 million to insure this election, will not be willing once more to pay for the petty confrontations of irresponsible Haitian politicians, when there are so many

urgencies to be addressed in Haiti and elsewhere in the world. Asking an illiterate and uninformed electorate to decide among 19 candidates is to create a non-satisfactory result. There is no means for a second tour. It is the patriotic interest of every candidate to show how efficient he or she can be in pulling together adversaries who may not have absolutely the same approach to solutions, but can share the same vision of an Haiti regenerated through the common efforts of its citizens willing and devoted to its exclusive service. T he 19 candidates should look to form coalitions and not more than five or six alliances for the people to choose. As much as everyone of the approved candidate may be convinced of his/her unique qualifications, the ones who will achieve what at first may be considered impossible will demonstrate their unifier’s ability. A non-candidate, economist Richard Doré of PSSN (Plan Statégique de Sauvetage National) suggests that “to pull out of the slump where we are now, we must have a spirit of ingenuity and inventiveness … we must put an end to the politic of failure. ” While advocating the creation of a bank as “a consortium of several institution, “ he insist on the importance of education saying that “all economic studies had proven that education is a capital … mobile because it is tied to personally and individually to whoever possessed it … in order to have an economic growth in the country, education constitute its fundamental base.” Deploring the traditional Haitian brain flight to foreign countries, Doré suggest “an insertion strategy to retain the country’s human capital.” He also said that, “we mustmput accent on the vocational schools to support the development, and to form a middle class professionally prepared.” Let’s hope that the candidates more likely to succeed prioritize these views in their government programs.

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Leave the Constitution Alone future is being decided in dark rooms of international financial institutions acting upon the recommendations of so-called experts whose studies are financed and tailored to fit the preconceived views of By Max A. Joseph Jr. the international community. Since history would not be interesting without Was Haiti’s Provi- retrospections, it is fair to conclude that sional Electoral Council Lesly F. Manigat, who is not running this (CEP in French) legally year because of advanced age, could have correct in disqualifying been the man of the hour. As the 2008 U.S Wyclef Jean as a presidential candidate? presidential election has proven: Hillary The answer is an absolute yes, since the Clinton was certainly not Bill Clinton and internationally-acclaimed singer does not Myrlande Manigat, despite her vaunted meet the requirements of Article 135 para- intellect and political skills, is definitely graphs (d) and (e) of the Constitution. He not her husband. does not have his habitual residence in Now the second phase of Wyclef Jean’s the country and has not lived there for 5 dead-on-arrival quest for the presidency consecutive years. However it cannot be is the one most fraught with uncertainties said that the CEP acted impartially on the because the best laid plan sometimes ran issue of qualification as it relates to other into conflict with reality. Will the euphopresidential contenders. Article 135 of ria over Wyclef’s candidacy translate into Constitution paragraph (f) unequivocally actual participation of a majority of the states that to be elected president of the electorate that was predisposed to heed a Republic of Haiti a possible call to boycandidate must “Have It is absurd for anyone cott the elections by been relieved of this the excluded Lavalas responsibilities (sic) to think that the Consti- Party? Because the if he has been hanman is a pawn in a dling public funds. tution means anything to geopolitical game Jude Célestin, the rulthat is beyond his taling party’s candidate, the current regime and, ented artistic mind, should also have been is likely to follow by extension, the inter- he disqualified since the script by throwing he did not have the his support behind national community. required clearance of one of the chosen the Superior Court of candidates although auditors and Administrative Disputes prior he is appealing the decision. Whatever to filing his candidacy papers. numbers he entices to cross over will be It is absurd for anyone to think that the considered a success by the architects of Constitution means anything to the current the devilish plan to institutionalize the regime and, by extension, the international status quos and delay the Haitian people’s community. Since February 29, 2004, the eternal quest for social and economic jusHaitian Constitution has lost its relevancy, tice. Most importantly, it will be one more otherwise Gérard Latortue could not have nail in the coffin of the Lavalas movement been prime minister when he was para- and Aristide whose grip on a portion of the chuted from out of nowhere to lead the electorate does not seem to diminish with country in the aftermath of Aristide’s his forced exile in faraway South Africa. departure. Latortue’s appointment clearly By now it should be obvious to the violated paragraphs 4 & 5 of Article 157 international community that the Haitian which require a potential prime minister to people’s struggle against economic injushave his habitual residence in the country tice and social exclusion will continue and live there for 5 consecutive years. Yet with or without Aristide and its failure no one came to the defense of the Consti- to address these issues will eventually tution which many now think should form radicalize the population. Last week, in an the basis for law and order in Haiti. It is article written for Reuters, Joseph Guyler all the more disingenuous that the require- Delva quoting some policy analysts wrote: ments that cause the CEP to disqualify “Despite widespread popular distrust and Wyclef Jean were not applicable to Gérard resentment of powerful political and busiLatortue whose disdain for the country ness elites in Haiti, the local and internaand its people became evident when he tional security forces were among factors fled his post in May of 2006 without pro- weighing against political bloodletting or viding to the newly elected Parliament a any organized attempts to disrupt the detailed account of his rule. November elections.” That may be true Gérard Latortue is remembered as the to a certain extent, but the analysts are politician who famously declared Haiti’s apparently oblivious of the lessons of hisdemand for repayment of the Indepen- tory and would be unable to explain how dence debt from France “absurd and ille- a political system that is not supported gal” and handed jurisdictional control by the majority can conceivably last and over the Haitian National Police to the prosper. MINUSTAH. His tenure as prime minister As Friday’s decision relates to the sancincidentally provides the best argument tity of the Haitian Constitution, the CEP against the Diaspora’s desire to help or erred in picking and choosing which Artirule over the impoverished country for cles or paragraphs are applicable to the years to come. With or without Wyclef politic du jour. Moreover, as this drama Jean’s candidacy, the upcoming election plays out, one might ask whether the will be a sad day for Haiti and its people whole exercise is warranted, since under as none of the presidential contenders the occupation whoever is elected will be possesses the stature or political dexterity at the mercy of the occupiers. The Constito soften the blows being inflicted on the tution is therefore not worth the paper it is beleaguered country by the occupiers. written on. Haiti is presently a country whose Contact Joseph at djougan@yahoo.com

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By Ilio Durandis

It is time to really get serious. If ever, anyone wanted to put their leadership skills to work for Haiti, now is the moment. We have a capital city to rebuild, and a whole nation to move forward. The challenges are enormous, and yet 34 Haitian citizens thought they are ready to tackle the most daunting task facing any nation in the western hemisphere. Now, with the official list of presidential candidates has been whittled to 19 one of them will have the chance to become the next leader of the first black republic. As of now, there does not seem to be any clear front runner, after the rejection of the candidacy of the Hip hop star, Wyclef Jean; however, there are a few people with great skills who could manage the affairs of the state. Many difficult issues are waiting to be solved by the next leaders, and with the circus that took over the early presidential campaign, I am wondering if any of the candidates understand the significance of the job they want. It is clear that Haiti needs a fresh start to build back better, but it is questionable as of today, whether the country has the core group of people who could lead it to that destination. Of course, elections must be held, and a new president must be sworn in office early next year, but are we really going to see a shift in the way the country has been governed in the past? We have many seasoned politicians as candidates for the presidency, among

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anciens comptables des deniers publics n'ayant pas de décharge. Les anciens Premier Ministres Yvon Neptune et Jacques Edouard Alexis et l'ex ministre Lesly Voltaire n'avaient pas obtenu décharge de leurs fonctions. Mme Narcisse appelle à une mobilisation de tous les secteurs de la vie nationale afin de bloquer le processus électoral. De plus elle rappelle que son parti ne supportera aucun candidat lors des prochaines joutes. Cet avis est partagé par le coordonnateur général de l'Organisation du Peuple en Lutte (OPL), Edgar Leblanc. Il soutient que les autorités électorales se sont versés dans des procédures démagogiques à travers le Bureau du Contentieux Electoral National (BCEN) alors que les décisions n'ont pas été pris en compte. La secrétaire générale de la Fusion des sociaux démocrates, Edmonde Supplice Beauzile, met l'accent sur la nécessité de poursuivre la lutte contre des élections truquées. Elle estime que le processus de mise a l'écart de certains candidats s'inscrit dans le cadre d'une stratégie politique pour promouvoir le processus électoral. La sénatrice élue dans le Centre dénonce

them two former Prime Ministers and a Over the next two months, I am expectformer first lady. Those are people who ing to be convinced by at least one of have been in the national palace and have the 19 candidates on a plan that can be a great deal of knowledge of what works executed and improved the lives of many and what does not. of my compatriots. Surely, if they are willing to accept In the matter of life and death, we must their past failures and apply their knowl- become much more serious. Haiti is staredge to move the country forward, there ring at extinction right in the face. It is is no doubt that they could do it. But do not a laughing matter holding these next they really care about moving a country elections. It should not turn into a popuforward? This queslist movement with tion should not wait empty and unrealisfor the history books tic promises. Haiti There is so much to to answer it. needs concrete soluGetting Haiti back tions, and the Haido that I am in shock up to a point where it tian people deserve could be regarded as a quality leadership. that people are still country ready to allow At this moment, not at work around the it would be ideal to its citizens to pursue a decent life is going to getting inforclock in Haiti. The next start take time; neverthemation about what less, our next leader first 90 days leader needs to focus the must understand and of the next leader take seriously the task and invest in two main would resemble. of laying the foundaThere is no room for areas from the first day errors and no margin tion to allow those conditions to manifest for taking a chance. in office: Electricity and Haiti needs leaderin the next few years. If we take a look ship that can hit the jobs. at the Haitian peasground running with antry and most of a sound plan for the struggling class, the next five years, we would realize that but that is detailed the anguish of the people to extinguish enough to account for all daily activities. the fire of their misery is already set in There is so much to do that I am in motion. The people are tired of living shock that people are still not at work in sub-human conditions. They are like around the clock in Haiti. The next leader lost sheep, ready to be guided in the right needs to focus and invest in two main direction, but this time they are not will- areas from the first day in office: Electricing to take the road without a certified ity and jobs. navigational system. Haiti must turn on the light. We can We must tackle the problems of the no longer afford to carry business in the country one at a time. It is a perfect dark, out of people’s sights. It does not opportunity to make use of the virtue of matter how much it would cost to light patience, diligence and strong discipline. the country, for this is an investment that

certains candidats du pouvoir qui disposent de montant énorme afin de distribuer à la population. Selon Mme Beauzile la conférence du 20 septembre doit déboucher sur la constitution d'une force unitaire pour provoquer un changement. Vers le sauvetage du patrimoine culturel haïtien Le Centre de sauvetage du patrimoine culturel haïtien a organisé ce lundi une séance de formation à l'intention des responsables d'établissements culturels à Port-au-Prince. Ce séminaire de formation s'inscrit dans le cadre d'un projet de récupération des œuvres d'arts et des monuments historiques endommagés lors de la catastrophe du 12 janvier. Ce projet consiste à récupérer, sauvegarder et restaurer les biens culturels, c'està-dire, les archives historiques, collections d'ouvrages et d'éléments architecturaux. Soulignons que quatre laboratoires de traitements et de restauration, seront sous peu opérationnels en Haïti, une annonce d'Olson Jean Julien, le directeur du centre de sauvetage du patrimoine culturel haïtien. Ces laboratoires ont été ont été mis à la disposition du gouvernement haïtien par le Smithsonian Institut, l'American Institut for conservation et la commission américaine du bouclier bleu.

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cannot be lost. As I said above, I do not believe the candidates understand the seriousness of the jobs they want. If I may, I would like to highlight quickly why this job should be taken very seriously. We have a population that is on the border of checking out on the country. All the young and bright minds are only concerned of an exit strategy. The older generation is quickly becoming irrelevant, and has no support system to rely on. We have a litany of people living with no expectations, and have no idea what is expected of them. Currently, there is a complete system failure. Haiti is a dark hole. This is the recipe of a social disaster waiting to happen. As I am observing the evolution of technology in Haiti, I am afraid of the potential uprising that may come, if things are not redressed. A population that is mainly living on instinct, with very little patience for reasons, logic, and arms with the power of technology, will only accept mediocrity for so long. Young “Zoes” Haitians will not accept the same fate as past generations. It may be all funny games now, but if something positively drastic does not take place soon, there might be few people laughing later. Most failed states evolve in a violent society. So far, Haitians have been very civil to internalize their violent thoughts, but the outrage will eventually come out one day. It is imperative that Haitian leaders and friends of Haiti understand that Haitians are people just like any other people. They will not accept this misery forever. These elections might be a way to prevent a future that could be irreversibly sad, painful, and disastrous. It is time to get to work, and focus on improving the lives of people. Contact Ilio at Ilio@zanmi.com.

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Dèyè Tande ak wè se de 2. Gade moun! Gade taksi-moto! Pawòl Gen Pawòl Avèk Wozvèl Jan — Batis M te fini premye pati seri “Tande ak wè se de” a, “Gade Blan! Gade Blan!”, ak on esperyans m fè bò lanmè. Sanble mwen menm ak gwoup m te ye a, nou te mache soti sou on plaj piblik al tonbe sou teritwa entèdi on plaj prive, men ki pa t gen ni ansèy ni kloti pou te pèmèt nou idanti­fye l. Sekirite ak gwo zam lou te fè n konnen nou pa t nan plas nou, se te teritwa monblan. Nou te fè on ti bat bouch, men nou pa t fè tèt, paske nèg ak zam pa (sanble yo) panse. Esperyans sa a te fè m estonmake. Tankou on ti landeng, m te kontinye ap fouye pou m konprann zafè blan ki pran peyi a pou yo chèmèt chèmètrès la. M dekouvri si n te gentan konn non plaj nou te antre sou li a, sa t ap anpeche nou pran nan mera—on non tankou Djaksonnvil (Jacksonville, Florida) pa ta ka pa atire atansyon nou. “Blan an bay plaj la on non ki sanble ak non zòn nan peyi li. Ou kon­prann Blan an sòt!” M souri lè sitwayen an fè deklarasyon sa a: pou ou montre toutbon vre ou posede on bagay, on kote, se met non ou sou li. Se te toujou

konsa sa te toujou fèt… Kite kantik pran priyè: etan m te sou plaj la, m te remake te gen anpil motosiklèt, motosiklèt ki te vini ak de twa moun sou yo. Chofè a te lage chajman an, lajan te chanje men, epi li te met de­yò. Motosiklèt sa yo se taksi yo ye. Sa pa vle di pa t gen machin, machin prive kou machin trafik gwoup moun te frete pou vin lage yo sou plaj la. Men fenomèn taksi-moto a, se on fenomèn ki atire atansyon m depi premye bonmaten m pase Leyogàn. Fenomèn lan atire atansyon m paske m chonje on Leyogàn vil bekàn. Sa gen 30 an. Depi m te rive kay zanmi m yo, zòn Kafou Kwa, se te lage on bisiklèt nan men m pou m yaya kò m, vire mon­te Kafou Difò, kase tèt tounen plonje wout Dabòn, fè plizyè devire anvan m al paweze Gran­ri. Sa gen lontan vrèman. Tan ale, tan pa tounen. Lè sa a, pou m te al Leyogàn, se te nèk kanpe sou Granri Pòtoprens veye okazyon. Okazyon an te vini sou fòm on kamyonèt Pejo, byen fre wi silvouplè, on Pejo 403, 404 osnon 504. Kamyonèt la te gen on perik—on ekrito ki gen on ti bwa kenbe l fè l bay fòm on T—ki te make “Leyogàn”, on jan pou yo te distenge l ak lòt ka­myo­nèt ki fè lòt pakou, tankou Site osnon Dèlma. Epitou, travayè a, tankou yon antèn, te kanpe dè­yè ka­myo­nèt la ap di “Logàn! Logàn! Logàn-gàn-gàn! Logàn, Difò! Ale m ale!” Osnon “Lo­gàn, Da­bòn! Ale m ale! ” (Èske se bagay sa a ki

te bay kèk ti komik lide pou yo te di: “Tout peyi ap avan­se, men Ayiti menm rete dèyè kamyonèt la ap rele ‘Leyogàn! Leyogàn!’”) Lè m te fè “SSSit!”, kamyonèt la te apiye, epi segretè a te gentan pla­ke, kidonk fè eksprès desann machin lan, mande lòt pasaje yo pou yo chikin kò yo pou yo fè plas pou mwen. M ap reve! Jodi a, non m tande y ap rele machin ki fè trafik Leyogàn ak lòt kote, se pa bagay m ka repete sou moun. Rèv konn anpeche ou wè reyalite a. Jodi a, se on reyalite taksi-moto. Non an li menm entere­san. Se pa taksi tou senpleman, menm si nan zòn kote m ye a depi on moun di taksi li pa ka gen okenn lòt sans, paske pa gen machin k ap fè taksi—machin fè trafik (trafik vil Leyogàn al Kafou Difò, Dabòn Grangwav, Tigwav, Miragwàn, Pòtoprens… e taksi-moto a fè tout pakou sa yo tou!) M wè tout kategori moun sou taksi-moto: pastè ki pral fè sèvis legliz, moun malad ki pral kay doktè, timoun ki pral nan pwogram kandete, fanm ansent ki pral nan randevou kay doktè, bòn ki pral fè mache… M pa ka di ki jan moun yo santi yo sou motosiklèt la paske m refize fè esperyans lan. “M pa moun fou!”, se sa m di tout moun k ap ankouraje m pran taksi-moto. On taksi-moto konn gen jiska 6 moun sou li: 4 granmoun, 2 timoun. M wè sa ak de grenn je m. Chofè a mete yon moun chita devan l sou tank gaz la, epi 2 fi monte dèyè l, yo chak ak on ti­moun bò kote yo. Kidonk

sa bay 6 kretyen-vivan sou on taksi-moto. E pa gen pyès lapolis ki pral kanpe taksi-moto sa a. “Pa gen anyen ki ilegal ann Ayiti! Tout moun fè sa yo vle!”, se sa on si­twa­yen te di m. (Se on gwo pawòl: m a retounen sou sa nan on lòt kwonik nan seri a.) Nan bouch anpil lòt sitwayen, m aprann taksi-moto yo tout tan ap fè aksidan. Aksidan ou pa ta imajine, tan­kou lè 2 motosiklèt al frape nen pou nen. Mwen menm, m di sa se pa yon aksidan, se yon fèteks­prè. Fòk 2 chofè byen fè pratik pou yo rive frape konsa tèt pou tèt. Ou pa kwè sa? Nan yon aksi­dan konsa, youn nan chofè yo, kou l kase sèk, lòt la andikape pou tout rès vi l. Nan ti bout tan m la a, yo rapòte m plizyè aksidan ki fèt. Youn ladan yo, se on moto k ap sikile anba lapli san limyè, k al frape on jèn demwazèl ki ansent ansanm ak 2 ti frè l li t ap travèse lari. Chofè met deyò, sou emosyon, epi san dout paske l pa t gen lisans. De sitwayen sezi motosiklèt la epi rele lapolis vin pran l. Mèt moto nan mache, li nan cho tankou yo di. Se lwe li te lwe chofè a moto a pou yon jou osnon pou tout semèn lan. Ayè dimanch lan, nan Ri Lakwa, m asiste on aksidan taksi-moto: sou pòtchay moto a, te gen on bout sak k al pran nan defans on machin chofè a t ap double—ni chofè, ni pasaje tonbe, men yo te rive leve kanpe… Kontakte Wozvèl Jan-Batis nan rorojb@netzero.com

Meeks Wins Florida Democratic Senate Primary

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Rep. Kendrick Meek is the Democratic nominee for Senate, overcoming billionaire Jeff Greene's massive television and mail onslaught to win a bitter Florida primary. If he wins again in November, Meek will be the state's first black senator. Meek was outspent by an estimated 5-to-1 ratio and at one point fell behind in the polls after Greene entered the race on the last possible day and began flooding the state with television ads. The race was often nasty, with Greene calling Meek corrupt and Meek saying Greene bet against Floridians when he made investments that earned him hundreds of millions of dollars when the housing market collapsed. Meek will now face Republican Marco

Rubio and independent Gov. Charlie Crist in the general election. Tea party favorite Marco Rubio has won the Florida Republican Party's nomination for the U.S. Senate. Rubio only faced token opposition in Tuesday's primary from two little-known candidates. Rubio is a former speaker of the state House. He rose to prominence over the last year and forced Gov. Charlie Crist from the Republican race and the party. Crist is now running for the Senate as an independent. Rubio and Crist will face the winner of the Democratic primary between U.S. Rep. Kendrick and billionaire investor Jeff Greene in November's general election.


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Wyclef Claims Foul and is Appealing His Rejection diplomatic status exempted him from the residency requirement. Joseph held a press conference with his Wyclef Jean’s lawyers will appeal today lawyers shortly after his nephew’s, calling to the electoral commission ruling that on the CEP to explain on what grounds it excluded the musician from the list of has excluded him and promising an appeal. eligible candidates in next Nov. 28 elec“This was an arbitrary decision that cantion, his lawyers announced in a press not be accepted,” Joseph told reporters, conference this morning in Port-au-Prince. adding that he is currently negotiating with Jean was one of 15 presidential hopefuls the other rejected candidates to present a to be rejected last Friday, after a delayed common front against the CEP’s decision. announcement that kept the country susIn addition to Joseph and Jean, at least pended in speculation. three more candidates are planning to presThough the commission gave no reasons ent an appeal, according to an independent for rejecting candidates, Jean is likely to website monitoring the election. have been excluded on grounds of his resiThe former ambassador also called on dency. The Haitian constitution requires all observers to follow the matter closely, presidential candidates to have lived in the especially as the November election – as country for the five consecutive years prior those that preceded it – are financed heavthe election. Jean moved to the United ily by the international community, includStates at age nine, though his lawyers have ing the United States government. recently argued he is a regular resident of The election is expected to cost some $ Croix-des-Bouquets, 29 million. the capital’s outskirt “Your money canneighborhood where not be spent arbitrarihe was born. ly,” Joseph said. “It is distressing to see “Mr. Wyclef has Joseph presented regular papers provno criticism of the so much ing his residency,” CEP’s credibility at said this morning Jean international concern another press conRonel Senatus, one ference he held last of the eight lawyers over a candidate who is week, promoting his representing Jean. His campaign. But if his clearly ineligible legal team will presaccusations seem tied ent the appeal to the to the commission’s Haitian’s Supreme and has never held elect- decision, others have Court, the Superior been raising simied office,” Court of Accounts lar concerns on the and the Inter-Ameribody’s legitimacy for Conannon said. can Court of Human some time. Rights, an indepen“Haiti’s CEP, and dent body devoted consequently the canto the promotion of didates elected in its basic rights and freedoms in the Americas. elections, suffer from a lack of credibility,” “Mr. Wyclef’s rights have been vio- read a statement released last month by lated,” Senatus said of his client, who left the independent Institute for Justice and Haiti for New York yesterday. Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), a grassroots Pierre Eric Jean-Jacques, the head of network of Haitian and international lawthe Viv Ansamn party under whose ban- yers. ner Jean presented his candidacy accused The IJDH argued that the current CEP the CEP of having acted under political was established following improper propressure. cedure, which undermined its constitution“This is not a technical decision, it’s an ally-sanctioned political independence. entirely political decision,” he said. “This It further argued that the electoral body decision has been taken by those in power, improperly excluded popular parties and because they don’t want him to participate candidates in the past, including former in this election.” President Aristide’s party Fanmi Lavalas. After originally accepting the CEP’s The party was excluded once again this ruling and calling on his supporters to summer, at an earlier phase in the CEP do the same, Jean himself contested the screening process, which left 14 parties off decision and questioned the commission’s the ballot. legitimacy. “Some of the exclusions declared by “The Provisional Electoral Council has the CEP for the Presidential elections proven that they have violated the Con- appear justified, even mandated by Haiti’s stitution for the benefit of their mistresses Constitution,” IJDH spokesperson Brian and their friends leading a life of luxury Concannon told the Monitor, when asked with the people’s money,” Jean wrote yes- about the latest CEP ruling. Concannon terday in a public statement, before chang- added he hopes the extraordinary attention ing the word “mistresses” into “friends.” celebrity participation has brought to the “Holding mobilization to respect your Haitian election helps shed light on probright, I will continue to wave the Haitian lematic rulings that went largely unnoticed flag even higher. Be firm! The work has in the past. just started,” he concluded in his message “It is distressing to see so much interto supporters. national concern over a candidate who A CEP’s spokesperson told the Monitor is clearly ineligible and has never held yesterday that according to the constitu- elected office,” Conannon said about the tion, the commission’s decision cannot be rejection of Wyclef Jean’s candidacy. “But appealed. the CEP has excluded Fanmi Lavalas from But Jean was not the only one to contest the legislative component of the electhe ruling. His uncle and former Wash- tions without legal justification, so in the ington Ambassador Raymond Joseph – absence of a clear explanation for the who first announced his candidacy to the Presidential exclusions, people left out can Monitor – was also rejected, although his be justifiably suspicious.”

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Election Graffiti Sets Tempo

Politics in Haiti are always hotly contested, but perhaps never more so than this year when the country faces recovery from a devastating earthquake and billions of dollars are pouring in from international NGOs. Port-au-Prince, home to an estimated 10-15% of the population and hundreds of thousands of

displaced persons, is the natural focal point of the country’s politics. With few billboards and little other campaign techniques to use, supporters of the 34 candidates (now winnowed down to 19 official contenders) used graffitied messages across the capital city. By far, the most common graffitied messages are

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those in support of Wyclef Jean, who has now been disqualified from the ballot but vows to appeal the decision. Other popular slogans address the UN “occupation” of the country and calls for the return of, variously, former Presidents Jean-Bertrand Aristide and Jean-Claude Duvalier.

A monument to the anniversary of Haiti’s independence in Tabarre is constantly covered and recovered with graffiti, most recently that of presidential candidate Jacques-Edouard Alexis

Wyclef Graffiti next to a government stamp indicating the level of earthquake damage to a building. Wyclef made earthquake recovery a central theme of his candidacy

The vast majority of political graffiti is for presidential candidates, but a few other politicians’ supporters have been making their presence known, such as Senate candidate Tranquilor Mathieu

By far the most graffiti in Port-au-Prince calls for support of Wyclef Jean and his movement. The amount of graffiti in favor of Jean far outpaces anyone else’s, but graffiti for Jude Celestin has also cropped up in recent days

In some neighborhoods, such as Carrefour Feuilles seen here, nearly every wall seems to be covered with slogans for Wyclef Jean (“Face to Face” and “Youth for Youth” the most popular)

Not all the Wyclef graffiti is positive, however-- this sign reads “Wyclef and Haiti will die”

Former allies, now lightning rods of political disagreement in Haiti- Down with Preval, and long live Aristide

Graffiti for Wyclef Jean (the “solution for Haiti”) competes with that for Jude Celestin, the candidate endorsed by current President Rene Preval

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With few billboards or other ways to campaign for the upcoming elections, scrawls of graffiti have proliferated across Port-au-Prince. Walls near the Presidential Palace and Champs de Mars are covered with blue, red and black messages.

Graffiti for different candidates or causes competes side by side across Port-au-Prince. Even President Preval, ineligible to run in this election, is garnering attention from graffiti sprayers, who call for ouster of the “thief”

Some Haitians haven’t given up hoping for the return of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide (“Titid”)

However, Rita Joseph, a Haitian-American teacher at P.S. 6 in Brooklyn feels differently about the matte. “It is not language because they provide interpretation services. In my opinion it is fear of the institution itself. In Haiti schools are considered the ‘it’ place. They control everything. It’s an institution parents look to mold and shape their children into respectable members of society. I have parents who simply tell me do with the child as I wish when they give me trouble. That’s how much reverence they have for teachers and instructors. They look for us as teachers for guidance. They think we know things they don’t know.” Which leads us to another problem facing Haitians in the system: The education gap between guardians and their children is also an issue. Ms. Joseph states, “Sometimes the children are the only ones that speak English in the household. Once I received a visit from a parent of one of my fourth graders who came to tell me to be sure to explain the homework thoroughly to the children, because when her daughter would come home, she asked her questions that the mother did not have answers to.” Ms. Merand, in her self defense, stated that not once since she has been dropping her grandchildren at P.S. 189 has she been asked to volunteer or partake in school activities. With P.S. 189 being one of the few remaining Haitian-English bilingual education schools in New York, the school could offer a great model for Haitian-American parents to get involve. The school is very welcoming and offers a good level of comfort for Haitian parents, states an educator who would like to remain anonymous; yet, parents such as Ms. Merand, say they don’t have a sense that their participation is needed in the school. Ms. Michelle Brunson, of the Community Education Council, District 17, offers another perspective. “I think many parents don’t understand that the PTA is for them. And, at times, that’s to the fault of other parents. Some parents make the PTA seem like a membership exclusive organization that others need permission to join.” Ms. Brunson further states that schools need to offer a more welcoming vibe to parents. Ms. Chang-Ageda too is proponent of this. “Schools like P.S. 399 and P.S. 22 have that community feel – parents, teachers, guards and students are part of one circle, as opposed to different entities. It is not surprising that every student in P.S.399 received a 4in the state exam,” says Chang. Parents are made to feel like they are vital to the process. Ms. Chang-Ageda says there are a number of ways for parents to get involved and points to the 32 Community Education Councils (CECs) in New York City. Each CEC represents a Community School District that includes public elementary, intermediate, and junior high schools. Each CEC has 12 members: nine parents selected by the district’s PA/PTAs; two members appointed by the Borough President; and one student member selected by the Community Superintendent. These councils and other school initiatives offer bilingual and translation services. The DOE provides parent coordinators within each school to bridge that gap between parents, students and teachers. DOE has also instituted programs such as the Family Assessment Program, which works to ensure that families are provided the support to tackle major issues including runaways, psychological problems and other internal issues within the family unit. Programs such as The Native Language Forum and the Saturday Academy work to ensure parents are not hindered by language or time to learn about their child’s needs. However, this information has to be known. Translation services are available. “It’s simply our job to keep ensuring that parents feel the importance of playing a role. When a child understands or feels that at any given moment their parent can walk into their school, that make’s a difference,” says Ms. Chang-Ageda.


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Prescription By Dr. Gerald W. Deas

Subject: Keep An ‘Eye On’ Iron My first recollection that I have on the importance of the word iron is when my mom would get up at 4 a.m. and begin to wash and “iron” clothes for the elite to supplement my father’s hard-earned but meager wages. I could hear her knuckles rhythmically rubbing clothes on a washboard, sometimes humming the sacred song “Precious Lord Take My Hand.” After the washed clothes were bright as the sun that dried them, she would have to iron them to all perfection. My brother and I would deliver the refreshed clothes to her customers when we returned from school. In return, we would pick up bags of soiled clothes to bring back home so that she could start the ritual of busting suds for survival the next morning. My mom and dad came to my graduation when I finished medical school. We survived. The next time iron became important to me was when I studied this very important element in medical school and found that it could lead to disease: if it were deficient, causing iron deficient anemia, or over absorbed, causing a medical condition known as hemochromatosis. Iron is necessary for the production of red blood cells in the bone marrow. Iron can be found abundantly in foods such as beef, beans, kale, whole wheat bread, chickpeas, fortified cereals, tonics, over the counter vitamins and even from that old iron frying pan or pots. Iron is especially needed during pregnancy and in young growing children. However, a good thing can also be dangerous if absorbed in high quantities. It is estimated that the average person needs 10 to 18 mgs daily. This is the recommended daily allowance (RDA). When iron is absorbed from the intestines in excessive amounts due to a genetic defect, it is deposited in the skin (bronzing), pancreas, liver, muscles and heart. This leads to organ failure. Patients with hemochromatosis expe-

rience fatigue, abdominal pain, immune dysfunction, irritable bowel syndrome, hair loss and explosive diarrhea. Often, this condition is misdiagnosed and a simple blood test will confirm it. It is treated by periodically removing blood via phlebotomy ( (the surgical opening of a vein in order to remove blood in the treatment of polycythemia). The eating of Argo laundry starch was a great cause of iron deficiency anemia in African American women. This craving for the starch was related to eating red and white clay in the southern U.S. and Africa. Finally, after the dangers of eating this material was revealed, the company placed on its box, “Not Recommended For Food Use,” and the product was produced in powder form and could not be chewed. Excess iron can also become toxic to the body because it encourages the growth of bacteria, parasites, protozoa and cancer cells. It appears that anemia may have played a historical role in keeping a body healthy from these organisms. Recently, iron has also been connected with cardiovascular disease and may be more important than elevated cholesterol. We shall see. It is I-ron-I-cal that women live longer than men due to the fact that they decrease their iron load during their menstrual cycle. On the other hand, women lose that advantage during menopause. It’s important to read the labels of all health products in order to control the amount of iron that is ingested. Too much or too little of a good thing can be destructive. In other words, keep your “eye on the iron” that you take into your body. Don’t overdo it! For more health tips and access to an online community of physicians and other healthcare professionals visit: DrDeas.com

The eating of Argo laundry starch was a great cause of iron deficiency anemia in African American women.

Cancer Surge Getting Short Shrift In Developing World NEW YORK (IPS/GIN) - Although long treated as a problem exclusive to highincome and developed countries, cancer is also a major cause of mortality in the developing world. A group of leading cancer and global health experts is now calling for new strategies to effectively prevent and treat cancer in poor countries. The paper, published Sunday in The Lancet and written by Dr. Felicia Knaul, from the Harvard Global Equity Initiative, together with Drs. Paul Farmer, Julio Frenk and Lawrence Shulman, aims to draw attention to the inequalities in the standards of cancer treatment across the countries. ”Cancer in developing countries remains an unforeseen and underrecognised health priority,” Knaul told IPS, adding that ”it is still perceived as a disease of the rich and the developed world.” Out of the 7.6 million people who die of cancer every year, two-thirds come from developing countries. In 1970, only 15 percent of reported cancers were from low and middle income countries. In 2008, the figure rose to 56 percent and is predicted to reach the 70 percent mark by 2030. The rising proportion is due to population growth, ageing and reduced mortality from infectious diseases. And survival rates for certain cancers, such as cervical, breast and testicular, are directly related to

country income. In Western countries such as the United States, cancer incidence and mortality have declined since the peaks of the 1990s, thanks to the wide availability of low-cost effective treatments, better prevention and higher awareness. However, affordable access to treatment in developing countries is rare. Because of this the authors of the paper and conveners of the Global Task Force on Expanded Access to Cancer Care and Control in Developing Countries (GTF.CCC) emphasise the importance of prevention by tackling the major risk factors in these countries. Strong anti-tobacco campaigns and wider availability to human papilloma virus and Hepatitis B virus vaccines will hopefully lead to the decline of cancer incidence and reduce treatment costs in the long term. ”Many of the treatments for cancer are not that expensive, including palliation and pain control,” Knaul says. However, reducing the costs of treatments is precisely one of GTF.CCC's goals. Over the last 10 years there has been an increase in international attention and financial aid dedicated to improving health resources in poor and under developed countries, but the focus has been mainly on see CANCER on page 15


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Study Shows Value of Quality of Life Cancer Care Palliative care, which helps the gravely ill make the most of the time they have left, provided a surprising bonus for terminal lung cancer patients: More time left to enjoy. A study found that patients who started soon after their diagnosis on palliative care along with usual cancer care lived nearly three months longer than people given only standard cancer care, even though this second group had more chemotherapy. That's a big difference. Patients like this typically live less than a year after diagnosis, said study leader Dr. Jennifer Temel, a cancer specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where the study was done. The results, in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine, could affect the care of a lot of people: More than half of lung cancer patients have incurable disease by the time they are diagnosed. Palliative care involves doctors, nurses, social workers, nutritionists and even chaplains who specialize inpain control and treating nausea, shortness of breath and other symptoms that affect quality of life. It's not the same as hospice or comfort care, when doctors think a patient has less than six months to live and treating the illness no longer helps. It really means ”helping people live as well as they can, as long as they can,” said Dr. Vicki Jackson, acting chief of palliative

care at Massachusetts General. The study was one of the best tests yet of palliative care, and the results should ease many fears about starting it soon after diagnosis, doctors say. ”One of the most common misconceptions about palliative care is that it indicates treatment has failed, that it means giving up,” Jackson said. The study involved 151 people newly diagnosed with cancer that had spread beyond the lung. All received routine cancer care and about half also got palliative care. More than half of those on standard care alone received chemo in their last two weeks of life, versus only a third of the palliative care patients. Yet the palliative care group's median survival was better: more than 11 months versus less than nine months. Quality of life and physical functioning improved in the palliative care group and worsened in the others. Depression was less than half as common in the palliative care group. ”When people feel better, they're much more likely to go for their treatment, to get up out of bed, to exercise,” and that affects survival, said Dr. R. Sean Morrison, president of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and a doctor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.

Hospice is always palliative, but palliative care is not always hospice

Dr. Gail Austin Cooney knows this from personal and professional experience. Cooney, past president of the academy and assistant medical director of the Hospice of Palm Beach County in Florida, used palliative care to cope with a particularly difficult chemo treatment for advanced ovarian cancer in 2008. ”I knew that in order to tolerate the treatment I needed to have my symptoms controlled and be in the best physical and psychological state. I wanted to get all those treatments they told me I wouldn't be able to finish,” said Cooney, whose cancer is now in remission.

The study shows that palliative care should be a routine part of managing any serious illness rather than ”what we do when there is nothing more that we can do,” Drs. Amy Kelley and Diane Meier of Mount Sinai wrote in an editorial in the journal. The American Society of Clinical Oncology and two cancer charities paid for the study. It did not look at the cost of palliative care, which is mostly doctor visits. However, research Morrison has published suggests it can save money by lowering emergency visits, unwanted hospital stays and futile treatments.

Adding Fish Oil to Low-Fat/High-Carb Diet May Improve Cholesterol

For people with the metabolic syndrome -- a cluster of risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure, high levels of blood fats or triglycerides and high blood sugar -- adding a little fish oil to a diet low in saturated fats and high in complex carbohydrates might be just the ticket, a new study suggests. ”When you add omega-3 to a high carbohydrate, low-fat diet, you can prevent the long-term adverse effect that a highcarbohydrate diet induces on [blood fats],” said study author Dr. Jose Lopez-Miranda, a professor of medicine at the Reina Sofia University Hospital and the University of Cordoba, Spain. The study is published in the September issue of the Journal of Nutrition. Lopez-Miranda and his team looked at 117 people with metabolic syndrome, which raises the risk of heartdisease and

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infectious diseases such as HIV and tuberculosis. Although the programmes to combat these diseases have been successful in reducing the number of affected people and in offering better and more accessible care, the challenges they faced at the beginning resemble those now faced by the advocates of better care and prevention of cancer. Critics argue that resources for

stroke. They assigned them to one of four diets for 12 weeks. The diets were: high fat/rich in saturated fats; high fat/rich in monounsaturated fats (such as fish and olive oil), low fat and high in complex carbohydrates (such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables), low fat and high in complex carbs but with the fishoil supplement included. All four diets included about the same number of calories. The researchers tested blood before and after eating, looking for blood fat levels. At the study's start, all participants had similar post-meal blood fat responses. But by the end of the three-month trial, those on the high-fat/monounsaturated fat-rich diet or the low-fat, high complex carbohydrate diet with fish oil had better responses. For example, those on the low-fat/high-

global health should not be spent on expensive vaccines and care for cancer, and that such complex care would be impossible within the weak framework of health systems of developing countries. However, Knaul says that ”cancer control and care can be delivered in ways that strengthen the entire health system, thus reinforcing ability to provide care for other diseases.” ”We need to eliminate the zero-sum argument about what diseases to exclude and start increasing resource availability and strengthening health systems

carb diet plus fish oil showed lower levels of triglyceride blood fats, compared to people eating a high-fat diet rich in saturated fats, the researchers found. And people eating the low-fat/high-carb regimen alone (without fish oil) had a rise in triglycerides and cholesterol, compared to when fish oil was added. The researchers believe that adding polyunsaturated fat -- such as those found in fish oil -- can help undercut the effects of a long-term low-fat, high complex carbohydrate diet on triglyceride levels in those with metabolic syndrome. In the study, participants got 1.24 grams of fish oil a day (between one and two standard capsules). ”This is a good study,” said Tracy L. Nelson, an associate professor of health and exercise science at Colorado State University School of Public Health in Fort

to meet the needs of patients,” she said. One of the biggest difficulties in offering cancer care in resourcepoor countries is the absence of specialists and oncologists. However, recent experiences in Malawi, Haiti and Rwanda are proving that even this obstacle is not insurmountable. In collaboration with the national ministries of health, an organisation called Partners in Health helps operate clinics in rural districts, and in the absence of specialists has trained local physicians and nurses.

Collins, who has researched omega-3 fatty acids. ”The interesting aspects are that they found the low-fat complex carbohydrate group, when supplemented with a 'realistic' amount of omega-3 fats [1.24 grams] did not increase trigylcerides as seen with the low-fat complex carbohydrate diet without the addition of omega-3s.” ”This study is encouraging, because these individuals consumed their 'own' food given the parameters of the study, similar to what a metabolic syndrome patient would be told to do in the 'real world,' and by simply adding a very realistic amount of omega-3s, these individuals can change [after-meal] triglycerides withoutweight loss,” Nelson added. ”The fact that they found changes in a 'diseased' group adds to the impact of the paper.”

Despite the success of these programmes, ”the reach of these pilot initiatives has been dwarfed by the burden of the disease,” the paper says. According to the authors, it is important that treatment be delivered free of charge, but the scale up of these projects is constrained by lack of funding. A positive example of the scale-up of cancer treatment is its inclusion in national health insurance programmes, such as in Mexico and Colombia. Although successful, the lessons from these two countries are

only really applicable in middle income countries, as many don't have national health insurance or offer financial protection in health to the poor. For lower income countries, Knaul told IPS, ”Expanding international support will be essential.” ”Global resources should be mobilised and these resources should be applied in ways that strengthen entire health systems and begin to offer financial protection in health focusing on the poorest segments of the population,” she said.


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The dance theater at Harlem will be having a free open audition on Saturday August 21, 2010 at their building located at 466w.152 street. NYC. Community (Saturday) and Pre-professional (afterschool) programs for male and Female beginner to advance level dancers must wear Leotards, tights and ballet slippers; or T-shirt, shorts and socks; and must arrive half hour before scheduled audition. Schedule are as is: 10:00 to 11:00 AM for children of 3 to 6 years of age, 11:00 to 12:00 AM for children of 7 to 9 years of age, 12:00 to 1:00 PM for children of 10 to 14 years of age, and 1:00 to 2:30 PM will be for young adults of 15 to 18 years of age. For the Professional training program arrive half hour before you scheduled audition. Ladies please bring Pointe shoes; this audition will be from 1:00 to 2:30 Pm for people of 18 to 23 years of age. Form more information call: 212-690-2800, fax: 212690-8736 or visit www.dancetheatreofharlem.org -Helen B. Atkinson Health Center National Immunization Awareness Even will be held on Wednesday August 11, 2pm-4pm at its location on 81 W. 115th St New York. August is National Immunization Awareness Month and HBA is offering free immunizations and information. Are you and your family up to date on all your shots? Stop by the center and find out! for more information: Call (212) 426-0088 or email info@chnnyc.org -Community League Health Center at CLOTH's 59th Annual Health & Cultural Festival will offer Free health screenings, safety materials, educational materials. Free food and entertainment on Wednesday August 11, 10AM to 1PM at 159th St btwn. Broadway and Amsterdam. For more Info: Call (212) 781-7979 or email info@chnnyc.org -Lincoln Center Out of Doors continues its schedule of free performances on the plazas of Lincoln Center through August 15. The 40th annual edition of the festival presents a wide range of music and dance events by dozens of international, U.S. and local artists. For detailed descriptions of the performances and a complete schedule contact Marian Shokan at 212-875-5386 or email mskokan@ lincolnceter.org. -Prevention and Community Health Event at Community League Health Center is hosting an event on thursday August 19 from 11am to 3pm at the Community League Health Center located at 1996 Amsterdam Ave, New York. Free health screenings: HIV counseling & testing, pregnancy testing, blood pressure & diabetes checks. Free mammography (no insurance required, just call to add your name to the list), prevention screening information, face painting, healthy snacks and giveaways will be offered to the public. For More Info: Call (212) 781-7979 or email info@chnnyc.org. - Helen B. Atkinson Health Center will be having mammogram check up every first monday of each month from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m in front of the Center located at 81 W. 115th Street, New York. These Mammograms will only be for women ages 40 and older, with or without insurance who are New York City residents. Mobile mammogram

unit provided by American Italian Cancer Foundation. To make an Appointment call (212) 426-0088.

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The Haitian American Cultural Development Network (HACDEN) will celebrate the 219th anniversary of the Bois Caiman slave uprising under the theme ‘The Slave Path’on Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 5:00 PM at the JOURNAL HAITI LIBERTÉ on 1583 Albany Ave, Brooklyn (Albany Ave & Glenwood Rd). The event will include Poetries from Gordon Blaise, Jean Dumas Gay and Che Souffrant. Music from Michelle Samedy and Linda Lamontagne and the lecturer Reginal Souffrant. The Lecture and discussion will be in Creole. Refreshments will be served. For Information contact (718) 314-8206), or email hacden@yahoo.com.

The Caribbean House Health Center will host the National Health Center Week from Tuesday August 10 to Friday August 13 from 11am to 4pm. Free health screenings on HIV counseling & testing, pregnancy testing, blood pressure & diabetes checks will all be offered. The event will be at the Caribbean House Health Center located on 1167 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn. For more information call (718) 778-0198 or email info@chnnyc.org or go to www.chnnyc.org.

-NYS HABETAC will be having a special event for Haitian parents and student preparing to meet the challenges after the earthquake on education, immigration, social services, managing stress, loss and other difficulties on Sunday, August 22, 2010 from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm at St. Joachim and Anne church located at 218-26 105th street, Queens Village. For more information and to confirm your attendance please call (718) 951-4668 or email habetac@brooklyn.cuny.edu.

-A Back to School Health Fair will be held at the Caribbean House Health Center on Tuesday August 31 from 10Am to 3PM on 1167 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn. Stop by to schedule an appointment for a back to school check-up! Also, free health screenings: HIV counseling & testing, pregnancy testing, blood pressure & diabetes checks. For more information call (718) 778-0198 or email info@ chnnyc.org or go to www.chnnyc.org. closest subway to Caribbean House are the 2 or the 5 train to Winthrop St. (Cross Streets-Between Rutland Rd and Fenimore St).

Queens

-The Men's Health Clinic at Helen B. Atkinson Health Center will offer Primary health care services for men in a male-centered environment every first and fourth saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m at the CHN's Helen B. Atkinson Health Center located at 81 W. 115th Street, New York. To Make an Appointment, call (212) 426-0088.

-The United Community Centers, a Brooklyn, New York non-profit, needs your help in spreading the word to garner the public’s vote to become one of five organizations to receive $20,000 in project sponsorship through the Tom’s of Maine’s “50 States for Good” initiative. Focused on grassroots projects that bring positive, lasting change to communities, the “50 States for Good” program also asks organizations to share what their volunteer needs are to help get important projects started or to broaden their reach. If named a winner, United Community Centers will use the funds to expand their healthy living project by implementing a new curriculum that will train the twenty-four youth in their paid internship program to cook nutritious meals using fresh, local produce. Following the training, the young people will take the lead in organizing six Community Meals. For information contact Susan Dewhirst at sdewhirst@tomsofmaine.com or call (207) 467-2406. Goshen Temple of Seven day Adventist Present its Annual Community health EXPO in August 22, 2010 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Woods Place between Church avenue and Erasmus, Brooklyn. Free Dental checks, cholesterol, vision, glucose, weight and blood pressure will be offered. The presentations will include talk about HIV/AIDS, Hypertension, Glucose, Smoking cessation, Cancer( breast, colon, prostate), Hydrotherapy. A session of free clothes will be distributed.

Queens Library, in partnership with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, invites the community to a free information session on applying for naturalization and U.S. citizenship. It will be held Thursday, August 26, 2010, 6:00-8:00 pm, at the Queens Library at Flushing, 41-17 Main Street near Kissena Boulevard. Topics will include how to obtain, complete, and file the documents to apply for naturalization; the timeline of events in filing the application; what to expect when you appear for an interview and what to bring; the naturalization testing procedure; the naturalization ceremony. A simulated interview will be held so participants have an idea of what to expect. For more information call 718-990-0883. Queens Health Center's 2nd Annual Block Party will be held on Saturday August 14th from 10am to 3pm at the Queens Health Center 97-04 Sutphin Blvd Jamaica, Queens. The day will include a bouncy house, refreshments, a clown, face painting, giveaways, music, NYC Fire Department, info booths of 15 community agencies and FREE health screenings: HIV counseling & testing, pregnancy testing, blood pressure and diabetes checks. For More Info: Call (718) 657-7088 or email info@ chnnyc.org -A $1000 grand prize is being offer to the last Poet standing in a contest sponsored by rainbow fine Arts. Poems of 21 lines or fewer on any subject and any style will be judged by the contest director Dr. Jack Carroll. The contest is free to enter and open to poets of any age. Fifty prizes totaling more the $5,00 will be awarded. Entries must be received by Sept.15, and my be submitted by mail to Free poetry contest, 7308 Heritage Dr., Mt. Vernon, IN 47620 or at www.rainbowpoets.com. those sending entries should include their name and address on the same page as the poem. A winners list will be sent to all entrants. for more information you may contact Dr.Jack Carroll by emailing JC1@mighty.net


August 25 - 31, 2010

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Mortgage Relief Not Helping Homeowners Nearly half of the 1.3 million homeowners who enrolled in the Obama administration's flagship mortgage-relief program have fallen out. The program is intended to help those at risk of foreclosure by lowering their monthly mortgage payments. Friday's report from the Treasury Department suggests the $75 billion government effort is failing to slow the tide of foreclosures in the United States, economists say. More than 2.3 million homes have been repossessed by lenders since the recession began in December 2007, according to foreclosure listing service RealtyTrac Inc. Economists expect the number of foreclosures to grow well into next year. ”The government program as currently structured is petering out. It is taking in fewer homeowners, more are dropping out and fewer people are ending up in permanent modifications,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics. Besides forcing people from their homes, foreclosures and distressed home sales have pushed down on home values and crippled the broader housing industry. They have made it difficult for homebuilders to compete with the depressed prices and discouraged potential sellers from putting their homes on the market. Approximately 630,000 people who had tried to get their monthly mortgage payments lowered through the government program have been cut loose through July, according to the Treasury report. That's about 48 percent of the those who had enrolled since March 2009. And it is up from more than 40 percent through June.

Another 421,804, or roughly 32 percent of those who started the program, have received permanent loanmodifications and are making their payments on time. RealtyTrac reported that the number of U.S. homes lost to foreclosure surged in July to 92,858 properties, up 9 percent from June. The pace of repossessions has been increasing and the nation is now on track to having more than 1 million homes lost to foreclosure by the end of the year. That would eclipse the more than 900,000 homes repossessed in 2009, the firm says. Lenders have historically taken over about 100,000 homes a year, according to RealtyTrac. Zandi said the government effort will likely end up helping only about 500,000 homeowners lower their monthly payments on a permanent basis. That's a small percentage of the number of people who have already lost their homes to foreclosure or distressed sales like short sales — when lenders let homeowners sell for less than they owe on their mortgages. Zandi predicts another 1.5 million foreclosures or short sales in 2011. ”We still have a lot more foreclosures to come and further home price declines,” Zandi said. He said home prices, which have already fallen 30 percent since the peak of the housing boom, would drop by another 5 percent by next spring. Many borrowers have complained that the government program is a bureaucratic nightmare. They say banks often lose their documents and then claim borrowers did not send back the necessary paperwork. The banking industry said borrowers

weren't sending back their paperwork. They also have accused the Obama administration of initially pressuring them to sign up borrowers without insisting first on proof of their income. When banks later moved to collect the information, many troubled homeowners were disqualified or dropped out. Obama officials dispute that they pressured banks. They have defended the program, saying lenders are making more significant cuts to borrowers' monthly payments than before the program was launched. And some of the largest mortgage companies in the program have offered alternative programs to those who fell out. Homeowners who qualify can receive an interest rate as low as 2 percent for five years and a longer repayment period.

Those who have successfully navigated the program to reach permanent modifications have seen their monthly payments cut on average by about $500. Homeowners first receive temporary modifications and those are supposed to become permanent after borrowers make three payments on time and complete all the required paperwork. That includes proof of income and a letter explaining the reason for their troubles. But in practice, the process has taken far longer. The more than 100 participating mortgage companies get taxpayer incentives to reduce payments. As of mid-June only $490 million had been spent out of a potential $75 billion the government has made available to help stem the wave of foreclosures.

Low Prices and Rates Can't Slow Fall in Home Sales WASHINGTON – Home prices in many parts of the country scream bargain, and mortgage rates haven't been this low for decades. So why are houses across the nation sitting on the market for so long? Sales of previously occupied homes in the United States fell 27 percent in July, the weakest showing in 15 years, the National Association of Realtors said Tuesday. It was the largest monthly drop in the four decades that records have been kept. Potential buyers are hesitating because they think home prices still have further to fall. Potential sellers — those with the stomach to put their homes on the market at all, anyway — are reluctant to lower their prices. ”It really is a self-fulfilling prophecy,” said Aaron Zapata, a real estate agent in Brea, Calif. ”If all buyers perceive that home prices are coming down, then they will stop making offers — and home prices will come down.” While the standoff plays out, home sales are plummeting. Sharp declines were recorded in each of the four regions the group tracks. Yet the pain is being felt unevenly from state to state and city to city. Some markets are rebounding even as others languish. Sellers in sluggish markets like Las Vegas and Chicago can expect to wait an average of more than five months to sell their homes, according to real estate bro-

kerage ZipRealty Inc. It's even worse in Palm Beach, Fla., where it takes nearly six months, longest in the nation. In healthier markets such as San Francisco and Denver, the average wait is only about two months. Sellers in Washington appear to have the nation's best major market; they are waiting only about a month and a half.

“The housing market is undermining the already faltering wider economic recovery, ” said Paul Dales, U.S. economist with Capital Economics. Beyond geography, the sales numbers vary depending on the price of the home. The biggest drops in sales are among homes in the low and middle price ranges. For example, 47 percent fewer homes in the Midwest priced between $100,000 and $250,000 sold in July, compared with July last year. By contrast, sales of milliondollar-plus homes in that region actually rose slightly year over year. This spring, government tax credits helped drive sales, especially among first-

time buyers of less expensive homes. But those tax credits have expired now, and many people rushed to lock in sales before they did. Since then, the number of homes lingering on the market has swelled to nearly 4 million in July. At the current pace of sales, it would take about a year and two weeks to sell all those homes and get them off the market. A healthy level is six months. Laurie Salaman has been trying to sell her home in New York for a year so she can move to the suburbs. She's had no offers, even after cutting her listing price on the three-bedroom Bronx home from $475,000 to $449,900. She notes that she has upgraded the kitchen and bathrooms, refinished the basement and put in new decks and patios. Her goal is to take about $100,000 from the sale and put it toward the purchase of the new house. She said she won't lower the price again. ”That's my bottom price,” Salaman said. ”If I don't get that price, then I will hold off until the market gets a little better.” Not every seller is so firm. Scott Prestopino has cut his listing price on a five-bedroom home in Carmel, N.Y., to $550,000, from $675,000 in December. He had one offer in April, but the buyer backed out. Prestopino and his family want to move back to Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., where they had lived for 15 years. They've looked at

homes on the market there, but that's all they can do. ”I can't carry two houses,” he said. The housing market is also being hampered by the weakening economic recovery. Unemployment remains stuck at 9.5 percent, and many potential buyers worry that they might not have a job to pay the mortgage. Prices have also fallen because foreclosures are running about 10 times higher than before the housing bust. Though the average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage has fallen to 4.42 percent, many people can't qualify because banks have tightened lending standards. The drop in July sales compared with June was worst in the Midwest, at 35 percent. Sales sank 30 percent in the Northeast, 25 percent in the West and 23 percent in the South. Nationally, the median sale price was $182,600, up 0.7 percent from a year ago, but down 0.2 percent from June. More broadly, the plunge in home sales is magnifying fears that a worsening real estate market could cause consumers to pull back on spending. The overall economy would suffer. ”The housing market is undermining the already faltering wider economic recovery,” said Paul Dales, U.S. economist with Capital Economics. ”With the increasingly inevitable double-dip in prices yet to come, things could yet get a lot worse.”


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Dominican Ministry of Culture Held Symphonic Concert “Earthquake in Haiti”, that’s the name of a symphonic concert held last week by the Ministry of Culture and The National Symphonic Orquestra of Dominican Republic at the Eduardo Brito National Theater in Santo Domingo. The theme of the concert was “An island, two nations, united with the music” was well received by both parties. The Dominican Symphonic Orchestra performed the most well-known classic pieces completed by both Haitian and Dominican composers.

Laurent Ciceron to Perform in Guadeloupe Wyclef Jean Appeared on Stage with DISIP Wyclef Jean was a surprise guest in Petit Goave at a DISIP Bal on August 14, while waiting for the decision of the electoral council on his candidacy. It was a total surprise when the artist visited DISIP, and even sang a song with Gazman “Couleur” Pier for a few minutes before he returned to Croix-des-Bouquets. Both, the band and the crowd were enjoying Wyclef’s presence. Wyclef has been attempting to redefine himself as a musician before being rejected by Provisional Electoral Council.

Laurent Ciceron and his band Wowoli will showcase their talent at the Hemingway Hotel in Pointe-Batterie, Guadeloupe on august 27. Pierre-Aimé Gaydu and Emeline Pierre will also perform that night. The number of songs by Wowoli has increased considerably on radio stations, although the first album is more than five years old. In addition to the Guadeloupe performance, the artist will tour other venues in Guadeloupe, before returning to Miami.

Arts Auction to Be Held in France to Benefit Haitian Artist Paintings donated by artists from around the globe will be auctioned in September at the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild in Paris. The funds will help Haitian artists who are struggling in the aftermath of the earthquake. The organizers hope to create a new Federation of Artists through partnerships supported by an International Cultural Network. HAITI AUCTION ARTISTS’ goal is to restore the resources artists in Haiti need to do their work.

Actress Maria Bello in Haiti Shooting a Documentary

Jacmel Artists Won Clinton-Bush Grant

After more than six months of working to produce their trademark art in ruined backyard workshops, the struggling papier mâché artists of Jacmel have finally won a boon: a $50,000 grant from the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. The grant will fund the rebuilding of ten shops that were destroyed in January’s earthquake.

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Maria Bello is currently in Haiti producing a documentary about the violence against women taking place in the capital city, Port-au-Prince. This is not the first time that Bello has been to Haiti. She started visiting Haiti since before the earthquake. She arrived in Haiti on Friday august 20. Maria Bello starred as Sally in the 2010 comedy movie ”Grown Ups” starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, and Rob Schneider, Salma Hayek and many more. She made her movie debut in Coyote Ugly starring supermodel Tyra Banks. Maria Bello is accompanied by volunteers from the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office according to the Palm Beach post.

”Ayiti en 3 D” is Now Available Five hundred CD’s of ”Ayiti en 3 D” were produced by Expression Tropi’Art to support the effort of many organizations in the aftermath of the Haiti’s earthquake. Only three titles were recorded on the CD: “Ayiti”, “Respe”, and “Pause”, this project made by Fritz MarieEmilie has received the support of the Rotary Club and Jasor Kibrary, but mostly supported by young musicians that have shown their talent.

Groix Film Festival Devoted to Haiti The Film Festival of Groix, in France celebrated its 10th year last week, and has devoted the celebration to Haiti. Jean Bayard, Anne Lescot, and Charles Najman were present, and a concert by Adjabel, Bob Bovano, and Erol Josue was also held. The festival will be followed by the Festival of film of Douarnenez which runs until august 28.


August 25 - 31, 2010

ART&CULTURE

Kites Raise Awareness over Queens Kite running is still a major event among people in Haiti. Last week, the Haitian American United for Progress in Queens held a kite flying event to help raise awareness for the Haitian tradition in Queens.

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Table Manners Part ThreeHow to Eat Certain Foods In Part three of our Table Manners series, we will tackle the issue of eating certain types of foods. Before we do this, let me remind you that there are two general manners of utensil handling. Since we live in the U.S. we will discuss the 2 most common styles that are utilized here: American Style and European Style also known as Continental style. American Style In the American style of dining, the user holds the knife in the right hand while holding the fork in the left hand. The user holds the food to the plate with the tines (aka teeth) down, and then cuts a bite sized piece of food with the knife. Then the user places the knife on the right edge of the plate, blade facing inward, and switches the fork to the right hand which is used to pick up cut food with the left hand falling to the lap. The fork is held in the right hand or put down on the plate while chewing. Once done chewing, the process is repeated again. European style The European manner is to hold the fork and knife, in the left and right hands respectively, throughout consumption. A bite-sized piece of food is cut and then brought to the mouth by the left hand. The knife does not have to be put down. It could be held throughout the meal. Utensil handling also differs between American and European styles. In American style it is perfectly ok to hold your utensil as you would hold a pan. The European style dictates that the utensil’s handle runs along the palm and extends out to be held by the thumb and forefinger. Both of these are technically correct, but do understand that European style is more widely accepted around the world as opposed to American style.

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APPETIZERS During cocktail hour or cocktail receptions it is perfectly ok to eat with your fingers. Small bites are usually passed around with a napkin and are

expected to be eaten with the fingers. Cheeses, chips, and crackers are also ok to eat with the fingers. However, peeled fruits such as watermelons, cantaloupes, honeydews should be eaten with a fork. CHICKEN I know many of you are wondering: Am I suppose to eat fried chicken with a knife and fork. The answer is simple: Yes! Unless you are at a picnic or a BBQ, all foods, including chicken or pizza should be eaten with a fork and knife. BREAD Bread should be broken off, and then buttered . Break slices of bread, rolls and muffins in one bite sized piece.. Butter only the piece you just broke off. When the rolls are served in a basket, take one, and always pass the basket to your right. Place the roll on the break plate, which is located on the left side. CORN ON THE COB This is not usually a dish served in formal setting, but many chefs have been pushing the limits these days, so if you do find it on your plate, it is perfectly acceptable to pick it up and eat it. PASTA/SPAGHETTI The perfect method for eating spaghetti or other long stringy pasta is to twirl it around your fork. Use a spoon to help if needed. It is also acceptable to cut pasta with a knife and fork. You may also turn the pasta while holding the tines of your fork against the edge of your plate.

SANDWICHES Small sandwiches such as tea sandwiches are fine eaten with the fingers. Large Sandwiches: should be cut with your knife into halves or manageable piece before lifting and eating with your hands. Hot Sandwiches, open faced sandwiches, burritos or wraps, should be eaten with a knife and fork. SHISH-KABOBS If served during cocktail hour you may eat with your fingers. If a main dinner entrée, you should hold the tip of the shish-kabob in one hand and using the dinner fork, remove the pieces from the other tip. Then eat with your utensils as you would any other meal. CRABS, LOBSTER & OTHER SHELLFISHES: Crack them with a nutcracker and the meat taken out with an miniature or oyster fork. SOUPS When eatig soup, you should tip the bowl away from you and scoop the soup up with your spoon. Soup should always be taken from the side of the spoon, and not from the end. NEVER SLURP. Never put the spoon into your mouth. AVOCADO

If the avocado is served in its shell, it is eaten with a spoon. If it is sliced on a plate or in a salad, eat it with a fork. PEAS For this, I say do as the British do. The best way is to load your fork first with something to which they will stick, such as potato or a soft vegetable that squashes easily onto the fork. It's sometimes easier to put down your knife and then switch your fork to the other hand(if using the European style), so you can shovel the peas against something else on the plate, thus ensuring they end up on your fork. In the next article we will discuss international dining basics. Since we live in a global society, often time we interact with others in their settings, thus it is important to understand various rules of Japanese, Chinese, Indian and other types of etiquette. Nadege Fleurimond is the owner & business manager of Fleurimond Catering, Inc., an off-premise catering firm serving the NY/NJ/CT/MA areas. She is also the author of a Taste of Life: A Culinary Memoir, a humorous and heart warming compilation of recipes and funny anecdotes. (http:// www.nadegefleurimond.com) Please submit thoughts and questions pertaining to the column via email at nadege1981@gmail.com.

Nadege Fleurimond is the owner & business manager of Fleurimond Catering, Inc., www.fgcatering.com, an off-premise catering firm serving the NY/NJ/ CT/MA areas. She is also the author of a Taste of Life: A Culinary Memoir, a humorous and heart warming compilation of recipes and funny anecdotes. (http:// www.nadegefleurimond.com) For questions and comments you may write her at nadege1981@gmail.com.

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August 25 - 31, 2010

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Yes, Even We Need Sunscreen Good black don’t crack, but it can get skin cancer. A lot of us are under the assumption that dark skinned people don’t get sunburned and therefore do not need any sunscreen or sunblock. You may never have noticed that you’ve been burned but it can happen, and has happened to me recently. One weekend I was away on vacation and was in the sun the majority of the day. I just put on my normal lotions and oils and went out. A few nights later, I washed my face as I usually do before bed, but didn’t put any lotion on right away. I returned to the mirror sometime after my face had completely dried and noticed my skin was peeling. Peeling? Yup, I’m peeling. Umm... skin generally peels if you’ve been sunburned. So I got sunburned?! Impossible, I’m black. Dark skinned too. How could I get sunburn? Basically by not putting on any sunscreen. I had assumed, as many of us do, that I didn’t need any sunscreen. The melanin in my skin was sunscreen enough. Sure, I’d get a little darker, but I wouldn’t burn. Boy was I wrong.

Aquarius

Jan. 20 - Feb. 18

Sometimes you find it hard to know what you believe about anything. This week you begin to see a pattern that has been played out before, just when you're about to make a breakthrough. You meet a part of yourself that doesn't want to change and that may be acting unconsciously to prevent it, except that this week you suddenly see it - right there in the midst of a difficult situation. Having seen it, you'll know what to do.

Pisces

Feb. 20 - March 19

Mercury turns retrograde, which may introduce a note of confusion into events. Your communications with others could be confused and lead to misunderstandings further down the line. However, this is a good time to talk over any issue that needs some discussion. You'll get to the heart of the matter just because you see it from a fresh perspective. An issue with a friend may come to a head this week. This time you're sure it won't happen again.

It is true that darker skin is much less susceptible to sunburn and skin cancer than lighter skin, but is definitely is susceptible nonetheless. And it’s not only skin cancer that you need to worry about. Too much sun exposure can also lead to premature aging, and none of us want to look older than we need to. So we need to start protecting our skin from the sun. Obviously you can just go out only at night, but you would probably miss out on a lot, so I wouldn’t advocate that. If there’s one part of your body I would advocate protecting always, it would be your face. The skin on your face is the most susceptible to sunburn, premature aging and skin cancer. You can protect your skin by simply covering up. You can protect your face by wearing a hat that shades your face. You

Aries

March 20 - April 18

If you feel like you're being squeezed into a corner once again, take heart. You've been battling with an ongoing issue for some time, and it has appeared over and over in a number of guises. This week you get to see it as it really is. You understand what is driving it and why it has confounded you all along. Finally you'll know enough to break free. Mercury turns retrograde as of Friday. Don't take anything at face value.

Taurus

April 19 - May 20

You may need to get real and find the strength to stand up for your rights. As Saturn moves to square Pluto, you'll realize that it's now or never. Either you give up and put up with this problem on an ongoing basis or you fight it, and in doing so, find out that you have much more power than you thought you had. The Sun moves into Virgo on Sunday, bringing you a chance to explore creative outlets

Gemini

May 21 - June 20

Mercury, your personal planet, turns retrograde later this week, although you may begin to notice the effects early on. It will remain so for a few weeks, and you may notice its effects at home most of all. This is when washing machines, ovens, or other household items may break down just when you don't need them to. It isn't the best time to purchase new items either. Get them fixed in the meantime and buy new ones after September 12.

Cancer

June 21 - July 22

This may be yet another interesting week as Saturn, your partnership planet, squares Pluto in Capricorn and your relationship zone. This could coincide with a problem linked to a family member or to your partner. And yet this isn't the first time that you've had to deal with this particular issue. You know enough now to realize exactly what you need to do. Don't give your power away to anyone. It's time to stand firm and be strong.

can protect the rest of your body by wearing longer sleeved shirts and pants instead of shorts. You don’t have to wear jeans; light-weight linen pants work just fine. If you insist on being scantily clad, as I sometimes do, then you should wear sun screen. There are so many different types of sunscreens out there with many different benefits. The one thing you must pay attention to is the SPF. For your face, you should use a mini-

Leo

July 23 - Aug. 22

You may swing between believing that you can resolve an ongoing issue to wondering if you ever will. There are intense aspects around, but the good news is that there is light at the end of the tunnel. A communication issue may turn into a fiasco and this won't be helped by the fact that Mercury turns retrograde. You may be able to find a compromise, but only if you're willing to let go of the need to be right.

Virgo

Aug.23 - Sept.22

The Sun moves into your sign and brings a feeling of positive energy and the sense of rebirth. Mercury will turn retrograde in your sign on Friday, which could coincide with a period of confusion. Make sure you back up important data on your computer and check that your antivirus software is up to date. This isn't the best time to make new purchases, but it's excellent for clearing out clutter and giving yourself space for new developments.

mum of SPF 30. The lighter your skin color, the stronger the SPF you’ll need to use. For the rest of your body, you should use a minimum SPF of 15. Again, the lighter your skin tone, the higher SPF you’ll need. I know you may not be concerned with skin cancer, but I know you don’t want to look older than you are, so protect your skin whenever you go outside into the sun. Until next time, cheers to a better you!

Libra

Sept.23 - Oct. 22

A rather tense aspect coming up later this week will strengthen your resolve and make you more determined than ever to find a solution. This isn't the first time you've had to deal with this, which is why you're now equipped to make a breakthrough and perhaps see it off for good. Despite having your hands full, there's still an opportunity for romance on Friday. This could even turn out to be something of a fatal attraction.

Scorpio

Oct. 21 - Nov 20

The whole issue of karma and reaping what you've sown may bug you. You've been on the receiving end of such events, which have come unexpectedly out of the blue and changed your life in the process. This week you not only get more of the same but also have a chance to get your hands on a gift, a unique treasure that lies at the heart of the situation facing you. Once you see it, you won't look back.

Sagittarius

N o v. 2 2 - D e c . 2 1

Your friendships continue to be tested, especially over the coming days. One troubling association may become so once more. You may begin to realize that you're never going to hit it off with this person no matter how hard you try. You share very different values, and this lies at the heart of the problem. If you're honest, you might have to admit that you don't really enjoy his or her company either. It may be time to say goodbye.

Capricorn

Dec. 22 - Jan 19

Career issues come to a head this week, and Mercury turning retrograde compounds these troubles. You're trying to negotiate your way through a complex deal that isn't resolving to your satisfaction. Neither of you is willing to budge or change your approach. However, every cloud has a silver lining and this week is no exception. Something good will come out of all of this. Your competitor could become your greatest friend and ally.


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